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 463

  • 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
  • 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
  • 1950-10-01 New York Giants beat Cleveland Browns, 6-0 at Cleveland Stadium; sets Browns club record for fewest points scored by both teams; Browns go on to win NFL Championship
  • 1950-10-02 Bob Shaw of Chicago Cardinals sets NFL record with 5 TD receptions in 55-13 win against Baltimore Colts; Cardinals quarterback Jim Hardy tosses 6 touchdown passes
  • 1950-10-29 Detroit Lions Wally Triplett achieves a kickoff return yardage of 294 yards against the LA Rams, the second highest in a single-game in NFL history
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 1951-11-25 Cleveland halfback Dub Jones ties the NFL record for most touchdowns in a game crossing for 6 in Browns 42-21 win v Chicago Bears at Cleveland Stadium
  • 1951-12-02 Philadelphia Eagles set NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing in 35-21 win over Washington Redskins at Griffith Stadium
  • 1951-12-23 National Football League Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Los Angeles Rams beat Cleveland Browns, 24-17; first coast-to-coast televised NFL title 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
  • 1952-12-13 NFL Dallas Texans (former Boston Yanks) play last game, losing to the Lions in Detroit, finish with record of 1-11
  • 1953-01-23 NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1953-01-23 NFL's National & American conference become Eastern & Western conference
  • 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
  • 1957-08-09 24th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: NY Giants 22, All-Stars 12 (75,000)
  • 1957-09-29 NFL NY Giants play their last game at Polo Grounds, 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh
  • 1957-11-10 NFL record crowd (102,368), '49ers vs Rams in LA
  • 1958-08-15 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
  • 1958-11-02 Los Angeles Rams beat Chicago Bears, 41-35 before 90,833 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum; NFL single-game attendance record
  • 1958-12-28 "The Greatest Game Ever Played": Baltimore Colts win the 26th NFL championship against the New York Giants 23-17 at Yankee Stadium, in the first ever sudden-death overtime game in NFL history. 17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game.

AgreementContract of Interest

1959-02-02 Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach NFL Green Bay Packers

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • 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 a pre-season exhibition at CNE Stadium in Toronto
  • 1959-08-14 26th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 29, All-Stars 0 (70,000)

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
  • 1960-08-03 Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 43-16 in exhibition game at CNE Stadium 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)
  • 1961-01-07 1st NFL Playoff Bowl (runner-up bowl)-Detroit beats Cleveland 17-16
  • 1961-01-14 Chicago 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 Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in an exhibition game in Toronto, Canada
  • 1961-08-04 28th NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: Philadelphia 28, All-Stars 14, 66,000 at Soldier Field
  • 1961-08-05 Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Montreal Alouettes (CFL), 34-16 in a pre-season exhibition at Molson Stadium 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

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • 1961-11-05 NFL St Louis Cardinals' Bill Stacy, returns 2 interceptions for TDs vs Dallas Cowboys
  • 1961-12-31 National Football League Championship, City Stadium, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0; first of 5 NFL titles won in 7-season span by Packers and head coach, Vince Lombardi
  • 1962-01-09 NFL prohibits grabbing of face masks
  • 1962-12-16 NY Giant Y. A. Tittle sets NFL season touchdown pass record at 33 with 6 touchdowns vs Dallas (41-31)

Sport awardNFL Championship

1962-12-30 National Football League Championship, Yankee Stadium, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat NY Giants, 16-7; MVP: Ray Nitschke, Green Bay, LB

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke

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 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 14-10; Giants 3rd consecutive championship defeat; played in temperatures under 10 °F (−12 °C)
  • 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
  • 1964-04-10 Demolition begins in Upper Manhattan, New York City on Polo Grounds sports stadium (home to MLB Giants, 1891-1957, Mets, 1962-63, and NFL Jets, 1960-63) to clear way for housing project
  • 1964-08-07 31st NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: Chicago 28, All-Stars 17 - 65,000 at Soldier Field
  • 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 Cleveland running back Jim Brown runs for 149 yards in Browns' 30-17 win at Pittsburgh to become the first NFL player to exceed 10,000 yards career rushing
  • 1964-11-03 Philadelphia voters narrowly approve $25 million to build a new multi-purpose stadium that would become Veterans Stadium, home to MLB Phillies and NFL Eagles
  • 1964-12-27 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Browns shutout Baltimore Colts, 27-0; last championship win by a major-league pro sports team from Cleveland until 2016 NBA Cavaliers
  • 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 Commissioner Pete Rozelle grants ownership of the Atlanta Falcons to Rankin Smith Sr., Executive VP of Life Insurance Company of Georgia; Rankin pays then-record $8.5 million
  • 1965-08-06 32nd NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: Cleveland 24, All-Stars 16; 68,000 at Soldier Field

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1965-12-12 Chicago halfback Gale Sayers ties NFL record for most touchdowns in a game with 6 in 61–20 victory over San Francisco 49ers at Wrigley Field

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 National Football League Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns, 23-12; first NFL title game televised in colour; last one played before Super Bowl era

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966-04-08 American Football League votes in 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner after Joe Foss resigns; appointment lasts 3 months when AFL merges with NFL

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • 1966-06-06 NFL & AFL announce their merger

  • 1966-06-08 NFL & AFL announce plans to become NFC and AFC in 1970
  • 1966-08-05 33rd NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: Green Bay 38, All-Stars 0; 72,000 at Soldier Field

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966-09-02 Joe Auer returns the opening kickoff 95 yards for a Miami touchdown in the Dolphins' first ever NFL regular-season game; Oakland Raiders go on to win 23-14 at the Orange Bowl before 26,776 fans

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1966-09-03 Houston Oilers hold Denver Broncos to no 1st downs in their NFL season opening 45-7 win at Rice Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966-09-18 Baltimore quarterback Johnny Unitas throws 4 touchdown passes in 38-23 win at Minnesota to surpass Y.A. Tittle as NFL's career leader with 212; finishes career with 290 TD passes

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • 1966-11-01 NFL awards a franchise to New Orleans; name "Saints" alludes to November 1, All Saints Day in Catholic faith

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, Washington Redskins defeat NY Giants 72-41
  • 1966-12-11 Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards
  • 1967-01-01 NFL Championship, Cotton Bowl, Dallas: Green Bay Packers beat Dallas Cowboys, 34-27
  • 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
  • 1967-08-04 34th NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: Green Bay 27, All-Stars 0 ; 70,934 at Soldier Field
  • 1967-08-05 First exhibition after AFL/NFL merger, Denver Broncos (AFL) surprise Detroit Lions (NFL), 13-7 at University of Denver
  • 1967-09-17 New Orleans Saints 1st NFL game, they lose to LA Rams 27-13
  • 1967-09-24 NFL St. Loius Cardinals' Jim Bakken kicks 7 field goals at Pittsburgh Steelers, setting NFL record at the time
  • 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 NFL Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17; "The Ice Bowl", -13°F
  • 1968-02-01 Vince Lombardi steps down as NFL Green Bay Packers head coach in favor of longtime assistant Phil Bengtson; stays on as Packers' general manager for 1968

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • 1968-09-29 Chuck Latourette, sets NFL record 47.7 yd punt return avg (3 punts)
  • 1968-12-29 NFL Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Baltimore Colts shutout Cleveland Browns, 34-0

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 1,931

  • 1926-01-05 Claude (Buddy) Young, American NFL running back (Yankees, Texans, Colts), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)
  • 1926-02-12 Joe Garagiola, American MLB catcher (4 teams, 1946-54), sportscaster, and TV host (Today Show), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2016)
  • 1926-02-18 Len Ford, NFL end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers)

Person of interestPete Rozelle

1926-03-01 Pete Rozelle, American football executive (NFL Commissioner 1960-89), born in South Gate, California (d. 1996)

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1926-03-15 Norm Van Brocklin, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL MVP 1960; First-team All-Pro 1960; 9 × Pro Bowl; LA Rams, Philadelphia Eagles) and coach (Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons), born in Parade, South Dakota (d. 1983)
  • 1926-04-26 Preston Robert Tisch, American NFL co-owner (NY Giants), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1926-10-24 Y. A. Tittle, American NFL quarterback (Baltimore, San Francisco, NY Giants, MVP 1963), born in Marshall, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1926-12-07 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (Patriots), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • 1926-12-19 Bobby Layne, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (3 x NFL champion; 6 x Pro Bowl; Detroit Lions), born in Santa Anna, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1927-01-22 Joe Perry, NFL Hall-of-Famer
  • 1927-01-27 Joe Perry, AAFC/NFL Hall of Fame fullback (SF 49ers, Balt Colts)
  • 1927-05-20 [Harold] Bud Grant, Wisc, CFL/NFL player and coach (Winnipeg, Minnesota)
  • 1927-09-17 George Blanda, American NFL kicker and quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders), born in Youngwood, Pennsylvania (d. 2010)
  • 1927-11-12 Jack Butler, NFL hall of famer (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1927-12-02 Jim David, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 1954-59; NFL Champion 1952-53, 57; Detroit Lions), born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1928-04-16 Night Train Lane [Richard Lane], American NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1928-06-13 Ken Behring, American real estate developer, NFL team owner, philanthropist (Seattle Seahawks), born in Freeport, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1928-10-27 Kyle Rote, NFL halfback (NY Giants 1951-61), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1928-11-02 Leon Hart, American College Football Hall of Fame end and fullback (Heisman Trophy 1949, Notre Dame), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 1928-12-31 Hugh McElhenny, American NFL halfback (SF, Minnesota, Giants, Detroit), born in Los Angeles, California

Person of interestAl Davis

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
  • 1929-10-06 Phil Krueger, American football quarterback (Southeast Missouri State), college coach (Fresno State, Utah State) and NFL executive (GM TB Buccaneers), born in LaSalle, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1929-10-16 Walt Michaels, American NFL linebacker, coach (5-time Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns; head coach NY Jets 1977-82), born in Swoyersville, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)

Person of interestDon Shula

1930-01-04 Don Shula, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Super Bowl 1972, 73; Miami Dolphins; Baltimore Colts; NFL Coach of the Year 1964, 67, 68, 72), born in Grand River Ohio (d. 2020)

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula
  • 1930-01-07 Eddie LeBaron, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1955, 57, 58, 62; Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), born in San Rafael, California (d. 2015)
  • 1930-02-23 Bobby Dillon, American NFL defensive back (second to record 50 interceptions), born in Temple, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1930-02-26 Vic Janowicz, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1950, Ohio State; NFL: Washington Redskins), born in Elyria, Ohio (d. 1996)
  • 1930-04-02 Bill McColl, American College Football Hall of Fame end (Stanford; NFL: Chicago Bears 1952-59), born in San Diego, California
  • 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 interestPat Summerall

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, American NFL offensive tackle (NY Yankees, Cleveland, Philadelphia), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1930-08-16 Frank Gifford, American NFL halfback (NY Giants)/ABC sportscaster, born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2015)
  • 1930-10-04 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1958, 63; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1930-10-27 Bill George, American NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, LA Rams), born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1982)
  • 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, American NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1931-07-31 Bill Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Arizona Cardinals 1962-2019), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • 1931-08-21 Pete Retzlaff, American NFL halfback, tight-end (Pro Bowl 1958, 60, 63–65; First-team All-Pro 1958, 65) and general manager (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Ellendale, North Dakota (d. 2020)
  • 1931-10-18 Ed Biles, American football coach (College: Xavier 1962-68; NFL: Houston Oilers 1981-83), born in Reading, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1931-10-20 Zeke Bratkowski, American NFL quarterback and coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 2019)

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

Person of interestChuck Noll

1932-01-05 Chuck Noll, American NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • 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
  • 1932-03-26 Dick Nolan, American NFL football coach (San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1932-04-27 Chuck Knox, American NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks), born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1932-07-14 Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier, American actor, minister, and former professional American football player (Pennsylvania State University), born in Cuthbert, Georgia
  • 1932-08-02 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • 1932-10-20 Roosevelt Brown, Virginia, NFL hall of fame tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1932-11-21 Jim Ringo, American NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 2007)
  • 1933-02-27 Raymond Berry, American NFL hall of famer (Baltimore Colts), born in Corpus Christi, Texas

Person of interestJohnny Unitas

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

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • 1933-06-01 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), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 1988)
  • 1933-07-01 Sam Rutigliano, American NFL coach and broadcaster (Cleveland Browns), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 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)
  • 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, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1934-03-02 Howard Cassady, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1955, Ohio State; NFL C'ship 1957, Detroit Lions), born in Hendrysburg, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1934-04-03 Jim Parker, American football player, NFL guard and tackle (Baltimore Colts), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • 1934-05-17 Earl Morrall, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1970, 72, 73; Pro Bowl 1957, 68; First-team All-Pro 1968, 72; NFL MVP 1968; Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins), born in Muskegon, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1934-07-24 Willie Davis, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Super Bowl 1967, 68; Pro Bowl 1963-67; First-team All-Pro 1962, 64–67; Green Bay Packers), born in Lisbon, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1934-08-23 Christian "Sonny" Jurgensen, American NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins) and sportscaster, born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1934-10-04 Sam Huff, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (5-time Pro Bowl; NY Giants, Washington Redskins), born in Edna, West Virginia
  • 1935-01-26 Henry Jordan, American NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland, Green Bay), born in Emporia, Virginia
  • 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)
  • 1935-07-15 Alex Karras, NFLer (Detroit Lions)/actor (George-Webster), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2012)
  • 1935-10-04 Jimmy Orr, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1959, 65; Super Bowl 1971; Baltimore Colts), born in Seneca, South Carolina

Person of interestJim Brown

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 interestJohn Madden

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

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1936-04-19 Jack Pardee, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Texas A&M; NFL: LA Rams, Washington Redskins) and coach (Houston Oilers), born in Exira, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • 1936-04-29 Bernie Parrish, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1960, 63; Cleveland Browns; best-selling book, 'They Call It A Game'), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2019)
  • 1936-12-23 Bobby Ross, NFL coach (San Diego Chargers), born in Richmond, Virginia

Person of interestRay Nitschke

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

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke
  • 1937-03-15 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), born in Georgetown, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • 1937-03-21 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback and coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • 1937-07-04 Roosevelt Taylor, American NFL safety (Pro Bowl 1963, 68; First Team All-Pro 1963; Chicago Bears, SF 49ers, Washington Redskins), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1937-12-03 Bobby Boyd, American NFL cornerback (5 × All-Pro 1964–1968; NFL interceptions leader 1965; Baltimore Colts), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1938-01-05 Jim Otto, NFL center (Oakland Raiders), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • 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, American Pro Football Hall of Fame free safety (8 x Pro Bowl; 6 x All Pro 1st Team; NFL Defensive Player of Year 1966; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Rigby, Idaho (d. 2020)
  • 1938-04-10 Don Meredith, NFL quarterback (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football, born in Mount Vernon, 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)
  • 1938-12-11 Fred Cox, American NFL kicker (NFL champion 1969; Pro Bowl 1970; Minnesota Vikings all-time leading scorer), born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1939-03-19 Joe Kapp, NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Boston Patriots, Houston Oilers)
  • 1939-05-26 Brent Musburger, American sportscaster (CBS Sports, The NFL Today; ESPN, ABC; VSiN; radio play-by-play Las Vegas Raiders), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1939-06-06 Doug Hart, American NFL defensive back (NFL champion 1965, 66, 67; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), born in Handley, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 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 (d. 2020)
  • 1939-07-24 Bob Lilly, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1939-07-27 Irv Cross, American football cornerback (Pro Bowl 1964, 65; Philadelphia Eagles) and broadcaster (CBS), born in Hammond, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • 1939-07-31 Norm Snead, American NFL quarterback (4-time Pro Bowl; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Halifax County, Virginia

Person of interestMike Ditka

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
  • 1940-01-01 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2006)

Person of interestFran Tarkenton

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

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • 1940-04-18 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), born in Burlington, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1940-04-20 George Andrie, American NFL defensive end (5-time Pro Bowl), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • 1940-06-17 Bobby Bell, American NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1940-08-03 Lance Alworth, American NFL hall of famer (Charger, Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas

Weddings in Sport


Divorces in Sport


Deaths in Sport

  • 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
  • 2013-11-15 Mike McCormack, American NFL offensive tackle (NY Yankees, Cleveland, Philadelphia), dies at 83
  • 2014-04-25 Earl Morrall, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1970, 72, 73; Pro Bowl 1957, 68; First-team All-Pro 1968, 72; NFL MVP 1968; Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins), dies from Parkinson's disease at 79

Person of interestChuck Noll

2014-06-13 Chuck Noll, NFL head coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), dies of natural causes at 82

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • 2014-06-14 Rodney Thomas, American NFL running back, dies at 41
  • 2015-01-03 Allie Sherman, American NFL coach (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1953-56 CFL; New York Giants 1961–68), dies at 91

Person of interestEd Sabol

2015-02-09 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), dies at 98

Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • 2015-04-01 Eddie LeBaron, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1955, 57, 58, 62; Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), dies at 85
  • 2015-05-15 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), dies at 70
  • 2015-07-08 Ken Stabler, American NFL quarterback, 1968-84, 4X rpo-Bowl, MVP-1974 (Oakland Raiders - Super Bowl XI, and two other teams), dies of colon cancerat 69
  • 2015-08-03 Mel Farr, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1967, 70; Detroit Lions), dies of a massive heart attack at 70
  • 2015-08-09 Frank Gifford, American NFL player and broadcaster, dies at 84
  • 2015-12-30 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), dies at 85
  • 2016-03-09 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1958, 63; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), dies at 85
  • 2016-03-23 Joe Garagiola, American MLB catcher (4 teams, 1946-54), sportscaster, and TV host (Today Show), dies at 90
  • 2016-03-24 Kevin Turner, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), dies of A.L.S. at 46
  • 2016-06-28 Buddy Ryan, American NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), dies at 85
  • 2016-09-07 Cary Blanchard, American NFL kicker (Indianapolis Colts), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 2016-12-05 Rashaan Salaam, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1994, U of Colorado; NFL: Chicago Bears), dies at 42
  • 2017-02-22 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), dies at 76
  • 2017-05-11 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), dies at 86
  • 2017-05-12 Michael Jackson, American NFL wide receiver (NFL receiving TD leader 1996; Baltimore Ravens), dies in a motorcycle accident at 48
  • 2017-05-23 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)dies at 48
  • 2017-08-28 Bobby Boyd, American NFL cornerback (5 × All-Pro 1964–1968; NFL interceptions leader 1965; Baltimore Colts), dies of bladder cancer at 79
  • 2017-10-08 Y. A. Tittle, American NFL quarterback (Baltimore, San Francisco, NY Giants, MVP 1963), dies at 90
  • 2018-02-05 Jeremy Nunley, American NFL defensive tackle and defensive end (Houston Oilers), dies at 46
  • 2018-03-09 Chris Gedney, American NFL tight end, 1993-2000 (Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals), takes his own life at 47
  • 2018-05-01 Dennis Claridge, American football quarterback (NFL C'ship 1965, Green Bay Packers; Atlantic Falcons), dies at 76 from bladder cancer
  • 2018-05-12 Chuck Knox, American NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks), dies of dementia at 86
  • 2018-06-04 Dwight Clark, American NFL wide receiver/executive ("The Catch" 1981 Super Bowl SF 49ers), dies of ALS at 61
  • 2018-07-22 Tony Sparano, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins 2008-11), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 2018-08-21 George Andrie, American NFL defensive end (5-time Pro Bowl), dies of dementia at 78
  • 2019-01-12 Bob Kuechenberg, American NFL guard (6-time Pro Bowl, Miami Dolphins), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 2019-02-01 Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1995, Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1988, Minnesota Vikings), dies of complications from Type 1 Diabetes at 60
  • 2019-02-18 T. J. Cunningham, American NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks), dies at 46
  • 2019-03-11 Willie Ellison, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1971; LA Rams, KC Chiefs), dies at 73
  • 2019-03-15 Lam Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m relay 1976) and NFL wide receiver (NY Jets 1980-86), dies of myeloma at 60
  • 2019-06-25 Ken Behring, American real estate developer, NFL team owner, philanthropist (Seattle Seahawks), dies at 91
  • 2019-07-10 Walt Michaels, American NFL linebacker, coach (5-time Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns; head coach NY Jets 1977-82), dies at 89
  • 2019-07-30 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), dies at 78
  • 2019-08-16 Jim Hardy, American NFL quarterback (LA Rams; Pro Bowl 1950), dies at 96
  • 2019-08-22 Bobby Dillon, American NFL defensive back (second to record 50 interceptions), dies of dementia at 89
  • 2019-09-20 Howard Cassady, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1955, Ohio State; NFL C'ship 1957, Detroit Lions), dies at 85
  • 2019-10-02 Bill Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Arizona Cardinals 1962-2019), dies at 88
  • 2019-10-23 Bernie Parrish, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1960, 63; Cleveland Browns; best-selling book, 'They Call It A Game'), dies of prostate cancer at 83
  • 2019-11-11 Zeke Bratkowski, American NFL quarterback and coach (Green Bay Packers), dies from a heart attack at 88
  • 2019-11-20 Fred Cox, American NFL kicker (NFL champion 1969; Pro Bowl 1970; Minnesota Vikings all-time leading scorer), dies at 80
  • 2019-12-01 Pat Sullivan, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1971, Auburn University; NFL: Atlanta Falcons) and coach (TUC, Samford), dies from cancer at 69
  • 2019-12-12 Vaughan Johnson, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1989-92; New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles), dies of kidney disease at 57
  • 2020-01-01 Doug Hart, American NFL defensive back (NFL champion 1965, 66, 67; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), dies at 80
  • 2020-01-02 Sam Wyche, American NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals 1984-91; Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1992-95; introduced no-huddle offence), dies from melanoma at 74
  • 2020-03-25 Mike Stratton, American football linebacker (AFL C'ship 1964, 65; AFL All-Star 1963–68; Buffalo Bills; NFL: SD Chargers), dies from heart complications at 78
  • 2020-04-03 Tom Dempsey, American NFL kicker (Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 1969; New Orleans Saints; longest winning field goal, 63 yards), dies of COVID-19 complications at 73
  • 2020-04-05 Ed Biles, American football coach (College: Xavier 1962-68; NFL: Houston Oilers 1981-83), dies from leukemia at 88
  • 2020-04-10 Pete Retzlaff, American NFL halfback, tight-end (Pro Bowl 1958, 60, 63–65; First-team All-Pro 1958, 65) and general manager (Philadelphia Eagles), dies at 88
  • 2020-04-12 Tarvaris Jackson, American NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills), dies in a car accident at 36
  • 2020-04-20 Mike Curtis, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 1971; Pro Bowl 1968, 70, 71, 74; First-team All-Pro 1968, 69; Baltimore Colts), dies at 77
  • 2020-04-21 Milt Sunde, American NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1966; NFL Champion 1969; Minnesota Vikings), dies from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease at 78

Person of interestDon Shula

2020-05-04 Don Shula, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Super Bowl 1972, 73; Miami Dolphins; Baltimore Colts; NFL Coach of the Year 1964, 67, 68, 72), dies at 90

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula
  • 2020-05-10 John Teerlinck, American NFL defensive end (SD Chargers) and coach (annual award for NFL best defensive line coach named after him), dies at 69
  • 2020-05-16 Michael McCaskey, American NFL executive (Chicago Bears president 1983-98; chairman 1999-2011), dies from cancer at 76
  • 2020-05-29 Roosevelt Taylor, American NFL safety (Pro Bowl 1963, 68; First Team All-Pro 1963; Chicago Bears, SF 49ers, Washington Redskins), dies at 82
  • 2020-06-07 Ken Riley, American NFL cornerback (All-Pro 1975, 76, 83; Cincinnati Bengals) and coach (Florida A&M), dies at 72
  • 2020-06-22 Phil Krueger, American football quarterback (Southeast Missouri State), college coach (Fresno State, Utah State) and NFL executive (GM TB Buccaneers), dies at 90
  • 2020-08-14 Herb Orvis, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (University of Colorado; NFL: Detroit Lions, Baltimore Colts), dies at 73
  • 2020-09-17 Larry Wilson, American Pro Football Hall of Fame free safety (8 x Pro Bowl; 6 x All Pro 1st Team; NFL Defensive Player of Year 1966; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 82

Person of interestGale Sayers

2020-09-23 Gale Sayers, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, 4X Pro Bowl, 2X NFL rushing leader (Chicago Bears), and source for the TV movie "Brian's Song", dies from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at 77 [1]

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 2021-01-20 Ted Thompson, American NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers) and executive (GM Green Bay Packers 2005-17), dies from autonomic disorder at 68
  • 2021-01-22 Tony Jones, American NFL tackle (Super Bowl 1997, 98; Second-team All-Pro 1994; Pro Bowl 1998; Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos), dies at 54
  • 2021-02-08 Marty Schottenheimer, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, KC Chiefs; NFL Coach of Year 2004, San Diego Chargers), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 77
  • 2021-02-15 Vincent Jackson, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 2009, 11, 12; SD Chargers, TB Buccaneers), dies at 38
  • 2021-03-04 Chris Schultz, Canadian football offensive tackle (NFL Dallas Cowboys; CFL All Star 1987, 88; Toronto Argonauts) and sportscaster (The Sports Network), dies from a heart attack at 61

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