Like everything else in life, there is a lot of luck involved in professional football too. If a pass is tipped just right, a defensive back will be able to intercept it. If the wind picks up at just the right time a possible game winning field goal can be missed. If the television cameras are obscured, there won’t be enough evidence to overturn a controversial touchdown. The game is largely based on skill and the better a player is, the more “luck” they will seem to have. Few days though are associated more with luck than St. Patrick’s Day, so here we’ll take a look at the lucky players born on March 17th.
Interesting facts about players born on St. Patrick’s Day:
-The first player to play in the NFL who had been born on St. Patrick’s Day was Al Miller who played just one season (1929) in the backfield for the Boston Bulldogs.
-The player born on St. Patrick’s Day to go on to appear in the most Pro Bowl games was former Washington Redskins quarterback Sammy Baugh.who made the Pro Bowl six times.
-Sammy Baugh has also played in more games than any other player born on St. Patrick’s Day with 165 games played. He is followed closely by former San Francisco 49ers defensive back Don Griffin who appeared in 161 games during his career.
-Sammy Baugh holds most of the passing records for players born on St. Patrick’s Day including passing attempts, pass completions, passing yards, interceptions, passing touchdowns and also the longest touchdown pass thrown.
-Former San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints running back Chuck Muncie holds most of the rushing records for players born on St. Patrick’s Day. He sits on top of the list for rushing attempts, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. His 73 yard touchdown run is also the longest career run by anyone born on St. Patrick’s Day.
-Chuck Muncie also caught more passes and racked up more receiving yards than anyone else born on St. Patrick’s Day.
-The most receiving touchdowns by anyone born on St. Patrick’s Day is a tie between Bill Jessup of the 49ers and Joe Scott who played for the New York Giants, who each caught seven touchdown passes.
-Bill Jessup caught the longest pass of anyone born on St. Patrick’s Day when he hauled in a 68 yard pass.
Other notable players born on St. Patrick’s Day include linebacker Barry Krauss, running back Johnny Bailey, kicker John Hall, defensive back Marlon McCree, defensive back Jerome Woods, linebacker Jackie Shipp, and defensive back Earl Edwards.