The Green Bay Packers was the first Pro Football team who utilized corporate sponsorship. In 1919, the Indian Packing Company gave $500 for equipment and uniforms. From then on, they were called the Packers.
The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
In February 1912, new U.S. football rules were put into motion. The playing field was shortened from 110 yards to 100 yards, a touchdown would count for six points instead of five, four downs were allowed instead of three, and the kick-off was moved from midfield to the 40-yard line.
ABC-TV's Monday Night Football premiered in September 1970. Its three original commentators were Keith Jackson, Don Meredith, and Howard Cosell.
Joe Namath signed a $400,000 contract with the New York Jets in January 1965, becoming the richest rookie in pro football at the time.
For the 2000 Super Bowl, about a third of the TV commercial spots were purchased by dot-com companies. The following year, the numbers dropped to just 10 percent bought by 'Net companies.
For the first time, the play-by-play of Super Bowl XXX in 1996 was broadcast in the Navajo language and NBC-TV offered a secondary, foreign-language audio feed to its affiliates.
At greatest risk of injury to a professional football player's anatomy is the knee, which is involved in 58 percent of all major football injuries.
What do Pittsburgh's pro baseball, football and hockey teams have in common that no other city's teams do? They make it easy for their fans to wear their team colors, that's what. The Pirates, Steelers and Penguins all sport the same combination gold, black and white. No other city in the United States has this degree of unity in team colors.
The going rate for 30-seconds of Super Bowl ad time is $2.3 milion -- about $77,000 a second.
An NFL training staff uses about 71 miles of athletic tape per year.
Oct. 22, 1939 - First Television Broadcast of a Pro Football Game-Brooklyn Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Eagles.
The Rams were actually forced to suspend operations for a year during World War II, because both Rams co-owners and many of their players joined the Army.
The Rams were the first team to place an emblem on the team helmet.
George "Papa Bear" Halas played right field for the NY Yankees before Babe Ruth.. George Halas was not only a great man, he was also a great athlete. He played Pro Baseball, but his passion was football, being head coach for the Chicago Bears in the 60s and 70s.
Was John Madden ever a football player in the NFL? No. In fact, he was drafted by the Eagles in 1958, but was injured in training camp, thus never played a regular season game.
How many times did Joe Montana win a Super Bowl MVP award? 3 times. It could have been 4 times, but Jerry Rice was given the award, the year the 49ers made the last minute comeback against the Bengals.
Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry played Defensive Back for the New York Giants before he retired as a player. He made a name for himself with the Giants as a thinking man's defensive player, studying his opponent's tendencies so he could decide the best way to play his man.
Tom Landry also created the 4-3 defense. During the Landry years, the Cowboys posted 20 consecutive winning records.
What was the most lopsided championship score? 73-0. Bears vs. Redskins, 1940.
The San Francisco 49ers won all 5 Super Bowls they played in.
Who invented the Nerf football? Fred Cox. For many years the reliable kicker for the Minnesota Vikings, Cox's claim to fame is inventing one of the most popular toys ever created.