American Football Players in History

Events in Sport

  • 0864-07-25 The Edict of Pistres of Charles the Bald orders defensive measures against the Vikings
  • 1948-12-21 1949 NFL Draft: University of Pennsylvania linebacker/center Chuck Bednarik is selected first by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1953-10-18 Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times
  • 1959-02-27 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
  • 1965-01-02 NY Jets sign quarterback Joe Namath
  • 1972-12-18 US launches Operation Linebacker II, its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam, as negotiations to end the Vietnam War collapse
  • 1975-12-28 "The Hail Mary", with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a desperate 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1984-05-01 NFL Draft: Nebraska wide receiver Irving Fryar first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1984-10-22 NFL quarterback Ken Stabler retires
  • 1985-04-30 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech defensive end Bruce Smith first pick by Buffalo Bills

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985-12-02 NFL quarterback legends Dan Marino and John Elway face each other for the first time, a 30-26 victory for the Dolphins (Marino 390 yards and 3 touchdowns)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985-12-02 Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan come to blows on the sideline in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, Chicago's only loss of the season

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • 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.
  • 1986-04-29 NFL Draft: Auburn running back Bo Jackson first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 1987-01-11 "The Drive" game: trailing Cleveland Browns 20-13 with 5:32 remaining in the AFC Championship Game, Denver quarterback John Elway drives his team 98 yards for a touchdown to tie, Broncos then win in overtime advancing to Super Bowl XXI
  • 1987-04-28 NFL Draft: University of Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 1987-09-22 NFL players go on strike for 24 days
  • 1987-09-27 NFL players' strike begins in the US
  • 1987-10-15 NFL Players Association orders an end to 24 day strike
  • 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
  • 1990-04-22 NFL Draft: University of Illinois quarterback Jeff George first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1993-04-25 NFL Draft: Washington State quarterback Drew Bledsoe first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1994-04-24 NFL Draft: Ohio State defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • 1994-06-15 NY Giants cut quarterback Phil Simms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1996-12-22 Steelers' Kordell Stewart runs quarterback record 80 yds for TD
  • 1997-12-21 Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Brown, knocked unconscious in game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • 1999-01-17 "The Miss", NFC Championship Game; Minnesota Viking Gary Anderson misses field goal fourth quarter allowing Atlanta Falcons to tie and eventually win in overtime, despite becoming 1st kicker to finish the regular season without missing
  • 1999-04-17 NFL Draft: University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 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
  • 2003-04-26 NFL Draft: USC quarterback Carson Palmer first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • 2004-04-24 NFL Draft: Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning first pick by San Diego Chargers
  • 2005-04-23 NFL Draft: University of Utah quarterback Alex Smith first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • 2006-04-29 NFL Draft: North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams first pick from Houston Texans
  • 2007-04-28 NFL Draft: LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell first pick by Oakland Raiders
  • 2009-04-25 NFL Draft: Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford first pick by Detroit Lions
  • 2010-04-22 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford first pick by St. Louis Rams
  • 2011-04-28 NFL Draft: Auburn quarterback Cam Newton first pick by Carolina Panthers
  • 2012-04-26 NFL Draft: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • 2013-01-12 "Mile High Miracle", In AFC Divisional Playoff Game Denver Broncos trail Baltimore Ravens 35-28 with 1:09 remaining, quarterback Joe Flacco heaves 70 yard touchdown pass to receiver Jacoby Jones to tie the game. Ravens win in overtime.
  • 2014-05-08 NFL Draft: South Carolina outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney first pick by Houston Texans
  • 2015-04-30 NFL Draft: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 2016-11-29 Former NFL player Darren Sharper sentenced to 20 years in prison for a series of rapes
  • 2016-12-01 Former NFL player Joe McKnight is shot and killed during a road rage incident in Terrytown, Louisiana

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017-09-24 NFL players kneal, lock arms or stay in their dressing room during the anthem in protests against comments made by President Donald Trump

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2017-12-10 Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is out for the season after injuring his knee in 43-35 win over Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles
  • 2018-01-06 Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota scores a touchdown off own pass in 22-21 victory over Kansas City Chiefs, second NFL quarterback to do so
  • 2018-04-26 NFL Draft: 4 quarterbacks are taken in the top 10 selections for the first time in history
  • 2018-05-03 Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan becomes NFL's first $30m per season player after agreeing to $150m contract extension

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 2,442

  • 1876-04-28 Frank Cavanagh, American football player and coach, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1933)
  • 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, NFL quarterback and coach/team owner (Chicago)
  • 1899-03-28 Buck Shaw, American football player and coach, born in Mitchellville, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1903-03-27 Walt Kiesling, American NFL guard and coach (HOF), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1962)
  • 1903-04-24 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1983)
  • 1907-04-02 Luke Appling, American football player, 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)
  • 1912-05-17 Clarence "Ace" Parker, NFL quarterback (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks)

Person of interestDon Hutson

1913-01-31 Don Hutson, American football player and the first NFL 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 (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, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1918-03-13 George McAfee, American football player, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 2009)
  • 1919-03-31 Frank Akins, American football player (d. 1993)
  • 1920-06-04 Marion Motley, NFL running back (all-time leading AAFC rusher)
  • 1920-07-26 Bob Waterfield, NFL quarterback (Rams)
  • 1921-10-05 Bill Willis, AAFC, NFL guard (Cleveland Browns)

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
  • 1923-02-23 Dante Lavelli, AAFC/NFL end wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1923-05-21 Ara Parseghian, American football player and coach (Northwestern, Notre Dame), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 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
  • 1925-01-01 George Conner, NFL tackle, linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 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 Halls 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, NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants)
  • 1926-01-05 Claude (Buddy) Young, NFL running back (Yankees, Texans, Colts)
  • 1926-03-15 Norm Van Brocklin, NFL quarterback and coach (LA Rams), hall of famer
  • 1926-10-24 Y A Tittle, AAFC/NFL quarterback (Baltimore, San Francisco, NY Giants, MVP 1963)
  • 1926-12-19 Bobby Layne, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1927-01-02 Gino Marchetti, NFL defensive end (Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts)
  • 1927-05-20 [Harold] Bud Grant, Wisc, CFL/NFL player/coach (Winnipeg, Minnesota)
  • 1927-09-17 George Blanda, Penn, NFL kicker/quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders)
  • 1928-04-16 Dick "Night Train" Lane, NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions)
  • 1928-12-20 Jack Christiansen, Kansas, NFL hall of famer defensive back (Lions)
  • 1929-05-07 Babe Parilli, American football player, born in Rochester, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1930-01-17 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, born in San Rafael, California

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, NFL quarterback (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

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 football player (d. 2006)
  • 1932-01-19 Joe Schmidt, NFL Hall of Fame linebacker (Detroit Lions) and coach, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1932-07-16 Max McGee, American football player (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 football player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)

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, NFL quarterback and coach (Green Bay)
  • 1934-03-26 Gino Cappelletti, ORFU, AFL running back (AFL Player of Year 1964)
  • 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, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay)
  • 1934-08-23 Christian "Sonny" Jurgensen, American NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins) and sportscaster, born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1934-10-04 Sam Huff, NFL linebacker (NY Giants, Washington Redskins)
  • 1935-01-26 Henry Jordan, Emporia Va, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland, Green Bay)
  • 1935-05-25 Cookie Gilchrist, American football player
  • 1935-06-06 Bobby Mitchell, American NFL running back and wide receiver (Browns, Redskins), born in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • 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

Person of interestRay Nitschke

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

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke
  • 1937-03-21 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback and coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • 1937-05-01 Roger Brown, College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (6 Pro-Bowls), born in Surry County, Virginia
  • 1937-09-19 Abner Haynes, American football player
  • 1938-03-04 Don Perkins, American football player
  • 1938-04-10 Don Meredith, NFL quarterback (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football, born in Mount Vernon, Texas
  • 1938-09-22 Gene Mingo, American football player
  • 1938-12-09 [David] Deacon Jones, American NFL defensive end (LA, SD, Washington), born in Eatonville, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1939-03-19 Joe Kapp, NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Boston Patriots, Houston Oilers)
  • 1939-07-05 Booker Edgerson, American football player
  • 1939-07-24 Bob Lilly, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1939-12-14 Ernie [Ernest] Davis, American football player 1st African American to win Heisman Trophy (1961)

Person of interestFran Tarkenton

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

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • 1940-02-15 John Hadl, American football player
  • 1940-04-18 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), born in Burlington, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1940-06-17 Bobby Bell, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1940-08-29 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), (d. 2013)
  • 1940-12-02 Willie Brown, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1940-12-15 Nick Buoniconti, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)/sportscaster (NBC)
  • 1941-03-28 Jim Turner, American football player, born in Martinez, California
  • 1941-04-18 Walter Francis Sweeney, Cohasset, Massachusetts, NFL Guard (San Diego Chargers), (d. 2013)
  • 1941-04-27 Lee Roy Jordan, American football player, born in Excel, Alabama
  • 1941-08-18 Matt Snell, NFL running back (NY Jets, Super Bowl III)
  • 1941-09-28 Charley Taylor, NFL wide receiver/running back (Wash Redskin)
  • 1941-11-22 Jacques LaPerriere, NHL defensive Hall of Famer
  • 1941-12-30 Mel Renfro, American football player
  • 1942-01-25 Carl Eller, American football player
  • 1942-02-05 Roger Staubach, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1942-03-07 Al[bert] Tanara, WLAF defensive coach (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1942-11-28 Paul Warfield, NFL/WFL wide receiver (Cleveland, Miami, Memphis)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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
  • 1985-02-24 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)

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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
  • 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
  • 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

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

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

Deaths 1 - 100 of 126

  • 1920-12-14 George Gipp, American football player (b. 1895)
  • 1933-08-29 Frank Cavanagh, American football player and coach, dies at 57
  • 1963-05-10 Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, American football player (b. 1931)
  • 1963-05-18 Ernie [Ernest] Davis, American football player (1st African American to win Heisman Trophy) (b. 1939) dies of leukemia aged 23
  • 1969-10-14 Arnie Herber, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers, NY Giants), dies at 59
  • 1970-06-16 Brian Piccolo, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 1970-07-21 Bob Kalsu, American football player (b. 1945)
  • 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
  • 1983-03-25 Bob Waterfield, American football player (b. 1920)
  • 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 (b. 1894)
  • 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 football player and broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • 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

Person of interestDon Hutson

1997-06-26 Don Hutson, first NFL wide receiver, dies at 84

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

Person of interestRay Nitschke

1998-03-08 Ray Nitschke, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 61

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke
  • 1998-07-05 Sid Luckman, American football player (b. 1916)
  • 1998-09-27 Doak Walker, American football player (b. 1927)

Person of interestWalter Payton

1999-11-01 Walter Payton, American Football Hall of Fame Running Back, dies at 45

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 2000-01-04 Tom Fears, American football player (b. 1922)
  • 2000-02-08 Derrick Thomas, American football player (Kansas City Chiefs), dies of a blood clot at 33
  • 2001-08-01 Korey Stringer, American football player (b. 1974)
  • 2002-01-29 Dick "Night Train" Lane, American football player (b. 1928)
  • 2002-04-15 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player and U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1917)
  • 2002-04-18 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • 2002-06-26 Jay Berwanger, American football player (b. 1914)

Person of interestJohnny Unitas

2002-09-11 Johnny Unitas, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 69

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • 2003-02-20 Harry Jacunski, American football player

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 Hirsch, American football player (b. 1923)
  • 2004-04-22 Pat Tillman, American football player and U.S. Army Ranger killed in action at 27
  • 2004-06-09 Rosey Brown, American football player (b. 1932)

Person of interestReggie White

2004-12-26 Reggie White, American football player, dies at 43

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • 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 (b. 1959)
  • 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 football player (b. 1937)
  • 2006-02-16 Ernie Stautner, German-American football player, dies at 80
  • 2006-05-27 Craig Heyward, American football player (b. 1966)
  • 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)
  • 2007-01-01 Darrent Williams, American football player (b. 1982)
  • 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)
  • 2007-10-02 Tex Coulter, American football player (b. 1924)
  • 2007-10-20 Max McGee, American football player (b. 1932)
  • 2007-11-27 Bill Willis, American football player (b. 1921)
  • 2007-11-27 Sean Taylor, American football player (Washington Redskins), fatally shot in the upper leg 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 football player and union leader (b. 1945)

Person of interestSammy Baugh

2008-12-17 Sammy Baugh, American football player, dies at 94

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 football player (b. 1973)
  • 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 football player (b. 1927)
  • 2010-10-12 Woody Peoples, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 2010-11-13 Ken Iman, American football player (b. 1939)
  • 2010-11-20 Rob Lytle, American football player (b. 1954)
  • 2010-12-05 Don Meredith, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1938)
  • 2010-12-11 Dick Hoerner, American football player (b. 1922)
  • 2011-02-19 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (NFL 1950s All Decade Team), dies of dementia at 80
  • 2011-06-07 Paul Dickson, American football player and coach (b. 1937)
  • 2011-07-16 Forrest Blue, American football player (b. 1944)
  • 2011-08-03 Bubba Smith, American football player and actor (b. 1945)
  • 2011-09-04 Lee Roy Selmon, American football player (b. 1954)
  • 2012-02-13 Freddie Solomon, American football wide receiver, dies from colon and liver cancer at 59
  • 2012-05-02 Junior Seau, NFL inside linebacker, commits suicide at 43
  • 2012-10-10 Alex Karras, American NFL player, dies from kidney failure at 77
  • 2012-11-29 Merv Pregulman, American NFL player, dies at 90
  • 2012-12-01 Jovan Belcher, American football linebacker, commits suicide by gunshot at 25
  • 2012-12-19 Larry Morris, American NFL player, dies at 79
  • 2013-02-02 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard, dies from pancreatic cancer at 71

Person of interestPat Summerall

2013-04-16 Pat Summerall, American NFL player and sportscaster, dies from cardiac arrest at 82

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 2013-05-07 George Sauer, Jr., American football player, dies from heart failure at 69