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)

AgreementAgreement of Interest

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
  • 1950-03-03 3 months as National-American Football League takes back NFL name
  • 1959-10-28 American Football League awards Buffalo Bills franchise to Ralph C Wilson
  • 1960-01-26 Oakland Raiders enter the American Football League
  • 1960-09-09 Denver Broncos beat Boston Patriots, 13-10 in the American Football League's first game before 21,597 fans at Nickerson Field in Boston
  • 1960-09-09 Denver beats Boston 13-10 in the American Football League's first game before 21,597 fans in Boston.
  • 1988-11-20 Boston College beats Army 38-24 in the 'Emerald isle Classic' at Dublin's Lansdowne Road Stadium, the first NCAA American Football game to be played in Europe
  • 1989-07-19 NFL owners vote unanimously to form World League of American Football - operated 1991-2007
  • 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
  • 2019-02-10 The eight centrally owned and operated team Alliance of American Football gets underway; Orlando Apollos beat Atlanta Legends, 40-6 at Spectrum Stadium, Orlando, FL
  • 2019-02-18 NHL hockey team Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon agrees to invest $250 million into the Alliance of American Football; named new chairman of the AAF

Birthdays in Sport

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  • 1859-04-07 Walter Camp, father of American football (Yale), born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 1925)
  • 1899-03-28 Buck Shaw, American football player and coach, born in Mitchellville, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1903-04-24 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1983)

Person of interestVince Lombardi

1913-06-11 Vince Lombardi, American football coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • 1916-04-11 Dan Fortmann, American football guard (Chicago Bears), born in Pearl River, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1920-06-02 Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (d. 2003)
  • 1924-01-25 Lou Groza, American football placekicker & offensive tackle (Cleveland Browns), born in Martins Ferry, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 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
  • 1932-04-27 Chuck Knox, American NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks), born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1937-01-25 Don Maynard, American football wide receiver (NY Jets: 633 receptions, 11,834 yards, 88 TDs), born in Crosbyton, Texas
  • 1937-07-09 Clemon Daniels, American football halfback and AFL player of year 1963 (Oak, Dallas, San Francisco), born in McKinney, Texas
  • 1938-08-22 Paul Maguire, American football commentator, born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1939-06-22 Don Matthews, American football coach in the CFL
  • 1939-07-18 Jerry Moore, American football player and coach, born in Bonham, Texas
  • 1940-01-22 George Seifert, American football coach
  • 1940-02-02 Wayne Fontes, American football coach

Person of interestJoe Gibbs

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

NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner
Joe Gibbs

Person of interestMarty Schottenheimer

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, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1946-10-14 James Robert "Radio" Kennedy, American football coach, born in Anderson, South Carolina
  • 1946-11-13 Al Luginbill, American football coach (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Pomona, California
  • 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

Person of interestBill Belichick

1952-04-16 Bill Belichick, American NFL coach (5 Super Bowl wins with New England Patriots), born in Nashville, Tennessee

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick

Person of interestMike Shanahan

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
  • 1954-04-24 Vince Ferragamo, American football quarterback (LA Rams, Montreal Alouettes), born in Torrance, California
  • 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, American football coach for Michigan State University, born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1956-06-27 Brad Childress, American football coach, born in Aurora, Illinois
  • 1956-07-31 Bill Callahan, American football coach, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1956-08-26 Mark Mangino, American football coach
  • 1956-10-16 Johnny Chavis, American football coach
  • 1957-01-25 Jeff Gossett, American football punter (Oakland Raiders), born in Charleston, Illinois

Person of interestBill Cowher

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

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • 1958-05-08 Lovie Smith, American football coach
  • 1958-09-23 Marvin Lewis, American football coach
  • 1959-05-04 Rohn Stark, American football NFL punter (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1960-02-13 Gary Patterson, American football coach and player, born in Rozel, Kansas
  • 1960-04-20 Rodney Holman, American football tight end (Detroit Lions), born in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • 1960-09-09 Bob Stoops, American football coach
  • 1960-10-13 Tim Brewster, American football coach, born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey
  • 1960-11-02 Adam Lingner, American football NFL center (Buffalo Bills), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1960-12-13 Richard Dent, American football defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1961-01-23 Trey Junkin, American football tight end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Conway, Arkansas
  • 1961-03-10 Bobby Petrino, American football coach
  • 1961-05-04 Eugene Daniel, American football NFL center (Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1961-06-06 Bill Bates, American football safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
  • 1961-08-15 Gary Kubiak, American football coach
  • 1962-04-02 Bruce Kozerski, American football NFL tackle and guard (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Plains, Pennsylvania
  • 1963-02-10 Bennie Thompson, American football safety (Saints, Chiefs, Cleveland Browns/Ravens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1963-04-10 Kirk Lowdermilk, American football NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1963-05-24 Rich Rodriguez, American football coach
  • 1963-12-18 Karl Dorrell, American football coach
  • 1963-12-29 Sean Payton, American football coach, born in San Mateo, California
  • 1964-04-20 John Carney, American football placekicker (San Diego Chargers), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1964-07-10 Urban Meyer, American football coach

Person of interestBarry Bonds

1964-07-24 Barry Bonds, American baseball left fielder (MLB home-run record [762], 7 x NL MVP), born in Riverside, California

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 1965-11-02 Chuck Klingbeil, American football NFL nose tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Houghton, Michigan
  • 1966-01-09 Jimmie Jones, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • 1966-01-20 Rich Gannon, American football quarterback (KC Chiefs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1966-01-31 Charles Dimry, American football cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1966-02-06 Tom Tupa, American football punter & quarterback (Cleveland Browns, NE Patriots), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1966-04-10 Neil Smith, American football defensive end (KC Chiefs, Den Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966-04-24 Theo Adams, American football tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1966-06-01 Greg Schiano, American football coach
  • 1967-02-06 Randy Hilliard, American football defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1967-04-11 Mark Seay, American football wide receiver (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967-04-12 Bobby Abrams, American football outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967-10-10 Frank Wainright, American football tight end (Miami Dolphins), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1967-12-13 Bo Pelini, American football coach, born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1967-12-29 Henry Jones, American football Safety (Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1968-01-31 Michael Sinclair, American football defensive end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1968-02-05 Will Furrer, American football quarterback (Houston Oilers, St Louis Rams), born in Danville, Pennsylvania
  • 1968-04-12 Neal Fort, American football tackle (Montreal Alouettes), born in Warner Robins, Georgia
  • 1968-04-27 Adrian Cooper, American football NFL tight end (Minnesota Vikings), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1968-05-04 Andre Collins, American football NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals), born in Riverside, New Jersey
  • 1968-12-12 Kurt Schulz, American football safety (Buffalo Bills), born in Wenatchee, Washington
  • 1968-12-12 Ray Ethridge, American football wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens), born in San Diego, California
  • 1969-01-18 Larry Webster, American football defensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens), born in Elkton, Maryland
  • 1969-01-25 Nolan Harrison, American football defensive lineman (Oakland Raiders, Pitt Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969-03-29 Jeff Blackshear, American football guard (Baltimore Ravens), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • 1969-04-11 Jesse Campbell, American football safety (NY Giants, Washington Redskins), born in Washington, North Carolina
  • 1969-04-12 Michael Jackson, American football wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Tangipahoa, Louisiana
  • 1969-04-27 Tyrone Rodgers, American football defensive linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Longview, Texas
  • 1969-08-19 Kirk Herbstreit, American football analyst (College GameDay)
  • 1969-11-02 Dwayne Gordon, American football NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers, NY Jets), born in White Plains, New York
  • 1970-01-18 Leo Araguz, American football punter (Oakland Raiders, Rhein Fire), born in Pharr, Texas
  • 1970-01-31 Greg Skrepenak, American football offensive lineman (Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • 1970-01-31 Travis Hannah, American football wide receiver (Houston Oilers, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Sport

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

Person of interestJohn Heisman

1936-10-03 John Heisman, American football coach who legalized the forward pass, originated the center snap and for which the Heisman Trophy is named, dies of pneumonia at 66

American Football Coach John Heisman
American Football Coach
John Heisman
  • 1971-04-15 Dan Reeves, American football team owner (b. 1912)
  • 1977-10-17 [Robert] Cal Hubbard, American football and baseball player and umpire (only person in football and baseball Hall of Fame), dies at 77
  • 1983-05-02 Norm Van Brocklin, American football star (b. 1926)
  • 1983-10-26 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), dies at 80

Person of interestTom Landry

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

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 2001-06-10 John McKay, American football coach (USC, Tampa Bay, 5X Rose Bowl champ), dies at 77
  • 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 Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (KC Chiefs Super Bowl 1970), dies of diabetes complications at 82
  • 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)

Person of interestBill Walsh

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)

Person of interestAl Davis

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