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Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 372

  • 1920-04-17 American Professional Football Association forms (NFL)
  • 1920-10-03 NFL (then American Pro Football Association) plays 1st games
  • 1920-10-10 Phoenix Cardinals (then in Chicago) play 1st NFL game, a 0-0 tie
  • 1920-10-17 Chicago Bears (as Decatur Staleys) play 1st NFL game, win 7-0
  • 1921-08-27 J E Clair of Acme Packing Co of Green Bay granted an NFL franchise
  • 1921-10-10 NFL Decatur Staleys become Chicago Staleys, win 14-10
  • 1921-10-16 Jim Conzelman takes over as coach of Rock Island Independents from Frank Coughlin-only mid-game coaching change in NFL history
  • 1921-10-23 Green Bay Packers play 1st NFL game, 7-6 win over Minneapolis
  • 1922-01-28 J E Clair turns Green Bay franchise back to NFL
  • 1922-06-24 AFPA changes name to NFL, Chicago Staleys become Chicago Bears
  • 1922-10-01 Former Chicago Staleys play 1st NFL game as Chicago Bears, win 6-0
  • 1922-12-10 Pete Henry makes longest known NFL drop-kicked field goal, 45 yards
  • 1924-11-16 Cleveland Bulldogs lose to Frankford Yellowjackets, ends 31-game undefeated streak (NFL & major-league football record)
  • 1925-10-11 NY Giants play 1st NFL game, lose to Providence 14-0
  • 1926-02-06 NFL rules college students ineligible until college classes graduates
  • 1929-07-28 Chicago Cardinals become 1st NFL team to train out of state (Mich)
  • 1929-11-28 Ernie Nevers scores all 40 pts for Chic Cards vs Bears (NFL record)
  • 1930-09-14 Detroit Lions (as Portsmouth Spartans) play 1st NFL game, win 13-6
  • 1930-09-24 Portsmouth beats Brooklyn in 1st NFL game played under floodlights
  • 1932-10-02 Washington Redskins (as Boston Braves) play 1st NFL game, lose 14-0
  • 1932-12-18 Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in 1st NFL playoff game
  • 1933-02-25 Major NFL rule changes (hash mark 10 yds in, posts on goal line)
  • 1933-04-17 Chicago Bears win their 1st NFL Game beating NY Giants 23-21
  • 1933-07-28 NFL divides into (2) 5 team divisions
  • 1933-09-20 Pittsburgh Steelers (as Pirates) play 1st NFL game, lose 23-2
  • 1933-10-15 Philadelphia Eagles play 1st NFL game, lose to NY Giants 56-0
  • 1933-11-12 1st game at NFL Pitts Pirate's Forbes Field, lose to Bkln Dodgers 32-0
  • 1933-12-03 Joe Lilliard QBs Chic Cardinals; last NFL black until 1946
  • 1933-12-17 NFL starts official stats as Bears beat Giants 23-21 in champ game
  • 1934-06-30 NFL's Portsmouth Spartans become Detroit Lions
  • 1934-08-31 1st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 0, All-Stars 0 (79,432)
  • 1934-10-28 Brooklyn & Pittsburgh play a penalty free NFL game
  • 1934-11-06 NFL Philadelphia Eagles beat Cincinnati Reds 64-0
  • 1934-11-29 Chicago Bears beat Detroit (19-16) in 1st NFL game broadcast nationally
  • 1934-12-09 NY Giants defeat Chicago Bears 30-13 for NFL championship
  • 1934-12-10 NFL adopts player waiver rule; applies after 6th game of season
  • 1935-05-19 NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936
  • 1935-08-29 2nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 5, All-Stars 0 (77,450)
  • 1935-12-15 Detroit Lions win NFL championship
  • 1936-09-03 3rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 7, Detroit 7 (76,000)
  • 1936-09-28 Brooklyn & Boston play a penalty free NFL game
  • 1936-12-13 Final Boston Redskin NFL game, lose to Packers 21-6, move to Washington, D.C.

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1936-12-13 Green Bay Packers win NFL championship with a 10–1–1 record under coach Curly Lambeau

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • 1937-02-12 Cleveland (now Los Angeles) Rams granted an NFL franchise
  • 1937-02-13 NFL Boston Redskins move to Washington, D.C.
  • 1937-09-01 4th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 6, Green Bay 0 (84,560)
  • 1937-09-10 Cleveland (Los Angeles) Rams plays their 1st NFL game, lose 28-0
  • 1937-09-17 1st NFL game in Washington, D.C.; Redskins beat NY Giants 13-3
  • 1937-12-12 Washington Redskins win NFL championship
  • 1938-08-31 5th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 28, Washington 16 (74,250)
  • 1938-10-09 Cleveland Browns & Chicago Bears play a penalty free NFL game
  • 1938-12-11 NY Giants win NFL championship
  • 1939-05-25 Carl Storck becomes 2nd NFL president
  • 1939-08-30 6th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: NY Giants 9, All-Stars 0 (81,456)
  • 1939-10-22 1st TV NFL game-Eagles vs Dodgers
  • 1939-12-10 Green Bay Packers win NFL championship, beat NY Giants 27-0
  • 1940-04-12 NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
  • 1940-08-29 7th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 45, All-Stars 28 (84,567)
  • 1940-11-10 Pittsburgh & Philadelphia play a penalty free NFL game
  • 1940-11-17 Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
  • 1940-12-08 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0
  • 1941-03-01 Elmer Layden becomes 1st NFL commissioner
  • 1941-08-28 8th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 37, All-Stars 13 (98,203)
  • 1941-12-14 1st NFL division playoff, Bears beat Packers 33-14
  • 1941-12-21 Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point
  • 1941-12-21 Chicago bears win the NFL championship
  • 1942-08-28 9th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 21, All-Stars 0 (101,100)
  • 1942-12-13 Washington Redskins defeat Chicago Bears 14-6, to win NFL title
  • 1943-04-07 NFL adopts free substitution rule
  • 1943-06-19 NFL's Philadelphia Eagles & Pittsburgh Steelers merge, (dissolves on Dec 5)
  • 1943-08-25 10th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 27, Washington 7 (48,471)
  • 1943-11-07 Detroit Lions 0, NY Giants 0; last scoreless tie in NFL
  • 1943-12-05 NFL Philadelphia Eagle-Pitts Steeler merger disolves
  • 1943-12-26 Chicago Bears win NFL championship, defeating Washington Redskins 41-21 in Chicago
  • 1944-04-20 NFL legalizes coaching from bench
  • 1944-04-21 NFL Chic Cardinals & Pittsburgh Steelers merge (dissolves on Dec 3)
  • 1944-08-30 11th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 24, All-Stars 21 (48,769)
  • 1944-12-03 NFL Cardinals-Pitts merger disolves
  • 1944-12-17 Green Bay Packers win NFL championship with an 8–2 record
  • 1945-04-09 NFL requires players to wear long stockings
  • 1945-04-10 NFL's Boston Yanks & Brooklyn Tigers merge
  • 1945-08-30 12th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 19, All-Stars 7 (92,753)
  • 1945-11-22 Jim Benton, Cleveland end, gains 303 yards (NFL record)
  • 1945-12-16 Cleveland Rams win NFL championship
  • 1946-01-11 Bert Bell becomes second NFL commissioner, moves Chicago headquarters to Philadelphia
  • 1946-01-12 NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to LA
  • 1946-03-21 Kenny Washington signs with Rams, 1st black NFLer since 1933
  • 1946-08-23 13th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Los Angeles 0 (97,380)
  • 1946-09-29 Los Angeles (previously Cleveland) Rams play 1st NFL game in LA
  • 1946-12-15 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 24-14 in NFL championship game
  • 1946-12-15 Giants Filchock & Hapes suspended by NFL, didn't report bribe attempt
  • 1947-01-24 NFL adds 5th official (back judge) & allows sudden death in playoffs
  • 1947-08-22 14th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Chicago Bears 0 (105,840)
  • 1947-12-28 Chic Cards beat Philadelphia Eagles 28-21 in NFL championship game
  • 1948-08-20 15th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Cards 28, All-Stars 0 (101,220)
  • 1948-10-03 NFL becomes 1st sport televised as sport of week
  • 1948-12-05 NY Giant Charley Conerly sets NFL record of 36 pass completions
  • 1948-12-19 Philadelphia Eagles shutout Chicago Cards 7-0 in NFL championship game
  • 1949-08-12 16th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 38, All-Stars 0 (93,780)
  • 1949-12-04 Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 2,065

  • 1879-02-03 Charles Follis, 1st African American NFLer (Shelby, Ohio)
  • 1880-10-22 Joe Carr, Ohio, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39)
  • 1884-09-21 Hugh "Shorty" Ray, supervisor of NFL officials, HOF member
  • 1887-07-30 Timothy Mara, NFL owner (NY Giants)
  • 1891-11-05 Earle "Greasy" Neale, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1892-11-26 Joe Guyon, NFL halfback (Canton, Cleveland, Oorang, Rock I, etc)
  • 1894-01-16 Guy Chamberlin, early NFL end/coach (Canton, Frankford, Cards)
  • 1894-01-27 Fritz Pollard, early African American NFL star (1920-26)
  • 1894-12-28 Ed Healey, NFL tackle (Rock Island Independents, Chicago Bears)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1895-02-02 George Halas [Papa Bear], NFL pioneer (owner of the Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
  • 1895-02-25 DeBenneville "Bert" Bell, PA, NFL owner/commissioner/HOF (Eagles)
  • 1895-09-16 Charles W Bidwill Sr, NFL hall of famer (Chicago Cardinals), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1896-01-11 Paddy Driscoll, NFL QB/coach (Chic Cardinals, Bears)
  • 1896-12-06 George Trafton, NFL center (Chicago Bears)
  • 1897-10-11 George Preston Marshall, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins)
  • 1897-10-31 Wilbur (Pete) Henry, NFL tackle (Canton, NY Giants, Pottsville)
  • 1898-03-06 Jimmy Conzelman, NFL QB/coach/team owner (Chicago)
  • 1898-04-21 Steve Owen, NFL tackle, coach (NY Giants)
  • 1898-11-30 Roy "Link" Lyman, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1901-01-27 Art Rooney, NFL team owner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1902-12-01 Morris "Red" Badgro, NFL hall of famer (NY Yankees, Giants, Dodgers), born in Orillia, Washington (d. 1998)
  • 1903-03-27 Walt Kiesling, NFL guard/coach (HOF)
  • 1903-04-24 Mike Michalske, NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers)
  • 1903-06-11 Ernie Nevers, NFL fullback (Duluth Eskimos, Chicago Cardinals)
  • 1903-11-27 Johnny Blood, aka John McNally, early NFL halfback (Green Bay)
  • 1904-09-01 Ray Flaherty, AFL/NFL/AAFC coach (NY Giants)
  • 1906-08-06 Ken Strong, NFL, AFL halfback (Staten Island, NY Yanks, NY Giants)
  • 1906-10-11 Earl "Dutch" Clark, Colo, NFL hall of fame QB (Spartans, Detroit)
  • 1907-05-06 Weeb Ewbank, NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets)
  • 1907-09-28 Glen "Turk" Edwards, NFL tackle (Boston/Washington Redskins)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1908-09-07 Paul Brown, NFL hall of fame coach (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Norwalk Ohio

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1908-11-03 Bronko Nagurski, Canadian-American NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Rainy River, Ontario (d. 1990)

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1909-08-22 Mel Hein, American NFL center (NY Giants), born in Redding, California (d. 1992)

NFL Offensive Lineman Mel Hein
NFL Offensive Lineman
Mel Hein
  • 1909-10-08 Bill Hewitt, NFL end (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1910-04-02 Arnie Herber, NFL QB (Green Bay Packers, NY Giants)
  • 1910-04-08 George Musso, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1910-05-01 Cliff Battles, NFL hall of famer (Braves, Redskins), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1911-10-26 Sid Gillman, NFL hall of fame coach/player (LA, San Diego, Houston), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1912-03-03 Joe Stydahar, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1912-04-10 Clarke Hinkle, NFL fullback (Green Bay Packers)
  • 1912-05-17 Clarence "Ace" Parker, NFL QB (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks)
  • 1912-06-30 Dan Reeves, NFL team owner (Cleveland/LA Rams)
  • 1912-10-25 Jack Kent Cooke, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins)
  • 1912-11-12 Alphonse [Tuffy] Leemans, NFL fullback (NY Giants)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1913-01-31 Don Hutson, American football player and the first NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1997)

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • 1913-01-31 Wayne Millner, NFL end (Boston/Washington Redskins)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1913-06-11 Vince Lombardi, NFL coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1914-03-17 Sammy Baugh, American NFL hall of fame quarterback (Washington Redskins), born in Temple, Texas (d. 2008)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 1914-10-23 Frank (Bruiser) Kinard, NFL, AAFC tackle (Bkln, NY Yankees)
  • 1915-08-12 Alex Wojciechowicz, NFL center (Lions, Eagles)
  • 1916-04-11 Dan Fortmann, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1916-09-11 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • 1916-11-21 Sid Luckman, NFL QB (Chicago Bears)
  • 1917-06-08 Byron R Whizzer White, Ft Collins, NFLer/Supreme Court Just (1962-93)
  • 1917-10-24 Marshall Goldberg, NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals)
  • 1918-03-13 George McAfee, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1919-05-05 Tony Canadeo, NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1919-09-28 Tom Harmon, Rensselaer Indiana, sportscaster/NFL tailback (Heisman)
  • 1919-11-10 Clyde "Bulldog" Turner, NFL center (Chicago Bears)
  • 1920-06-04 Marion Motley, NFL running back (all-time leading AAFC rusher)
  • 1920-06-05 Marion Motley, AAFC, NFL fullback (Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh)
  • 1920-07-26 Bob Waterfield, NFL QB (Rams)
  • 1920-12-28 Steve Van Buren, NFL halfback (Philadelphia Eagles), (d. 2012)
  • 1921-10-05 Bill Willis, AAFC, NFL guard (Cleveland Browns)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1921-12-06 Otto Graham, American NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2003)

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 1921-12-24 Bill Dudley, NFL halfback (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington)
  • 1922-05-06 Pat Harder, NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1922-10-10 Merv Pregulman, Lansing, Michigan, NFL Line backer (Green Bay Packers), (d. 2012)
  • 1922-12-14 Charley Trippi, NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals)
  • 1923-02-23 Dante Lavelli, AAFC/NFL end wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1923-03-23 Arnie Weinmeister, AAFC, NFL def tackle (NY Yankees, Giants)
  • 1923-06-17 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, AAFC, NFL halfback, end (LA Rams)
  • 1923-10-22 Pete Pihos, NFL end (Phil Eagles)
  • 1923-12-03 Tom Fears, NFL end (LA Rams)
  • 1924-01-25 Lou "The Toe" Groza, AAFC, NFL tackle, kicker (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1924-06-19 Leo Nomellini, NFL defensive tackle (SF 49ers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1924-09-11 Tom Landry, American NFL player (NY Giants) and coach (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mission, Texas (d. 2000)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 1925-01-01 George Conner, NFL tackle, linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1925-01-20 George Connol, NFL Hall-of-Famer
  • 1925-03-29 Emlen Tunnell, NFL safety (Giants, Packers)
  • 1925-04-20 Ernie Stautner, NFL tackle (Steelers)/WLAF head coach (Galaxy)
  • 1925-05-01 Chuck Bednarik, Penn, NFL hall of fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia)
  • 1925-06-05 Art Donovan, NFL defensive tackle (Balt, NY Yanks, Dallas), (d. 2013)
  • 1925-12-06 Andy Robustelli, NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants)
  • 1926-01-05 Claude (Buddy) Young, NFL running back (Yankees, Texans, Colts)
  • 1926-02-12 Joe Garagiola, NFL catcher and sportscaster/host (Today Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2016)
  • 1926-02-18 Len Ford, NFL end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1926-03-01 Pete Rozelle [Alvin Rozelle], American NFL commissioner (1960-89), born in South Gate, California (d. 1996)

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1926-03-15 Norm Van Brocklin, NFL QB/coach (LA Rams), hall of famer
  • 1926-04-26 Preston "Bob" Tisch, NFL co-owner (NY Giants)
  • 1926-10-24 Y A Tittle, AAFC/NFL QB (Baltimore, SF, NY Giants, MVP 1963)
  • 1926-12-07 Victor Kermit Kiam II, CEO (Remington shavers)/NFL owner (Patriots)
  • 1926-12-19 Bobby Layne, NFL QB (Detroit Lions)
  • 1927-01-02 Gino Marchetti, NFL defensive end (Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts)
  • 1927-01-22 Joe Perry, NFL Hall-of-Famer
  • 1927-01-27 Joe Perry, AAFC/NFL Hall of Fame fullback (SF 49ers, Balt Colts)
  • 1927-05-20 [Harold] Bud Grant, Wisc, CFL/NFL player/coach (Winnipeg, Minnesota)
  • 1927-09-17 George Blanda, Penn, NFL kicker/quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders)
  • 1927-11-12 Jack Butler, NFL hall of famer (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1928-04-16 Dick "Night Train" Lane, NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1919-08-16 NFL player Curly Lambeau (21) weds high school sweetheart Marguerite Van Kessel in Green Bay, Wisconsin

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau

HeartWedding of Interest

1938-04-10 NFL quarterback Sammy Baugh (24) weds his college sweetheart Edmonia Smith in Sweetwater, Texas

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh

HeartWedding of Interest

1941-10-13 NFL halfback Red Grange (38) weds flight attendant Margaret Hazelberg

NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange

HeartWedding of Interest

1949-01-28 NFL coach Tom Landry (24) weds Alicia Wiggs at St John the Divine Church in Houston, Texas

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry

HeartWedding of Interest

1949-06-11 NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle (23) weds artist Jane Coupe

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle

HeartWedding of Interest

1957-05-25 NFL coach Chuck Noll (25) weds first wife Marianne Noll

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll

HeartWedding of Interest

1958-07-19 NFL coach Don Shula (28) weds first wife Dorothy Bartish

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula

HeartWedding of Interest

1959-12-26 NFL coach John Madden (23) weds Virginia Fields

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden

HeartWedding of Interest

1960-12-22 NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (20) weds Anna Elaine Merrell at First Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton

HeartWedding of Interest

1961-01-28 NFL coach Mike Ditka (21) weds Marge Dougherty

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

HeartWedding of Interest

1961-06-26 NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke (24) weds Jackie Forchette

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke

HeartWedding of Interest

1962-06-10 NFL running back Gale Sayers (19) weds his high school sweetheart Linda McNeil

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

HeartWedding of Interest

1963-07-12 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (19) weds Linda Kay Cooper

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

HeartWedding of Interest

1967-06-24 NFL Footballer and later criminal O.J. Simpson (19) marries Marguerite Whitley

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

HeartWedding of Interest

1972-06-26 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) weds second wife Sandra Lemon

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

HeartWedding of Interest

1976-07-07 NFL running back Walter Payton (21) weds Connie Norwood in Los Angeles, California

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton

HeartWedding of Interest

1981-04-09 NFL coach Bill Cowher (23) weds Kaye Young

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher

HeartWedding of Interest

1981-07-01 NFL quarterback Joe Montana (25) weds second wife Cathleen Castillo

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

HeartWedding of Interest

1985-01-05 NFL football player Reggie White (23) weds Sara Copeland

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White

HeartWedding of Interest

1985-01-30 NFL Quarterback Dan Marino (23) weds Claire Veazey at St. Regis Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • 1985-02-02 NFL Footballer and felon O.J. Simpson marries 2nd wife Nicole Brown (murdered 1994)
  • 1985-02-24 NFL quarterback Joe Montana (28) weds actress and model Jennifer Wallace
  • 1985-12-14 "The Cosby Show" actress Phylicia Rashad (37) weds former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad (36)
  • 1986-10-18 NFL player Frank Gifford (56) marries 3rd wife Kathie Lee Johnson (35)

HeartWedding of Interest

1987-09-08 NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice (24) weds girlfriend Jackie Mitchell

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice
  • 1993-10-16 NFL coach Don Shula (63) weds second wife Mary Anne Stephens at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Miami Beach
  • 1995-06-10 Actress-singer Holly Robinson (30) weds NFL Philadelphia Eagle quarterback Rodney Peete (29) in Los Angeles
  • 1996-05-18 NFL Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly (36) weds former marketing director Jill Waggoner (27) at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in suburban Buffalo

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-10-25 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (38) weds news anchor Jane Skinner (30) at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, Illinois

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell

HeartWedding of Interest

1999-05-21 NFL legend Deion Sanders (31) weds model Pilar Biggers in Paradise Island, Bahamas

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-04-22 NFL football player Emmitt Smith (31) weds Miss Virginia USA beauty queen Patricia Southall (29)

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-03-17 NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning (24) weds Ashley Thompson in Memphis, Tennessee

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • 2001-06-09 "Law & Order" actress and model Angie Harmon (28) weds New York Giant NFL player Jason Sehorn (30) at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas
  • 2004-06-06 "Trick Pony" lead singer Heidi Newfield (33) weds NFL agent Bill Johnson in Destin, Florida
  • 2007-07-22 Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila Ali (30) weds former NFL player Curtis Conway (36) in Marina del Rey, California
  • 2008-04-19 New York Giants NFL quarterback Eli Manning (27) weds Abby McGrew (24) at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • 2008-09-22 TV personality and glamour model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds Philadelphia Eagles NFL player Hank Baskett (26) at Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, California

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-02-26 Supermodel Gisele Bundchen (32) weds NFL New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (35) at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2009-06-27 "Playboy Playmate" model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds NFL player beau Hank Baskett (26) at the Playboy Mansion in Bel Air, California
  • 2012-07-04 NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) weds "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada in Saint Martin
  • 2012-11-13 Soccer goalkeeper and a double Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo (31) weds former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens (33) in Washington
  • 2013-06-24 Actress Kerry Washington (36) weds NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha (32) in Blaine County, Idaho
  • 2016-04-16 Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson (24) weds NFL player Andrew East (24) in Franklin, Tennessee
  • 2016-07-06 NFL quarterback Russell Wilson (27) weds singer-songwriter Ciara (30) at the Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1934-05-23 First wife Marguerite Van Kessel divorces NFL player Curly Lambeau (36) after 14 years of marriage

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1972-06-26 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) divorces first wife Dorothy Hoelle after nearly 2 decades of marriage

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1990-01-17 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (46) divorces Linda Kay Cooper after 26 years of marriage

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2003-12-29 Retired NFL quarterback John Elway (43) divorces first wife Janet Buchan after 18 years of marriage

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 2012-08-14 "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada divorces NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) due to irretrievably broken marriage only 41 days after getting married

Deaths in Sport

  • 1939-05-20 Joe Carr, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39), dies at 59
  • 1959-02-17 Tim Mara, co-founder of NFL's NY Giants, dies
  • 1959-10-11 Bert Bell, NFL hall of famer, dies at 64
  • 1963-01-25 Wilson Kettle, Nfld, dies at 102, leaving 582 living descendents
  • 1968-07-23 Don Lillis, NFL president (NY Jets)
  • 1969-08-09 George P Marshall, NFL president (Washington Redskins), dies at 72

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1983-10-31 George Halas [Papa Bear], NFL pioneer and owner of the Chicago Bears, dies of pancreatic cancer at 88

American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
  • 1984-09-27 John Facenda, sportscaster (NFL Action), dies at 72
  • 1989-06-17 John Matusek, NFLer (Oak Raider)/actor, dies of a heart attack at 38
  • 1990-01-07 Joseph Robbie, lawyer/NFL owner (Miami Dolphins), dies at 73
  • 1990-03-15 Tom Harmon, NFL tail back (Heisman Trophy), dies at 70
  • 1990-10-10 Dick Jorgensen, NFL referee, dies at 56
  • 1991-03-19 John Russell Thomas, NFL general manager (Detroit Lions), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1991-08-05 Paul Brown, NFL founder (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), dies at 82

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown

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1992-01-31 Mel Hein, NFL center (NY Giants), dies of stomach cancer at 82

NFL Offensive Lineman Mel Hein
NFL Offensive Lineman
Mel Hein
  • 1992-05-14 Lyle Alzado, NFL defensive linesman (Raiders), dies of cancer at 43
  • 1992-07-13 Alex Wojciechowicz, NFLer (Philadelphia Eagles), dies at 76
  • 1992-07-16 Buck Buchanan, NFL defensive lineman (KC Chiefs), dies at 51
  • 1993-04-30 David Waymer, NFLer (Saints, 49'ers, Raiders), dies at 34

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1996-12-06 [Alvin] Pete Rozelle, NFL commissioner, dies of brain cancer at 70

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1997-01-16 Jim Kensil, NFL president (NY Jets), dies of heart failure at 66
  • 1997-04-06 Jack Kent Cooke, NFL owner (Wash Redskins), dies at 84

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1997-06-26 Don Hutson, first NFL wide receiver, dies at 84

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • 1998-07-13 Morris "Red" Badgro, NFL hall of famer (NY Yankees, Giants, Dodgers), dies at 95

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2003-12-17 Otto Graham, NFL Quarterback, dies of a heart aneurysm at 82

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 2009-07-28 Jim Johnson, NFL Assistant Coach, Eagles Defensive Coordinator from 1999-2009 (b.1941)
  • 2012-05-02 Junior Seau, NFL inside linebacker, commits suicide at 43
  • 2012-08-23 Steve Van Buren, American Hall of Fame NFL halfback, dies from pneumonia at 91
  • 2012-10-10 Alex Karras, American NFL player, dies from kidney failure at 77
  • 2012-11-29 Merv Pregulman, American NFL player, dies at 90
  • 2012-12-19 Larry Morris, American NFL player, dies at 79
  • 2013-02-02 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard, dies from pancreatic cancer at 71

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2013-04-16 Pat Summerall, American NFL player and sportscaster, dies from cardiac arrest at 82

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 2013-06-03 Deacon Jones, American NFL Hall of Fame Defensive End, dies from natural causes at 73
  • 2013-07-15 Earl Gros, American NFL player, dies at 72
  • 2013-11-13 Todd Christensen, NFL player and sportscaster, dies from complications during liver transplant surgery at 57

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2014-06-13 Chuck Noll, NFL head coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), dies of natural causes at 82

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • 2014-06-14 Rodney Thomas, American NFL running back, dies at 41
  • 2015-05-15 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), dies at 70
  • 2015-07-08 Ken "The Snake" Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI), dies at 69
  • 2015-08-09 Frank Gifford, American NFL player and broadcaster, dies at 84
  • 2015-12-30 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), dies at 85
  • 2016-03-09 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), dies at 85
  • 2016-03-23 Joe Garagiola, NFL catcher and sportscaster/host (Today Show), dies at 90
  • 2016-03-24 Kevin Turner, NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), dies of A.L.S. at 46
  • 2016-06-28 Buddy Ryan, American NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), dies at 85
  • 2016-09-07 Cary Blanchard, American NFL kicker (Indianapolis Colts), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 2016-12-05 Rashaan Salaam, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), dies at 42
  • 2017-02-22 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), dies at 76