American Football in History

Events in Sport

  • 1899-01-07 Walter Camp publishes his 1st All-American football team in Collier's
  • 1937-09-10 2nd American Football League plays 1st game (LA 21, Pittsburgh 0)
  • 1940-09-15 3rd American Football League plays 1st game (Milw 14, Columbus 2)

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1945-02-08 Paul Brown agrees to coach the new American football expansion team in Cleveland, which would later be named the Cleveland Browns after their coach

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1946-09-06 All-American Football Conference plays 1st game (Clev 44, Miami 0)
  • 1950-03-03 3 months as National-American Football League takes back NFL name
  • 1960-01-26 Oakland Raiders enter the American Football League
  • 1960-09-09 4th American Football League plays 1st game (Denver 13, Boston 10)
  • 1991-02-24 End of World League of American Football's (WLAF) 1st draft
  • 1991-03-23 1st World League of American Football games, London beats Frankfurt 24-11, Sacramento beats Raleigh-Dur 9-3 & Mont beats Birmingham 20-5
  • 1998-01-22 World League of American Football renamed as NFL Europe

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859-04-07 Walter Camp, Ct, father of American football (Yale)
  • 1899-03-28 Buck Shaw, American football coach (d. 1977)
  • 1920-06-02 Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (d. 2003)
  • 1926-12-21 Joe Paterno, American college hall of football coach (Penn State) and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of 1986, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1927-01-01 Doak Walker, American football star (d. 1998)
  • 1929-02-03 Ken Shipp, American football coach
  • 1929-02-28 Hayden Fry, American football coach
  • 1929-04-01 Bo Schembechler, American football coach (d. 2006)
  • 1929-11-08 Bobby Bowden, American football coach
  • 1938-08-22 Paul Maguire, American football commentator
  • 1939-06-22 Don Matthews, American football coach in the CFL
  • 1939-07-18 Jerry Moore, American football coach
  • 1940-01-22 George Seifert, American football coach
  • 1940-02-02 Wayne Fontes, American football coach

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1940-11-25 Joe Gibbs, American football coach (Washington Redskins), born in Mocksville, North Carolina

NFL Head Coach Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach
Joe Gibbs

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1943-09-23 Marty Schottenheimer, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania

  • 1946-05-03 Norm Chow, American football coach
  • 1946-10-14 James Robert "Radio" Kennedy, American football coach
  • 1947-08-19 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (d. 2007)
  • 1950-09-01 Phillip Fulmer, American football coach
  • 1951-11-17 Butch Davis, American football coach

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1952-04-16 Bill Belichick, American football coach (4 Super Bowls with New England Patriots), born in Nashville, Tennessee

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick

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1952-08-24 Mike Shanahan, American football coach (Denver Broncos), born in Oak Park, Illinois

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan
  • 1952-11-10 Gerry DiNardo, American football coach
  • 1954-02-28 Brian Billick, American football coach
  • 1954-04-28 Ron Zook, American Football Coach
  • 1954-09-18 Tommy Tuberville, American football coach
  • 1955-10-06 Tony Dungy, American football coach
  • 1956-03-09 Mark Dantonio, Michigan State University American football coach
  • 1956-06-27 Brad Childress, American football coach
  • 1956-07-31 Bill Callahan, American football coach
  • 1956-08-26 Mark Mangino, American football coach
  • 1956-10-16 Johnny Chavis, American football coach

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1957-05-08 Bill Cowher, American football coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Crafton, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher

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1964-07-24 Barry Bonds, American football left fielder (Pirates, SF Giants, 7X MVP), born in Riverside, California

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 1966-06-01 Greg Schiano, American football coach
  • 1967-12-13 Bo Pelini, American football coach
  • 1969-08-19 Kirk Herbstreit, American football analyst (College GameDay)
  • 1972-01-27 Bryant Young, American football defensive tackle (San Francisco 49ers), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1975-06-04 Henry Burris, American Football Quarterback
  • 1980-08-18 Jeremy Shockey, American football Tight End
  • 1981-06-17 Kyle Boller, American football quarterback
  • 1984-04-25 Andre' Woodson, American football quarterback

Deaths in Sport

  • 1925-03-14 Walter Camp, father of American football, dies at 65

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1936-10-03 John Heisman, American football coach, dies of pneumonia at 66

Football, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach John Heisman
Football, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach
John Heisman
  • 1971-04-15 Dan Reeves, American football team owner (b. 1912)
  • 1983-05-02 Norm Van Brocklin, American football star (b. 1926)

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2000-02-12 Tom Landry, American football coach (Dallas Cowboys), dies at 75

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 2002-05-09 Dan Devine, American football coach (b. 1924)
  • 2003-01-03 Sid Gillman, American football coach, dies at 91
  • 2003-07-15 Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (b. 1920)
  • 2003-08-26 Jim Wacker, American football coach (b. 1937)
  • 2005-07-04 Hank Stram, American football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2005-08-05 Jim O'Hora, American football coach (b. 1915)
  • 2005-11-16 Robert Tisch, American football team owner (b. 1926)
  • 2006-03-30 Red Hickey, American football coach (b. 1917)
  • 2006-06-29 Randy Walker, American football coach (b. 1954)
  • 2006-09-08 Erk Russell, American football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2006-11-07 Bryan Pata, American football defensive tackle (University of Miami) (murdered) (b. 1981)
  • 2006-11-17 Bo Schembechler, American football coach (b. 1929)
  • 2007-04-03 Eddie Robinson, American football coach (b. 1919)
  • 2007-06-19 Terry Hoeppner, American football coach (b. 1947)

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2007-07-30 Bill Walsh, American football coach (San Fransisco 49ers), dies of leukemia at 75

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • 2008-01-18 Georgia Frontiere, American football team owner (b. 1927)
  • 2008-10-20 Gene Hickerson, American football Hall of Famer (b. 1935)
  • 2009-04-13 Bruce Snyder, American football coach (b. 1940)
  • 2011-04-10 Homer Smith, American football coach (b. 1931)

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2011-10-08 Al Davis, American football executive, dies at 82

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • 2012-02-13 Freddie Solomon, American football wide receiver, dies from colon and liver cancer at 59
  • 2012-03-03 Alex Webster, American football coach, dies at 80