100 Interesting Facts About NFL

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26Fog Bowl

Fog Bowl

In the NFL playoff between Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears of 1988, the fog was so thick that the players weren’t even able to see the sidelines and the fans couldn't see the field. The refs had to announce what happened after every play.

27. The longest recorded field goals in college football (69 yards) and high school football (68 yards) are each longer than the NFL's professional record (64 yards).

28. There are no white cornerbacks on any NFL roster and there haven't been any for the past 10 years

29. Deion Sanders is the only player to hit a major league home run and score a touchdown in the NFL in the same week (1989 season). Sanders is also the only man to play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series.

30. When Darren Sproles played peewee football, his league instituted a rule that he was not allowed to run sweeps anymore because he literally scored every single time he ran a sweep.

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Hypothetically, if every NFL team finishes in a tie, the playoffs would be determined by a coin flip.

32. NFL is considered a not-for-profit organization and does not pay any taxes.

33. The Green Bay Packers are the only non-profit, community-owned NFL team. The owners are its 112,000 fans.

34. The NFL will hold a 'disaster draft' should a disaster or near-disaster occur to a team. The NFL defines the word 'near-disaster' as less than 15 player casualties; the word 'disaster' as greater than 15 player casualties. There are similar provisions for other sports leagues.

35. NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder in 2011 and is an advocate for the mentally ill

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There were an ESPN show Playmakers. It was their first original drama series depicting the lives of an American football team. Despite its high ratings, the show had to be canceled after 11 episodes due to the pressure from NFL, who thought the show negatively portrayed pro football players.

37. Darrell Green, one of the fastest men in the history of the NFL used to stuff tootsie rolls into his socks before games, claiming that it made him run fast.

38. During the 1958 NFL Championship Game, an NBC Employee posing as a fan ran onto the field to delay the game because the national television feed went dead.

39. The last starting white cornerback in the NFL was Jason Sehorn who retired in 2003.

40. The Centurylink Field of Seattle Seahawks is so loud that NFL investigated whether the team was broadcasting artificial crowd noise to disrupt the visiting teams.

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41NFL football

NFL football

It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.

42. NFL wide receiver Steve Smith leaves his cleats on the field after every game to raise awareness about homeless people without shoes

43. Cincinnati Bengals punter Pat McInally was the only player to ever score a perfect 50 on the NFL's Wonderlic Cognitive Ability test. His score actually hurt his draft stock because it was believed that players who were intelligent would "challenge authority too much".

44. If some NFL teams don't sell enough tickets for a home game, they won’t broadcast the game within a certain radius of the stadium, thereby forcing people nearby to buy tickets to see the game.

45. NFL Players have been fined up to $5000 for giving a game ball to a fan.

46Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings

It is rumored that Minnesota Vikings are supposedly "cursed" for losing the NFL Championship trophy by the spirit of Ed Thorp.

47. The Pittsburgh Steelers were the first NFL team to have cheerleaders.

48. Men from American Samoan ethnicity are estimated to be 56 times more likely to become NFL players than other Americans

49. The NFL split $7.24 billion in revenue with 32 teams last season, and the one reason we know that is because the Green Bay Packers put out an annual financial report. They are the only non-profit team.

50. The NFL making more than $9 billion annually, projected to make more than $25 billion a year by 2027, pays its CEO more than $30 million a year, 68% of NFL stadium construction costs since 1923 coming from taxpayer money.

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  1. 74. Being born with no toes is called Symbrachydactyly. “Clubbed Foot” is a completely different medical condition.

  2. The funny part. Arizona was denied the superbowl, yet the NFL did not give their employees MLK day off as they did not recognize it as an official NFL holiday.

  3. I Love your lists but I have to know, Who made twice as much money?

    61. NFL Stars: In the 60s and 70s made twice as much money as NFL Stars, signed million dollar contracts…

    • Oh! My bad. It was supposed to have been this fact:
      “In the ’60s and ’70s, professional bowlers were international celebrities who made twice as much money as NFL stars.”

      I have corrected it.

  4. dang i remember when Dempsey made that kick i watched that game on tv. if i recall he was also missing part of one of his arms.

  5. High School and Collegiate kickers use a tee, the pros don’t. Thus the difference in length of field goals. Many college kickers can’t make it in the NFL for that very reason.



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