On This Day

September 17, 1961 in Sports History

Day of the Week: Sunday

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Steve Clifford, American basketball head coach (Orlando Magic 2018-19; Charlotte Hornets 2013-18), born in Island Falls, Maine
1961 in Sport