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Events 1 - 100 of 442


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1920-08-20 American Professional Football Association forms; Jim Thorpe installed as president; later to become the National Football League (NFL)

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1920-09-17 National Football League is born in Canton, Ohio; 12 teams pay $100 each to join American Professional Football Association; re-named the NFL in 1922
  • 1920-10-03 American Pro Football Association (later the NFL) plays 1st full round of games; Dayton Triangles beat Columbus Panhandles, 14-0 in first official game at Triangle Park, Dayton
  • 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
  • 1921-04-30 American Professional Football Association reorganizes in Akron
  • 1921-04-30 1st American Professional Football Association Championship (1920): undefeated Akron Pros awarded inaugural title
  • 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
  • 1921-12-04 American Professional Football Association Championship, Cubs Park, Chicago: Chicago Staleys beat Buffalo All-Americans, 10-7 in de facto championship game after teams tied in standings
  • 1922-01-28 J E Clair turns Green Bay franchise back to NFL
  • 1922-06-24 American Professional Football Association renamed the National Football League
  • 1922-10-01 Former Chicago Staleys play first NFL game as Chicago Bears; beat Racine Legion, 6-0 at Horlick Field, Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1922-12-10 Pete Henry makes longest known NFL drop-kicked field goal, 45 yards

  • 1924-11-16 Cleveland Bulldogs (formerly Canton) 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 (Michigan)
  • 1929-11-06 Providence Steam Roller become first NFL team to host a game at night under floodlights; lose 16-0 against the Chicago Cardinals at the Cycledrome, Providence, RI
  • 1929-11-28 Chicago fullback Ernie Nevers sets NFL record for most points scored in a single game with all 40 in the Cardinals' 40–6 rout of Chicago Bears; Nevers has NFL record 6 touchdowns and 4 extra points
  • 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
  • 1931-07-01 Cleveland Municipal Stadium (MLB: Indians, NFL: Browns, 78,189 capacity) opens; demolished 1996
  • 1932-10-02 Washington Redskins (as Boston Braves) play franchise's debut NFL game; lose 14-0 to Brooklyn Dodgers at Braves Field
  • 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

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1933-10-01 New York Giants make no 1st downs, but still beat the Green Bay Packers, 10-7 in a week 3 NFL matchup at Borchert Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 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
  • 1934-06-30 Detroit radio executive George Richards pays $7,952.08 to buy NFL's Portsmouth Spartans; moves team to Detroit and rebrands it to '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
  • 1934-11-04 After posting 7 straight shutouts to start the NFL season, Detroit Lions beat Pittsburgh, 40-7 at University of Detroit Stadium; scored upon for the first time of the season; rush for NFL single game record 426 yards
  • 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
  • 1934-12-10 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)
  • 1935-11-03 Philadelphia Eagles beat Boston Redskins, 7-6 at Fenway Park; respective quarterbacks combine to throw an NFL record 11 interceptions
  • 1936-09-02 NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: All-Stars 7, Detroit Lions 7; 76,000 at Soldier Field
  • 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.
  • 1937-02-12 Cleveland (now Los Angeles) Rams granted an NFL franchise
  • 1937-02-13 Boston Redskins receive approval from NFL to move to Washington, D.C; to share baseball's Griffith Stadium with first Washington Senators of the American League
  • 1937-09-10 Cleveland (Los Angeles) Rams plays their 1st NFL game, lose 28-0
  • 1937-09-16 Redskins NFL franchise play first game in Washington at Griffith Stadium; defeat the New York Giants in season opener, 13–3
  • 1937-09-17 1st NFL game in Washington, D.C.; Redskins beat NY Giants 13-3
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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 National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 73-0; most one-sided victory in NFL history; first NFL title game broadcast on national radio
  • 1941-03-01 Former University of Notre Dame star fullback Elmer Layden is named first Commissioner of the NFL
  • 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 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 37-9; first team in NFL championship game era (since 1933) to win consecutive titles; Bears 5th title overall
  • 1942-08-28 9th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 21, All-Stars 0 (101,100)
  • 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 dissolves
  • 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 Temporary merger of 2 NFL teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals, dissolves at finish of season; WWII ends before start of 1945 season, so both teams resume normal operations
  • 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)
  • 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 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 24-14; record attendance 58,346 at final NFL title game played at Polo Grounds
  • 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)
  • 1948-12-05 NY Giant Charley Conerly sets NFL record of 36 pass completions
  • 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
  • 1949-12-09 NFL merges Cleveland Browns, SF '49ers & Balt Colts from AAFC
  • 1950-01-23 NFL rule changes open way for 2-platoon system (offense & defense)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1950-02-01 Green Bay Packers founder, player and coach Curly Lambeau resigns after 31 seasons and 6 NFL titles to his credit

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • 1950-03-03 National-American Football League reverts back to calling itself the NFL after 3 months
  • 1950-08-11 17th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 17, Philadelphia 7 (88,885)
  • 1950-08-12 First international game by an NFL team, New York Giants beat CFL's Ottawa Roughriders, 20-6 at Ottawa's Lansdowne Stadium

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,946

  • 1768-10-13 Jacques Félix Emmanuel Hamelin, French explorer, born in Honfleur, Calvados, France (d. 1839)
  • 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)
  • 1884-04-01 Hugo Bezdek, Czech American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Oregon, University of Arkansas, Penn State; NFL: Cleveland Browns; MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1952)
  • 1884-09-21 Shorty Ray, American football player and supervisor of NFL officials, born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1956)
  • 1887-07-29 Tim Mara, American founder and administrator (NFL NY Giants), born in New York (d. 1959)
  • 1891-11-05 Earl Neale, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Virginia; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles) and MLB outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia (d. 1973)
  • 1892-11-26 Joe Guyon, American NFL halfback (Canton, Cleveland, Oorang, Rock I, etc), born in White Earth, Minnesota (d. 1971)
  • 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 interestGeorge Halas

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

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • 1895-02-25 DeBenneville "Bert" Bell, PA, NFL owner/commissioner/HOF (Eagles)
  • 1895-09-16 Charles Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Chicago Cardinals 1933-46), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1947)
  • 1896-01-11 Paddy Driscoll, NFL quarterback and coach (Chic Cardinals, Bears)
  • 1896-12-06 George Trafton, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 1897-04-01 Doc Alexander, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (Syracuse; All Pro 1921, 22; Rochester Jeffersons; NFL C'ship 1925; NY Giants), born in Silver Creek, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1897-10-11 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), born in Grafton, West Virginia (d. 1969)
  • 1897-10-31 Pete Henry, American NFL tackle (Canton, NY Giants, Pottsville), born in Mansfield, Ohio (d. 1952)
  • 1898-03-06 Jimmy Conzelman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach, team owner (Chicago Cardinals), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1970)
  • 1898-04-21 Steve Owen, American NFL tackle and coach (NY Giants), born in Cleo Springs, Oklahoma (d. 1964)
  • 1898-11-30 Roy "Link" Lyman, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1901-01-01 Century Milstead, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale; NFL C'ship 1927, NY Giants), born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • 1901-01-27 Art Rooney, NFL team owner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 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)
  • 1903-04-24 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1983)
  • 1903-05-04 Elmer Layden, College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Notre Dame legendary 4-horsemen, 1st NFL Commissioner), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1973)
  • 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)
  • 1905-05-01 Chris 'Red' Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All American 1927, 28, 29; Army; NFL: New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers), born in DeRidder, Louisiana (d. 1942)
  • 1906-08-06 Ken Strong, NFL, AFL halfback (Staten Island, NY Yanks, NY Giants)
  • 1906-10-11 Dutch Clark, American NFL hall of fame QB (Spartans, Detroit), born in Fowler, Colorado (d. 1978)
  • 1907-03-05 Carroll Rosenbloom, American businessman and NFL team owner (Baltimore Colts, LA Rams), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1979)
  • 1907-05-06 Weeb Ewbank, American NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets), born in Richmond, Indiana (d. 1998)
  • 1907-09-28 Glen "Turk" Edwards, NFL tackle (Boston/Washington Redskins)

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

Person of interestBronko Nagurski

1908-11-03 Bronko Nagurski, Canadian-American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame 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
  • 1909-08-02 Ace Gutowsky, Russian/American football fullback (Portsmouth Spartans, Brooklyn Dodgers; NFL C'ship 1935, Detroit Lions), born in Komolty, Russian Empire (d. 1976)

Person of interestMel Hein

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

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1909-10-08 Bill Hewitt, American professional football player (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 1947)
  • 1910-04-02 Arnie Herber, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers, NY Giants), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1969)
  • 1910-04-08 George Musso, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1911-09-30 Ed Danowski, American football quarterback and halfback (NFL Championship 1934, 38; New York Giants; Pro Bowl 1938), born in Jamesport, New York (d. 1997)
  • 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)
  • 1912-03-03 Joe Stydahar, NFL tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1912-04-10 Clarke Hinkle, American NFL fullback (Green Bay Packers), born in Toronto, Ohio (d. 1988)
  • 1912-05-17 Clarence "Ace" Parker, American NFL quarterback (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2013)
  • 1912-06-30 Dan Reeves, American NFL team owner (Cleveland/LA Rams), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1912-10-25 Jack Kent Cooke, Canadian entrepreneur, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), born in Hamilton, Canada (d. 1997)
  • 1912-11-12 Alphonse [Tuffy] Leemans, NFL fullback (NY Giants)
  • 1913-01-31 Wayne Millner, NFL end (Boston/Washington Redskins)
  • 1913-08-13 John Facenda, American sportscaster (NFL Action), born in Portsmouth, Virginia

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
  • 1914-10-23 Frank (Bruiser) Kinard, NFL, AAFC tackle (NY Yankees), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1915-02-01 Gus Tinsley, American College Football Hall of Fame end and coach (All-American 1935, 36; coach LSU 1948-55; NFL: Chicago Cardinals), born in Ruple, Louisiana (d. 2002)
  • 1915-03-06 Leonard Tose, owner NFL Philadelphia Eagles 1969-85, born in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1915-08-12 Alex Wojciechowicz, NFL center (Lions, Eagles)

Person of interestEd Sabol

1916-09-11 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2015)

Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • 1916-11-21 Sid Luckman, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1917-06-22 Davey O'Brien, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1938, Texas Christian University; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1977)
  • 1917-10-24 Marshall Goldberg, American NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals), born in Elkins, West Virginia (d. 2006)
  • 1918-03-13 George McAfee, American football player, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 2009)
  • 1918-09-09 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder, sportscaster, LV bookmaker (The NFL Today; fired for racist remarks), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1919-05-05 Tony Canadeo, American NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1919-11-10 Bulldog Turner, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), born in Plains, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1920-02-08 Bruce Smith, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1941, U of Minnesota; NFL: Green Bay Packers), born in Faribault, Minnesota (d. 1967)
  • 1920-06-05 Marion Motley, American NFL fullback (all-time leading AAFC rusher), born in Leesburg, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1920-07-26 Bob Waterfield, American NFL quarterback (Rams), born in Elmira, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1920-12-28 Steve Van Buren, NFL halfback (Philadelphia Eagles), (d. 2012)
  • 1921-10-05 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)

Person of interestOtto Graham

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), born in Bluefield, Virginia
  • 1922-05-06 Pat Harder, American NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1992)
  • 1922-06-20 Tommy Mont, American NFL quarterback and coach (Washington Redskins; DePauw University), born in Mount Savage, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • 1922-10-10 Merv Pregulman, American NFL Line backer (Green Bay Packers), born in Lansing, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1922-12-14 Charley Trippi, American NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania
  • 1923-01-03 Bud Adams Jr., American NFL team owner (Tennessee Titans), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1923-02-10 Allie Sherman, American NFL coach (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1953-56 CFL; New York Giants 1961–68), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1923-02-23 Dante Lavelli, AAFC/NFL end wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1923-03-23 Arnie Weinmeister, AAFC, NFL def tackle (NY Yankees, Giants)
  • 1923-04-24 Jim Hardy, American NFL quarterback (LA Rams; Pro Bowl 1950), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1923-06-17 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, American NFL halfback and end (LA Rams), born in Wausau, Wisconsin (d. 2004)
  • 1923-10-22 Pete Pihos, NFL end (Phil Eagles)
  • 1923-12-03 Tom Fears, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and coach (NFL champion 1951; First-team All-Pro, NFL receiving yards leader 1950; LA Rams), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 2000)
  • 1924-01-25 Lou Groza, American football placekicker & offensive tackle (Cleveland Browns), born in Martins Ferry, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 1924-06-19 Leo Nomellini, NFL defensive tackle (SF 49ers)

Person of interestTom Landry

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
  • 1924-10-17 Don Coryell, American College Football Hall of Fame/NFL coach (SD Chargers), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2010)
  • 1924-10-26 Tex Coulter, American NFL defensive lineman (All Pro 1948, 51-52; Pro Bowl 1951-52; NY Giants), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1924-12-26 Glenn Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1946; National C'ship 1944, 45, 46; Army; NFL: LA Rams), born in Claremont, California (d. 2005)
  • 1924-12-29 Dub Jones, American NFL halfback (Pro Bowl 1951, 52; All Pro 1951) and coach (Cleveland Browns), born in Arcadia, Louisiana
  • 1925-01-21 George Conner, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle / linebacker (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53, 55; Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1925-03-29 Emlen Tunnell, American football player, NFL safety (Giants, Packers), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • 1925-06-05 Art Donovan, NFL defensive tackle (Balt, NY Yanks, Dallas), (d. 2013)
  • 1925-07-01 Art McNally, American football referee and administrator (NFL Head of Officiating 1968-91), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1925-12-06 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • 1926-01-02 Gino Marchetti, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Pro Bowl x 11), born in Smithers, West Virginia (d. 2019)
  • 1926-01-05 Claude (Buddy) Young, American NFL running back (Yankees, Texans, Colts), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)
  • 1926-02-12 Joe Garagiola, NFL catcher and sportscaster/host (Today Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2016)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

LoveWedding of Interest

1967-06-24 NFL running back, broadcaster, actor 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White

LoveWedding 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 running back, broadcaster, actor and felon O.J. Simpson marries second 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)

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning
  • 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

2012-11-13 Soccer goalkeeper and a double Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo (31) weds former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens (33) in Washington

Football Star Hope Solo
Football Star
Hope Solo
  • 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

LoveWedding of Interest

2016-07-06 NFL quarterback Russell Wilson (27) weds singer-songwriter Ciara (30) at the Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England

Singer Ciara
Singer
Ciara
  • 2017-03-26 FIFA Women's World Cup champion Julie Beth Johnston (25) weds NFL player Zach Ertz (26) in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2017-04-14 Actress and model Nicky Whelan (36) weds former NFL player-turned-actor Kerry Rhodes (34) at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles
  • 2017-05-19 Roller derby skater Bonnie Thunders weds NFL player Larry English (31) at The Montage in Laguna Beach, California
  • 2020-01-20 American former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow (32) weds South African Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (24) in Cape Town, South Africa

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
  • 1942-12-26 Chris 'Red' Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All American 1927, 28, 29; Army; NFL: New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers), dies of a fractured skull from a fall at 37
  • 1947-04-19 Charles Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Chicago Cardinals 1933-46), dies of pneumonia at 51
  • 1952-02-07 Pete Henry, American NFL tackle (Canton, NY Giants, Pottsville), dies at 54
  • 1952-09-19 Hugo Bezdek, Czech American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Oregon, University of Arkansas, Penn State; NFL: Cleveland Browns; MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 68
  • 1959-02-17 Tim Mara, American founder and administrator (NFL NY Giants), 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
  • 1963-01-25 Wilson Kettle, Nfld, dies at 102, leaving 582 living descendants
  • 1963-06-02 Century Milstead, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale; NFL C'ship 1927, NY Giants), dies at 62
  • 1964-05-17 Steve Owen, American NFL tackle and coach (NY Giants), dies at 66
  • 1967-08-28 Bruce Smith, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1941, U of Minnesota; NFL: Green Bay Packers), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1968-07-23 Don Lillis, NFL president (NY Jets)
  • 1969-08-09 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 72
  • 1969-10-14 Arnie Herber, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers, NY Giants), dies at 59
  • 1971-04-15 Dan Reeves, American NFL team owner (Cleveland, LA Rams), dies at 58
  • 1971-09-05 George Trafton, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), dies at 74
  • 1971-11-27 Joe Guyon, American NFL halfback (Canton, Cleveland, Oorang, Rock I, etc), dies at 79
  • 1973-06-30 Elmer Layden, College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Notre Dame legendary 4-horsemen, 1st NFL Commissioner), dies at 70
  • 1973-11-02 Earl Neale, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Virginia; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles) and MLB outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), dies at 81
  • 1975-09-12 Doc Alexander, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (Syracuse; All Pro 1921, 22; Rochester Jeffersons; NFL C'ship 1925; NY Giants), dies at 78
  • 1976-12-04 Ace Gutowsky, Russian/American football fullback (Portsmouth Spartans, Brooklyn Dodgers; NFL C'ship 1935, Detroit Lions), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1977-11-18 Davey O'Brien, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1938, Texas Christian University; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles), dies from cancer at 60
  • 1978-02-14 Paul Governali, American professional football player (b. 1921)
  • 1979-04-02 Carroll Rosenbloom, American businessman and NFL team owner (Baltimore Colts, LA Rams), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 1983-03-25 Bob Waterfield, American NFL quarterback (Rams), dies at 62
  • 1983-10-26 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), dies at 80

Person of interestGeorge Halas

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

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • 1984-09-27 John Facenda, sportscaster (NFL Action), dies at 72
  • 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
  • 1986-12-01 Bobby Layne, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL champion 1952-53, 57; 6 x Pro Bowl; Detroit Lions), dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • 1988-08-08 Alan Ameche, American College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Heisman Trophy 1954, U of Wisconsin; Pro Bowl 1955–1958, NFL C'ship 1958, 59; Baltimore Colts), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1989-06-17 John Matuszak, American NFL defensive end (Oak Raider) and actor (The Goonies), dies of an accidental propoxyphene overdose at 38
  • 1990-01-07 Joseph Robbie, lawyer/NFL owner (Miami Dolphins), dies at 73
  • 1990-10-10 Dick Jorgensen, NFL referee, dies at 56
  • 1991-03-19 John Russell Thomas, NFL general manager (Detroit Lions), dies

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

Person of interestMel Hein

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

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1992-05-14 Lyle Alzado, NFL defensive linesman (LA Raiders) and actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire), 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
  • 1992-09-06 Pat Harder, American NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions), dies at 70
  • 1993-04-30 Dave Waymer, American NFL safety (NO Saints), dies of a heart attack at 34
  • 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
  • 1996-02-27 Vic Janowicz, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1950, Ohio State; NFL: Washington Redskins), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1996-04-21 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder, sportscaster, LV bookmaker (The NFL Today; fired for racist remarks), dies of a heart attack at 77

Person of interestPete Rozelle

1996-12-06 Pete Rozelle, American football executive (NFL Commissioner 1960-89), 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
  • 1997-02-01 Ed Danowski, American football quarterback & halfback (NFL Championship 1934, 38; New York Giants; Pro Bowl 1938), dies at 85
  • 1997-04-06 Jack Kent Cooke, Canadian entrepreneur, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 84
  • 1998-07-05 Sid Luckman, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), dies at 81
  • 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
  • 1998-10-30 Bulldog Turner, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), dies at 79
  • 1998-11-17 Weeb Ewbank, American NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets), dies at 91
  • 1999-06-27 Marion Motley, American NFL fullback (all-time leading AAFC rusher), dies at 79
  • 1999-08-29 Jaime Fields, American NFL and WLAF linebacker (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores), dies in a hit-and-run automobile accident at 29
  • 2000-01-04 Tom Fears, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and coach (NFL champion 1951; First-team All-Pro, NFL receiving yards leader 1950; LA Rams), dies at 77
  • 2001-05-27 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (Patriots), dies at 74
  • 2002-01-29 Night Train Lane, American NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions), dies at 74
  • 2002-07-24 Gus Tinsley, American College Football Hall of Fame end and coach (All-American 1935, 36; coach LSU 1948-55; NFL: Chicago Cardinals), dies at 87
  • 2002-08-15 Kyle Rote, NFL halfback (NY Giants 1951-61), dies at 74
  • 2003-04-15 Leonard Tose, American trucking magnate & owner of NFL Philadelphia Eagles 1969-85, dies at 88
  • 2003-11-29 Tony Canadeo, American NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), dies at 84

Person of interestOtto Graham

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

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 2004-01-28 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, American NFL halfback and end (LA Rams), dies at 80
  • 2005-03-09 Glenn Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1946; National C'ship 1944, 45, 46; Army; NFL: LA Rams), dies of prostate cancer at 80
  • 2005-04-09 Jerrel Wilson, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1970-72; Super Bowl 1970; KC Chiefs), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2005-11-16 Preston Robert Tisch, American NFL co-owner (NY Giants), dies at 79
  • 2006-02-01 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), dies at 68
  • 2006-05-27 Craig Heyward, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995; New Orleans Saints), dies from brain cancer at 39
  • 2006-10-27 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), dies from injuries suffered in a fall at 66
  • 2006-12-13 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), dies at 74
  • 2007-07-29 Jim David, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 1954-59; NFL Champion 1952-53, 57; Detroit Lions), dies at 79
  • 2007-10-02 Tex Coulter, American NFL defensive lineman (All Pro 1948, 51-52; Pro Bowl 1951-52; NY Giants), dies at 82
  • 2007-11-19 Jim Ringo, American NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia), dies at 75
  • 2007-11-27 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), dies at 86
  • 2007-11-27 Sean Taylor, American NFL free safety (Pro Bowl 2006, 07; All Pro 2007; Washington Redskins), dies when shot by an armed intruder at 24
  • 2008-08-20 Gene Upshaw, American NFL guard (Oakland Radiers) and NFLPA leader, dies at 63
  • 2009-03-04 George McAfee, American football player, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears), dies at 90
  • 2009-07-04 Steve McNair, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), dies of gunshot woulds at 36
  • 2009-07-28 Jim Johnson, NFL Assistant Coach, Eagles Defensive Coordinator from 1999-2009 (b.1941)
  • 2010-07-01 Don Coryell, American College Football Hall of Fame/NFL coach (SD Chargers), dies at 85
  • 2010-09-27 George Blanda, American NFL kicker and quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders), dies at 83
  • 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
  • 2011-05-31 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), dies at 85
  • 2012-01-01 Tommy Mont, American NFL quarterback & coach (Washington Redskins; DePauw University), dies of heart failure at 89
  • 2012-05-02 Junior Seau, American NFL inside linebacker, commits suicide at 43
  • 2012-07-02 Ben Davidson, American actor (Rhino-Ball Four, Code R) and football player, dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • 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 line backer (Green Bay Packers), dies at 90
  • 2012-12-19 Larry Morris, American NFL player, dies at 79
  • 2013-02-02 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), dies from pancreatic cancer at 71
  • 2013-04-01 Jack Pardee, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Texas A&M; NFL: LA Rams, Washington Redskins) and coach (Houston Oilers), dies at gallbladder cancer at 76

Person of interestPat Summerall

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 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
  • 2013-07-15 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), dies at 72
  • 2013-10-21 Bud Adams Jr., American NFL team owner (Tennessee Titans), dies at 90
  • 2013-11-06 Clarence "Ace" Parker, American NFL quarterback (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks), dies at 101
  • 2013-11-13 Todd Christensen, NFL player (Oakland) and sportscaster, dies from complications during liver transplant surgery at 57