NFL players are three to four times more likely to contract Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) than an average American.
2. Phoenix is the only city to have a complete “sports equinox” when all four major sports teams from a city play on the same day. On November 4th, 2001 the Cardinals (NFL), the Coyotes (NHL), and the Suns (NBA) all lost, while the Diamondbacks won game 7 of the World Series.
3. A North Carolina man owns the only known recording of Super Bowl I, as CBS and NBC didn’t save it. The NFL countered his $1 million offer for the taping with $30,000, then later refused to buy it at all, yet warned him he’ll face legal action if he sells it to anyone else.
4. The NFL bans firearms/ammunition and feminine hygiene products from commercials and advertisements
5. NFL legend Herschel Walker has multiple personalities. He doesn't remember receiving the Heisman Trophy because another of his personalities was in charge at that time.
During the 2014 NFL season, Microsoft and the NFL struck a 5-year, $400 million deal to use Microsoft Surface as the “the official tablet of the NFL”, but the announcers kept calling them iPads.
7. The NFL threatened to sue churches for having Super Bowl parties.
8. The Minnesota Vikings are the only NFL team to have an actual human as their mascot. His name is Ragnar.
9. In 1987, the NFL used replacement players due to a strike. The Redskins used a quarterback on work furlough from prison and another player, after scoring a touchdown, went over to the stands and picked up a package from his sister with his laundry because he couldn't afford to do his own.
10. There are still four teams in the NFL that, in 50 years, have never once been to a Super Bowl. They are the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Arabic numbers, instead of Roman Numerals are being used for the first time in 45 years at this year’s Super Bowl 50, due to the fact that the NFL deemed the Roman Numeral “L” not as aesthetically pleasing.
12. Waterboys in the NFL make an average $53,000 salary.
13. Only one NFL player has died on the field: Chuck Hughes in 1971. The game continued with a silent crowd. It wasn’t a result of a play of the field. One of his coronary arteries was 75% blocked and he died of a heart attack.
14. There are no laws to prohibit professional sports leagues (i.e. NFL, NBA, MLB, etc.) from fixing their own games for increased revenue or any other purpose.
15. NFL moved the 1993 Super Bowl from Arizona after residents there voted against recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Byron White was a former star football player who became a Supreme Court Justice. He ruled in the case of Runyon v. McCrary in which a black student was rejected by a private school. That student, Michael McCrary would later become an NFL Linebacker and won the Byron White NFL Award in 2000.
17. Actor Terry Crews was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft and played in the NFL for 5 years before starting his acting career.
18. At the age of 20, NBA legend Karl Malone impregnated a 13-year-old girl. He refused to acknowledge his son and only spoke to him once, saying it was too late for them to have a relationship. The child went on to play in the NFL.
19. NFL player graduates from college after 13 years of work, fulfilling a promise to his mom.
20. All NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL teams have contingency plans in place in case numerous players are killed or severely injured in an accident.
According to a Wall Street Journal study in 2010 based on four broadcasts, a standard NFL game features just 10 minutes and 43 seconds of action. Commercials account for nearly 60 minutes of the three-hour affairs. When the networks are showing the game, the bulk of the time is spent either on replays or shots of players huddling.
22. According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, about 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress, after just two years of retirement.
23. Larry Izzo of New England Patriots once took a sh*t while on the sideline and got the game ball for his trouble because he did it without anybody noticing.
24. NFL cheerleaders are only paid $50 a game.
25. The actress who plays Phyllis in The Office was once an NFL cheerleader