Fun football facts


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Read the following list and see if you can figure out what these words have in common. Ready? Go:

All-Americans, Celts, Reds, Panhandles, Triangles, Heralds, Eskimos, Yellowjackets, Colonels, Marines, Tornadoes, Maroons, Jeffersons, and Gunners.

Did you figure it out? Don’t worry if you didn’t because it’s pretty obscure. The common thread to all these names is that at one time they were all NFL football team names.

Since it’s football season, I decided it was time for a few football fun facts. And this time I won’t even make you take a quiz. I’ll just tell you the answers right off. Ready? Here
we go.

Fun Fact #1: When the Seattle Seahawks were created, a “name the team” contest was held. They received more than 20,000 entries. You would think that many entries would make it super hard to choose a winner, but it wasn’t as tough as all that. Many entries were disqualified because they suggested names like “Frank” and “Joe”.

Fun Fact #2: Steve Young is the only left-handed quarterback in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Fun Fact #3: In the very early days of football, a touchdown was worth four points and a field goal was worth five.

Fun Fact #4: The coldest Super Bowl was played at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans in 1972. The Dolphins and the Cowboys battled in 39-degree weather. The Cowboys won.

Fun Fact #5: The huddle was first used in the 1890’s by quarterback Paul Hubbard, who was deaf. He was concerned the other teams could figure out his hand signals, so he brought the team into the huddle to prevent that.

 Fun Fact #6: The hottest Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles in 1973 in 84-degree heat. Apparently, Dolphins like it hot because they won it, beating the Redskins and capping a perfect undefeated season. 

So, there you go, some football fun facts to amaze and impress your friends. On the grand scale of life, it’s probably not too important, but it might help you win a bet sometime.

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