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 483

  • 1950-03-03 National-American Football League reverts 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
  • 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 New York 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 purchases struggling football franchise, New York Yanks from owner Ted Collins; moves club to Dallas, Texas
  • 1952-01-24 First NFL team in Texas; Dallas Texans, formerly NY Yanks; loses 11 of 12 games
  • 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 Chicago Bears, 27-23 at the Cotton Bowl
  • 1952-12-13 NFL Dallas Texans (former NY Yanks) play final game, losing 41-6 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.

Contract of Interest

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

Sports History

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)

Election of Interest

1960-01-26 Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 1961-09-17 Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)
  • 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)

NFL 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 Record

1963-10-20 Jim Brown sets NFL single-season rushing record, 1,863 yds

  • 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

NFL 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

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

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

Sports History

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

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

Sports History

1966-11-08 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs anti-trust immunity to AFL-NFL merger

  • 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

Sports History

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


Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 1,809

  • 1925-06-05 Art Donovan 'The Bulldog', American NFL defensive tackle, 1950-61 (Baltimore Colts and 2 other teams), born in Bronx, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1925-07-01 Art McNally, American Pro Football HOF referee and executive (NFL Head of Officiating 1968-91), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2023)
  • 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, 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)

Pete RozellePete Rozelle (1926-1996)

1926-03-01 American football executive (NFL Commissioner 1960-89), born in South Gate, California

  • 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 businessman (co-founder of Loews Corp), and NFL co-owner (NY Giants, 1991-2005), 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 (New England Patriots 1988–91), 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 (Fletcher) Joe Perry, American AAFC/NFL Hall of Fame fullback, 1948-63, 3X Pro Bowl (San Francisco 49ers; Baltimore Colts), and US Navy veteran, born in Stephens, Arkansas (d. 2011)
  • 1927-05-19 John Thompson, American football executive (GM Seattle Seahawks 1976-82; NFL Executive of the Year 1978), born in South Bend, Washington (d. 2022)
  • 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, American Pro Football HOF cornerback (First-team All-Pro 1957-59; Pro Bowl 1955–58; 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 Dick 'Night Train' Lane, American Pro Football HOF cornerback (7 x Pro Bowl; 7 x First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, Chicago Cardinals, Detroit 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, College Football HOF halfback (SMU; 4 × Pro Bowl; NY Giants) and broadcaster (WNEW, NBC, WNBC New York), 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 Pro/College Football HOF halfback (University of Washington; 5 × First-team All-Pro; 6 × Pro Bowl; Minnesota Vikings, SF 49ers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2022)

Al DavisAl Davis (1929-2011)

1929-07-04 American businessman and NFL team owner (Oakland Raiders), born in Brockton, Massachusetts

  • 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)
  • 1929-10-27 Bill George, American Pro Football HOF linebacker (8 × First-team All-Pro; 8 × Pro Bowl; Chicago Bears, LA Rams), born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1982)

Don ShulaDon Shula (1930-2020)

1930-01-04 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

  • 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

Ollie MatsonOllie Matson (1930-2011)

1930-05-01 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

  • 1930-05-08 Doug Atkins, American College/Pro Football HOF defensive end (Uni of Tennessee; NFL C'ship 1954, 63; First-team All-Pro 1963; 8×Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns, Chivago Bears, NO Saints), born in Humbolt Tennessee (d. 2015)

Pat SummerallPat Summerall (1930-2013)

1930-05-10 American NFL player (NY Giants) and CBS sportscaster, born in Lake City, Florida

  • 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)
  • 1930-11-24 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1931-02-17 Buddy Ryan, American football coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona 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)
  • 1931-08-09 Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, American NFL football defensive lineman, 1953-62 (Baltimore Colts, and two other teams), and professional wrestler, Born in Uniontown, Alabama (d. 1963)
  • 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)
  • 1931-11-21 Jim Ringo, American Pro Football HOF center (7 × First-team All-Pro; 10 × Pro Bowl; Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles) and coach (Buffalo Bills 1976–77), born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 2007)

Bill WalshBill Walsh (1931-2007)

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

Chuck NollChuck Noll (1932-2014)

1932-01-05 American NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Cleveland, Ohio

  • 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 "Rosey" Roosevelt Brown, American NFL hall of fame tackle (NY Giants), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 2004)
  • 1933-02-27 Raymond Berry, American NFL hall of famer (Baltimore Colts), born in Corpus Christi, Texas

Johnny UnitasJohnny Unitas (1933-2002)

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

  • 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 / Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (5 x Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1958, 59; NY Giants, Washington Redskins), born in Edna, West Virginia (d. 2021)
  • 1935-01-26 Henry Jordan, American Pro Football HOF defensive tackle (Super Bowl 1967, 68; 7 × All-Pro; 4 × Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns, GB Packers), born in Emporia, Virginia (d. 1977)
  • 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)
  • 1935-07-13 Jack Kemp, American NFL player and politician (Rep-R-NY 1971-89, US Secretary of Housing 1989-93, VP candidate), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2009)
  • 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

Jim BrownJim Brown (86 years old)

1936-02-17 American College/Pro Football HOF running back (Syracuse Uni; NFL MVP 1957, 58, 65; NFL Rookie of the Year 1957; 8 × First-team All-Pro; 9 × Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns), born in St. Simons, Georgia

John MaddenJohn Madden (1936-2021)

1936-04-10 American Pro Football HOF coach (Oakland Raiders 1969-78; Super Bowl 1976) and sportscaster (16 x Emmy Award winner; CBS, FOX, ABC, NBC; Madden NFL video games), born in Austin, Minnesota [1]

  • 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

Ray NitschkeRay Nitschke (1936-1998)

1936-12-29 American Pro Football HOF linebacker (5 × NFL C'ship; Super Bowl 1967, 68; First-team All-Pro 1964, 66; Green Bay Packers), born in Elmwood Park, Illinois

  • 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, American NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 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
  • 1938-06-04 Pat Studstill, American football wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1965, 66; NFL receiving yards leader, record 99-yard TD reception [tied] 1966; Detroit Lions, LA Rams), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2021)
  • 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 football kicker (NFL C'ship 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)
  • 1939-06-14 Tom Matte, American football running back (Super Bowl 1971; Pro Bowl 1968, 69; NFL rushing TD leader 1969; Baltimore Colts), born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • 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)

Weddings in Sport


Divorces in Sport


Deaths in Sport

Deaths 101 - 200 of 227

  • 2006-12-13 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), dies at 74
  • 2007-04-05 Darryl Stingley, American NFL football wide receiver, 1973-77 (New England Patriots), dies from heart disease and pneumonia complicated by quadriplegia at 55
  • 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
  • 2007-11-11 Dick Nolan, American NFL football coach (San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints), dies at 75
  • 2007-11-19 Jim Ringo, American Pro Football HOF center (7 × First-team All-Pro; 10 × Pro Bowl; Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles) and coach (Buffalo Bills 1976–77), dies at 75
  • 2007-11-27 Bill Willis, American College-Pro Football HOF defensive tackle (NFL C'ship 1950; 4 × First-team All-Pro; 3 × Pro Bowl; 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
  • 2008-08-08 Frank Cornish, American NFL center/guard, 1990-95 (San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, and 3 other teams), dies of heart disease at 40
  • 2008-08-20 Gene Upshaw, American NFL guard (Oakland Radiers) and NFLPA leader, dies at 63
  • 2008-10-15 Chris Mims, American NFL defensive end, 1992-99 (San Diego Chargers; Washington Redskins), dies of cardiomegaly (enlarge heart) at 38

Sammy BaughSammy Baugh (1914-2008)

2008-12-17 American NFL hall of fame quarterback (Washington Redskins), dies at 94

  • 2009-03-04 George McAfee, American football player, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears), dies at 90
  • 2009-05-02 Jack Kemp, Jack Kemp, American NFL player and politician (Rep-R-NY 1971-89, US Secretary of Housing 1989-93, VP candidate 96), dies of cancer at 73
  • 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
  • 2010-07-11 Bob Sheppard, American public address announcer (MLB: NY Yankees 1951–2007; NFL: NY Giants 1956–2006), dies at 99
  • 2010-07-27 Jack Tatum, American NFL defensive back, 1971-80 (Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 2010-09-27 George Blanda, American NFL kicker and quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders), dies at 83

Ollie MatsonOllie Matson (1930-2011)

2011-02-19 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

  • 2011-04-25 (Fletcher) Joe Perry, American AAFC/NFL Hall of Fame fullback, 1948-63, 3X Pro Bowl (San Francisco 49ers; Baltimore Colts), and US Navy veteran, dies of complications from dementia at 84
  • 2011-05-31 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), dies at 85
  • 2011-07-06 John Mackey, American Pro Football HOF tight end (Super Bowl 1970; 3 × First-team All-Pro; 5 × Pro Bowl; Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers), dies at 69

Al DavisAl Davis (1929-2011)

2011-10-08 American businessman and NFL team owner (Oakland Raiders), dies of heart failure at 82

  • 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 Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (12 x Pro Bowl; 6 × First-team All-Pro; NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1992; SD Chargers), 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

Steve SabolSteve Sabol (1942-2012)

2012-09-18 American filmmaker (35 Emmy awards, founder of NFL Films), dies from brain cancer at 69

  • 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 Walt Sweeney, American football offensive lineman (9 × Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1967, 68; 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

Pat SummerallPat Summerall (1930-2013)

2013-04-16 American NFL player (NY Giants) and CBS sportscaster, dies from cardiac arrest at 82

  • 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
  • 2013-09-16 Scott Adams, American NFL offensive linesman (Chicago Bears),, dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 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

Chuck NollChuck Noll (1932-2014)

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

  • 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

Ed SabolEd Sabol (1916-2015)

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

  • 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 Pro Football HOF quarterback (4 x Pro Bowl; NFL MVP, First-team All-Pro 1974; Super Bowl 1976; Oakland Raiders), dies of colon cancer at 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, American College/Pro Football HOF defensive end (Uni of Tennessee; NFL C'ship 1954, 63; First-team All-Pro 1963; 8×Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns, Chivago Bears, NO 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 football coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals), dies from cancer and stroke complications 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 football coach (Miami Dolphins 2008-11; Oakland Raiders 2014), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 2018-08-21 George Andrie, American football defensive end (Super Bowl 1971; First Team All Pro 1969; 5 x Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), dies from 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, 1981-1998 (Dallas Cowboys - Super Bowl 1995, Minnesota Vikings - Pro Bowl 1988, and 3 other teams), dies of complications from Type 1 diabetes on his 60th birthday
  • 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 (Seattle Seahawks, 1988-97), and philanthropist 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 football kicker (NFL C'ship 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

Don ShulaDon Shula (1930-2020)

2020-05-04 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