American Football Hall of Fame in History

Events in Sport

  • 1991-01-26 Jan Stenerud becomes 1st pure placekicker to make NFL Hall of Fame

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1880-10-22 Joe Carr, Ohio, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39)
  • 1895-09-16 Charles Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Chicago Cardinals 1933-46), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1947)
  • 1898-03-06 Jimmy Conzelman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach, team owner (Chicago Cardinals), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1970)

Person of interestCurly Lambeau

1898-04-09 Curly Lambeau, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, coach (founder, first coach Green Bay Packers), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1965)

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • 1902-12-01 Red Badgro, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end and coach (NY Giants) and baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), born in Orillia, Washington (d. 1998)
  • 1903-05-27 Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1962)
  • 1903-11-27 Johnny "Blood" McNally, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (NFL champion 1929-31, 36; Green Bay Packers), born in New Richmond, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • 1904-09-01 Ray Flaherty, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end, coach (3 x NFL Championships; Washington Redskins 1937, 42 coach), born in Lamont, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1906-10-11 Dutch Clark, American NFL hall of fame QB (Spartans, Detroit), born in Fowler, Colorado (d. 1978)

Person of interestPaul Brown

1908-09-07 Paul Brown, American NFL hall of fame coach (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Norwalk, Ohio (d. 1991)

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1910-05-01 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (First-team All-Pro 1933, 34, 36; Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1911-10-26 Sid Gillman, Pro & College Football Hall of Fame end (Ohio State U) and coach (U of Cincinnati, LA Rams, Houston Oilers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2003)

Person of interestSammy Baugh

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
  • 1919-05-05 Tony Canadeo, American NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1923-01-03 Hank Stram, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (KC Chiefs Super Bowl 1970), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1925-05-01 Chuck Bednarik, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1927-01-27 Joe Perry, AAFC/NFL Hall of Fame fullback (SF 49ers, Balt Colts)
  • 1927-11-12 Jack Butler, NFL hall of famer (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1930-05-01 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (First-team All-Pro 1952, 54–59; Pro Bowl 1952, 54–58; NFL 1950s All Decade Team), born in Trinity, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1930-05-08 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), born in Humbolt Tennessee (d. 2015)

Person of interestBill Walsh

1931-11-30 Bill Walsh, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (San Francisco 49ers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • 1932-01-19 Joe Schmidt, College/Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (10 x Pro Bowl; 8 x First-team All-Pro; NFL C'ship 1953, 57; Detroit Lions) and coach (Detroit Lions 1967-72), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1932-10-20 Roosevelt Brown, Virginia, NFL hall of fame tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1933-02-27 Raymond Berry, American NFL hall of famer (Baltimore Colts), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1933-10-18 Forrest Gregg, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle, coach (9-time Pro Bowl; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), born in Birthright, TX (d. 2019)
  • 1934-01-09 Bart Starr, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1935-06-06 Bobby Mitchell, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Pro Bowl 1960, 62–64; First-team All-Pro 1962–64; Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1936-12-23 Willie Wood, American Pro Football Hall of Fame safety (Pro Bowl 1962, 64–70; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2020)
  • 1937-01-25 Don Maynard, American football wide receiver (NY Jets: 633 receptions, 11,834 yards, 88 TDs), born in Crosbyton, Texas
  • 1938-03-31 Jimmy Johnson, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback (4-time Pro Bowl), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1938-12-09 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Eatonville, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1939-06-08 Herb Adderley, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Super Bowl 1967-68, 71; Pro Bowl 1963–67; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1940-08-03 Lance Alworth, American NFL hall of famer (Charger, Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1940-12-02 Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), born in Yazoo City, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • 1942-12-09 Dick Butkus, American NFL hall of fame linebacker (Bears) and sportscaster, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943-05-31 Joe Namath, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Super Bowl 1969; Super Bowl MVP 1969; Pro Bowl 1972; NY Jets), born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
  • 1943-11-01 Tom Mack, American Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman (11 x Pro Bowl; LA Rams), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1944-02-18 Pat Bowlen, American Pro Football Hall of Fame team owner (Denver Broncos), born in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin (d. 2019)
  • 1945-11-02 Larry Little, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (5-time Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1972-73; Miami Dolphins), born in Groveland, Georgia
  • 1946-03-01 Elvin Bethea, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × All-Pro; Houston Oilers), born in Trenton, New Jersey

Person of interestWalter Payton

1954-07-25 Walter Payton, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (9-time Pro Bowl; Chicago Bears), born in Columbia, Mississippi (d. 1999)

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 1961-10-16 Chris Doleman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 3 × First-team All-Pro; Minnesota Vikings), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1962-07-31 Kevin Greene, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, NFL coach (5-time Pro Bowl), born in Schenectady, New York

Person of interestJerry Rice

1962-10-13 Jerry Rice, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (SF 49ers, 13 x Pro Bowl), born in Starkville, Mississippi

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • 1971-06-22 Kurt Warner, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Super Bowl 1999 [MVP], St. Louis Rams; Pro Bowl (1999–2001, 08), born in Burlington, Iowa
  • 1971-11-21 Michael Strahan, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (7 x Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 2007; NY Giants) and broadcaster (Fox NFL Sunday, co-host ABC's Good Morning America), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1972-12-19 Warren Sapp, American NFL Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Orlando, Florida

Person of interestRay Lewis

1975-05-15 Ray Lewis, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (13 × Pro Bowl; Super Bowl MVP 2000; Baltimore Ravens), born in Bartow, Florida

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis
  • 1977-02-13 Randy Moss, American Pro Football Hall of Fame WR (6-time Pro Bowl), born in Rand, West Virginia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1939-05-20 Joe Carr, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39), dies at 59
  • 1959-10-11 Bert Bell, NFL hall of famer, dies at 64
  • 1962-03-02 Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), dies from bacteremia at 58

Person of interestCurly Lambeau

1965-06-01 Curly Lambeau, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, coach (founder, first coach Green Bay Packers), dies of a heart attack at 67

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • 1970-07-31 Jimmy Conzelman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach, team owner (Chicago Cardinals), dies at 72
  • 1981-04-28 Cliff Battles, American football halfback (First-team All-Pro 1933, 34, 36; Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), dies at 70
  • 1985-11-28 Johnny "Blood" McNally, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (NFL champion 1929-31, 36; Green Bay Packers), dies from a stroke at 82

Person of interestPaul Brown

1991-08-05 Paul Brown, NFL hall of fame coach (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), dies of pneumonia at 82

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1994-07-19 Ray Flaherty, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end, coach (3 x NFL Championships; Washington Redskins 1937, 42 coach), dies at 90
  • 1998-07-13 Red Badgro, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end and coach (NY Giants) and baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), dies after a fall at 95

Person of interestWalter Payton

1999-11-01 Walter Payton, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (9-time Pro Bowl; Chicago Bears), dies of Cholangiocarcinoma at 45

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 2003-11-29 Tony Canadeo, American NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), dies at 84
  • 2005-07-04 Hank Stram, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (KC Chiefs Super Bowl 1970), dies of diabetes complications at 82

Person of interestBill Walsh

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

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • 2008-10-20 Gene Hickerson, American football Hall of Famer (b. 1935)
  • 2011-02-19 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (First-team All-Pro 1952, 54–59; Pro Bowl 1952, 54–58; NFL 1950s All Decade Team), dies of dementia at 80
  • 2013-06-03 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), dies from natural causes at 73
  • 2015-03-21 Chuck Bednarik, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), dies of Alzheimer's disease and dementia at 89
  • 2015-12-30 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), dies at 85
  • 2019-04-12 Forrest Gregg, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle, coach (9-time Pro Bowl; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), dies of Parkinson's disease at 85
  • 2019-05-26 Bart Starr, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach (Green Bay Packers), dies of effects of stroke at 85
  • 2019-07-16 Pat Bowlen, American Pro Football Hall of Fame team owner (Denver Broncos), dies of complications of Alzheimer's disease at 75
  • 2019-10-21 Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), dies at 78
  • 2020-01-28 Chris Doleman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 3 × First-team All-Pro; Minnesota Vikings), dies of brain cancer at 58
  • 2020-02-03 Willie Wood, American Pro Football Hall of Fame safety (Pro Bowl 1962, 64–70; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), dies of dementia at 83
  • 2020-04-05 Bobby Mitchell, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Pro Bowl 1960, 62–64; First-team All-Pro 1962–64; Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), dies at 84