American Football Players in History

Events in Sport

  • 1906-09-05 St. Louis University quarterback Bradbury Robinson throws first legal forward pass in the history of American football for a TD to Jack Schneider at Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin; St. Louis wins, 22-0
  • 1913-11-01 Notre Dame upsets Army, 35-13 in the colleges' inaugural football game; quarterback Gus Dorais (14 of 17 passes, 243 yards, 2 TDs) and receiver Knute Rockne use forward pass effectively
  • 1935-11-03 Philadelphia Eagles beat Boston Redskins, 7-6 at Fenway Park; respective quarterbacks combine to throw an NFL record 11 interceptions
  • 1948-12-21 1949 NFL Draft: University of Pennsylvania linebacker/center Chuck Bednarik is selected first by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 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

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1951-12-02 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Hutson's has his #14 jersey retired by the Green Bay Packers; first number retired in the history of the franchise

First NFL Wide Receiver in History Don Hutson
First NFL Wide Receiver in History
Don Hutson
  • 1953-10-18 Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times
  • 1957-12-02 NFL Draft: Rice quarterback King Hill #1 pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • 1959-02-27 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

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1959-10-04 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown makes club record 37 rushing attempts in Cleveland Browns, 34-7 win at Chicago Cardinals

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1959-11-01 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown runs for 5 touchdowns in Cleveland Browns, 38-31 win over Baltimore Colts at Memorial Stadium
  • 1964-11-01 Houston Oilers quarterback George Blanda attempts an AFL record 68 passes (37 completions) in 24-10 loss v Buffalo Bills at War Memorial Stadium
  • 1964-11-01 Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson passes for 435 yards and 6 TDs in 49-39 win over Denver Broncos at Municipal Stadium
  • 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
  • 1965-01-02 New York Jets sign future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath to a $427,000 contract over three years (pro football record at the time)

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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

  • 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

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1973-12-16 O.J. Simpson becomes 1st NFL running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a season

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1975-12-28 "The Hail Mary", with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a legendary 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the "Hail Mary" play is born
  • 1980-04-29 NFL Draft: Oklahoma running back Billy Sims first pick by Detroit Lions
  • 1981-04-29 NFL Draft: South Carolina running back George Rogers first pick by New Orleans Saints
  • 1981-08-18 Football running back, Herschel Walker, of U of Georgia, takes out a Lloyd's of London insurance policy for $1 million
  • 1982-04-27 NFL Draft: University of Texas defensive end Kenneth Sims first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1982-09-21 NFL players begin a 57 day strike
  • 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

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1983-04-26 NFL Draft: Stanford quarterback John Elway first pick by Baltimore Colts

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 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 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
  • 1984-05-01 NFL Draft: Nebraska wide receiver Irving Fryar first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1984-10-22 NFL quarterback Ken Stabler retires

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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

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • 1985-04-30 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech defensive end Bruce Smith first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • 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)

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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

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

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1985-12-09 SF 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive games with a reception in a 27-20 defeat to LA Rams at Candlestick Park

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

  • 1986-01-01 72nd Rose Bowl: #13 UCLA beats #4 Iowa, 45-28; Iowa's All-American running back, Ronnie Harmon, fumbles the ball 4 times in his last game.
  • 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
  • 1986-04-29 NFL Draft: Auburn running back Bo Jackson first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 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 AFC Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 23-20 (OT)
  • 1987-04-28 NFL Draft: University of Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 1987-09-13 Tampa Bay quarterback Steve DeBerg establishes a franchise record with 5 touchdown passes in the Buccaneers 48-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons
  • 1987-09-20 San Francisco wide receiver Dwight Clark's NFL record streak of 105 consecutive games with a reception ends in 49ers 27-26 victory in Cincinnati

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1987-09-20 Chicago running back Walter Payton scores his NFL record 107th rushing touchdown in the Bears' 20-3 victory over Tampa Bay

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 1987-09-22 NFL players go on strike for 24 days
  • 1987-09-27 NFL players' strike begins in the US
  • 1987-10-04 Winnipeg CFL defensive back James Jefferson scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception; scores both on laterals in Blue Bombers' 47-14 win v Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • 1987-10-15 NFL Players Association orders an end to 24 day strike; union fails to achieve demands short-term with no collective bargaining agreement in place
  • 1987-11-01 New York Jets retire Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Maynard's jersey #13
  • 1988-03-24 Quarterback Dan Fouts retires
  • 1989-01-13 Jerry Parks, Oklahoma defensive back, charged with shooting a teammate
  • 1989-01-27 Okla linebacker Mark VanKeirsblilck assaults an Ok grad student
  • 1989-04-23 NFL Draft: UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • 1989-09-10 Browns allow Pittsburgh only 53 net yards, a team defensive record
  • 1989-09-10 Indianapolis running back Eric Dickerson rushes for 106 yards against San Francisco to become the fastest player to top the 10,000 yard plateau; 91st career game
  • 1989-10-01 Dallas Cowboy defensive end, Ed "Too Tall" Jones records his 1,000th NFL tackle in a 30-13 defeat to the New York Giants at Texas Stadium

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1989-10-12 Dallas running back Herschel Walker is traded from Cowboys to Minnesota Vikings for 5 players and 6 future draft picks including future stars Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Kevin Smith and Darren Woodson

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • 1990-04-22 NFL Draft: University of Illinois quarterback Jeff George first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • 1990-11-03 TCU quarterback Matt Vogler completes 44 passes including 5 touchdowns for an NCAA football record 690 passing yards in a 56-35 loss to Houston at the Astrodome; Cougars quarterback David Klingler throws for 7 TDs
  • 1990-11-12 "The Body Bag Game" - after Eagles coach Buddy Ryan threatens beating Redskins so badly "they'll have to be carted off in body bags" the Eagles defense score 3 touchdowns winning 28–14, knocking 8 Redskins out of the game
  • 1991-01-26 Jan Stenerud becomes 1st pure placekicker to make NFL Hall of Fame
  • 1991-04-21 NFL Draft: University of Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • 1991-07-08 Major league umpire Steve Palermo and former NFL defensive lineman Terence Mann shot trying to help 2 waitresses from being robbed
  • 1991-09-07 Brigham Young University quarterback Ty Detmer passes NCAA record 11,606 yards
  • 1991-09-14 San Diego State freshman running back Marshall Faulk rushes for NCAA record 386 yards and scores 7 touchdowns as the Aztecs beat Pacific, 55-34
  • 1991-11-23 Brigham Young University quarterback Ty Detmer finishes NCAA career with record 4,031 yards passed in a season, and 15,031 yards for career
  • 1991-12-01 Miami quarterback Dan Marino sets an NFL record when he reaches 3,000 yards passing for the 8th time in his career during Dolphin's 33-14 win over Tampa Bay at Joe Robbie Stadium
  • 1992-04-26 NFL Draft: University of Washington defensive end Steve Emtman from first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • 1992-10-18 Philadelphia Eagle Randall Cunningham sets NFL quarterback scramble record of 3,683
  • 1992-11-01 NY Jets wide receiver Al Toon becomes 10th NFL player to make a reception in 100 straight games; Jets beat Miami Dolphins, 26-24 at The Meadowlands
  • 1992-12-06 San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown in a 27-3 win over Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park
  • 1993-04-25 NFL Draft: Washington State quarterback Drew Bledsoe first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1993-09-04 Penn State University plays its first football game in the Big 10, beating Minnesota 38-20; quarterback John Sacca throws 4 touchdown passes to Bobby Engram
  • 1994-01-03 Steve Young of the San Francisco 49ers becomes first quarterback to win 3 straight NFL passing titles despite a 37-34 OT loss to the Philadelphia Eagles; first to lodge 3 consecutive passer ratings of 100+
  • 1994-04-24 NFL Draft: Ohio State defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • 1994-06-15 New York Giants cut Super Bowl XXI MVP quarterback Phil Simms after 15 years service with the NFL club
  • 1994-06-20 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson arraigned on murder of Nicole Simpson & Ronald Goldman
  • 1994-07-13 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson (charged with murder) gives hair samples for testing
  • 1994-07-20 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson offers $500,000 reward for evidence of ex-wife's klller
  • 1994-07-22 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson pleads "Absolutely 100% Not Guilty" of murder
  • 1994-09-04 Miami quarterback Dan Marino throws 5 touchdown passes in Dolphins' 39-35 win over New England; sets NFL record with his 18th game of 4-or-more touchdown passes
  • 1994-09-05 SF wide receiver Jerry Rice catches 2 touchdown passes and runs for another score in 49ers' 44-14 rout of the Raiders; surpasses Jim Brown as NFL's career TD leader with 127

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1995-04-18 Quarterback Joe Montana announces his retirement from football

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1995-04-22 NFL Draft: Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • 1995-09-29 Trial for former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson sent to the jury
  • 1995-10-03 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson found not guilty of the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman in Los Angeles, California
  • 1996-11-07 Ex-NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, is shot several times in his hometown of Camden, New Jersey; recovers
  • 1996-12-22 Steelers' Kordell Stewart runs quarterback record 80 yds for TD
  • 1997-11-01 North Carolina State University wide receiver Torry Holt catches 5 touchdown passes in a 48-35 loss to Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee
  • 1997-11-01 Louisiana State University running back Kevin Faulk rushes for 212 yards and a school record 5 touchdowns in a 63-28 win at Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington
  • 1997-12-21 Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Brown, knocked unconscious in game

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1998-04-18 NFL Draft: Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning first pick by Indianapolis Colts

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • 1999-04-17 NFL Draft: University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 1999-10-02 #21 University of Alabama football team beats #3 Florida, 40-39 in overtime to snap the Gators' 30-game home win streak; future Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander crosses for 4 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide
  • 2000-04-15 NFL Draft: Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 2001-04-21 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • 2002-04-20 NFL Draft: Fresno State quarterback David Carr first pick by Houston Texans

AgreementContract of Interest

2002-08-01 In signing star linebacker Ray Lewis to a 5-year contract extension the Baltimore Ravens give him a $19m signing bonus, then the largest in NFL history

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis
  • 2002-09-08 Rookie quarterback David Carr throws for 2 TDs as the Houston Texans beat Dallas Cowboys 19-10 to become only the 2nd expansion team (1961 Minnesota Vikings) to win their inaugural game

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 2,207

  • 1876-04-28 Frank Cavanagh, American football player and coach, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1933)
  • 1883-03-01 Thomas Shelvin, College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Yale), born in Muskegon, Michigan (d. 1915)
  • 1884-09-21 Shorty Ray, American football player and supervisor of NFL officials, born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1956)
  • 1891-07-02 Gus Dorais, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Notre Dame), coach (Gonzaga, Detroit Lions), born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin (d. 1954)
  • 1893-11-03 Charley Barrett, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Cornell undefeated National C'ship 1915), born in Bellevue, Pennsylvania (d. 1924)
  • 1895-02-18 George "The Gipper" Gipp, American football player (Notre Dame), born in Laurium, Michigan (d. 1920)
  • 1895-09-15 Charles "Chic" Harley, American football player (d. 1974)
  • 1896-01-11 Paddy Driscoll, NFL quarterback and coach (Chic Cardinals, Bears)
  • 1898-03-06 Jimmy Conzelman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach, team owner (Chicago Cardinals), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1970)
  • 1899-03-28 Buck Shaw, American football player and coach, born in Mitchellville, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1903-04-24 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1983)
  • 1903-05-27 Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1962)
  • 1907-04-02 Luke Appling, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (7-time MLB All Star; AL batting champion 1936, 43; Chicago White Sox), born in High Point, North Carolina (d. 1991)
  • 1910-04-02 Arnie Herber, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers, NY Giants), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1969)
  • 1910-04-08 George Musso, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • 1911-09-30 Ed Danowski, American football quarterback and halfback (NFL Championship 1934, 38; New York Giants; Pro Bowl 1938), born in Jamesport, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1912-05-17 Clarence "Ace" Parker, American NFL quarterback (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2013)

Person of interestDon Hutson

1913-01-31 Don Hutson, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1997)

First NFL Wide Receiver in History Don Hutson
First NFL Wide Receiver in History
Don Hutson

Person of interestSammy Baugh

1914-03-17 Sammy Baugh, American NFL hall of fame quarterback (Washington Redskins), born in Temple, Texas (d. 2008)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh

Person of interestWoody Strode

1914-07-25 Woody Strode, African American football player and actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1994)

Actor and Sportsman Woody Strode
Actor and Sportsman
Woody Strode
  • 1915-12-29 Bill Osmanski, American football player & coach, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1996)
  • 1916-04-11 Dan Fortmann, American football guard (Chicago Bears), born in Pearl River, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1916-11-21 Sid Luckman, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1917-06-22 Davey O'Brien, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1938, Texas Christian University; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1977)
  • 1918-03-05 Paul Christman, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (University of Missouri; All-Pro 1946, 47; Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1970)
  • 1918-03-13 George McAfee, American football player, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 2009)
  • 1919-09-28 Tom Harmon, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1940, Michigan; LA Rams) and broadcaster (CBS 1950-62), born in Rennselaer, Indiana (d. 1990)
  • 1920-07-26 Bob Waterfield, American NFL quarterback (Rams), born in Elmira, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1921-06-18 Angelo Bertelli, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1943, National C'ship 1943, Notre Dame), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 1921-10-05 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1921-10-12 Les Horvath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback and halfback (Heisman Trophy 1944; first Ohio State player to win the award; National C'ship 1942), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1995)

Person of interestOtto Graham

1921-12-06 Otto Graham, American NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2003)

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 1922-06-20 Tommy Mont, American NFL quarterback and coach (Washington Redskins; DePauw University), born in Mount Savage, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • 1923-02-23 Dante Lavelli, AAFC/NFL end wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1923-04-24 Jim Hardy, American NFL quarterback (LA Rams; Pro Bowl 1950), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1923-05-21 Ara Parseghian, American football player and coach (Northwestern, Notre Dame), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1923-12-03 Tom Fears, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and coach (NFL champion 1951; First-team All-Pro, NFL receiving yards leader 1950; LA Rams), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 2000)
  • 1923-12-04 Eagle Keys, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame linebacker and coach (Grey Cup champion 1949, 54-56, 66; Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan R'riders), born in Tompkinsville, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1924-01-25 Lou Groza, American football placekicker & offensive tackle (Cleveland Browns), born in Martins Ferry, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 1924-06-19 Leo Nomellini, NFL defensive tackle (SF 49ers)

Person of interestTom Landry

1924-09-11 Tom Landry, American NFL player (NY Giants) and coach (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mission, Texas (d. 2000)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 1924-10-26 Tex Coulter, American NFL defensive lineman (All Pro 1948, 51-52; Pro Bowl 1951-52; NY Giants), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1925-01-04 Johnny Lujack, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1947; National C'ship 1943, 46-47; Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1950-51; Chicago Bears), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania
  • 1925-01-21 George Conner, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle / linebacker (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53, 55; Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1925-03-18 Don Paul, American football player (LA Rams), (d. 2015)
  • 1925-03-29 Emlen Tunnell, American football player, NFL safety (Giants, Packers), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • 1925-04-20 Ernie Stautner, German-American football player, born in Cham, Bavaria, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1925-05-01 Chuck Bednarik, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1925-06-05 Art Donovan, NFL defensive tackle (Balt, NY Yanks, Dallas), (d. 2013)
  • 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)
  • 1926-03-15 Norm Van Brocklin, NFL quarterback and coach (LA Rams), hall of famer
  • 1926-10-24 Y. A. Tittle, American NFL quarterback (Baltimore, San Francisco, NY Giants, MVP 1963), born in Marshall, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 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 Lou Creekmur, American football player (Detroit Lions) and hall of famer, born in Hopelawn, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • 1927-04-26 John Ralston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker, coach and executive (Cal, Stanford, Denver Broncos), born in Oakland, California (d. 2019)
  • 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)
  • 1927-12-02 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)
  • 1928-12-20 Jack Christiansen, American football player and coach (Lions), born in Sublette, Kansas
  • 1929-05-07 Babe Parilli, American football player, born in Rochester, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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
  • 1930-10-04 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)
  • 1931-02-18 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1931-10-20 Zeke Bratkowski, American NFL quarterback and coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 2019)

Person of interestTom Brookshier

1931-12-16 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 2010)

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • 1932-01-01 Jackie Parker, American College and Canadian Football Hall of Fame utility (Mississippi State University; Grey Cup 1954-56; Edmonton Eskimos), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • 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
  • 1932-07-14 Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier, American actor, minister, and former professional American football player (Pennsylvania State University), born in Cuthbert, Georgia
  • 1932-07-16 Max McGee, American football player (Green Bay Packers), born in Overton, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1932-07-21 Ernie Warlick, American football player
  • 1932-10-20 Rosey Brown, American football player (d. 2004)
  • 1932-10-24 Johnny Lattner, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1953, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1954, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1933-02-16 Elbert Dubenion, American football wide receiver and running back (AFL All Star 1964; Buffalo Bills), born in Griffin, Georgia (d. 2019)

Person of interestJohnny Unitas

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

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • 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)
  • 1934-03-26 Gino Cappelletti, American football running back (AFL All-Star 1961, 63-66; AFL MVP 1964; Boston Patriots), born in Keewatin, Minnesota
  • 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, NFL quarterback (Lions, Giants, Colts), (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, Emporia Va, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland, Green Bay)
  • 1935-05-25 Cookie Gilchrist, American football fullback (AFL All Star 1962-65; AFL MVP 1962; CFL All Star 1956-60), born in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 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)
  • 1935-10-04 Jimmy Orr, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1959, 65; Super Bowl 1971; Baltimore Colts), born in Seneca, South Carolina
  • 1936-01-23 Jerry Kramer, American football player (Green Bay Packers) and author (Instant Replay), born in Jordan, Montana

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
  • 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)

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
  • 1937-01-25 Don Maynard, American football wide receiver (NY Jets: 633 receptions, 11,834 yards, 88 TDs), born in Crosbyton, Texas
  • 1937-03-15 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), born in Georgetown, Mississippi (d. 2006)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1919-08-16 NFL player Curly Lambeau (21) weds high school sweetheart Marguerite Van Kessel in Green Bay, Wisconsin

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau

LoveWedding of Interest

1938-04-10 NFL quarterback Sammy Baugh (24) weds his college sweetheart Edmonia Smith in Sweetwater, Texas

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh

LoveWedding of Interest

1954-11-20 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (21) weds his high school sweetheart Dorothy Hoelle

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

LoveWedding of Interest

1955-07-02 NFL placekicker Pat Summerall (25) weds Kathy Jacobs

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke

LoveWedding of Interest

1962-06-10 NFL running back Gale Sayers (19) weds his high school sweetheart Linda McNeil

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

LoveWedding of Interest

1967-06-24 NFL running back, broadcaster, actor and later criminal O.J. Simpson (19) marries Marguerite Whitley

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

LoveWedding of Interest

1976-07-07 NFL running back Walter Payton (21) weds Connie Norwood in Los Angeles, California

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

LoveWedding of Interest

1984-03-03 Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (23) weds swimmer Janet Buchan in Menlo Park, California

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

LoveWedding of Interest

1985-01-30 NFL Quarterback Dan Marino (23) weds Claire Veazey at St. Regis Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • 1985-02-02 NFL running back, broadcaster, actor and felon O.J. Simpson marries second wife Nicole Brown (murdered 1994)
  • 1985-02-24 NFL quarterback Joe Montana (28) weds actress and model Jennifer Wallace
  • 1985-12-14 "The Cosby Show" actress Phylicia Rashad (37) weds former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad (36)
  • 1986-10-18 NFL player Frank Gifford (56) marries 3rd wife Kathie Lee Johnson (35)

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • 1995-04-22 "Extra" TV co-host Arthel Neville (32) weds Carolina Panther running back Derrick Lassic (25) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
  • 1995-06-10 Actress-singer Holly Robinson (30) weds NFL Philadelphia Eagle quarterback Rodney Peete (29) in Los Angeles
  • 1996-05-18 NFL Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly (36) weds former marketing director Jill Waggoner (27) at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in suburban Buffalo
  • 1996-07-14 "Green Bay Packer" quarterback Brett Favre (26) weds Deanna Tynes (27) at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin

LoveWedding of Interest

2001-03-17 NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning (24) weds Ashley Thompson in Memphis, Tennessee

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • 2001-06-09 "Law & Order" actress and model Angie Harmon (28) weds New York Giant NFL player Jason Sehorn (30) at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas
  • 2002-06-06 Former "Survivor" contestant and talk show host Elisabeth Filarski (25) weds former Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck (24) at St. Mary
  • 2004-03-03 University of Miami star defensive tackle & probable NFL draft pick Vince Wilfork (22) weds Bianca Farinas at Little White Chapel in Las Vegas
  • 2004-06-20 Former Dallas Cowboys running back Eddie George (30) weds R&B group "SWV" member Tamara Johnson (33) at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey
  • 2005-06-22 "21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson Peete (40) weds former pro quarterback Rodney Peete (39) in an outdoor ceremony held at the Wynn Las Vegas resort
  • 2007-07-22 Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila Ali (30) weds former NFL player Curtis Conway (36) in Marina del Rey, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2008-04-19 New York Giants NFL quarterback Eli Manning (27) weds Abby McGrew (24) at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning
  • 2008-06-14 Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee
  • 2008-09-22 TV personality and glamour model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds Philadelphia Eagles NFL player Hank Baskett (26) at Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, California

LoveWedding of Interest

2009-02-26 Supermodel Gisele Bundchen (32) weds NFL New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (35) at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2009-06-27 "Playboy Playmate" model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds NFL player beau Hank Baskett (26) at the Playboy Mansion in Bel Air, California
  • 2009-08-29 Retired Denver Bronco's quarterback John Elway (49) weds former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Paige Green
  • 2010-07-02 Miss California USA 2009 Carrie Prejean (23) weds Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller (29) in San Diego
  • 2010-07-17 Actress Khadijah Haqq (29) weds New Orleans Saints defensive end Bobby McCray (29) at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles
  • 2011-05-28 Former American beauty queen Candice Crawford (24) weds Dallas Cowboys football quarterback Tony Romo (31) at Arlington Hall in Dallas, Texas
  • 2011-07-23 "Pittsburgh Steelers" quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (29) weds Ashley Harlan at Christ Church of Grove Farm in Ohio Township
  • 2012-06-30 Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (32) weds longtime girlfriend Kijfa Frink at the Fontainebleau resort in Miami Beach, Florida
  • 2012-07-04 NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) weds "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada in Saint Martin
  • 2012-12-17 Minnesota Vikings football quarterback Christian Ponder (25) weds ESPN reporter Samantha Steele (27) in Hudson, Wisconsin
  • 2013-06-08 TV personality Kristin Cavallari (26) weds Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (30) in Nasvhille, Tennessee
  • 2016-04-16 Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson (24) weds NFL player Andrew East (24) in Franklin, Tennessee

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Singer Ciara
Singer
Ciara
  • 2017-03-26 FIFA Women's World Cup champion Julie Beth Johnston (25) weds NFL player Zach Ertz (26) in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2017-04-14 Actress and model Nicky Whelan (36) weds former NFL player-turned-actor Kerry Rhodes (34) at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles
  • 2017-05-19 Roller derby skater Bonnie Thunders weds NFL player Larry English (31) at The Montage in Laguna Beach, California
  • 2018-03-03 Supermodel Chanel Iman (Victoria's Secret Angel), weds New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard in Los Angeles
  • 2020-01-20 American former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow (32) weds South African Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (24) in Cape Town, South Africa

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1934-05-23 First wife Marguerite Van Kessel divorces NFL player Curly Lambeau (36) after 14 years of marriage

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1972-06-26 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) divorces first wife Dorothy Hoelle after nearly 2 decades of marriage

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2003-12-29 Retired NFL quarterback John Elway (43) divorces first wife Janet Buchan after 18 years of marriage

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 2012-08-14 "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada divorces NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) due to irretrievably broken marriage only 41 days after getting married

Deaths in Sport

  • 1915-12-29 Thomas Shelvin, College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Yale), dies of pneumonia at 32
  • 1920-12-14 George "The Gipper" Gipp, American football player (Notre Dame), dies of a streptococcal throat infection and pneumonia at 25
  • 1924-05-21 Charley Barrett, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Cornell undefeated National C'ship 1915), dies from effects of war injuries at 30
  • 1933-08-29 Frank Cavanagh, American football player and coach, dies at 57
  • 1954-01-03 Gus Dorais, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Notre Dame) and coach (Gonzaga, Detroit Lions), dies of arteriosclerosis and anorexia at 62
  • 1956-09-16 Shorty Ray, American football player and supervisor of NFL officials, dies at 71
  • 1963-05-10 Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, American football player (b. 1931)
  • 1963-05-18 Ernie Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st African-American to win Heisman Trophy 1961, Syracuse), dies of leukemia at 23
  • 1969-10-14 Arnie Herber, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers, NY Giants), dies at 59
  • 1970-03-02 Paul Christman, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (University of Missouri; All-Pro 1946, 47; Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers), dies from a heart attack at 51
  • 1970-06-16 Brian Piccolo, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 1970-07-21 Bob Kalsu, American football player, dies at 25
  • 1970-07-31 Jimmy Conzelman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach, team owner (Chicago Cardinals), dies at 72
  • 1973-03-26 Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • 1974-04-21 Charles "Chic" Harley, American football player (b. 1895)
  • 1977-03-19 Buck Shaw, American football player and coach, dies at 77
  • 1977-11-18 Davey O'Brien, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1938, Texas Christian University; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles), dies from cancer at 60
  • 1983-03-25 Bob Waterfield, American NFL quarterback (Rams), dies at 62
  • 1983-10-26 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), dies at 80
  • 1986-05-11 Fritz Pollard, American football player, dies at 92
  • 1986-12-01 Bobby Layne, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL champion 1952-53, 57; 6 x Pro Bowl; Detroit Lions), dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • 1987-04-03 Tom Sestak, American football player (b. 1936)
  • 1989-06-17 John Matuszak, American NFL defensive end (Oak Raider) and actor (The Goonies), dies of an accidental propoxyphene overdose at 38
  • 1990-03-15 Tom Harmon, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1940, Michigan; LA Rams) and broadcaster (CBS 1950-62), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1992-01-01 M. J. Frankovich, American football player & film producer (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 82
  • 1992-05-14 Lyle Alzado, NFL defensive linesman (LA Raiders) and actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire), dies of cancer at 43
  • 1992-06-25 Jerome Brown, defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagle), dies in car crash at 27
  • 1992-07-16 Buck Buchanan, NFL defensive lineman (KC Chiefs), dies at 51

Person of interestWoody Strode

1994-12-31 Woody Strode, African American football player and actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream), dies of lung cancer at 80

Actor and Sportsman Woody Strode
Actor and Sportsman
Woody Strode
  • 1995-11-14 Les Horvath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback and halfback (Heisman Trophy 1944; first Ohio State player to win the award; National C'ship 1942), dies of heart failure at 74
  • 1997-02-01 Ed Danowski, American football quarterback and halfback (NFL Championship 1934, 38; New York Giants; Pro Bowl 1938), dies at 85

Person of interestDon Hutson

1997-06-26 Don Hutson, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), dies at 84

First NFL Wide Receiver in History Don Hutson
First NFL Wide Receiver in History
Don Hutson
  • 1998-07-05 Sid Luckman, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), dies at 81
  • 1998-09-27 Doak Walker, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1948; Pro Bowl 1950-51, 53–55; First-team All-Pro 1950–51, 53–54; Detroit Lions), dies from ski accident injuries at 71
  • 1999-06-26 Angelo Bertelli, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1943, National C'ship 1943, Notre Dame), dies of brain cancer at 78
  • 1999-08-29 Jaime Fields, American NFL and WLAF linebacker (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores), dies in a hit-and-run automobile accident at 29

Person of interestWalter Payton

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

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 2000-01-04 Tom Fears, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and coach (NFL champion 1951; First-team All-Pro, NFL receiving yards leader 1950; LA Rams), dies at 77
  • 2000-02-08 Derrick Thomas, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame linebacker / end (Pro Bowl 1989–97; First-team All-Pro 1990–92; KC Chiefs), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 33
  • 2001-08-01 Korey Stringer, American football player (b. 1974)
  • 2002-01-29 Night Train Lane, American NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions), dies at 74
  • 2002-04-15 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player & U.S. Supreme Court Justice, dies at 84
  • 2002-04-18 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player & professional wrestler, dies at 63
  • 2002-06-26 Jay Berwanger, American football player (b. 1914)
  • 2003-02-20 Harry Jacunski, American football player
  • 2003-03-31 George Conner, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle / linebacker (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53, 55; Chicago Bears), dies at 78

Person of interestOtto Graham

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

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 2004-01-28 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, American NFL halfback and end (LA Rams), dies at 80
  • 2004-04-22 Pat Tillman, American football player & U.S. Army Ranger, killed in action at 27
  • 2004-06-09 Rosey Brown, American football player (b. 1932)
  • 2005-03-16 Todd Bell, American football player (b. 1958)
  • 2005-04-10 Al Lucas, American football player (b. 1978)
  • 2005-04-18 Sam Mills, American football player, dies at 46
  • 2005-08-20 Thomas Herrion, American football player (b. 1981)
  • 2005-09-13 Toni Fritsch, Austrian football and American football player (b. 1945)
  • 2005-11-23 Frank Gatski, American football player (b. 1919)
  • 2005-12-07 Bud Carson, American football player and coach (b. 1931)
  • 2005-12-15 Darrell Russell, American football player (b. 1976)
  • 2006-02-01 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), dies at 68
  • 2006-02-16 Ernie Stautner, German-American football player, dies at 80
  • 2006-05-27 Craig Heyward, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995; New Orleans Saints), dies from brain cancer at 39
  • 2006-06-23 Dave Webster, American football player (led his football team to a National Championship in 1958), dies at 68
  • 2006-10-27 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), dies from injuries suffered in a fall at 66
  • 2006-11-07 Bryan Pata, American football defensive tackle (University of Miami) (murdered) (b. 1981)
  • 2006-11-20 Andre Waters, American football player (b. 1962)
  • 2007-01-06 Mario Danelo, American football player (b. 1985)
  • 2007-02-24 Lamar Lundy, American football player (b. 1935)
  • 2007-02-24 Damien Nash, American football player (b. 1982)
  • 2007-03-10 Ernie Ladd, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • 2007-04-05 Darryl Stingley, American football player (b. 1951)
  • 2007-04-30 Kevin Mitchell, American football player (b. 1971)
  • 2007-05-28 Marquise Hill, American football player (b. 1982)
  • 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
  • 2007-10-20 Max McGee, American football player (Green Bay Packers), dies at 75
  • 2007-11-27 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), dies at 86
  • 2007-11-27 Sean Taylor, American NFL free safety (Pro Bowl 2006, 07; All Pro 2007; Washington Redskins), dies when shot by an armed intruder at 24
  • 2007-12-31 Tony Elliott, American football player (b. 1959)
  • 2008-01-17 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • 2008-03-26 Heath Benedict, American Football Player (b. 1983)
  • 2008-07-04 Terrence Kiel, American Football Player (b. 1980)
  • 2008-08-20 Gene Upshaw, American NFL guard (Oakland Radiers) and NFLPA leader, dies at 63
American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 2009-03-04 George McAfee, American football player, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears), dies at 90
  • 2009-07-04 Steve McNair, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), dies of gunshot woulds at 36
  • 2009-07-05 Lou Creekmur, American football player (Detroit Lions) and hall of famer, dies at 82
  • 2009-07-28 Jim Johnson, NFL Assistant Coach, Eagles Defensive Coordinator from 1999-2009 (b.1941)
  • 2009-12-17 Chris Henry, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2010-01-17 Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)

Person of interestTom Brookshier

2010-01-29 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, dies of cancer at 78

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • 2010-03-11 Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor, dies of cancer at 69
  • 2010-05-26 Jarvis Williams, American football player (b. 1965)
  • 2010-07-27 Jack Tatum, American football player (b. 1948)
  • 2010-09-20 Kenny McKinley, American football player (b. 1987)
  • 2010-09-27 George Blanda, American NFL kicker and quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders), dies at 83
  • 2010-10-12 Woody Peoples, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 2010-11-13 Ken Iman, American football player (b. 1939)