National Football League History (Part 3)

American Football Leagues: AAFC - AFL - CFL - NFL Europe

Related Topics: NFL Championship - NFL Draft - NFL Teams - Pro Bowl

Events in Sport

Events 201 - 300 of 486

  • 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

Appointment of Interest

1969-01-27 Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the youngest coach in NFL history at the time)

Appointment of Interest

1969-02-04 John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders

  • 1969-02-05 Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, vice-president, general manager, and head coach of NFL Washington Redskins
  • 1969-05-01 Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for a professional sports record $16.15m
  • 1969-05-17 Baltimore, Cleveland & Pittsburgh agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL

Sports History

1969-06-06 Joe Namath resigns from NFL after Pete Rozelle, football commissioner, said he must sell his stake in a bar

Agreement of Interest

1969-07-18 Joe Namath agrees to sell interest in Bachelors 3, to stay in NFL

  • 1969-08-25 Det Lions beat Boston Patriots 22-9 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • 1969-09-28 NFL Minnesota Vikings QB Joe Kapp passes for 7 touchdowns vs Baltimore Colts in 52-14 home win
  • 1969-09-29 Steve O'Neal of NY Jets, kicks longest NFL punt; 98 yards vs Denver
  • 1969-11-02 Quarterbacks Billy Kilmer of New Orleans and St Louis' Charlie Johnson each pass for 6 touchdowns for combined NFL record of 12 passing TDs in a game; Saints beat Cardinals, 51-42 at Busch Memorial Stadium
  • 1969-11-16 US President Nixon becomes first president to attend a season NFL game while in office: the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 41-28
  • 1970-01-04 NFL Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Cleveland Browns, 27-7
  • 1970-01-16 NFL realigns into 3 divisions (down from 4)
  • 1970-03-18 NFL selects Wilson as official football & scoreboard as official time
  • 1970-07-31 37th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Kansas City 24, All Stars 3 (69,940)
  • 1970-08-03 The second ever NFL work stoppage ends with NFL and Players' Association agreeing to a 4-year, $19.1 million deal
  • 1970-11-01 First NFL regular season New York Giants-Jets game; Giants win 22-10 at Shea Stadium
  • 1970-11-08 Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks NFL record 63 yard field goal
  • 1970-12-05 LA Rams Willie Ellison sets NFL record of 247 yards rushing
  • 1971-07-30 38th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Baltimore 24, All Stars 17 (52,289)
  • 1971-12-25 Longest game in NFL history as Miami Dolphins beat KC Chiefs, 27-24 in 2OT in AFL playoff game; duration: 82 minutes and 40 seconds
  • 1972-07-28 39th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Dallas 20, All Stars 7 (54,162)
  • 1972-09-24 Jack Tatum, Oakland, sets NFL record with 104-yard fumble return, in a 20-14 win over Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, Green Bay Wisconsin; record tied by Aeneas Williams of the Arizona Cardinals in 2000
  • 1972-10-08 Harold Carmichael begins NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • 1972-11-26 NFL NY Giant placekicker Péte Gogolák scores team record 8 PAT (points after touchdown) in 62-10 win over Philadelphia Eagles at Yankee Stadium, NYC
  • 1972-12-16 Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)
  • 1973-03-24 San Francisco 49er president Lou Spadia proposes the NFL expands to 30 teams
  • 1973-04-05 NFL adopts jersey numbering system (ie QBs, 1-19)
  • 1973-07-27 40th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Miami 14, All Stars 3 (54,103)
  • 1973-09-13 US Congress passes & sends a bill to President Nixon to lift NFL football's television blackout of sold out games

NFL Record

1973-09-16 Buffalo running back O.J. Simpson rushes for a then NFL record 250 yards in the Bills, 31-13 win at New England

  • 1973-09-30 Mel Gray begins NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions
  • 1973-10-21 Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
  • 1973-12-09 NFL St. Louis Cardinal Jim Bakken kicks 6 field goals vs Atlanta Falcons
  • 1973-12-16 O.J. Simpson becomes 1st NFL running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a season
  • 1974-04-24 NFL grants franchise to Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 1974-04-25 NFL moves goal posts & adopts sudden-death playoff
  • 1974-06-04 NFL grants franchise to Seattle Seahawks
  • 1974-07-01 NFL players go on strike for 41 days challenging the "Rozelle Rule" but had to wait until 1977 for new collective bargaining agreement
  • 1974-12-05 NFL's Seattle Seahawks forms
  • 1975-08-09 1st NFL game in Louisiana Superdome, Houston beats Saints 13-7
  • 1976-07-23 42nd NFL Chicago All Star Game: Pittsburgh 24, All Stars 0 (52,895)
  • 1976-08-16 St. Louis Cardinals beat San Diego Chargers, 20-10 in Tokyo, Japan (NFL Expo)
  • 1977-11-20 Steve Largent begins NFL streak of 177 consecutive game receptions

NFL Record

1977-11-20 Walter Payton (Bears) rushes for NFL record 275 yards

  • 1977-11-24 Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Greise passes for 6 touchdowns in a 55-14 win over Cardinals in St. Louis
  • 1977-12-04 NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7
  • 1978-03-14 NFL permanently adds 7th official (side judge)
  • 1978-08-05 New Orleans Saints beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-7 in an NFL exhibition at Mexico City's Olympic Stadium
  • 1978-08-12 NFL New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley suffers a spinal cord injury leaving him with incomplete quadriplegia from a hit by Oakland Raiders Jack Tatum, in a pre-season exhibition game
  • 1978-11-05 Oakland Raider's John Madden becomes 13th coach to win 100 NFL games
  • 1979-08-24 NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new
  • 1979-10-21 Ozzie Newsome begins NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions
  • 1979-12-16 Dallas QB Roger Staubach throws 3 TDs and 336 yards in his last NFL regular season game with the Cowboys, a 35-34 win over Washington Redskins at Texas Stadium
  • 1980-09-14 Dwight Clark begins NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions
  • 1980-09-21 Richard Todd of NY Jets completes 42 passes in a game (NFL record)
  • 1980-10-26 St Louis Cardinals sack Baltimore Colt QBs an NFL record tying 12 times
  • 1980-12-21 Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • 1981-10-18 NY Giant Joe Danelo ties NFL record of 6 field goals in a game

NFC Championship

1982-01-10 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys, 28-27; "The Catch" - iconic moment in NFL history - Dwight Clark makes fingertip catch for a TD from Joe Montana with 58" remaining; SF goes on to win Super Bowl

  • 1982-05-07 Californian federal jury rules NFL violates antitrust laws in preventing Oakland Raiders move to Los Angeles Coliseum
  • 1982-09-21 NFL players begin a 57 day strike
  • 1982-12-05 Mel Gray ends NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions
  • 1982-12-05 NFL Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 33 pass completions
  • 1983-01-02 In a 35-27 win over the Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson completes 20 consecutive passes and finishes the season winning his second consecutive passing title with an NFL record 70.55% completion percentage
  • 1983-01-03 Dallas running back Tony Dorsett sets NFL record with 99-yard rush in the Cowboys' 31-27 defeat at Minnesota Vikings
  • 1983-08-06 First NFL exhibition game in Europe; Minnesota Vikings beat St Louis Cardinals 28-10 at London's Wembley Stadium
  • 1983-09-11 Pittsburgh running back Franco Harris runs for 118 yards in Steelers 25-21 win at Green Bay to become the only the third player in NFL history to rush for 11,000 yards
  • 1983-10-02 Green Bay Packers erupt for NFL record 49 points in the first half (35 in the second quarter) to clobber the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 55-14 at Tampa Stadium
  • 1983-10-02 Wide receiver Art Monk begins NFL streak of 183 consecutive games with a reception in the Washington Redskins' 37-35 win over the LA Raiders
  • 1983-10-09 NFL Buffalo Bill QB Joe Ferguson passes for 419 yards with 5 TDs, winning 38-35, in overtime, over Dolphins, in Miami
  • 1983-11-20 NY Giants Butch Woolfolk ties NFL record of 43 attempts rushing
  • 1983-12-10 Last NFL game at Shea Stadium; Steelers beat NY Jets 34-7
  • 1984-03-21 NFL owners passed the infamous anti-celebrating rule
  • 1984-03-29 NFL Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis
  • 1984-09-23 NFL San Francisco 49er quarterback Joe Montana misses his 1st start in 49 games
  • 1984-10-07 Walter Payton passes Jim Brown as NFL's career rushing leader
  • 1984-10-14 NFL Cleveland Browns' Ozzie Newsome sets club records with 14 receptions for 191 yds, in 24-20 loss to visiting NY Jets
  • 1984-10-22 Future Pro Football HOF quarterback Ken Stabler retires after 17 seasons in the NFL with Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints

Sports History

1984-12-02 Miami quarterback Dan Marino breaks NFL single-season touchdown pass record when he throws his 37th in the Dolphins' 45-34 loss to the Raiders; finishes season with 48 TD passes

  • 1985-09-29 Houston QB Warren Moon sacked NFL tying record 12 times (by Cowboys)
  • 1985-10-27 Anthony Carter begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive game receptions

Sports History

1985-12-02 Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan almost come to blows at halftime in a 38-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins at the Orange Bowl, Miami; Chicago's only loss of the NFL season

  • 1985-12-02 NFL quarterback legends Dan Marino and John Elway (Denver Broncos) face each other for the first time, a 30-26 win for Marino's Miami Dolphins (390 yards and 3 TDs)

Sports History

1985-12-09 SF 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 274 consecutive games with a reception in a 27-20 loss to LA Rams at Candlestick Park

Sports History

1986-01-04 Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson scores twice as he rushes for an NFL postseason record 248 yards in 20-0 victory over Dallas Cowboys in NFC divisional playoff in Anaheim, California

  • 1986-03-11 NFL adopts instant replay rule
  • 1986-07-29 NY jury rules NFL violated antitrust laws, awards USFL $1 in damages
  • 1986-08-03 First NFL 'American Bowl' exhibition game at London's Wembley Stadium, Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6
  • 1986-08-04 After winning only token damages in antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, USFL owners vote to suspend operations for 1986 season; folded before 4th season
  • 1986-08-18 Jim Kelly signs with NFL Buffalo Bills ($75 million for 5 years)
  • 1986-09-07 Cleveland Browns become 1st team in NFL history to have a play reviewed by instant replay, Chicago 41, Browns 31
  • 1986-09-07 Dan Marino throws his 100th career touchdown pass, the fastest QB in NFL history to do so
  • 1986-09-14 NFL Bears running back Walter Payton scores his 100th career rushing touchdown, and gains 177 yards, surpassing 15,000-yard career plateau in 13-10 overtime win over visiting Philadelphia Eagles, at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1986-10-05 Rams running back Eric Dickerson runs for an NFL overtime record 42-yard touchdown as LA defeats Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 26-20 at Anaheim Stadium
  • 1987-01-11 Largest crowd (76,633) at NFL NY Giant Stadium (beat Wash 17-0)
  • 1987-08-09 LA Rams beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in London, England (NFL expo)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 1,807

  • 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)
  • 1939-07-31 Norm Snead, American NFL quarterback (4-time Pro Bowl; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Halifax County, Virginia

Mike DitkaMike Ditka (83 years old)

1939-10-18 American NFL coach and tight-end (Bears, Cowboys, NFL rookie year 1961), born in Carnegie, Pennsylvania

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

Fran TarkentonFran Tarkenton (83 years old)

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

  • 1940-04-18 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), born in Burlington, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1940-04-20 George Andrie, American football defensive end (Super Bowl 1971; First Team All Pro 1969; 5 x Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • 1940-06-17 Bobby Bell, American College/Pro Football HOF linebacker (Uni of Minnesota; Super Bowl 1970 KC Chiefs; NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1969; First-team All-Pro 1970; Pro Bowl 1970, 71, 72), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1940-08-03 Lance Alworth, American College/Pro Football HOF wide receiver (Uni of Arkansas; Super Bowl 1971 Dallas Cowboys; 6 × First-team All-AFL; 7 × AFL All-Star; SD Chargers), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1940-08-29 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), born in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1940-09-15 Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor (Father Murphy), born in Logan, Utah (d. 2010)
  • 1940-09-29 Mike Eischeid, American NFL punter (Oakland Raiders), born in Orange City, Iowa
  • 1940-11-02 Ed Budde, American AFL and NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1970-71; Super Bowl 1970; KC Chiefs), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • 1940-11-02 Jim Bakken, American NFL punter and place kicker (Pro Bowl 1965, 67, 75-76; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1940-11-24 Paul Tagliabue, American NFL commissioner, born in Jersey City, Jersey

Joe GibbsJoe Gibbs (82 years old)

1940-11-25 American Pro Football HOF coach (Super Bowl 1982, 87, 91 Washington Redskins; NFL Coach of the Year 1982, 83) and auto race team owner (5 × NASCAR Cup Series), born in Mocksville, North Carolina

  • 1940-12-02 Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), born in Yazoo City, Mississippi (d. 2019)
  • 1940-12-15 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1940-12-24 Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner (1989- ), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1941-04-10 Mike Stratton, American football linebacker (AFL C'ship 1964, 65; AFL All-Star 1963–68; Buffalo Bills; NFL: SD Chargers), born in Vonore, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • 1941-04-18 Walt Sweeney, American football offensive lineman (9 × Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1967, 68; San Diego Chargers), born in Cohasset, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • 1941-07-31 Gerry Philbin, American NFL defensive end (All-time All-AFL Team; NY Jets), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • 1941-08-18 Dennis Claridge, American football quarterback (NFL C'ship 1965, Green Bay Packers; Atlantic Falcons), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2018)
  • 1941-08-18 Matt Snell, American football running back (NY Jets, Super Bowl III), born in Garfield, Georgia

Bill ParcellsBill Parcells (81 years old)

1941-08-22 American NFL coach, 1993-2006, 2X Super Bowl wins (NY Giants, NE Patriots, NY Jets, Dallas Cowboys), born in Englewood, New Jersey

  • 1941-09-24 John Mackey, American Pro Football HOF tight end (Super Bowl 1970; 3 × First-team All-Pro; 5 × Pro Bowl; Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers), born in Roosevelt, New York (d. 2011)
  • 1941-09-28 Charley Taylor, American Pro Football HOF wide receiver and running back (8 × Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1967; Washington Redskins), born in Grand Prairie, Texas (d. 2022)
  • 1941-10-04 Jerrel Wilson, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1970-72; Super Bowl 1970; KC Chiefs), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1942-01-25 Carl Eller, American NFL football player, 1964-79, HOF, 6X Pro-Bowl (Minnesota Vikings), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1942-02-01 Milt Sunde, American NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1966; NFL Champion 1969; Minnesota Vikings), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • 1942-02-05 Roger Staubach, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1963, Navy; Super Bowl 1971 [MVP], 77; Dallas Cowboys), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1942-06-19 Willie Frazier, American football tight end (AFL All-Star 1965, 67, 69; All-Pro 1965; Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2013)

Steve SabolSteve Sabol (1942-2012)

1942-10-02 American filmmaker (35 Emmy awards, founder of NFL Films), born in Moorestown, New Jersey

  • 1942-11-28 Paul Warfield, American NFL/WFL wide receiver, 1964-77, 8X Pro-Bowl (Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Memphis Southmen), born in Warren, Ohio
  • 1942-12-09 Dick Butkus, American NFL hall of fame linebacker (Bears) and sportscaster, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943-02-05 Craig Morton, College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Cal; NFL: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1943-02-23 Fred Biletnikoff, American Pro Football HOF wide receiver (Super Bowl 1976 [MVP] Oakland Raiders; First-team All-Pro 1972; 4 × Pro Bowl; NFL receptions leader 1971), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 1943-03-27 Mike Curtis, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 1971; Pro Bowl 1968, 70, 71, 74; First-team All-Pro 1968, 69; Baltimore Colts), born in Rockville, Maryland (d. 2020)

Joe NamathJoe Namath (79 years old)

1943-05-31 American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Super Bowl 1969; Super Bowl MVP 1969; Pro Bowl 1972; NY Jets), born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

  • 1943-07-04 Emerson Boozer, College Hall of Fame and NFL running back (NY Jets 1966-75), born in Augusta, Georgia

Jimmy JohnsonJimmy Johnson (79 years old)

1943-07-16 American NFL coach (National C'ship Uni of Miami 1987; Super Bowl 1992, 93 Dallas Cowboys; Miami Dolphins), born in Port Arthur, Texas

Marty SchottenheimerMarty Schottenheimer (1943-2021)

1943-09-23 American football coach (Cleveland Browns, KC Chiefs; NFL Coach of Year 2004, San Diego Chargers), born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

  • 1943-10-14 Lance Rentzel, American NFL receiver (Minn, LA) and ex-husband of Joey Heatherton, born in Flushing, New York
  • 1943-10-31 Brian Piccolo, American NFL football running back, 1965-69 (Chicago Bears), and subject of the 1971 TV movie "Brian's Song", born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (d. 1970)
  • 1943-11-26 Jan Stenerud, Norwegian-American NFL place kicker (Kansas City Chiefs), born in Fetsund, Norway
  • 1944-01-01 Dick Gordon, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1970-71, Chicago Bears), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1944-01-19 Dan Reeves, American football coach (AP NFL Coach of the Year 1993 NY Giants, 1998 Atlanta Falcons; Denver Broncos), born in Rome, Georgia (d. 2021)
  • 1944-02-29 John Niland, American NFL offensive guard (6 x Pro Bowl; 3 x All-Pro; Super Bowl 1971; Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • 1944-04-29 Jim Hart, American NFL quarterback (St Louis Cardinals), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1944-06-02 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), born in Larnaca, Cyprus (d. 2015)
  • 1944-07-01 Diron Talbot, American NFL defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1974, Washington Redskins), born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • 1944-11-03 Mel Farr, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1967, 70; Detroit Lions), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1945-01-05 Sam Wyche, American NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals 1984-91; Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1992-95; introduced no-huddle offence), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1945-02-03 Bob Griese, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 1971 Player of Year)
  • 1945-02-09 Bill Bergey, American NFL player, born in South Dayton, New York
  • 1945-02-19 Jon Whiteley, Scottish child actor (Moonfleet) and art historian, born in Monymusk, Scotland
  • 1945-02-28 Bubba Smith, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Michigan State; Pro Bowl 1970, 71; First Team All Pro 1971; Super Bowl 1971; Baltimore Colts) and actor (Police Academy), born in Orange, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1945-04-13 Bob Kalsu, American NFL football player, 1968 (Buffalo Bills), and US Army officer, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1970)
  • 1945-04-20 Steve Spurrier, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1966, Florida; NFL: SF 49ers) and coach (Florida, South Carolina; NFL: Washington Redskins), born in Miami Beach, Florida
  • 1945-08-07 Alan Page, American football defensive tackle (NFL MVP 1971; 6×First-team All-Pro; 9×Pro Bowl; Minnesota Vikings) and Associate Justice Minnesota Supreme Court (1993–2015), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1945-08-15 Gene Upshaw, American NFL guard (Oakland Radiers) and NFLPA leader, born in Robstown, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1945-08-28 Jim Lynch, American College Football HOF linebacker (Notre Dame; AFL–NFL World C'ship Game 1970; Kansas City Chiefs), born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2022)
  • 1945-09-08 Lem Barney, American Pro Football HOF cornerback (NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year 1967; 7 x Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1968, 69; Detroit Lions), born in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • 1945-11-01 Willie Ellison, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1971; LA Rams, KC Chiefs), born in Lockhart, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1945-12-25 Ken Stabler, American Pro Football HOF quarterback (4 x Pro Bowl; NFL MVP, First-team All-Pro 1974; Super Bowl 1976; Oakland Raiders), born in Foley, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1946-01-06 Harold Jackson, NFL wide receiver (LA, New Engl), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1946-03-05 Rocky Bleier, Wisc, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1946-03-10 Curley Culp, American Pro Football HOF defensive tackle (6 × Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1975; NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1975; Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Oilers), born in Yuma, Arizona (d. 2021)
  • 1946-07-06 Fred Dryer, American NFL defensive end (Pro Bowl 1975; First-team All-Pro 1974; NY Giants, LA Rams) and actor (Hunter), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1946-08-05 Gary Beban, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1967, UCLA: NFL: Washington Redskins), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1946-09-24 Joe Greene, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle (Super Bowl 1974, 75, 78, 79; 10 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Temple, Texas
  • 1946-10-17 Herb Orvis, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (University of Colorado; NFL: Detroit Lions, Baltimore Colts), born in Petoskey, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1946-12-25 Larry Csonka, American College/Pro Football HOF running back (Super Bowl 1972, 73 [MVP]; First-team All-Pro 1971, 73; 5 × Pro Bowl; Miami Dolphins; Syracuse Uni), born in Stow, Ohio
  • 1947-01-02 Calvin Hill, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1969, 72–74; All-Pro 1969, 73; Super Bowl 1971; Dallas Cowboys), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1947-01-12 Tom Dempsey, American NFL kicker (Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 1969; New Orleans Saints; longest winning field goal, 63 yards), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2020)
  • 1947-04-16 Johnny Grier, American football official (1981-2004; first African-American referee in NFL history 1988), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2022)

O.J. SimpsonO.J. Simpson (75 years old)

1947-07-09 American College/Pro Football HOF running back (Heisman Trophy 1968 USC; NFL MVP 1973; 5 × First-team All-Pro & Pro Bowl; Buffalo Bills) and broadcaster, actor; found responsible Brown/Goldman deaths 1994, born in San Francisco, California

  • 1947-07-20 James Harris, Amnerican NFL quarterback (Buffalo, LA, San Diego), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1947-08-06 Ken Riley, American Pro Football HOF cornerback (First-Team All-Pro 1983; Cincinnati Bengals) and coach (Florida A&M 1994-2003), born in Bartow, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1947-09-19 Larry Brown, American NFL runningback (3rd to rush over 4,000 yards), born in Clairton, Pennsylvania
  • 1947-10-14 Bob Kuechenberg, American NFL guard (6-time Pro Bowl, Miami Dolphins), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2019)
  • 1947-10-14 Charlie Joiner, American NFL receiver (Houston, Cincinnati, San Diego), born in Many, Louisiana
  • 1947-12-05 Jim Plunkett, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1970, Stanford; Super Bowl 1980, 84 LA/Oakland Raiders), born in San Jose, California
  • 1948-04-02 Roy Gerela American NFL placekicker (Super Bowl 1974, 75, 78; Pro Bowl 1972, 74; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Sarrail, Alberta
  • 1948-04-10 Mel Blount, American Pro Football HOF cornerback (Super Bowl 1974, 75, 78, 79 Pittsburgh Steelers; NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1975; First-team All-Pro 1975, 81; 5 × Pro Bowl), born in Vidalia, Georgia
  • 1948-05-26 Ken Clark, Canadian football punter (CFL All Star 1977, 80, 82, 85; Hamilton Tiger-Cats; Saskatchewan Roughriders; Ottawa Rough Riders; NFL: LA Rams), born in Southampton, England (d. 2021)
  • 1948-06-15 Mike Holmgren, American NFL coach and executive (Super Bowl 1996, Green Bay Packers; Seattle Seahawks; Cleveland Browns), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1948-07-13 Don Sweet, CFL, NFL place kicker (Montreal, Green Bay), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1948-08-08 Floyd Reese, American football administrator (GM Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans 1994-2006) and analyst (ESPN's NFL Live, ESPN.com), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 2021)
  • 1948-09-02 Terry Bradshaw, College/Pro Football HOF quarterback (Louisiana Tech; Super Bowl 1974, 75, 78 [MVP], 79 [MVP]; NFL MVP 1978; First-team All-Pro 1978; 3 × Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers) and broadcaster (CBS, FOX), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1948-11-18 Jack Tatum, American NFL defensive back, 1971-80 (Oakland Raiders, Houston Oilers), born in Cherryville, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1949-02-10 Joe Lavender, NFL cornerback, born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • 1949-02-15 Ken Anderson, NFL quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1949-04-03 Lyle Alzado, American NFL defensive linesman (LA Raiders) and actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1949-05-26 Dan Pastorini, American football quarterback (Super Bowl 1980 Oakland Raiders; Pro Bowl 1975 Houston Oilers), born in Sonora, California
  • 1949-08-04 John Riggins, NFL running back (NY Jets, Wash Redskins)
  • 1949-09-09 Joe Theismann, NFL quarterback (Redskins)/sportscaster
  • 1949-09-22 Harold Carmichael, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Jacksonville, Florida

Weddings in Sport


Divorces in Sport


Deaths in Sport

Deaths 201 - 239 of 239

  • 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

  • 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 Pro Football HOF cornerback (First-Team All-Pro 1983; Cincinnati Bengals) and coach (Florida A&M 1994-2003), dies of a heart attack 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
  • 2020-08-23 Greg Montgomery, American NFL punter (Baltimore Ravens), dies at 55
  • 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

Gale SayersGale Sayers (1943-2020)

2020-09-23 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]

  • 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

Marty SchottenheimerMarty Schottenheimer (1943-2021)

2021-02-08 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
  • 2021-04-15 Leroy Keyes, American College Football Hall of Fame and NFL running back / safety (Purdue; Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs), dies from heart failure at 74
  • 2021-04-29 Courtney Hall, American NFL center (San Diego Chargers), dies at 52
  • 2021-08-08 Ken Clark, Canadian football punter (CFL All Star 1977, 80, 82, 85; Hamilton Tiger-Cats; Saskatchewan Roughriders; Ottawa Rough Riders; NFL: LA Rams), dies at 73
  • 2021-08-21 Floyd Reese, American football administrator (GM Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans 1994-2006) and analyst (ESPN's NFL Live, ESPN.com), dies from cancer at 73
  • 2021-10-16 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), dies at 83
  • 2021-11-02 Tom Matte, American football running back (Super Bowl 1971; Pro Bowl 1968, 69; NFL rushing TD leader 1969; Baltimore Colts), dies at 82
  • 2021-11-27 Curley Culp, American Pro Football HOF defensive tackle (6X Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1975; NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1975; KC Chiefs, Houston Oilers), dies from pancreatic cancer at 75

John MaddenJohn Madden (1936-2021)

2021-12-28 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), dies at 85 [1]

  • 2022-01-01 Dan Reeves, American football coach (AP NFL Coach of the Year 1993 NY Giants, 1998 Atlanta Falcons; Denver Broncos), dies from complications of dementia at 77
  • 2022-03-08 Johnny Grier, American football official (1981-2004; first African-American referee in NFL history 1988), dies at 74
  • 2022-05-24 John Thompson, American football executive (GM Seattle Seahawks 1976-82; NFL Executive of the Year 1978), dies at 95
  • 2022-07-21 Jim Lynch, American College Football HOF linebacker (Notre Dame; AFL–NFL World C'ship Game 1970; Kansas City Chiefs), dies at 76
  • 2022-10-19 Charley Trippi, American College-Pro Football HOF halfback (Uni of Georgia; NFL C'ship 1947; First-team All-Pro 1948; Pro Bowl 1952, 53; Chicago Cardinals), dies at 100
  • 2023-01-01 Art McNally, American Pro Football HOF referee and executive (NFL Head of Officiating 1968-91), dies at 97
  • 2023-03-01 Jerry Richardson Sr., American businessman and NFL team owner (Carolina Panthers 1995-2018), dies at 86
  • 2023-03-11 Harry "Bud" Grant, American Pro Football HOF coach (NFL Coach of the Year 1969 Minnesota Vikings; 4 x Grey Cup C'ship Winnipeg Blue Bombers) and basketball forward (NBA C'ship 1950 Minnesota Lakers), dies at 95 [1]