Ray Lewis grew up using a deck of cards to do push-ups and sit-ups. If he drew a 7 he would do 7. An ace was 25 and a Joker 30. He would go through the whole deck. In the NFL, he would do it 3 times for each exercise. Also, the reason he wore 52 was because of the number of cards in the deck.
2. Deland McCullough, a former NFL player was given up for adoption at birth in 1973. He found his birth mother in 2017. She told him the name of his father, who turned out to be his college coach and mentor throughout his adult life.
3. Former NFL player James Brooks was found to be illiterate when he was unable to read court documents after admitting to not paying over $100,000 in child support. When the judge asked how he graduated from Auburn without being able to read, he said, "Didn't have to go to to class."
4. Someone stole Jim Thorpe's shoes just before he competed in the Olympic decathlon. Wearing mismatched shoes (one from the garbage), he went on to win the gold medal, setting a record that stood for almost 20 years.
5. Junior Seau, Hall of Fame NFL linebacker, killed himself by shooting himself in the chest as opposed to the head so that scientists could research his brain. The National Institute of Health later confirmed his depression symptoms were caused by Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.
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Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor would hire prostitutes and send them to his opponents' hotel rooms the night before a game to try to tire them out.
7. Jerry Rice (one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history) started playing football in his sophomore year of high school after his principal caught him skipping class. The principal noted how fast Rice sprinted away from him, which led him to recommend Rice to the football coach.
8. Terrell Owens is the only NFL player to score a touchdown against all 32 NFL teams (actually he has scored at least 2 touchdowns against each team).
9. Rob Gronkowski lives off of his endorsement money and hasn’t spent a dime of his NFL Contract.
10. NFL player Tyrann Mathieu filmed a PSA on the dangers of leaving a dog in a hot car. It was 90 degrees outside and Tyrann gave up after 8 minutes when the inside temperature reached 120 degrees.
Dallas Cowboys Receiver and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin once stabbed a teammate in the neck with scissors for not getting out of "his" chair.
12. Kurt Warner was cut from the NFL and got a job at a grocery store in Iowa. Four years later, at 27, Warner would lead the St. Louis Rams to their only Super Bowl Championship, setting several league records, as well as being the only player in history to win the NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP.
13. Tom Brady asked Bill Belichick for permission to visit Disney World after winning their first Super Bowl. "Of course you can go," Belichick said. "How many times do you win the Super Bowl?"
14. Joe Montana helped cement his nickname "Joe Cool" after calming his team down in Super Bowl XXIII by pointing out John Candy sitting in the stands.
15. In 2002, hall-of-fame running back Jim Brown was convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. Rather than go to court-ordered counseling, he served the maximum jail term that could be imposed.
Reggie Jackson could have played college football at Oklahoma if he would have stopped dating white girls.
17. After a tightening of athletic aid, famed NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas maintained his scholarship at the University of Louisville by taking square dancing instead.
18. In 1985, Ronnie Lott, a 49ers Cornerback, crushed his pinky finger in a game and in the off-season faced the choice of intricate finger surgery and possibly missed playing time, or amputation of the tip of his finger. He chose amputation and played on for six more years.
19. During NFL great Dan Marino's career, he passed for over 43 miles (61,361 yards) but only ran 87 yards.
20. Former NFL player and Hall-of-Famer Alan Page received his Juris Doctor while still playing for the Minnesota Vikings. In 1992, Page was elected to an open seat as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, becoming the first African-American to serve on that court.
NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez once saved a San Diego Charger fan's life by performing the Heimlich Maneuver.
22. Charles Woodson, a former Heisman winner, and super bowl winner was born with severe clubfeet.
23. Former NFL player Eugene Robinson was arrested in a prostitution sting the night before his team the Atlanta Falcons were going to play in the Super Bowl. Earlier on the day of his arrest, he was awarded the Bart Starr Award which is given to the player who best exemplifies outstanding character.
24. 2007 #1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell had such a bad NFL career that some years later when another player requested the same number Russell used to wear, the coach told him "no."
25. Bobby Singh is the only football player who has won an XFL Championship, an NFL Super Bowl, and a CFL Grey Cup.