Happy New Year Everyone!
As you recover from the New Year’s Eve festivities, we at IQFB.com are going to take a look at the many former pro football players born on New Year’s Day. There are indeed some unique football facts related to these gentlemen.
-Doak Walker, the Hall of Fame halfback of the early 1950s Detroit Lions, holds the record for most touchdown passes thrown by anyone born on January 1st. During his NFL career he threw two touchdown passes. His career 75 yards passing is also a record for players born on New Year’s Day.
-When it comes to receiving statistics put up by players who were born on New Year’s Day, the player holding the record for the most touchdown receptions is two time Pro-Bowler and lontime Chicago Bears receiver Dick Gordon who racked up 36 receiving TDs during his ten year career. At 93 yards, Gordon also holds the record for longest career reception by a player born on January 1st.
-When we look at rushing statistics, Hall of Famer Doak Walker is back at the top of a couple of categories for players born on January 1st. He scored more touchdowns (12), carried the ball more times (309), and ran for more yards (1,520) than any other player born on New Year’s Day.
–Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas, who played from 1989 to 1999, holds the record for most Pro Bowl appearances by a player born on the first day of the year. During his eleven year career, he made the Pro Bowl nine times.
-The longest run from scrimmage by a player born on New Year’s Day is 54 yards and was done by wide receiver Billy Parks in 1971 during his rookie season with the San Diego Chargers.
Current players in the NFL who were born on New Year’s Day:
Steve Johnson – Wide Receiver – Buffalo Bills
Jon Corto – Linebacker – Buffalo Bills
Alex Hall – Defensive End – Cleveland Browns
William Gay – Defensive Back – Pittsburgh Steelers
Ray Edwards – Defensive End – Minnesota Vikings
Stephen Tulloch – Linebacker – Tennessee Titans
Other notable players born on New Year’s Day
Andy Heck – Offensive Line
Lance Smith – Offensive Line
Bob Brudzinski – Linebacker
David Hill – Tight End
Derrick Thomas – Linebacker
Marlin McKeever – Linebacker/Tight End
Irv Eatman – Offensive Tackle
Kevin Mitchell – Linebacker
Harry Galbreath – Offensive Line
Frank Minnifield – Defensive Back
Dick Gordon – Wide Receiver
Pierce Holt – Defensive Line
Carl Birdsong – Punter
Doak Walker – Halfback/Defensive Back
Justin Armour – Wide Receiver
Chet Brooks – Defensive Back