100 Interesting Facts About NFL

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51Jason Brown

Jason Brown

Jason Brown, the highest paid center in NFL in 2009, quit after making $25M to become a farmer and donates his crops to food pantries.

52. Alex Smith took so many AP tests in high school that he entered the university as a junior. The quarterback received his bachelor's degree in two years and began working on a master's degree, before becoming the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft.

53. NFL defensive tackle Amobi Okoye is the youngest player ever to play in the NFL. After testing into 9th grade at 12 and graduating at 16, he chose to play NCAA football at Louisville (though he was accepted to Harvard) before graduating early and being drafted by the Texans at the age of 19.

54. NFL quarterback Russell Wilson can trace his family lineage back to 524 A.D. to Arnulf of Metz, the patron saint of beer.

55. The shortest-lived team in NFL history was the Tonawanda Kardex Lumbermen, who played in one NFL game in 1921

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56Nickelback rock band

Nickelback rock band

In 2011, tens of thousands of Detroiters petitioned to prevent Nickelback from playing at the NFL Thanksgiving Day football game halftime show

57. John Matuszak known as Sloth from "The Goonies" was a #1 Overall Pick in the NFL Draft and won 2 Super Bowls with the Oakland Raiders.

58. Although the NFL is 60% black, the top 33 scorers of all time are white (because they are kickers)

59. The NFL owns and enforces the trademark for the term "Super Bowl," almost all ads and commercial uses will instead reference "The Big Game" or something similar. Colbert even used "The Supurb Owl" in 2014.

60. There's a group called "Science Cheerleaders", made up of NBA and NFL cheerleaders who also work or study in STEM fields, that encourage girls to get into science studies

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61NFL stars

NFL stars

In the '60s and '70s, professional bowlers were international celebrities who made twice as much money as NFL stars.

62. The NFL owns the licensing rights to every team except the Cowboys. In 1995 Cowboy's owner Jerry Jones started to make his own deals, NFL sued him for 300 million, to make the league back down, Jerry counter-sued them for 750 million.

63. Rocky Bleier, an NFL football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers who was drafted into the US Army and served in Vietnam. Badly wounded in a leg and foot by a grenade, he needed four years to return to the team's roster, but became a star and helped the Steelers win four Super Bowls.

64. After failing to make the NFL, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was broke, suffering from depression, and was living with his parents at age 24. At this point, he decided to start training for wrestling

65. Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bundchen, has earned more money in modeling and business than he has in the NFL at near 300 Million Dollars next to his 120 Million, not only that but she has made more money than just about every other Pro-Athlete in History.

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66Madden Games

Madden Games

The NFL actually made EA sports remove certain features from its Madden game including end zone celebrations and realistic stadium attendance

67. Randall Cobb, the Packers' rookie is the first person to play in the NFL born in the 1990's.

68. NFL is recognized as an "entertainment" business rather than a sport, legally, like the WWE

69. NFL player Malcom Floyd's parents allowed his older brother to name him. The older brother, Malcolm, named him after himself.

70. John Madden was offered unlimited stock to the first Madden NFL video game but declined and later called it "the dumbest thing (he) ever did in (his) life."



ESPN currently pays the NFL about $105 million dollars for the rights to air each Monday Night game. That means airing one game costs more than the budget of Minority Report ($102 million) or a whole slew of other blockbusters.

72. NFL legend Walter Payton originally didn't want to play high school football, because his brother played and he didn't want to compete with him. He only agreed to try out after receiving assurances that he wouldn't have to quit the marching band, where he was an accomplished drummer

73. Marcus Allen is the only person to ever win a Heisman Trophy, College Football National Title, NFL MVP, a Super Bowl & Super Bowl MVP

74. Tom Dempsey, a man born with a club foot (no toes) and kicked for the Saints holds the 42-year-old NFL field goal record of 63 yards.

75. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, an NFL player on the Kansas City Chiefs, continues to study medicine while still playing professional football.

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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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