On This Day

American Football Players in History (Part 2)

Events in Sport


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
  • 1999-04-17 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
  • 2002-09-15 Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon begins NFL record-tying (Kurt Warner, Steve Young) streak of 6 consecutive 300-yard passing games, throwing for 403 yards in Raiders' 30-17 victory at Pittsburgh
  • 2002-09-29 Seattle running back Shaun Alexander sets NFL record for most touchdowns in a half with 5 in 1st half of 48-23 win v Minnesota Vikings at Seahawks Stadium; runs for 4 plus 80-yard reception
  • 2003-04-26 NFL Draft: USC quarterback Carson Palmer first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • 2003-09-14 Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis sets the NFL single-game rushing record when he runs for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns on 30 carries in the Ravens 33-13 victory over Cleveland
  • 2003-10-04 Red Raiders' quarterback B.J. Symons sets a Big 12 Conference record with 8 touchdown passes, leading Texas Tech to a convincing 59-28 win over Texas A & M
  • 2003-10-05 Kansas City wide receiver Dante Hall scores on game winning 93-yard punt return in Chiefs 24-23 victory v Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium; returns for score in an NFL-record 4th straight game
  • 2003-11-01 University of Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald establishes a new NCAA record with a touchdown reception in his 14th straight game as Pittsburgh beats Boston College, 24-13 at Alumni Stadium
  • 2004-03-02 Indianapolis Colts sign quarterback Peyton Manning to a 7-year, $98 million deal with a $34.5 million signing bonus; largest package to date in the NFL

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004-04-24 NFL Draft: Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning first pick by San Diego Chargers

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004-09-19 NFL Oakland Raider wide receiver Jerry Rice ends NFL streak of 274 consecutive games with a reception in a 13-10 victory over Buffalo Bills [1]

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • 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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2006-08-05 Warren Moon becomes the first black quarterback to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio; joined by Troy Aikman, John Madden, Rayfield Wright, Harry Carson and Reggie White

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • 2007-04-28 NFL Draft: LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell first pick by Oakland Raiders

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008-10-03 Former NFL star O.J. Simpson found guilty of charges of kidnapping and armed robbery

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 2008-12-05 Former NFL star O.J. Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery
  • 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

Sports record brokenNFL Record

2012-10-07 New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees breaks Johnny Unitas' NFL record for consecutive games with a TD pass (48) when he connects with Devery Henderson in Saints 31-24 win over San Diego at the SuperDome

NFL Quarterback Drew Brees
NFL Quarterback
Drew Brees
  • 2013-01-12 "Mile High Miracle", In AFC Divisional Playoff Game Denver Broncos ahead of 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.
  • 2014-02-01 Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning becomes all-time record-holder for MVP trophies, winning his 5th at the NFL Honours in New York; also 2013 Offensive Player of the Year
  • 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
  • 2016-04-28 NFL Draft: Cal quarterback Jared Goff first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • 2016-11-29 Former NFL player Darren Sharper sentenced to 20 years in prison for a series of rapes
  • 2017-04-27 NFL Draft: Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett first pick by Cleveland Browns

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
  • 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: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield first pick by Cleveland Browns; 4 QBs taken in top 10 selections for 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

AgreementContract of Interest

2018-08-29 Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers signs NFL record contract extension with the Green Bay Packers; 4 years worth $134m rising to a possible $180m with a record $103m in guarantees

NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
NFL Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-09-04 NFL player Colin Kaepernick who kneeled during the US national anthem is the new face of Nike's 30th anniversary advertising campaign

NFL Player and Civil Rights Activist Colin Kaepernick
NFL Player and Civil Rights Activist
Colin Kaepernick

Sports record brokenNFL Record

2018-09-16 Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes sets an NFL record of 10 touchdowns in first 2 weeks of a season, torching Pittsburgh’s secondary with 6 TD passes; leads Chiefs to 42-37 victory on the road

NFL Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
NFL Quarterback
Patrick Mahomes
  • 2018-09-23 39 year old New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws 17 yard pass to Michael Thomas to become NFL career pass leader, breaking Brett Favre's record of 6,300 completions; Saints beat Falcons 43-37

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-10-04 New England's Tom Brady becomes only 3rd NFL quarterback to record 500 career touchdown passes as he connects with Josh Gordon in Patriots' 38-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts at Foxborough

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2018-10-08 New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees becomes NFL's all-time leader in passing yards; needs 201 yards to pass Peyton Manning's record; gets 363 & 3 TD's in Saints 43-19 win v Washington Redskins at the SuperDome
  • 2018-11-25 LA Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers sets NFL single-game record, completing 25-straight passes in 45-10 win v Arizona Cardinals; Mark Brunell & David Carr previously share record (22); also sets NFL record for best single-game completion % (96.6)
  • 2018-12-06 Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry explodes for franchise-record 238 yards & 4 touchdowns in 30-9 win v Jacksonville Jaguars in Nashville; 99-yard TD run ties Dallas Cowboys HOF RB Tony Dorsett's longest run in NFL history
  • 2018-12-09 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady breaks Peyton Manning's record for most touchdown passes in NFL history; moves to 582 with 3 TD passes during 34-33 defeat by Miami Dolphins; record includes TDs thrown in regular season & post-season
  • 2018-12-09 Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers breaks Tom Brady's NFL record with his 359th straight pass without an interception during Packers 34-20 win over Atlanta Falcons; finishes game with streak intact at 368
  • 2018-12-30 Patrick Mahomes becomes only the 2nd quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns during KC Chiefs' 35-3 win over Oakland Raiders; achieves both marks with 3rd quarter 89-yard TD pass to Demarcus Robinson
  • 2019-04-16 Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson becomes the highest-paid player in NFL history with a 4-year $140m extension including record $65m signing bonus
  • 2019-04-25 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray #1 pick by Arizona Cardinals
  • 2019-11-25 Baltimore's 2nd-year quarterback Lamar Jackson becomes first QB in NFL history to throw for 3,000 passing yards and rush for 1,500 yards in his first 2 NFL seasons as the Ravens beat LA Rams, 45-6
  • 2019-12-22 New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas sets NFL record for most catches in a season with his 144th as Saints beat Tennessee 38-28; breaks 17-year old record held by Marvin Harrison (143)
  • 2020-03-20 After 20 years with the New England Patriots, six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady officially agrees to move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a 2-year $50m guaranteed deal
  • 2020-04-23 NFL Draft: LSU quarterback Joe Burrow first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • 2020-07-06 Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes agrees to the largest contract for an athlete in sports history, inking a 12-year deal that could end up being worth US$503 million
  • 2020-12-25 New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara equals Ernie Nevers 1929 NFL record of 6 touchdowns in a match in the Saints' 52-33 win over the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 2,172

  • 1936-04-19 Jack Pardee, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Texas A&M; NFL: LA Rams, Washington Redskins) and coach (Houston Oilers), born in Exira, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • 1936-04-29 Bernie Parrish, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1960, 63; Cleveland Browns; best-selling book, 'They Call It A Game'), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2019)
  • 1936-07-17 Bill Groman, American football wide receiver (All-AFL 1960; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 64, 65; Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills), born in Tiffin, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1936-12-27 Lee Grosscup, American football quarterback (NY Jets, NY Titans) and sportscaster (college football analyst ABC; Cal Berkeley), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2020)

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
  • 1937-01-28 Charlie Krueger, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Texas A&M; Pro Bowl 1960, 64; San Francisco 49ers), born in Caldwell, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1937-03-15 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), born in Georgetown, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • 1937-03-21 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback and coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • 1937-05-01 Roger Brown, College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Maryland Eastern Shore; 6 x Pro-Bowl; Detroit Lions, LA Rams), born in Surry County, Virginia
  • 1937-07-23 Dave Webster, American football player (led his football team to a National Championship in 1958), born in Atlanta, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1937-08-02 Billy Cannon, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1959, LSU; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 67; AFL All-Star 1961, 69; Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders), born in Philadelphia, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1937-09-19 Abner Haynes, American AFL running back (AFL MVP 1960; Kansas City Chiefs), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1937-11-03 Jim Houston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Ohio State; Pro Bowl 1964-65, 69-70; Cleveland Browns), born in Massillon, Ohio (2018)
  • 1937-11-27 Marvin Luster, American CFL Hall of Fame defensive back (6 x CFL All Star; Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1937-12-03 Bobby Boyd, American NFL cornerback (5 × All-Pro 1964–1968; NFL interceptions leader 1965; Baltimore Colts), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1938-03-04 Don Perkins, American football player
  • 1938-03-24 Larry Wilson, American Pro Football Hall of Fame free safety (8 x Pro Bowl; 6 x All Pro 1st Team; NFL Defensive Player of Year 1966; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Rigby, Idaho (d. 2020)
  • 1938-03-31 Jimmy Johnson, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback (4-time Pro Bowl), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 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 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Eatonville, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1939-03-19 Joe Kapp, NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Boston Patriots, Houston Oilers)
  • 1939-06-06 Doug Hart, American NFL defensive back (NFL champion 1965, 66, 67; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), born in Handley, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1939-06-08 Herb Adderley, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Super Bowl 1967-68, 71; Pro Bowl 1963–67; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • 1939-07-05 Booker Edgerson, American football player, born in Baxter County, Arkansas
  • 1939-07-18 Jerry Moore, American football player and coach, born in Bonham, Texas
  • 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
  • 1939-12-14 Ernie Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st African-American to win Heisman Trophy 1961, Syracuse), born in New Salem, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • 1940-01-01 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2006)

Person of interestFran Tarkenton

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

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • 1940-02-15 John Hadl, American football player
  • 1940-02-22 Larry Eisenhauer, American football defensive end (AFL All-Star 1962, 63, 64, 66; Boston Patriots), born in Hicksville, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1940-04-18 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), born in Burlington, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1940-04-20 George Andrie, American NFL defensive end (5-time Pro Bowl), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • 1940-06-17 Bobby Bell, American NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1940-08-29 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)
  • 1940-11-02 Ed Budde, American AFL and NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1970-71; Super Bowl 1970; KC Chiefs), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • 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)
  • 1941-03-28 Jim Turner, American football player, born in Martinez, California
  • 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 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Cohasset, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • 1941-04-27 Lee Roy Jordan, American football player, born in Excel, Alabama
  • 1941-05-05 Terry Baker, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1962, Oregon State), born in Pine River, Minnesota
  • 1941-07-31 Gerry Philbin, American NFL defensive end (All-time All-AFL Team; NY Jets), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • 1941-08-18 Matt Snell, American football running back (NY Jets, Super Bowl III), born in Garfield, Georgia
  • 1941-08-18 Dennis Claridge, American football quarterback (NFL C'ship 1965, Green Bay Packers; Atlantic Falcons), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2018)
  • 1941-08-20 Rich Brooks, American football player and coach (University of Oregon 1977-94; St. Louis Rams 1995-96), born in Forest, California
  • 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, 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
  • 1942-07-29 Les Josephson, American football running back (NFL Pro Bowl 1967; Los Angeles Rams), born in Minneota, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • 1942-11-28 Paul Warfield, NFL/WFL wide receiver (Cleveland, Miami, Memphis)
  • 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, NFL wide receiver
  • 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)

Person of interestGale Sayers

1943-05-30 Gale Sayers, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, 4X Pro Bowl, 2X NFL rushing leader (Chicago Bears), and source for the TV movie "Brian's Song", born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 2020) [1]

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

Person of interestJoe Namath

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

NFL Quarterback Joe Namath
NFL Quarterback
Joe Namath
  • 1943-06-06 Ken Hatfield, American football player and coach, born in Helena, Arkansas
  • 1943-07-04 Emerson Boozer, College Hall of Fame and NFL running back (NY Jets 1966-75), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1943-09-20 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 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)
  • 1943-11-07 Wayne Giardino, Canadian football linebacker (Grey Cup 1968, 69, 73;Ottawa Rough Riders), born in Peterborough, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • 1944-01-01 Dick Gordon, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1970-71, Chicago Bears), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1944-04-06 John Huarte, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1964, Notre Dame; Super Bowl 1970, KC Chiefs), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1944-04-12 Mike Garrett, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1965, USC; AFL All-Star 1966-67, KC Chiefs) and executive (athletic director USC 1993-2010), born in Los Angeles, CA
  • 1944-04-29 Jim Hart, American NFL quarterback (St Louis Cardinals), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 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)
  • 1945-02-03 Bob Griese, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 1971 Player of Year)
  • 1945-02-09 Bill Bergey, American NFL player, born in South Dayton, New York
  • 1945-02-28 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 football player, 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
  • 1945-05-02 Loyd Phillips, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman (University of Arkansas; Chicago Bears), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1945-08-07 Alan Page, American jurist and NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1945-08-15 Gene Upshaw, American NFL guard (Oakland Radiers) and NFLPA leader, born in Robstown, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1945-08-23 Rayfield Wright, American football player, born in Griffin, Georgia
  • 1945-11-01 Willie Ellison, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1971; LA Rams, KC Chiefs), born in Lockhart, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1945-11-25 George Webster, American football player (d. 2007)
  • 1945-12-25 Ken Stabler, American NFL quarterback, 1968-84, 4X rpo-Bowl, MVP-1974 (Oakland Raiders - Super Bowl XI, and two other teams), born in Foley, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1946-01-06 Harold Jackson, NFL wide receiver (LA, New Engl), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1946-02-09 Vince Papale, American football player
  • 1946-03-01 Elvin Bethea, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × All-Pro; Houston Oilers), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1946-03-05 Rocky Bleier, Wisc, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 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
  • 1946-07-16 Ron Yary, American football player (Minnesota Vikings), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946-08-05 Gary Beban, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1967, UCLA: NFL: Washington Redskins), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1946-08-09 Jim Kiick, American football running back (Super Bowl 1972, 73; AFL All-Star 1968, 69; Miami Dolphins), born in Lincoln Park, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • 1946-08-25 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), born in Richlands, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1946-09-08 L. C. Greenwood, American football player, born in Canton, Mississippi (d. 2013)
  • 1946-09-18 Otis Sistrunk, American football player (Oakland Raiders), born in Columbus, Georgia

Weddings in Sport


Divorces in Sport


Deaths in Sport

Deaths 101 - 200 of 216

  • 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)
  • 2011-01-10 Cookie Gilchrist, American football fullback (AFL All Star 1962-65; AFL MVP 1962; CFL All Star 1956-60), dies of chronic traumatic encephalopathy at 75
  • 2011-02-19 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (First-team All-Pro 1952, 54–59; Pro Bowl 1952, 54–58; NFL 1950s All Decade Team), dies of dementia at 80
  • 2011-05-31 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), dies at 85
  • 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 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), dies of acute drug intoxication and heart disease at 66
  • 2011-09-04 Lee Roy Selmon, American football player (b. 1954)
  • 2012-01-01 Tommy Mont, American NFL quarterback & coach (Washington Redskins; DePauw University), dies of heart failure at 89
  • 2012-01-27 Greg Cook, American football player (Cincinnati Bengals), dies at 65
  • 2012-02-13 Freddie Solomon, American football wide receiver, dies from colon and liver cancer at 59
  • 2012-05-02 Junior Seau, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (12 x Pro Bowl; 6 × First-team All-Pro; NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1992; SD Chargers), commits suicide at 43
  • 2012-10-10 Alex Karras, American NFL player, dies from kidney failure at 77
  • 2012-11-29 Merv Pregulman, American NFL line backer (Green Bay Packers), dies at 90
  • 2012-12-19 Larry Morris, American NFL player, dies at 79
  • 2012-12-20 Eagle Keys, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame linebacker and coach (Grey Cup champion 1949, 54-56, 66; Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan R'riders), dies at 89
  • 2013-02-02 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), dies from pancreatic cancer at 71
  • 2013-04-01 Jack Pardee, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Texas A&M; NFL: LA Rams, Washington Redskins) and coach (Houston Oilers), dies at gallbladder cancer at 76

Person of interestPat Summerall

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

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 2013-05-07 George Sauer, Jr., American football player, dies from heart failure at 69
  • 2013-05-11 Jack Butler, American football player, dies from complications from staph infection at 85
  • 2013-05-13 Chuck Muncie, American football running back, dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 2013-06-03 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), dies from natural causes at 73
  • 2013-07-15 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), dies at 72
  • 2013-08-04 Art Donovan, American football player, dies from a respiratory ailment at 89
  • 2013-09-05 Willie Frazier, American football tight end (AFL All-Star 1965, 67, 69; All-Pro 1965; Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers), dies at 71
  • 2013-09-14 Rock Casares, American football player, dies at 82
  • 2013-09-29 L. C. Greenwood, American football player, dies from kidney failure at 67
  • 2013-11-06 Clarence "Ace" Parker, American NFL quarterback (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks), dies at 101
  • 2013-11-13 Todd Christensen, NFL player (Oakland) and sportscaster, dies from complications during liver transplant surgery at 57
  • 2013-12-21 Bronzell Miller, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), dies at 42
  • 2014-04-25 Earl Morrall, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1970, 72, 73; Pro Bowl 1957, 68; First-team All-Pro 1968, 72; NFL MVP 1968; Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins), dies from Parkinson's disease at 79
  • 2014-06-14 Rodney Thomas, American NFL running back, dies at 41
  • 2014-11-08 Don Paul, 89, American football player, dies at 89
  • 2015-03-21 Chuck Bednarik, American Pro/College Football Hall of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles, 1949-62), dies of Alzheimer's disease and dementia at 89
  • 2015-04-01 Eddie LeBaron, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1955, 57, 58, 62; Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), dies at 85
  • 2015-04-20 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, dies at 84
  • 2015-07-02 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), dies at 68
  • 2015-07-08 Ken Stabler, American NFL quarterback, 1968-84, 4X rpo-Bowl, MVP-1974 (Oakland Raiders - Super Bowl XI, and two other teams), dies of colon cancerat 69
  • 2015-08-03 Mel Farr, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1967, 70; Detroit Lions), dies of a massive heart attack at 70
  • 2015-08-09 Frank Gifford, American NFL player and broadcaster, dies at 84
  • 2016-02-12 Johnny Lattner, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1953, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1954, Pittsburgh Steelers), dies from mesothelioma at 83
  • 2016-03-09 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1958, 63; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), dies at 85
  • 2016-12-05 Rashaan Salaam, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1994, U of Colorado; NFL: Chicago Bears), dies at 42
  • 2017-02-22 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), dies at 76
  • 2017-05-12 Michael Jackson, American NFL wide receiver (NFL receiving TD leader 1996; Baltimore Ravens), dies in a motorcycle accident at 48
  • 2017-05-23 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)dies at 48
  • 2017-07-15 Babe Parilli, American football player, dies at 87
  • 2017-08-28 Bobby Boyd, American NFL cornerback (5 × All-Pro 1964–1968; NFL interceptions leader 1965; Baltimore Colts), dies of bladder cancer at 79
  • 2017-10-08 Y. A. Tittle, American NFL quarterback (Baltimore, San Francisco, NY Giants, MVP 1963), dies at 90
  • 2017-12-13 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), dies at 74
  • 2018-02-05 Jeremy Nunley, American NFL defensive tackle and defensive end (Houston Oilers), dies at 46
  • 2018-05-01 Dennis Claridge, American football quarterback (NFL C'ship 1965, Green Bay Packers; Atlantic Falcons), dies at 76 from bladder cancer
  • 2018-05-03 Dan Grimm, American football player (Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons), dies of Parkinson's disease and dementia at 77
  • 2018-05-20 Billy Cannon, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1959, LSU; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 67; AFL All-Star 1961, 69; Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders), dies at 80
  • 2018-06-04 Dwight Clark, American NFL wide receiver/executive ("The Catch" 1981 Super Bowl SF 49ers), dies of ALS at 61
  • 2018-08-21 George Andrie, American NFL defensive end (5-time Pro Bowl), dies of dementia at 78
  • 2018-09-11 Jim Houston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Ohio State; Pro Bowl 1964-65, 69-70; Cleveland Browns), dies of dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 80
  • 2019-01-12 Bob Kuechenberg, American NFL guard (6-time Pro Bowl, Miami Dolphins), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 2019-02-01 Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1995, Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1988, Minnesota Vikings), dies of complications from Type 1 Diabetes at 60
  • 2019-03-11 Willie Ellison, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1971; LA Rams, KC Chiefs), dies at 73
  • 2019-03-15 Lam Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m relay 1976) and NFL wide receiver (NY Jets 1980-86), dies of myeloma at 60
  • 2019-04-29 Gino Marchetti, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Pro Bowl x 11), dies of pneumonia at 93
  • 2019-05-26 Bart Starr, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach (Green Bay Packers), dies of effects of stroke at 85
  • 2019-07-10 Walt Michaels, American NFL linebacker, coach (5-time Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns; head coach NY Jets 1977-82), dies at 89
  • 2019-07-30 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), dies at 78
  • 2019-08-16 Jim Hardy, American NFL quarterback (LA Rams; Pro Bowl 1950), dies at 96
  • 2019-08-22 Bobby Dillon, American NFL defensive back (second to record 50 interceptions), dies of dementia at 89
  • 2019-09-14 John Ralston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker, coach and executive (Cal, Stanford, Denver Broncos), dies at 92
  • 2019-10-21 Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), dies at 78
  • 2019-10-23 Bernie Parrish, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1960, 63; Cleveland Browns; best-selling book, 'They Call It A Game'), dies of prostate cancer at 83
  • 2019-11-11 Zeke Bratkowski, American NFL quarterback and coach (Green Bay Packers), dies from a heart attack at 88
  • 2019-12-01 Pat Sullivan, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1971, Auburn University; NFL: Atlanta Falcons) and coach (TUC, Samford), dies from cancer at 69
  • 2019-12-12 Vaughan Johnson, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1989-92; New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles), dies of kidney disease at 57
  • 2019-12-20 Eduard Krieger, Austrian soccer defensive midfielder (25 caps; Austria Wien, Club Brugge K.V., LASK Linz), dies at 73
  • 2019-12-26 Elbert Dubenion, American football wide receiver and running back (AFL All Star 1964; Buffalo Bills), dies from complications related to Parkinson's disease at 86
  • 2020-01-01 Doug Hart, American NFL defensive back (NFL champion 1965, 66, 67; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), dies at 80
  • 2020-01-01 Les Josephson, American football running back (NFL Pro Bowl 1967; Los Angeles Rams), dies at 77
  • 2020-01-28 Chris Doleman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 3 × First-team All-Pro; Minnesota Vikings), dies of brain cancer at 58
  • 2020-01-29 Larry Eisenhauer, American football defensive end (AFL All-Star 1962, 63, 64, 66; Boston Patriots), dies at 79
  • 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
  • 2020-04-05 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), dies at 84
  • 2020-04-12 Tarvaris Jackson, American NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills), dies in a car accident at 36
  • 2020-04-15 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), dies from kidney failure at 85
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2020-05-25 Marvin Luster, American CFL Hall of Fame defensive back (6 x CFL All Star; Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes), dies at 82
  • 2020-06-01 Lee Grosscup, American football quarterback (NY Jets, NY Titans) and sportscaster (college football analyst ABC; Cal Berkeley), dies at 83
  • 2020-06-07 Ken Riley, American NFL cornerback (All-Pro 1975, 76, 83; Cincinnati Bengals) and coach (Florida A&M), dies at 72
  • 2020-06-17 Bill Groman, American football wide receiver (All-AFL 1960; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 64, 65; Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills), dies at 83
  • 2020-06-20 Jim Kiick, American football running back (Super Bowl 1972, 73; AFL All-Star 1968, 69; Miami Dolphins), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 73
  • 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
  • 2020-08-01 Rickey Dixon, American College Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Jim Thorpe Award 1987; Oklahoma Sooners; Cincinnati Bengals, LA Raiders), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 53
  • 2020-08-14 Herb Orvis, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (University of Colorado; NFL: Detroit Lions, Baltimore Colts), dies at 73
  • 2020-09-17 Larry Wilson, American Pro Football Hall of Fame free safety (8 x Pro Bowl; 6 x All Pro 1st Team; NFL Defensive Player of Year 1966; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 82

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