The Favorite Receivers Of The Great Miami Dolphins Quarterback Bob Griese



Bob Griese was a very successful quarterback in the National Football League. He was the quarterback for the team dating back to the late 1960’s, including shouldering some of the responsibility for the team that went undefeated in 1972, right up until the early 1980’s. Over the years, Griese played in some of the biggest games in team history. Thankfully, for Dolphins fans, he was more often than not successful in those big moments too.

There were a lot of great players on both sides of the ball that helped Griese and the Dolphins achieve some of their great heights. The Miami Dolphins of the 1970’s really epitomized the team football concept. Griese was a huge part of that team and his passing made the difference in many games. At a time when many teams were just discovering the concept of a wide open passing game, Bob Griese and the Dolphins were using a great running game to set up a deep throwing game plan that other teams would eventually emulate. Who though were Bob Griese’s favorite receivers during his career?

Here are the top five favorite touchdown pass targets for Bob Griese.

#1 – Nat Moore (33)

#2 – Paul Warfield (29)

#3 – Jim Mandich (21)

#4 – Howard Twilley (17)

#5 – Karl Noonan (16)

It’s true that Bob Griese had an excellent career, but a lot of his accolades are also due to the fact that he had some great players catching passes from him too.

Who Were The Favorite Receivers Of New Orleans Saints Great Archie Manning?



To most younger football fans, Archie Manning is known primarily as the father of current National Football League quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. During his day though, Archie was a very skilled and highly thought of quarterback himself. He didn’t end up with championships or Super Bowl rings like both Peyton and Eli have, but he was always one of the more exciting quarterbacks in the league when he was playing.

Archie Manning played most of his career with the New Orleans Saints during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. While the team was sometimes exciting and almost always entertaining, they were not always incredibly competitive. This was mainly due to the fact that other than Manning, the team did not have very many players on its roster who rose to the level of great. Despite this, Manning made numerous great plays and led the team to a number of impressive wins. Fans often wonder what could have been had they surrounded him with more talent or had he played on another team.

Who though were Archie Manning’s favorite receivers during his NFL career? Here are the top five receivers that he threw the most touchdown passes to:

Henry Childs – 20

Wes Chandler – 13

Ike Harris – 12

Danny Abramowicz – 10

Dave Parks – 8

Manning threw 115 of his 125 career touchdown passes as a member of the Saints, he also threw eight with the Houston Oilers and then two with the Minnesota Vikings. His legacy is more than just Peyton and Eli, he was a heck of a quarterback himself.

Five Little Known Facts About Raiders Great Marcus Allen



Marcus Allen had a great NFL career, playing mainly for the Raiders and later for the Chiefs, from 1982 to 1997. He put up some great numbers both rushing and receiving and had a big impact on his team’s successes. Here is a look at five little known facts about this great running back.

-Marcus Allen could catch well and obviously run well, but he was also noted for being a decent thrower during his time in the NFL. He finished his career having completed 12 of 27 passes for 285 yards and six touchdowns.

-Marcus Allen didn’t come by his throwing ability by accident. At Abraham Lincoln High School in San Diego, California, he played safety on defense and quarterback on offense.

-Marcus Allen caught 21 TD passes during his career. He caught them from five different quarterbacks over the years with Marc Wilson throwing him nine, Jim Plunkett connecting with him for six, Jay Schroeder contributing two to his total, Steve Beuerlein hitting him for one, and Joe Montana throwing him three.

-In a 1984 Raiders win over the Lions, Marcus Allen caught the longest TD pass of his career. It was a 73 yarder thrown to him by Jim Plunkett.

-The team Marcus Allen scored more touchdowns against than anyone else was the Chargers with a total of 26. Second on that list is the Seahawks with 20.

Five Fun Facts About All Time Raiders Great Jim Plunkett



Jim Plunkett had an interesting career in the National Football League. One of the most interesting of any quarterback that would go on to be one of the more successful players in a franchise’s history.

Plunkett was a major success at Stanford University where he won the Heisman Trophy and then was drafted with the number one pick by the New England Patriots. He didn’t have great success with the Patriots, and after things had grown somewhat stale there he was shipped off to the San Francisco 49ers. His tenure with the 49ers was not any better and a couple of seasons later he found himself on his third NFL roster, that of the Oakland Raiders.

It is with the Raiders that Plunkett would blossom, thanks in large part to the many great players the franchise surrounded him with on offense, including Cliff Branch, Todd Christensen, and Marcus Allen. Because of the great deal he has meant to the team, Jim Plunkett will always be a special part of Raiders history. Here is a look at five interesting facts about Jim Plunkett.

#1 – The team victimized most by Jim Plunkett was the Kansas City Chiefs. The 13 touchdowns he threw against them during his career are more than he threw against any other team.

#2 – The first touchdown Jim Plunkett threw in his NFL career happened in a 20-6 victory over the Raiders in 1971 while he was playing for the Patriots. It came in the third quarter, went for 33 yards, and was caught by Ron Sellers.

#3 – During his career, no one caught more touchdown passes from Jim Plunket than the 20 hauled in by Raiders tight end Todd Christensen.

#4 – In his first season with the Raiders, he only threw one touchdown pass. It came in the fourth quarter of a 35-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders were trailing 28-0 at the time and it would be there only score of the game. It was a one yard pass to running back Derrick Jensen.

#5 – The most touchdowns Plunkett ever threw in one game was four, and he did it three times, once with each team he played with. He first did it for the Patriots in a 1971 game against the Buffalo Bills, he then did it for the 49ers in a 1977 game against the Dallas Cowboys, and then he did it in 1983 for the Raiders in a game against the Redskins.

Penn State Nittany Lions Quarterbacks Selected In The NFL Draft



Penn State has a fabulous college football pedigree that has shown them to produce many great players and appear in many very important games. The quarterback is the position that gets the most notice on a team. How many quarterbacks from Penn State have gone on to be drafted into the NFL?

Milt Plum – 1957 – Browns – 2nd Round
Drafted by the Browns in 1957 out of Penn State, quarterback Milt Plum had a 13 year career in the NFL. He played his first five seasons with the Browns where he led the NFL in completion percentage in 1959, 1960, and 1961. He then played six seasons with the Lions. Plum then finished his career with one season with the Rams and a final season in 1969 with the Giants.

Al Jacks – 1958 – Rams – 10th Round
Al Jacks was drafted in the 10th round of the 1958 NFL Draft by the Rams. He never played in the NFL and would go on to serve as head football coach at Clarion State College from 1963 to 1981.

Richie Lucas – 1960 – Redskins – 1st Round
Selected by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 1960 NFL Draft, Richie Lucas was also taken in the first round of the 1960 AFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Lucas chose the AFL over the NFL, playing with the Bills from 1960 to 1961 and then appearing on the roster of the Broncos in 1962. Following his brief pro football career, Richie Lucas returned to Penn State and served as the school’s athletic director until 1998. He eventually was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Don Jonas – 1961 – Eagles – 13th Round
Don Jonas began his career at Penn State as a running back but would eventually play quarterback. He played just one game with the Eagles in 1962, would go on to play semi-pro football through the rest of the 1960s, and then play for the Argonauts, Blue Bombers, and Tiger-Cats over five seasons in the Canadian Football League in the beginning of the 1970s.

Pete Liske – 1963 – Eagles – 10th Round
Pete Liske was taken in the 10th round of the 1963 NFL Draft by the Eagles and the 15th round of the 1963 AFL Draft by the Jets. He chose to play with the Jets, but stayed with the team for just that one season. He then spent 1965 to 1968 in the Canadian Football League. Liske returned to America after that, playing for the Broncos from 1969 to 1970 and then the Eagles from 1971 to 1972. He finished his pro football career back in the CFL with both the Stampeders of Calgary and the BC Lions.

Jack White – 1966 – Colts – 8th Round
Jack White has gone down in history as the first player to score a touchdown for Penn State under legendary head coach Joe Paterno. He was picked in the 8th round by the Colts in the 1966 NFL Draft. He wouldn’t play in the NFL and instead would become a dentist.

John Hufnagel – 1973 – Broncos – 14th Round
The Broncos added John Hufnagel in 1973 by selecting him in the 14th round of the NFL Draft. He played two seasons in Denver as the third string quarterback behind Charley Johnson and Steve Ramsey.

Tom Shuman – 1975 – Bengals – 6th Round
Tom Shuman was a great on field leader for Penn State in the early 1970s, playing in some very big games. He would eventually be picked by Cincinnati in the 6th round of the 1975 NFL Draft. He didn’t end up making the team, but he did spend some time on the roster of the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League and then three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.

Chuck Fusina – 1979 – Buccaneers – 5th Round
Drafted in the 5th round of the 1979 NFL Draft, Chuck Fusina was highly rated at Penn State and ready to make an impact on the NFL. He played three seasons with the Buccaneers, followed by two seasons with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of the USFL. He was named the MVP of the 1984 USFL Championship Game. He returned to the NFL in 1986 for a final year of pro football with the Packers.

Todd Blackledge – 1983 – Chiefs – 1st Round
Todd Blackledge was the 7th overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Chiefs. He stayed with the team from then until 1987. He then had two final NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tony Sacca – 1992 – Cardinals – 2nd Round
The Phoenix Cardinals selected Tony Sacca in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft. He was with the team just that one season. He would later play with the Barcelona Dragons of the World League of American Football.

Kerry Collins – 1995 – Panthers – 1st Round
Kerry Collins was taken with the 5th overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. He was actually the first player the Panthers ever drafted, as 1995 was their first year as a team. He had a 17 year career that saw him make two Pro Bowls and play for six different teams, the Panthers, Saints, Giants, Raiders, Titans, and Colts.

Wally Richardson – 1997 – Ravens 7th Round
The Baltimore Ravens made Penn State quarterback Wally Richardson their 7th round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. He played just the one season in the NFL, attempting two passes, completing one, for a gain of just one yard.

Five Little Known Facts About Bills Great Andre Reed



Andre Reed was one of the best receivers of his era during a career that spanned from the mid 1980s to the year 2000. Over that time, he helped the Buffalo Bills reach the greatest point in franchise history that included four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. Here is a look at five things about Andre Reed that you may not know.

-On December 4, 1994, Andre Reed not only scored two touchdowns in a Bills win over the Dolphins, he also threw his only completed pass of his career. It went for 32 yards.

-Andre Reed topped the 100 receiving yard mark in a game 36 times. The most yards he ever racked up in one contest was the 191 he put up in a 1994 win over the Packers.

-Andre Reed caught 87 TD receptions during his Hall of Fame career. He caught them from eight different quarterbacks: Jim Kelly, Todd Collins, Doug Flutie, Frank Reich, Vince Ferragamo, Alex Van Pelt, Brad Johnson, Rob Johnson, and Bruce Mathison.

-In his four Super Bowl appearances, Andre Reed’s longest reception would be a 40 yarder thrown to him by Jim Kelly in the second quarter of the loss to Dallas in Super Bowl XXVII following the 1992 season.

-Andre Reed played college football at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. In 2014, the same year that saw him inducted into the Hall of Fame, Kutztown University renamed their football team’s home Andre Reed Stadium.

10 Fun Facts About EverBank Field In Jacksonville, Florida



The city of Jacksonville had been seeking an NFL team for a number of years and when they were finally awarded one, it lacked a home stadium capable of hosting an appropriately sized crowd. EverBank Field was built as the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and is also the site of some important college football game. It is a very important feature in the city when it was built and here are some interesting and fun facts about Jacksonville’s EverBank Field.

-The stadium has also gone by the names Jacksonville Municipal Stadium (1995-96 and again 2007-09) and Alltel Stadium (1997-2006).

-The stadium was designed by HOK Sport an architectural firm that has since been renamed Populous. This firm has also designed other prominent sports facilities including the new Yankee Stadium in New York City, Wembley Stadium in London, Target Field in Minnesota, the United Center in Chicago, Stadium Australia in Sidney, Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, and Reliant Stadium in Houston.

-EverBank Field, at the time known as Alltel Stadium, hosted Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. It featured the New England Patriots defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21.

-EverBank Field is owned by the City of Jacksonville but is operated by SMG, a property management company. Other major sports venues operated by SMG include the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Dean Smith Center in North Carolina, Chase Field in Phoenix, the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Soldier Field in Chicago, and both the Reliant Astrodome and Reliant Stadium in Houston.

-The original Gator Bowl Stadium once stood where EverBank Field now stands. It had originally been built in 1927 and was almost completely demolished to make room for this new, modern, and larger stadium.

-The first regular season NFL game ever played in the stadium was in week one of the 1995 season and saw the new Jacksonville Jaguars team fall in defeat to the Houston Oilers by the score of 10-3. The first touchdown in stadium history was a four yard pass by Chris Chandler of the Oilers to Haywood Jeffires.

-For many years the Gator Bowl had served as the neutral site for the yearly Georgia vs. Florida Football Classic, a very popular local college football game. With the building of this new stadium, the tradition continued.

-From 2005 to 2007 the stadium hosted the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game.

-When the Jacksonville Jaguar played their first game in the stadium in 1995, it was the first time an expansion team in the NFL had played its first game in a brand new facility.

-The attendance record for the stadium was set in 2007 when 85,413 college football fans watched the Florida State Seminoles defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide in the River City Showdown.

10 Little Known Facts About San Diego’s Balboa Stadium



Balboa Stadium has played a big part in the sports history of San Diego, hosting at various times everything from concerts and professional teams to high school football games. Though not as widely known these days, here are 10 fun little known facts about this historic venue.

#1 – Balboa Stadium was originally built in 1914 to be used as part of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

#2 – From 1937 to 1961, the stadium actually hosted auto racing events regularly on the dirt track surrounding the field.

#3 – The capacity of Balboa Stadium was 15,000 in 1960 but was expanced to 34,000 in 1961 to accommodate the San Diego Chargers who were relocating to there that season from Los Angeles.

#4 – Balboa Stadium hosted the American Football League Championship Game in 1961, 1963, and 1965.

#5 – The first presidential speech given where an electronic voice amplifier was used happened in 1919 at Balboa Stadium in San Diego and was given by Woodrow Wilson.

#6 – Following his historic flight across the Atlantic Ocean, pilot Charles Lindbergh returned to San Diego where his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, had been built and was given a hero’s welcome at Balboa Stadium.

#7 – The stadium has been home to two college football bowl games. From 1921 to 1922 it was home to the San Diego East-West Christmas Classic and from 1947 to 1949 it was home to the Harbor Bowl.

#8 – Baseball players who played back in the stadium during its early days include Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Satchel Paige, and Lou Gehrig.

#9 – The original name of the stadium was City Stadium and it is to this day owned by the city of San Diego.

#10 – Balboa Stadium has been home to three different professional soccer teams over the years. From 1999 to 2007, the San Diego Pumitas of the National Premier Soccer League played there. Another National Premier Soccer League team started play there in 2011, the San Diego Boca FC. In 1968, the stadium was home for just one season to the San Diego Toros of the North American Soccer League.

Who Did Colts Legend Johnny Unitas Throw The Most Touchdown Passes To?



Johnny Unitas was one of the most highly thought of quarterbacks to have ever played the game. His memory is cherished and respected by players, coaches, and fans alike. He came into the league in 1956 and was a dominant player for more than 15 years. He played almost all of his career with the Baltimore Colts, except for one final season with the San Diego Chargers. Many football fans, both young and old, idolized the great Johnny U during his playing days.

The Colts teams that were helmed by Unitas were some of the best teams in the league during that period. The offense was very powerful, thanks not only to the quarterback, but also to the many other talented players there including Lenny Moore, Raymond Berry, and John Mackey. From his first career touchdown pass thrown to Jim Mutscheller in 1956 to the last one thrown to Bob Thomas in San Diego in 1973, Unitas was nearly always one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

Who caught the most touchdown passes though from this Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback?

It should come as no surprise to seasoned football fans, or better yet those who remember his playing days, that the player who caught more touchdown passes than anyone else was wide receiver Raymond Berry. His 63 touchdown receptions from Unitas are 20 more than the second place player on the list. Raymond Berry was one of his quarterback’s favorite targets and he also had himself a Pro Football Hall of Fame career.

Five Little Known Facts About Marv Levy



Marv Levy has gone down as the greatest head coach in Buffalo Bills history. With him at the helm, the Bills won four consecutive AFC Championship games and went to four straight Super Bowls. Even though they failed to win in any of those four attempts, that is an accomplishment that puts him high up on the list of coaching greats. Here is a look at five little known facts about Marv Levy.

-Marv Levy’s college experience saw him enrolled at two different schools. He first went to Coe College in Iowa. While there, he earned varsity letters in football, track, and basketball. He later would go on to graduate studies at Harvard University, eventually earning a masters degree in English history.

-As head coach of the Cal Bears in the early 1960s, Marv Levy hired a young assistant coach named Bill Walsh who would go on to beat him to the Hall of Fame after his career with the San Francisco 49ers.

-Marv Levy’s first coaching job at the professional level was as the kicking teams coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1969.

-While coaching the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League for five seasons during the mid 1970s, Marv Levy would win three Grey Cup titles as champions of the league.

-Marv Levy was the oldest NFL head coach ever to lead their team to a 10 win season when he did so with the Buffalo Bills at the age of 71.