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American Football Players in History (Part 3)

Events in Sport


Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 2,164

  • 1946-10-17 Herb Orvis, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (University of Colorado; NFL: Detroit Lions, Baltimore Colts), born in Petoskey, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • 1946-11-20 Greg Cook, American football player ( Cincinnati Bengals), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • 1946-12-16 Eduard Krieger, Austrian soccer defensive midfielder (25 caps; Austria Wien, Club Brugge K.V., LASK Linz), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)
  • 1946-12-25 Larry Csonka, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, NY Giants)
  • 1947-01-02 Calvin Hill, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1969, 72–74; All-Pro 1969, 73; Super Bowl 1971; Dallas Cowboys), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1947-01-05 Mercury Morris, American football player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1947-02-18 Leroy Keyes, American College Football Hall of Fame running back / safety (Purdue; Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 2021)
  • 1947-03-27 Doug Wilkerson, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1980–82; First-team All-Pro 1982; SD Chargers), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 2021)

Person of interestO.J. Simpson

1947-07-09 O.J. Simpson, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, broadcaster and actor (Heisman Trophy 1968; NFL MVP 1973; Buffalo Bills), born in San Francisco, California

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1947-07-20 James Harris, Amnerican NFL quarterback (Buffalo, LA, San Diego), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1947-08-06 Ken Riley, American NFL cornerback (All-Pro 1975, 76, 83; Cincinnati Bengals) and coach (Florida A&M), born in Bartow, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1947-10-14 Bob Kuechenberg, American NFL guard (6-time Pro Bowl, Miami Dolphins), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2019)
  • 1947-11-01 Ted Hendricks, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (8 x Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1971, 76, 80, 84), born in Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • 1947-12-05 Jim Plunkett, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1970, Stanford; Super Bowl 1980, 84 LA/Oakland Raiders), born in San Jose, California
  • 1947-12-09 Steve Owens, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1969, U of Oklahoma; Pro Bowl, All Pro 1971, Detroit Lions), born in Gore, Oklahoma
  • 1948-04-02 Roy Gerela American NFL placekicker (Super Bowl 1974, 75, 78; Pro Bowl 1972, 74; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Sarrail, Alberta
  • 1948-09-02 Terry Bradshaw, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)/announcer (CBS, FOX)
  • 1948-09-10 Charlie Waters, American football safety (Pro Bowl 1976–1978; Super Bowl 1971, 77; Dallas Cowboys), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1948-11-18 Jack Tatum, American NFL defensive back (Raiders), born in Cherryville, North Carolina
  • 1948-12-23 Jack Ham, American football player (Steelers), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1949-02-10 Joe Lavender, NFL cornerback, born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • 1949-02-15 Ken Anderson, NFL quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1949-04-03 Lyle Alzado, NFL defensive linesman (LA Raiders) and actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1949-05-26 Dan Pastorini, American NFL quarterback, 1971-83 (Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders, and two other teams), born in Sonora, California
  • 1949-08-04 John Riggins, NFL running back (NY Jets, Wash Redskins)
  • 1949-09-04 Dean Pees, American football coach, born in Dunkirk, Ohio
  • 1949-09-09 Joe Theismann, NFL quarterback (Redskins)/sportscaster
  • 1949-09-22 Harold Carmichael, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1949-10-19 Lynn Dickey, American NFL quarterback (All Pro 1983; Green Bay Packers 1976-85), born in Paola, Kansas
  • 1949-12-25 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Raiders) [or May 26]
  • 1950-01-18 Pat Sullivan, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1971, Auburn University; NFL: Atlanta Falcons) and coach (TUC, Samford), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1950-02-06 Rich Glover, American NFL player, born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • 1950-03-01 Nick Mike-Mayer, American football placekicker (Pro Bowl 1973; Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills), born in Bologna, Italy
  • 1950-09-20 Matt Blair, American football linebacker (6 × Pro Bowl 1977–82; First-team All-Pro 1980; Minnesota Vikings), born in Hilo, Hawaii (d. 2020)
  • 1950-10-20 Isaac Curtis, NFL wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1950-10-25 John Matuszak, American NFL defensive end (Oak Raider) and actor (The Goonies), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1989)
  • 1950-10-26 Chuck Foreman, American NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings), born in Frederick, Maryland
  • 1950-11-11 Otis Armstrong, NFL running back (Denver Broncos), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950-12-25 Barry Pearson, American NFL player, born in Geneseo, Illinois
  • 1951-01-12 Drew Pearson, American NFL wide receiver, born in South River, New Jersey
  • 1951-02-23 Ed "Too Tall" Jones, American NFL defensive end (Pro Bowl, All Pro 1981-83; Super Bowl 1977; Dallas Cowboys), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1951-04-09 John Teerlinck, American NFL defensive end (SD Chargers) and coach (annual award for NFL best defensive line coach named after him), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1951-06-10 Dan Fouts, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1951-06-15 Tom Forzani, CFL wide receiver (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1951-07-05 Johnny Rodgers, American College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Heisman Trophy 1972, U of Nebraska–Lincoln; Grey Cup C'ship 1974, Montreal Alouettes), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1951-08-18 Greg Pruitt, American football running back (LA Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1951-09-10 Gary Danielson, American NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions 1976-84; Cleveland Browns 1985, 87-88) and college commentator (CBS, ABC), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1951-09-24 Terry Metcalf, American NFL, CFL running back (St Louis, Toronto), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1951-12-28 Ken Pope, American NFL player, born in Galverton, Texas
  • 1952-01-17 Charlie Johnson, American football defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1979-81; All Pro 1980; Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings), born in West Columbia, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1952-01-27 Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, American football receiver and return specialist, 3X Pro Bowl (Houston Oilers, 1974-80; 3 other teams, 1981-88), born in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania
  • 1952-02-09 Danny White, quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1952-02-10 Mike Varty, American NFL player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1952-02-24 Fred Dean, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Pro Bowl 1979–81, 83; First-team All-Pro 1980, 81; Super Bowl 1981, 84; SD Chargers, SF 49ers), born in Arcadia, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1952-03-18 Mike Webster, American football player (d. 2002)
  • 1952-07-08 Jack Lambert, American football player
  • 1952-08-09 John Cappelletti, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1973, Penn State; NFL: LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1952-11-10 Gerry DiNardo, American football player (Notre Dame Fighting Irish) and coach (Colorado), born in Queens, New York
  • 1953-01-17 Ted Thompson, American NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers) and executive (GM Green Bay Packers 2005-17), born in Atlanta, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1953-01-23 Pat Haden, American NFL quarterback (LA Rams), born in Westbury, New York
  • 1953-02-07 Robert Brazile "Dr. Doom", NFL player (Houston Oilers), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1953-02-16 George Martin, NFL defensive back (NY Giants), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1953-03-01 Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, American football linebacker (NFL Pro Bowl 1978; Super Bowl 1977; Dallas Cowboys), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1953-03-17 Chuck Muncie, American football running back, (d. 2013)
  • 1953-07-01 Mike Haynes, American NFL cornerback, College/Pro Football Halls of Fame, 9X Pro Bowl (New England Patriots; Los Angeles Raiders), born in Denison, Texas
  • 1953-07-24 Steve Grogan, NFL quarterback (New England Patriots)
  • 1953-11-26 Harry Carson, American football player (New York Giants), born in Florence, South Carolina
  • 1953-12-25 Dave Wasick, American NFL player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1954-01-19 Steve DeBerg, American NFL quarterback (Broncos, Chiefs, Bucs, 49ers), born in Oakland, California
  • 1954-01-25 Condredge Holloway, American CFL quarterback (Ottawa, Toronto), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1954-03-02 Pete Johnson, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl, All Pro 1981; Cincinnati Bengals), born in Fort Valley, Georgia
  • 1954-04-07 Tony Dorsett, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1976, U of Pittsburgh; Super Bowl 1977; Pro Bowl 1978, 81–83; Dallas Cowboys), born in Rochester, Pennsylvania
  • 1954-04-24 Vince Ferragamo, American football quarterback (LA Rams, Montreal Alouettes), born in Torrance, California
  • 1954-05-27 Jackie Slater, American football player
  • 1954-06-11 Gary Fencik, American NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestWalter Payton

1954-07-25 Walter Payton, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (9-time Pro Bowl; Chicago Bears), born in Columbia, Mississippi (d. 1999)

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 1954-08-21 Archie Griffin, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1974-75, Ohio State; NFL: Cincinnati Bengals), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1954-09-28 Steve Largent, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1955-03-07 Tommy Kramer, American football player, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1955-03-29 Earl Campbell, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1977, U of Texas; Pro Bowl 1978–81, 83, Houston Oilers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1955-05-26 Wesley Walker, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1978, 82; First-team All-Pro 1978; New York Jets 1977–89), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1955-06-14 Vince Evans, American football quarterback (USC; MVP Rose Bowl 1977; NFL: Chicago Bears, LA / Oakland Raiders), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1955-08-09 Doug Williams, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins), born in Zachary, Louisiana
  • 1955-09-18 Billy Sims, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1978, U of Oklahoma; Pro Bowl 1980–82, Detroit Lions), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1955-11-03 Phil Simms, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1986 [MVP], 90; NY Giants) and broadcaster (ESPN, NBC CBS), born in Springfield, Kentucky
  • 1956-02-03 John Jefferson, American football player
  • 1956-03-15 Clay Matthews, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1956-03-27 Brian Kelly, American CFL wide receiver (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Arcadia, California

Person of interestJoe Montana

1956-06-11 Joe Montana, NFL quarterback (San Francisco 49ers), born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1956-06-23 Tony Hill, American football player
  • 1956-07-05 James Lofton, American NFL wide receiver (Bills, Packers, Raiders), born in Fort Ord, California
  • 1956-07-06 Matt Bahr, American NFL placekicker (NE Patriots, NY Giants), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1956-08-03 Todd Christensen, NFL player (Oakland) and sportscaster, born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1956-11-18 Warren Moon, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Seahawks, Vikings)
  • 1956-11-29 Eric Laakso, American football player
  • 1957-01-08 Dwight Clark, American NFL wide receiver/executive ("The Catch" 1981 Super Bowl SF 49ers), born in Kingston, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 1957-01-19 Ottis Anderson, NFL running back (NY Giants), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1957-01-21 Jacob Green, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawk)
  • 1957-01-24 Mark Eaton, American basketball center (NBA All-Star 1989; NBA Defensive Player of the Year 1985, 89; Utah Jazz), born in Westminster, California (d. 2021)
  • 1957-02-24 Phil McConkey, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)

Weddings in Sport


Divorces in Sport


Deaths in Sport

Deaths 201 - 217 of 217

  • 2020-10-10 Vasili Kulkov, Russian soccer defensive utility (20 caps Soviet Union, 21 Russia; Spartak Moscow, Benfica), dies from cancer at 54
  • 2020-10-14 Fred Dean, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Pro Bowl 1979–81, 83; First-team All-Pro 1980, 81; Super Bowl 1981, 84; SD Chargers, SF 49ers), dies from COVID-19 at 68
  • 2020-10-22 Matt Blair, American football linebacker (6 × Pro Bowl 1977–82; First-team All-Pro 1980; Minnesota Vikings), dies from dementia complications at 70
  • 2020-10-30 Herb Adderley, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Super Bowl 1967-68, 71; Pro Bowl 1963–67; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), dies from COVID-19 at 81
  • 2020-12-06 Jack Scarbath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Uni of Maryland; Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers), dies at 90
  • 2020-12-21 Kevin Greene, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (5 x Pro Bowl; First-team All-Pro 1989, 94, 96; LA Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers), dies at 58
  • 2020-12-27 Loyd Phillips, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman (University of Arkansas; Chicago Bears), dies from a stroke at 75
  • 2021-01-02 Don Salls, American football linebacker (Alabama) and coach (Jacksonville State University 1946-52, 1954-64), dies at 101
  • 2021-01-20 Ted Thompson, American NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers) and executive (GM Green Bay Packers 2005-17), dies from autonomic disorder at 68
  • 2021-02-05 Charlie Krueger, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Texas A&M; Pro Bowl 1960, 64; San Francisco 49ers), dies from heart and kidney failure at 84
  • 2021-02-15 Vincent Jackson, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 2009, 11, 12; SD Chargers, TB Buccaneers), dies at 38
  • 2021-02-16 Wayne Giardino, Canadian football linebacker (Grey Cup 1968, 69, 73;Ottawa Rough Riders), dies at 77
  • 2021-02-23 Art Michalik, American football linebacker / guard (All-Pro 1953; Pro Bowl 1953; San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers), dies at 91
  • 2021-02-28 Irv Cross, American football cornerback (Pro Bowl 1964, 65; Philadelphia Eagles) and broadcaster (CBS), dies from ischemic cardiomyopathy at 81
  • 2021-04-15 Leroy Keyes, American College Football Hall of Fame running back / safety (Purdue; Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs), dies from heart failure at 74
  • 2021-05-28 Mark Eaton, American basketball center (NBA All-Star 1989; NBA Defensive Player of the Year 1985, 89; Utah Jazz), dies after a bicycle accident at 64
  • 2021-08-13 Charlie Johnson, American football defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1979-81; All Pro 1980; Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings), dies at 69

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