National Football League History (Part 2)

American Football Leagues: AAFC - AFL - CFL - NFL Europe

Related Topics: NFL Championship - NFL Draft - NFL Teams - Pro Bowl

Events in Sport

Events 101 - 200 of 372

  • 1949-12-09 NFL merges Cleveland Browns, SF '49ers & Balt Colts from AAFC
  • 1949-12-18 Philadelphia Eagles beat LA Rams 14-0 in NFL championship game
  • 1950-01-23 NFL rule changes open way for 2-platoon system (offense & defense)
  • 1950-03-03 3 months as National-American Football League takes back NFL name
  • 1950-08-11 17th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 17, Philadelphia 7 (88,885)
  • 1950-08-12 NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 20-6 in Ottawa
  • 1950-09-16 Cleveland Browns (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, beat Philadelphia 35-10)
  • 1950-09-17 San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, lose 21-17
  • 1950-10-02 Bob Shaw of Chicago Cardinals sets NFL record with 5 TD receptions
  • 1950-11-12 Gene Roberts sets NFL NY Giant rushing record (218 yds) vs Chic Cards
  • 1950-12-03 Cleveland Browns last NFL team with no-pass game (beat Philadelphia 13-7)
  • 1950-12-24 Cleveland Browns beat LA Rams 30-28 in NFL championship game
  • 1951-01-18 NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass
  • 1951-01-18 NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts
  • 1951-08-11 NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 38-6 in Ottawa
  • 1951-08-17 18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180)
  • 1951-09-28 Norm Van Brocklin of Rams passes for NFL record 554 yards
  • 1951-12-02 Philadelphia sets NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing
  • 1951-12-23 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) LA Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game
  • 1952-01-19 NFL takes control of NY Yanks
  • 1952-01-24 1st NFL team in Texas, Dallas Texans formerly NY Yanks
  • 1952-08-15 19th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Los Angeles 10, All-Stars 7 (88,316)
  • 1952-11-25 Only win ever for NFL's Dallas Texans (1-11) beating the Bears 27-23
  • 1952-12-28 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-7 in NFL championship game
  • 1953-01-23 NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1953-01-23 NFL's National & American conference become Eastern & Western conf
  • 1953-08-14 20th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 24, All-Stars 10 (93,818)
  • 1953-10-18 Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times
  • 1953-11-12 US district Judge Grim, rules NFL can black out TV home games
  • 1953-12-27 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-16 in NFL championship game
  • 1954-08-13 21st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 31, All-Stars 6 (93,470)
  • 1955-08-12 22nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 30, Cleveland 27 (75,000)
  • 1955-08-28 1st NFL preseason sudden death football, Rams beats Giants 23-17
  • 1955-12-26 Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Los Angeles Rams 38-14
  • 1956-01-27 NFL's NY Giants switches games from Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium
  • 1956-08-10 23rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 26, All-Stars 0 (75,000)
  • 1956-12-30 NY Giants beat Chicago Bears 47-7 in NFL championship game
  • 1957-08-09 24th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: NY Giants 22, All-Stars 12 (75,000)
  • 1957-11-10 NFL record crowd (102,368), '49ers vs Rams in LA
  • 1957-12-29 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 50-14 in NFL championship game
  • 1958-08-15 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
  • 1958-12-28 Baltimore Colts win the 26th NFL championship game against the New York Giants
  • 1958-12-28 "The Greatest Game Ever Played", Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in the first every sudden-death overtime game in NFL history (17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game)
  • 1958-12-29 Balt Colts beat NY Giants 23-17 in NFL championship game
  • 1959-02-28 NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
  • 1959-08-05 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 55-26 in Toronto
  • 1959-08-14 26th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 29, All-Stars 0 (70,000)
  • 1959-12-27 Balt Colts beat NY Giants 31-16 in NFL championship game

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1960-01-26 Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1960-01-28 NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises
  • 1960-02-09 AFL & NFL agree verbally to a no tampering pact

  • 1960-03-13 NFL's Chicago Cardinals moves to St Louis
  • 1960-08-06 Pitt Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 43-16 in Toronto
  • 1960-08-12 27th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 32, All-Stars 7 (70,000)
  • 1960-08-15 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 16-7 in Toronto (NFL expo)
  • 1960-12-26 Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers 17-13 in NFL championship game
  • 1961-01-07 1st NFL Playoff Bowl (runner-up bowl)-Detroit beats Cleveland 17-16
  • 1961-01-14 Chic Bear Willard Dewveall becomes 1st NFLer to join AFL
  • 1961-04-27 NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
  • 1961-08-02 St Louis Cards (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in Toronto
  • 1961-08-04 28th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 28, All-Stars 14 (66,000)
  • 1961-08-05 Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Mont Alouettes (CFL) 34-16 in Montreal
  • 1961-08-08 Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1961-09-17 Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961-09-17 Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • 1961-12-31 Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game
  • 1962-01-09 NFL prohibits grabbing of face masks
  • 1962-08-03 29th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 42, All-Stars 20 (65,000)
  • 1962-12-16 NY Giant YA Title sets NFL season touchdown pass record at 33 with 6 touchdowns vs Dallas (41-31)
  • 1962-12-30 Green Bay Packers beat NY Giants 16-7 in NFL championship game
  • 1963-08-02 30th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 20, Green Bay 17 (65,000)

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1963-10-20 Jim Brown sets NFL single-season rushing record, 1,863 yds

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1963-12-29 Chicago Bears win NFL championship, defeating New York Giants 14-10 in Chicago
  • 1964-01-24 CBS purchases 1964 & 1965 NFL TV rights for $28.2 million
  • 1964-03-16 Paul Hornung & Alex Karras reinstated in NFL after 1 year suspension
  • 1964-08-07 31st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago 28, All-Stars 17 (65,000)
  • 1964-10-25 "The Wrong Way Run", Viking Jim Marshall runs 66 yards in wrong direction for a safety (NFL's #1 blooper)
  • 1964-11-01 George Blanda of Houston throws NFL record 37 passes in 68 attempts
  • 1964-12-27 Cleveland Browns beat Balt Colts 27-0 in NFL championship game
  • 1965-02-19 NFL adds 6th official - the line judge
  • 1965-04-15 NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold
  • 1965-06-30 NFL grants Atlanta Falcons a franchise
  • 1965-08-06 32nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 24, All-Stars 16 (68,000)

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1965-12-12 Gale Sayers of Chicago Bears scores 6 TDs, ties NFL record

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1965-12-29 CBS purchases NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year
  • 1966-01-02 Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns 23-12 in NFL championship game
  • 1966-06-06 NFL & AFL announce their merger
  • 1966-06-08 NFL & AFL announce plans to become NFC & AFC in 1970
  • 1966-08-05 33rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 38, All-Stars 0 (72,000)
  • 1966-11-01 NFL awards New Orleans its 16th franchise (All Saints Day)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966-11-08 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs anti-trust immunity to AFL-NFL merger

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1966-11-20 Dallas sacks Pittsburgh QBs an NFL record 12 times
  • 1966-11-27 In highest-scoring NFL game, Wash Redskins defeat NY Giants 72-41
  • 1966-12-11 Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards
  • 1967-01-01 Green Bay Packers beat Dallas Cowboys 34-27 in NFL championship game
  • 1967-01-09 NFL New Orleans' franchise takes name "Saints"
  • 1967-02-22 Sling-shot goal post & 6' wide border around field are standard in NFL
  • 1967-03-14 1st NFL-AFL common draft, Balt Colts pick Bubba Smith
  • 1967-08-04 34th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 27, All-Stars 0 (70,934)
  • 1967-08-05 1st time an AFL team beats an NFL team, Broncos beats Detroit 13-7

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 2,071

  • 1928-10-27 Kyle Rote, NFL halfback (NY Giants 1951-61)
  • 1928-11-01 Leon Hart, NFLer (Heisman Trophy)
  • 1928-12-20 Jack Christiansen, Kansas, NFL hall of famer defensive back (Lions)
  • 1928-12-31 Hugh McElhenny, NFL halfback (SF, Minnesota, Giants, Detroit)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1929-07-04 Al Davis, American businessman and NFL team owner (Oakland Raiders), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1930-01-04 Don Shula, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins), born in Grand River Ohio

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula
  • 1930-05-01 Ollie Matson, NFL halfback (Cardinals, Rams, Lions, Eagles)
  • 1930-05-08 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), born in Humbolt Tennessee (d. 2015)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1930-05-10 Pat Summerall, American NFL player (NY Giants) and CBS sportscaster, born in Lake City, Florida (d. 2013)

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 1930-06-21 Mike McCormack, NFL offensive tackle (NY Yankees, Cleveland, Philadelphia)
  • 1930-08-16 Frank Gifford, American NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)
  • 1930-10-04 Bill Wade, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1930-10-27 Bill George, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, LA Rams)
  • 1930-11-24 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1931-02-17 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1931-07-04 Rick Casares, NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931-11-30 Bill Walsh, NFL coach (San Francisco 49ers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1932-01-05 Chuck Noll, NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Cleveland, Ohio

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • 1932-01-19 Joe Schmidt, NFL Hall of Fame linebacker (Detroit Lions) and coach, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1932-04-27 Chuck Knox, NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks)
  • 1932-07-14 Roosevelt Grier, Cuthbert Ga, NFLer (NY Giants)/actor (Movin' On)
  • 1932-08-02 Lamar Hunt, NFL owner (KC Chiefs)
  • 1932-10-20 Roosevelt Brown, Virginia, NFL hall of fame tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1932-11-21 Jim Ringo, NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia)
  • 1933-02-27 Raymond Berry, Texas, NFL hall of famer (Baltimore Colts)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1933-05-07 Johnny Unitas, NFL QB (Balt Colts, San Diego); one of the greats, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • 1933-06-01 Alan "the Horse" Ameche, Wisc, NFL fullback (Baltimore Colts)
  • 1933-10-18 Forrest Gregg, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1933-11-25 Lenny Moore, NFL back (Baltimore Colts)
  • 1933-12-10 Larry Morris, NFL Linebacker (NFL 1960s All-Decade Team), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1934-01-09 Bart Starr, NFL quarterback/coach (Green Bay)
  • 1934-03-02 Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, NFLer
  • 1934-04-03 Jim Parker, NFL guard, tackle (Baltimore Colts)
  • 1934-05-17 Earl Morrall, NFL QB (Lions, Giants, Colts), (d. 2014)
  • 1934-07-24 Willie Davis, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay)
  • 1934-08-23 Christian "Sonny" Jurgensen, American NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins) and sportscaster, born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1934-10-04 Sam Huff, NFL linebacker (NY Giants, Washington Redskins)
  • 1935-01-26 Henry Jordan, Emporia Va, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland, Green Bay)
  • 1935-06-06 Bobby Mitchell, NFL running back/wide receiver (Browns, Redskins)
  • 1935-07-15 Alex Karras, NFLer (Detroit Lions)/actor (George-Webster), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2012)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1936-02-17 Jim Brown, American NFL running back (Cleveland Browns), born in St. Simons, Georgia

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1936-04-10 John Madden, NFL coach (Oakland Raiders) and sports commentator (CBS, FOX), born in Austin, Minnesota

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1936-12-23 Bobby Ross, NFL coach (San Diego Chargers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1936-12-29 Ray Nitschke, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers), born in Elmwood Park, Illinois (d. 1998)

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke
  • 1937-01-25 Don Maynard, NFL receiver (NY Jets), #13
  • 1937-03-21 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback/coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • 1938-01-05 Jim Otto, NFL center (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1938-03-05 Fred "Hammer" Williamson, NFLer (Chiefs)/actor (Julia), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1938-03-10 Ron Mix, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1938-03-24 Larry Wilson, NFL back (Cardinals)
  • 1938-04-10 Don Meredith, NFL QB (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football, born in Mount Vernon, Texas
  • 1938-12-09 [David] Deacon Jones, American NFL defensive end (LA, SD, Washington), born in Eatonville, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1939-03-19 Joe Kapp, NFL QB (Minnesota Vikings, Boston Patriots, Houston Oilers)
  • 1939-06-08 Herb Adderley, NFL hall of famer (Packers, Cowboys), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1939-07-24 Bob Lilly, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1939-07-27 Irv Cross, NFL sportscaster (CBS-TV)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1939-10-18 Mike Ditka, NFL coach and tight-end (Bears, Cowboys, NFL rookie year 1961), born in Carnegie, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1940-02-03 Fran Tarkenton, NFL QB (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), born in Richmond, Virginia

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • 1940-04-18 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), born in Burlington, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1940-06-17 Bobby Bell, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1940-08-03 Lance Alworth, NFL hall of famer (Charger, Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1940-08-29 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), (d. 2013)
  • 1940-09-15 Merlin Olsen, UT, NFL tackle (Rams)/sportscaster/actor (Father Murphy)
  • 1940-09-29 Mike Eischeid, NFL punter (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1940-11-24 Paul Tagliabue, commissioner (NFL)
  • 1940-12-02 Willie Brown, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1940-12-15 Nick Buoniconti, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)/sportscaster (NBC)
  • 1940-12-24 Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner (1989- )
  • 1941-04-18 Walter Francis Sweeney, Cohasset, Massachusetts, NFL Guard (San Diego Chargers), (d. 2013)
  • 1941-08-18 Matt Snell, NFL running back (NY Jets, Super Bowl III)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1941-08-22 Bill Parcells, NFL coach (NY Giants, NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Englewood, New Jersey

NFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching Legend
Bill Parcells
  • 1941-09-24 John Mackey, NFL tight end (Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1941-09-28 Charley Taylor, NFL wide receiver/running back (Wash Redskin)
  • 1942-02-05 Roger Staubach, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1942-06-19 Willie Frazier, AFL/NFL tight end (Houston Oilers), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2013)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1942-10-02 Steve Sabol, American filmmaker (35 Emmy awards, founder of NFL Films), born in Moorestown, New Jersey (d. 2012)

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • 1942-11-28 Paul Warfield, NFL/WFL wide receiver (Cleveland, Miami, Memphis)
  • 1942-12-09 Dick Butkus, NFL hall of fame linebacker (Bears)/sportscaster, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943-02-05 Craig Morton, NFL quarterback (Dallas, Denver), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1943-02-23 Fred Biletnikoff, NFL wide receiver

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1943-05-30 Gale Sayers, NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Wichita, Kansas

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1943-05-31 Joe Namath, PA, NFL QB (NY Jets), $400,000 man (1969 Superbowl)
  • 1943-07-04 Emerson Boozer, NFL running back (NY Jet)/sportscaster

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1943-07-16 Jimmy Johnson, American NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins), born in Port Arthur, Texas

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • 1943-10-14 Lance Rentzel, NFL receiver (Minn, LA)/ex-husband of Joey Heatherton
  • 1943-11-26 Jan Stenerud, Norwegian NFL place kicker (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • 1944-01-19 Dan Reeves, NFL Coach (NY Giants, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1944-04-29 Jim Hart, Evanston, Ill, NFL quarterback (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1944-06-02 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), born in Larnaca, Cyprus (d. 2015)
  • 1945-01-05 Sam Wyche, NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1945-02-03 Bob Griese, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 1971 Player of Year)
  • 1945-02-09 Bill Bergey, American NFL player, born in South Dayton, New York
  • 1945-02-19 Jon Whiteley, actor (Moonfleet)
  • 1945-02-28 Charles "Bubba" Smith, Tx, NFLer (Balt Colts)/actor (Police Academy)
  • 1945-08-07 Alan Page, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1945-08-15 Gene Upshaw, NFL guard (Oakland Radiers), NFLPA leader
  • 1945-12-25 Ken "The Snake" Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI), born in Foley, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1946-01-06 Harold Jackson, Hattiesburg, MS, NFL wide receiver (LA, New Engl)
  • 1946-03-05 Rocky Bleier, Wisc, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1946-07-06 Fred Dryer, Hawthone California, NFLer (NY Giants, LA Rams)/actor (Hunter)

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