National Football League History (Part 3)

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

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

Events in Sport

Events 201 - 300 of 371

  • 1967-08-05 1st time an AFL team beats an NFL team, Broncos beats Detroit 13-7
  • 1967-09-17 New Orleans Saints 1st NFL game, they lose to LA Rams 27-13
  • 1967-10-29 Danny Abramowicz begins NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions
  • 1967-11-05 New Orleans Saints 1st NFL victory, beat Philadelphia Eagles 31-24
  • 1967-12-31 "The Ice Bowl", Packers beat Cowboys 21-17 in NFL championship game (-13°F)

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1968-05-27 George Halas retires from coaching, finishing with 318 regular-season wins and 6 NFL titles

American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
  • 1968-08-02 35th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 34, All-Stars 17 (69,917)
  • 1968-09-29 Chuck Latourette, sets NFL record 47.7 yd punt return avg (3 punts)
  • 1968-12-29 Balt Colts beat Cleveland Browns 34-0 in NFL championship game

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1969-01-27 Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the youngest coach in NFL history at the time)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll

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1969-02-04 John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1969-05-01 Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for $16,155,000
  • 1969-05-17 Balt, Cleve & Pitts agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL

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1969-06-06 Joe Namath resigns from NFL after Pete Rozelle, football commissioner, said he must sell his stake in a bar

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1969-07-18 Joe Namath agrees to sell interest in Bachelors 3, to stay in NFL
  • 1969-08-01 36th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: NY Jets 26, All-Stars 24 (74,208)
  • 1969-08-11 Pittsburgh Steelers beat NY Giants 17-13 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • 1969-08-25 Det Lions beat Boston Patriots 22-9 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • 1969-09-29 Steve O'Neal of NY Jets, kicks longest NFL punt; 98 yards vs Denver
  • 1969-11-02 NFL record of 12 passing touchdowns, New Orleans Billy Kilmer & St L Charlie Johnson pass for 6 touchdowns each
  • 1969-11-16 US President Nixon becomes first president to attend a season NFL game while in office: the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 41-28
  • 1970-01-16 NFL realigns into 3 divisions (down from 4)
  • 1970-03-18 NFL selects Wilson as official football & scoreboard as official time
  • 1970-07-31 37th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Kansas City 24, All Stars 3 (69,940)
  • 1970-08-03 4 day NFL strike ends
  • 1970-11-08 Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks NFL record 63 yard field goal
  • 1970-12-05 LA Rams Willie Ellison sets NFL record of 247 yards rushing
  • 1971-07-30 38th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Baltimore 24, All Stars 17 (52,289)
  • 1971-12-25 Longest NFL game (82m40s) as Dolphins beat Chiefs 27-24
  • 1972-07-28 39th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Dallas 20, All Stars 7 (54,162)
  • 1972-10-08 Harold Carmichael begins NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • 1972-12-16 Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)
  • 1973-03-24 SF 49er pres Lou Spadia proposes NFL expand to 30 teams
  • 1973-04-05 NFL adopts jersey numbering system (ie QBs, 1-19)
  • 1973-07-27 40th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Miami 14, All Stars 3 (54,103)
  • 1973-09-24 St Louis Cards Jim Bakken sets NFL record kicking 7 field goals
  • 1973-09-30 Mel Gray begins NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions
  • 1973-10-21 Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
  • 1973-12-16 O J Simpson becomes 1st NFLer to rush 2,000 yard in a season
  • 1974-04-24 NFL grants franchise to Tampa Bay Bucaneers
  • 1974-04-25 NFL moves goal posts & adopts sudden-death playoff
  • 1974-06-04 NFL grants franchise to Seattle Seahawks
  • 1974-12-05 NFL's Seattle Seahawks forms
  • 1975-08-01 41st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Pittsburgh 21, All-Stars 14 (54,103)
  • 1975-08-09 1st NFL game in Louisiana Superdome, Houston beats Saints 13-7
  • 1976-07-23 42nd NFL Chicago All Star Game: Pittsburgh 24, All Stars 0 (52,895)
  • 1976-08-16 St Louis Cards beat San Diego Chargers 20-10 in Tokyo (NFL expo)
  • 1977-04-01 NFL decides to experiment with a 7th official in some preseason games
  • 1977-11-20 Steve Largent begins NFL streak of 177 consecutive game receptions

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1977-11-20 Walter Payton (Bears) rushes for NFL record 275 yards

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 1977-12-04 NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7
  • 1978-03-14 NFL permanently adds 7th official (side judge)
  • 1978-08-05 New Orlean Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo)
  • 1978-11-05 Oakland Raider's John Madden becomes 13th coach to win 100 NFL games
  • 1979-08-24 NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new
  • 1979-10-21 Ozzie Newsome begins NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions
  • 1980-09-14 Dwight Clark begins NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions
  • 1980-09-21 Richard Todd of NY Jets completes 42 passes in a game (NFL record)
  • 1980-10-26 St Louis Cards sack Balt Colt QBs an NFL record tying 12 times
  • 1980-12-21 Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • 1981-10-18 NY Giant Joe Danelo ties NFL record of 6 field goals in a game

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1982-01-10 "The Catch" - iconic moment in NFL history - Dwight Clark makes a fingertip catch for a touchdown from Joe Montana with 58 seconds left (SF 49ers win the game and go on to win the Super Bowl)

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1982-05-07 Federal jury rules NFL violates antitrust laws in preventing
  • 1982-09-21 NFL players begin a 57 day strike
  • 1982-12-05 Mel Gray ends NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions
  • 1983-01-03 Tony Dorsett sets NFL record with 99-yd rush, Dallas vs Minnesota
  • 1983-08-06 Minnesota Vikings beat St Louis Cards 28-10 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • 1983-09-11 Franco Harris becomes 3rd NFL to rush 11,000 yards
  • 1983-10-02 Art Monk begins NFL streak of 136 plus consecutive game receptions
  • 1983-11-20 NY Giants Butch Woolfolk ties NFL record of 43 attempts rushing
  • 1983-12-10 Last NFL game at Shea Stadium; Steelers beat NY Jets 34-7
  • 1984-03-21 NFL owners passed the infamous anti-celebrating rule
  • 1984-03-29 NFL Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis
  • 1984-10-07 Walter Payton passes Jim Brown as NFL's career rushing leader
  • 1984-10-22 NFL quarterback Ken Stabler retires
  • 1985-09-29 Houston QB Warren Moon sacked NFL tying record 12 times (by Cowboys)
  • 1985-10-27 Anthony Carter begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive game receptions

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1985-12-02 NFL QB legends Dan Marino and John Elway face each other for the first time, a 30-26 victory for the Dolphins (Marino 390 yards and 3 touchdowns)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

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1985-12-09 Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive games with a reception

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice
  • 1986-03-11 NFL adopts instant replay rule
  • 1986-07-29 NY jury rules NFL violated antitrust laws, awards USFL $1 in damages
  • 1986-08-18 Jim Kelly signs with NFL Buffalo Bills ($75 million for 5 years)
  • 1986-09-07 Cleveland Browns becomes 1st team in NFL history to have a play reviewed by instant replay, Chicago 41, Browns 31
  • 1986-09-07 Dan Marino throws his 100th career touchdown pass, the fastest QB in NFL history to do so
  • 1987-01-11 Largest crowd (76,633) at NFL NY Giant Stadium (beat Wash 17-0)
  • 1987-08-03 Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • 1987-08-09 LA Rams beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • 1987-08-18 Houston Oiler Earl Campbell, retires from NFL
  • 1987-09-20 Dwight Clark ends NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions
  • 1987-09-20 Walter Payton scores NFL record 107th rushing touchdown
  • 1987-09-22 NFL players go on strike for 24 days
  • 1987-09-27 NFL players' strike begins in the US
  • 1987-10-04 1st "Scrub Sunday" of NFL football with replacement players
  • 1987-10-15 NFL Players Association orders an end to 24 day strike
  • 1987-11-29 Joe Montana of 49ers completes NFL record 22 consecutive passes
  • 1987-11-29 New Orleans Saints win, assuring their 1st winning NFL season
  • 1987-12-27 Steve Largent sets all-time NFL record for career catches when he catches his 752nd pass
  • 1988-01-16 NFL St Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix
  • 1988-03-15 NFL's St Louis Cardinals officially move to Phoenix
  • 1988-09-04 Phoenix Cardinals play 1st regular-season NFL game

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 2,070

  • 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)
  • 1946-09-24 "Mean" Joe Greene, NFL tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), Coke spokesman
  • 1946-12-25 Larry Csonka, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, NY Giants)
  • 1947-01-02 Calvin Hill, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1947-01-12 Tom Dempsey, NFL record-holder (longest field goal, 63 yards)

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1947-07-09 OJ Simpson [Orenthal James], NFL running back (Buf Bills), born in San Francisco, California

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
OJ Simpson
  • 1947-07-20 James Harris, Monroe La, NFL quarterback (Buffalo, LA, San Diego)
  • 1947-09-19 Larry Brown, NFL runningback (3rd to rush over 4,000 yards)
  • 1947-10-14 Charlie Joiner, Many La, NFL receiver (Houston, Cincinnati, San Diego)
  • 1947-12-05 Jim Plunkett, NFL quarterback (New England, Oakland), born in San Jose, California
  • 1948-07-13 Don Sweet, CFL, NFL place kicker (Montreal, Green Bay), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1948-09-02 Terry Bradshaw, NFL QB (Pittsburgh Steelers)/announcer (CBS, FOX)
  • 1948-11-18 Jack Tatum, Cherryville NC, NFL defensive back (Raiders)
  • 1949-02-10 Joe Lavender, NFL cornerback, born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • 1949-02-15 Ken Anderson, NFL quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1949-04-03 Lyle Alzado, NFLer (LA Raiders)/actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire)
  • 1949-05-26 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Raiders) [or Dec 25]
  • 1949-06-29 Dan Dierdorf, NFLer, sportscaster (Monday Night Football)
  • 1949-08-04 John Riggins, NFL running back (NY Jets, Wash Redskins)
  • 1949-09-09 Joe Theismann, NFL QB (Redskins)/sportscaster
  • 1949-09-22 Harold Carmichael, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1949-11-19 Ahmad Rashad, [Bobby Moore], NFL receiver (Minnesota Vikings)/sportscaster
  • 1949-12-25 Dan Pastorini, NFL QB (Raiders) [or May 26]
  • 1950-02-06 Rich Glover, American NFL player, born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1950-02-11 Clarence Ellis, NFLer, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1950-03-07 Franco Harris, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1950-10-20 Isaac Curtis, NFL wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1950-10-25 John Matuszak, NFLer (Raiders)/actor (Hollywood Beat), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1950-10-26 Chuck Foreman, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1950-11-11 Otis Armstrong, NFL running back (Denver Broncos)
  • 1950-12-25 Barry Pearson, American NFL player, born in Geneseo, Illinois
  • 1951-01-12 Drew Pearson, former NFL all-pro receiver
  • 1951-02-23 Ed "Too Tall" Jones, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1951-06-10 Dan Fouts, NFL QB (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1951-08-18 Greg Pruitt, NFL running back (LA Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII)
  • 1951-09-24 Terry Metcalf, NFL, CFL running back (St Louis, Toronto), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1951-12-28 Ken Pope, American NFL player, born Galverton, Texas
  • 1952-02-10 Mike Varty, American NFL player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1952-03-07 Lynn Swann, NFL receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)/sportscaster
  • 1952-07-03 Alan Autry, NFLer (Green Bay Packers)/actor (In the Heat of the Night)
  • 1953-01-15 Randy White, NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1953-01-23 Pat Haden, Westbury, NY, NFL quarterback (LA Rams)
  • 1953-02-07 Robert Brazile "Dr. Doom", NFL player (Houston Oilers), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1953-02-16 George Martin, NFLer (NY Giants)
  • 1953-07-24 Steve Grogan, NFL QB (New England Patriots)
  • 1953-12-25 Dave Wasick, American NFL player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954-06-11 Gary Fencik, NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears)

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1954-07-25 Walter Payton, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Columbia, Mississippi (d. 1999)

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 1955-08-09 Doug Williams, Louisiana, NFL QB (Tampa Bay Bucaneers, Wash Redskins)
  • 1955-11-03 Phil Simms, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Super Bowl 1986)
  • 1956-03-15 Clay Matthews, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1956-03-16 Ozzie Newsome, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1956-05-27 Nick Lowery, NFL kicker (NY Jets)

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1956-06-11 Joe Montana, NFL quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1956-07-06 Matt Bahr, NFL kicker (NE Patriots, NY Giants)
  • 1956-08-03 Todd Christensen, Bellefonte, PA, NFL player (Oakland) and sportscaster, (d. 2013)
  • 1956-08-29 Edddie Murray, NFL kicker (Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1956-11-18 Tony Franklin, NFL kicker (Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots)
  • 1956-11-18 Warren Moon, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Seahawks, Vikings)
  • 1956-11-20 Mark Gastineau, NFL end (NY Jets, Pro Bowl 1981-85)
  • 1957-01-19 Ottis "O J" Anderson, NFL running back (NY Giants)
  • 1957-01-21 Jacob Green, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawk)
  • 1957-01-25 Jeff Gossett, NFL punter (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1957-02-24 Phil McConkey, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 1957-11-19 Otis J Anderson, NFL running back (NY Giants, 1990 Super Bowl MVP)
  • 1957-12-05 Art Monk, NFL wide receiver (Wash Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1958-02-02 Dexter Manley, NFLer (Wash Redskins)
  • 1958-03-20 Rickey Jackson, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • 1958-05-18 Ray Donaldson, NFL center (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1958-06-08 Stan Brock, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1958-10-20 Dave Krieg, NFL quarterback (Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1958-12-16 Bart Oates, NFL center (NY Giants, SF 49ers)
  • 1959-01-27 Chris Collinsworth, NFL wide receiver/TV sportscaster
  • 1959-02-01 Mike Horan, NFL punter (NY Giants)
  • 1959-02-01 Wade Wilson, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1959-02-04 Lawrence Taylor, Williamsburg Virginia, NFL's greatest linebacker (NY Giants)

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor

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1959-02-19 Roger Goodell, Jamestown New York, American NFL Commissioner

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell
  • 1959-03-24 Renaldo Nehemiah, US, hurdler (110m at 12.93)/NFLer (SF 49ers)
  • 1959-05-04 Rohn Stark, NFL punter (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1959-05-08 Ronnie Lott, Albuquerque, NM, NFL defensive back (SF 49er)
  • 1959-05-14 Mike Quick, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1959-06-03 Sam Mills, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers), (d. 2005)
  • 1959-07-16 Gary Anderson, NFL kickerk (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1959-08-21 Jim McMahon, NFL QB (Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1959-10-09 Mike Singletary, NFL middle linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1959-11-29 Rich Camarillo, NFL punter (Houston Oilers)
  • 1959-12-20 David Lutz, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1959-12-27 Andre Tippett, NFL linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • 1959-12-28 Everson Walls, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys, NY Giants)
  • 1960-01-26 Gary Plummer, NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers, SF 49ers)
  • 1960-02-14 Jim Kelly, NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1960-02-15 Darrell Green, NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins)
  • 1960-03-04 Reggie McElroy, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos)
  • 1960-03-26 Marcus Allen, NFL running back (LA Raiders, KC Chiefs, Heisman 1981)
  • 1960-03-31 Mark Tuinei, NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1960-04-20 Rodney Holman, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1960-05-24 Pete Metzelaars, NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, GB Packers, Lions)
  • 1960-05-31 Norm Johnson, NFL place kicker (Seattle Seahawk, Pittsburgh Steelers)

Weddings in Sport

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Divorces in Sport

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Deaths in Sport

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