Ronald Vincent Jaworski is a former American football quarterback. He was an NFL analyst on ESPN, he is the CEO of Ron Jaworski Golf Management, Inc. based out of Blackwood, New Jersey, manages golf courses in southern New Jersey, northeast Pennsylvania, West Virginia. He owns part interest in the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League, where he serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee for the league. Jaworski was nicknamed "Jaws" by Philadelphia 76ers player Doug Collins prior to Super Bowl XV. Jaworski was raised in Lackawanna, New York. A three-sport star in high school, he turned down a professional baseball offer from the St. Louis Cardinals to attend college at Youngstown State University. Nicknamed "Rifle Ron", the "Polish Rifle", he was able to showcase his skills as a quarterback for the pass-oriented offense of the Penguins, earning a selection in the Senior Bowl. Drafted in the second round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, Jaworski was an overlooked third-string quarterback.
Due to injuries to John Hadl and James Harris, Jaworski saw considerable playing time in 1975, leading the Rams to a playoff win. In 1976, he lost the starting quarterback job to Pat Haden. In the spring of 1977, Jaworski was traded by the Rams to the Philadelphia Eagles for former All-Pro tight end Charle Young. With a young Dick Vermeil as his coach, he was given the opportunity to start for the up-and-coming Eagles. Things were not easy for the young quarterback, but Vermeil stood by his developing signal caller, soon the Eagles became a playoff team; the Eagles lost in the early rounds. Vermeil built the Eagles into a Super Bowl team, Jaworski was its leader on offense. In 1980, the Eagles started out 11–1 in the regular season, including defeating the eventual Super Bowl champions Oakland Raiders, won the NFC Eastern Division for the first time. Jaworski had a stellar season and was named the UPI "NFL Player of the Year". In that same year, he received the Bert Bell Award, The Maxwell Football Club's Professional Player of the Year award, the Professional Athlete of the Year award sponsored by Dunlop Rubber.
Jaworski led the Eagles past the Minnesota Vikings in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game to reach the franchise's first Super Bowl. Tom Landry's Cowboys had dominated the Eagles, a divisional rival, since the formation of the National Football Conference in 1970; the Eagles lost Super Bowl XV to the Oakland Raiders, 27–10. Following a shaky performance in the 1985 season-opener, Jaworski was benched and replaced by rookie Randall Cunningham in Week 2, he tied an NFL record with a 99-yard overtime touchdown pass to Mike Quick in 1985 against the Atlanta Falcons. After Jaworski suffered another injury the next season, new Eagles coach Buddy Ryan made Randall Cunningham his starting quarterback for the rest of the season; the team did not re-sign Jaworski at the end of the season and he was subsequently released. He finished with 67 losses and one tie as the Eagles starting quarterback. In the spring of 1987, he signed with the Miami Dolphins as a backup to quarterback Dan Marino.
Jaworski never took the field in 1987, he saw limited action in 1988. He moved on to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1989, starting a pair of games in a quarterback rotation that included Steve DeBerg and Steve Pelluer. At one point, he and center Mike Webster formed the second oldest starting QB–center combo in NFL history, he retired at the end of the season. Jaworski finished his 17-season career with 2,187 completions on 4,117 attempts for 28,190 yards, 179 touchdowns, 164 interceptions, he rushed for 16 touchdowns. He held the record for most consecutive starts by a quarterback with 116, having since been surpassed by Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Joe Flacco, his 170 regular season touchdowns with the Philadelphia Eagles were the most in franchise history until he was surpassed by Donovan McNabb on September 21, 2008, 22 years after Jaworski left Philadelphia. In 1979, he and Joe Pisarcik received medals from Pope John Paul II on the occasion of his visit to Philadelphia.
Like the Pope, both men are of Polish ancestry, with Jaworski being nicknamed "The Polish Rifle." He was voted by his teammates as the Ed Block Courage Award recipient in 1985 for the Philadelphia Eagles. While still playing for the Eagles in 1986, Jaworski was inducted into the YSU Sports Hall of Fame at his collegiate alma mater, Youngstown State University. Along with former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Cliff Stoudt and retired St. Louis Rams kicker Jeff Wilkins, Jaworski is one of only three former YSU football players to be inducted while still active in the NFL. In 1991, Jaworski was inducted into the National Polish-American Hall of Fame. In 1992, Jaworski was inducted into the Philadelphia Eagles Honor Roll, in 1994 he was nominated for admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. In 1997, he received the Pinnacle Award from the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding volunteer work and longtime service to the South Jersey Chamber as well as the business community
Michele Tafoya Vandersall, known professionally as Michele Tafoya, is an American sportscaster. Since 2011, she has been a reporter for NBC Sports, featuring as the sideline reporter for NBC Sunday Night Football and the NBA on NBC. Tafoya, born December 17, 1964, received a B. A. in mass communications from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988, a masters in business administration from the University of Southern California in 1991. On the KQRS Morning Show on November 6, 2018, Michele said, her parents were expecting a boy. They were going to name the boy Michael John, but went with the name Michele Joan when they had a girl. Tafoya worked as a host and reporter for KFAN-AM in Minneapolis for Minnesota Vikings and University of Minnesota women's basketball broadcasts, she worked for WAQS-AM in Charlotte. She was the first female analyst to call UNC-Charlotte men's basketball games. Tafoya worked for the Midwest Sports Channel, serving as a Minnesota Timberwolves host and sideline reporter, as well as a play-by-play commentator for women's Big Ten basketball and volleyball.
Tafoya spent three years at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis as a sports anchor and reporter. According to Dave Mordal Michele Tafoya is now the proprietor of the original Scarface house in Miami. Tafoya joined CBS Sports in September 1994 as a reporter and host for the CBS Television Network's sports anthology show CBS Sports Spectacular and college basketball coverage, she served as a host of At The Half and as a reporter for college football games. She made her on-air debut at the 1994 U. S. Open Tennis Championships. In 1996, Tafoya made history at CBS when she was the first woman to call television play-by-play of an NCAA tournament game. In 1997, The American Women in Radio and Television honored Tafoya with a Gracie Award for "Outstanding Achievement by an Individual On-Air TV Personality" for her play-by-play calling of WNBA games on Lifetime Television. Tafoya served as a reporter for the network's coverage of the NFL, college football – including the 1998 National Championship Orange Bowl – and was late-night co-host with Al Trautwig of the 1998 Nagano Olympics in Nagano.
In addition to her diverse assignments, Tafoya hosted CBS' NCAA Tournament selection show, Goodwill Games and the U. S Open Tennis Championships coverage, she left CBS after five years with the network. Michele Tafoya joined ESPN and ABC Sports in January 2000, her profile has risen through a variety of on-air roles. Tafoya worked for ESPN and ABC Sports as a sideline reporter for ESPN Monday Night Football beginning in 2006 NFL Season, she was the sideline reporter for ABC Sports' Monday Night Football in 2004-2005. Tafoya was a co-host for the Mike Tirico Show on ESPN radio, she helped ABC in their coverage of Super Bowl XL in Detroit as a sideline reporter with Suzy Kolber. Tafoya has worked as a sideline reporter since 2006, she was loaned to NBC Sports for the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a Reporter for Rhythmic Gymnastics and as the play-by-play woman for softball. On October 10, 2003, Tafoya purposely poured beer over two fans beneath her luxury box at the Metrodome during a University of Minnesota versus University of Michigan game.
Tafoya said she was embarrassed over the incident. She issued a public apology. Tafoya worked at NBA games on ABC and ESPN. On October 21, 2008, she announced she would be resigning from her duties as head NBA sideline reporter. Tafoya's other previous roles included a stint as the men's and women's NCAA basketball play-by-play and studio host, as a college football and basketball sideline reporter, she has served as a substitute host on Pardon the Interruption and as a panelist on The Sports Reporters II. Her other ESPN assignments have included calling WNBA games hosting skiing telecasts and working on ESPN's college basketball selection shows as a reporter, she was a correspondent for SportsCenter and Outside the Lines. In 2006, the Davie-Brown Index ranked Tafoya among the most likeable TV sports personalities, including Biggest Trend-Setter. At the end of the 2010-2011 NFL Season, she left ESPN for NBC Sports. Tafoya was announced as the new evening drive time talk radio host for WCCO-AM on April 20, 2009.
Her show began on June 1, 2009 and ended on January 27, 2012. Tafoya joined "The KQ Morning Show" on KQRS-FM as co-host with long-time KQ morning personality Tom Barnard on September 8, 2016. On May 4, 2011, Tafoya was announced as the new sideline reporter for NBC Sunday Night Football, replacing Andrea Kremer and rejoining former co-worker and announcer, Al Michaels. Tafoya and husband Mark Vandersall have a daughter; the family lives in Minnesota. In 2007, she told WCCO-TV that she had been struggling with an eating disorder since she was a child. Tafoya describes herself as a "'pro-choice' conservative with libertarian leanings". 1998: Winter Olympics Late-Night Host 1994–1997 & 1999 NCAA on CBS Sideline Reporter 1998: NFL on CBS Sideline Reporter 2000–2003: ESPN College Football sideline reporter 2002–2003: Monday Night Countdown reporter 2004–2011: Monday Night Football Sideline Reporter 2002–2008: NBA on ABC and NBA on ESPN Sideline Reporter 2009–2012: WCCO Radio Afternoon Drive Host 2011–present: NBC Sunday Night Football Sideline Reporter 2016–present: KQRS Morning Show Co-host Michele Tafoya on IMDb Michele Tafoya on Facebook
Wade Phillips is an American football coach, the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. He served two stints as defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, where his team was Super Bowl finalists in his first stint and champions in his second stint, he has served as head coach of the NFL's Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys. He was an interim head coach for the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, the Houston Texans, his career winning percentage as a head coach is.546. Phillips is considered to be among the best defensive coordinators in the NFL. Phillips attended Port Neches–Groves High School in Port Neches and went on to the University of Houston, where he was a three-year starter at linebacker from 1966 to 1968, he held the school record for career assisted tackles until 2011 when the record was broken by Marcus McGraw. Phillips began his coaching career as a graduate assistant to Bill Yeoman at the University of Houston in 1969. From 1970 to 1972 he served as defensive coordinator at the former Lutcher Stark High School in Orange, Texas.
He coached the linebackers at Oklahoma State University from 1973 to 1974, under his father, Bum Phillips, OSU defensive coordinator at that time. In 1975, Phillips coached the defensive line at the University of Kansas under head coach Bud Moore. Phillips began his professional coaching career with the Houston Oilers, head-coached by his father, he served as the linebackers coach in 1976, the defensive line coach from 1977 to 1980. Wade remained on his father's staff as the pair headed for New Orleans. Bum stepped down as head coach of a struggling Saints team in late 1985, Wade stepped in as interim head coach. Wade spent the next three years as the defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles. Wade Phillips spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos; the Broncos reached Super Bowl XXIV, where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 55–10. Phillips replaced Dan Reeves as head coach for the Broncos in 1993, but was fired after a mediocre 1994 season in which management felt he lost control of the team.
Phillips enjoyed a successful coaching stop at Buffalo. He always kept the team competitive and in the playoff hunt. A loss to the Titans in the 1999 playoffs haunted Phillips for the rest of his time at Buffalo. Prior to the game, Phillips made the controversial decision to start Rob Johnson at quarterback, after Doug Flutie was the starter the whole year and led the team to the playoffs. Before the 2007 season, Phillips was named the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, replacing the retired Bill Parcells; this was the most successful coaching stop for Phillips. He was chosen after Jerry Jones interviewed 10 potential replacements, including former Cowboys and former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Norv Turner, former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and former Cowboys quarterback Jason Garrett. In the 2007 NFL playoffs, he led the Cowboys to another playoff loss, making his playoff record 0–5; the Cowboys failed to make the playoffs in 2008, as the season ended with a 44–6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, preventing a wild card playoff berth.
Prior to the 2009 season, Phillips took over as defensive coordinator, replacing the fired Brian Stewart. Phillips called defensive plays for the final 10 games of the 2008 season after Stewart was stripped of the responsibilities. In the 2009–10 playoffs, Phillips's Cowboys defeated the Eagles in the wild card round, ending the club's 12-year playoff win drought and earning Phillips his first playoff win. Following the 2009 season, Phillips signed a contract extension through the 2011 season. However, he was fired by the Cowboys on November 8, 2010, following the second-worst start in franchise history punctuated by a 45–7 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Prior to the 2011 season, Phillips was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans replacing Frank Bush, released by Texans owner Bob McNair; the Texans defense made major improvements on defense in Phillips's first year calling Houston's defense. Houston allowed the fourth-fewest points in the league in 2011, the second-fewest yards allowed and third-fewest yards per play.
On November 3, 2013, Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak collapsed at the end of the first half of the Texans-Colts game. In Kubiak's absence, Phillips was given the head coaching duties as the acting head coach for the remainder of the game. On November 6, 2013, the Texans and Kubiak decided to temporarily hand Phillips the head coaching duties, named him the interim head coach until Kubiak was medically cleared to return. One month Kubiak was fired after his team had lost 11 games in a row. Once again, Phillips served as interim head coach for the Texans until the end of the season, when former Penn State head coach and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien was hired as the new head coach; when Phillips was dismissed by Houston, this ended a continuous run where he had coached football at the high school, NFL levels. On January 28, 2015, Phillips joined Gary Kubiak's staff at the Denver Broncos as the defensive coordinator. Phillips replaced his predecessor's complex wait-and-react scheme with a simple style of going after the ball, making Denver the top-ranked defense that season which carried the team to a 12–4 record and the number one seed in the AFC despite their offensive struggles.
2010 NBA All-Star Game
The 2010 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game between players selected from the National Basketball Association's Western Conference and the Eastern Conference, played on February 14, 2010, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas United States. This game was the 59th edition of the NBA All-Star Game and was played during the 2009–10 NBA season; this was the second time. Dallas was awarded the All-Star Game in an announcement by commissioner David Stern on October 30, 2008; the All-Star Weekend began on Friday, February 12, 2010 with the Celebrity Game and the Rookie Challenge, a game between the league's best rookies and second-year players. On Saturday, the event continued with the All-Star Saturday Night, which featured the Shooting Stars Competition, Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shootout, Slam Dunk Contest and H–O–R–S–E Competition; the D-League All-Star Game and the second D-League Dream Factory Friday Night, the latter of, modeled after the NBA All-Star Saturday Night took place during the All-Star Weekend.
The D-League Dream Factory Friday Night was held on Friday and the D-League All-Star Game was held on Saturday. The Eastern Conference All-Star team defeated the Western Conference All-Star team 141–139; the East's Dwyane Wade, who recorded 28 points on 75% shooting, 11 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals was named as the game's MVP. In the Rookie Challenge, the Rookies defeated the Sophomores for the first time since 2002, with Rookies' Tyreke Evans named as the game MVP. In the All-Star Saturday Night events, Nate Robinson won his third Slam Dunk Contest while Paul Pierce and Steve Nash won the Three-Point Shootout and Skills Challenge respectively. Team Texas, the home team, won the Shootings Stars Competition. Kevin Durant repeated; the announced attendance for the game was the all-time attendance record for the sport. The previous verified record for attendance at a basketball game was 78,129, set in a December 13, 2003 game between Kentucky and Michigan State at Ford Field in Detroit; the final of the 1968 European Cup Winners' Cup between AEK Athens and Slavia Prague at Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens is believed to have had an attendance of 80,000, but that total was not verified at the time.
The previous record attendance for an NBA All-Star Game was 44,735, set at the Houston Astrodome for the 1989 All-Star Game. This event broke the record for the single largest attendance for an indoor event held by WrestleMania III in 1987; this marked the first All-Star game. The East wore blue uniforms with silver trim; the Dallas Mavericks served as host of an All-Star Game for the second time in franchise history. The venue for the game on February 14 was Cowboys Stadium, home of the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys, while the Rookie Challenge and NBA All-Star Saturday Night events were held on February 12 and February 13, 2010 at American Airlines Center, home of the Mavericks; this marked the first time the All-Star events were split between two venues since 1989. The Mavericks were awarded the All-Star Game in an announcement by NBA commissioner David Stern, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on October 30, 2008; this was the first All-Star Game to be played in a football stadium since 1996 when San Antonio's Alamodome hosted the event.
The coaches for the All-Star Game are the head coaches of the teams with the best winning percentage in each conference through the games of January 31, two weeks before the All-Star Game. However, an NBA rule prohibits a coach from being selected for consecutive All-Star Games; because Phil Jackson and Mike Brown coached in the 2009 All-Star Game, they were not eligible for selection though their teams had the best winning percentages in their respective conferences at the January 31 cutoff date. The coach for the Western Conference team was Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl; this is the fourth time Karl was selected to be an All-Star coach, after previous selections in 1994, 1996 and 1998. At January 31, the Nuggets had 32–15 record, the second best winning percentage in the Western Conference, behind Phil Jackson's Lakers; the coach for the Eastern Conference team was Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy. This is the second time Van Gundy was selected to be an All-Star coach, after being selected in 2005.
At January 31, the Magic had 32–16 record, the second best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference, behind Mike Brown's Cavaliers. The rosters for the All-Star Game are chosen in two ways; the starters were chosen via a fan ballot. Two guards, two forwards and one center who receive the highest vote were named the All-Star starters; the reserves were chosen by votes among the NBA head coaches in their respective conferences. The coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players; the reserves consists of two guards, two forwards, one center and two players regardless of position. If a player is unable to participate due to injury, the commissioner will select a replacement. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers topped the All-Star Ballots with 2,549,693 votes, which earned him a starting position in the Eastern Conference team. Allen Iverson, who retired before returning to play for the Philadelphia 76ers, earned his eleventh straight selection to the All-Star roster. Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard completed the Eastern Conference starti
Jon David Gruden is an American football coach, the head coach of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He first served as the Raiders' head coach from 1998 to 2001 and rejoined the team in 2018. In between his tenure with the Raiders, he was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002 to 2008, with whom he led to the franchise's first Super Bowl title in XXXVII. At the time, aged 39 years, 5 months and 9 days, was the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl. Gruden served as an analyst for ESPN and Monday Night Football before he returned to coaching. Gruden was born on August 1963, in Sandusky, Ohio, his father, Jim served as a professional football regional scout, running backs coach, director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His brother, Jay and coached in the Arena Football League, is now the head coach of the Washington Redskins, his other brother, James, is a radiologist at Weill Cornell Medicine. Gruden was raised Christian, was a Cleveland Browns fan growing up.
At the age of 15, he attended Clay High School in South Bend, home to the University of Notre Dame, where his father served as an assistant to head coach Dan Devine. After graduating in 1981, Gruden attended Muskingum College in Ohio. After one year, he transferred to the University of Dayton, where he was a three-year letterman and backup quarterback for the Flyers under coach Mike Kelly. Gruden never saw much playing time, but the Flyers posted a 24–7 record during his three seasons at the University of Dayton, he graduated with a degree in communications in 1986. After graduating from the University of Dayton, Gruden was hired as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Tennessee during the 1985–1986 season. After his time with the Volunteers, he spent two years after that as the quarterbacks coach at Southeast Missouri State. Gruden moved to the University of the Pacific in 1989 as offensive assistant as the tight ends coach. Walt Harris was the offensive coordinator at Tennessee, where Gruden was one of his graduate assistant coaches, hired him at Pacific.
In 1990, Gruden was a special assistant with the San Francisco 49ers under quarterbacks coach Mike Holmgren. In March 1991, Gruden became the wide receivers coach for the University of Pittsburgh under head coach Paul Hackett. In January 1992, at the age of 28, Gruden was hired by Mike Holmgren, his former boss at the San Francisco 49ers, to be the special offensive assistant/wide receivers coach with the Green Bay Packers. After three seasons in Green Bay, Gruden became the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles under former Packers assistant coach Ray Rhodes. Gruden was chosen by the owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders, Al Davis, to be the Raiders' new head coach for the 1998 season. Over Gruden, the Raiders posted consecutive 8–8 seasons in 1998 and 1999, leapt out of last place in the AFC West. After uniting with journeyman quarterback Rich Gannon, Gruden led the Raiders to the top of the AFC West and they made the playoffs in three consecutive seasons from 2000 to 2002.
Oakland finished 12–4 in the 2000 season, the team's most successful season in a decade, its first division title since 1990 reaching the AFC Championship, where they lost, 16–3, to the eventual Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens. In 2001, the Raiders would return to the postseason with a 10–6 record, but in the AFC Divisional Round a negated fumble proved costly as they were defeated, 16–13, in overtime by the eventual Super Bowl champions New England Patriots. While Gruden was with the Raiders, Gruden acquired his nickname "Chucky" from Raiders defensive lineman Grady Jackson, who thought that the coach looked like the fictional character "Chucky" in the 1988 slasher movie Child's Play. After compiling a 40–28 win-loss record in four seasons with the Raiders, Gruden replaced the fired Tony Dungy as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002, via a high-stakes trade that included Tampa Bay's 2002 and 2003 first-round draft picks, 2002 and 2004 second-round draft picks, $8 million in cash.
The trade took place for a number of reasons, including Davis's desire for a more vertical passing attack rather than Gruden's horizontal pass attack, the fact that Gruden's contract would expire a year after the trade, Davis's uncertainty over whether Gruden was worth as much money as his next contract was sure to pay him. Gruden signed a five-year contract with the Buccaneers worth $17.5 million. The Buccaneers' search for a head coach had taken more than two months, Tampa Bay had expressed an interest in Gruden, but Davis had refused to release him from his contract; the team subsequently interviewed several other coaches and believed a deal was in place with Bill Parcells, before Parcells backed out because his choice for General Manager, Mike Tannenbaum, told him not to accept the job because of the salary cap difficulties that Tampa Bay was about to endure. With the franchise's search floundering, the fact that the coach who the Buccaneers wanted had only one year remaining on his deal, the immediate hire of Dungy by the Indianapolis Colts, many fans and sports commentators began to question if the Buccaneers had made the right move by dismissing Dungy.
Only a big splash hire could quiet the storm, this may have been the primary motivation for the Buccaneers to give up as much as they did to acquire Gruden. After arriving in Tampa Bay, Gruden retooled the offense with the addition of numerous free agents, his determination to fix the under-performing offense, so maligned during Dungy's tenure, inspired Tampa's defense to another #1 ra
American Football Conference
The American Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League, the highest professional level of American football in the United States. This conference and its counterpart the National Football Conference contain 16 teams organized into 4 divisions. Both conferences were created as part of the 1970 merger with the rival American Football League, with all ten of the former AFL teams and three NFL teams forming the AFC, the remaining thirteen NFL clubs forming the NFC. A series of league expansions and division realignments have occurred since the merger, thus making the current total of 16 clubs in each conference; the current AFC champions are the New England Patriots, who defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2018 AFC Championship Game for their 11th conference championship. Since 2002, like the NFC, the AFC has 16 teams, organized into four divisions each with four teams: East, North and West; the thirteen opponents each team faces over the 16-game regular season schedule are set using a pre-determined formula:Each AFC team plays the other teams in their respective division twice during the regular season, in addition to 10 other games assigned to their schedule by the NFL.
Two of these games are assigned on the basis of a particular team's final divisional standing from the previous season. The remaining 8 games are split between the roster of two other NFL divisions; this assignment will follow a standard cycle. Using the 2012 regular season schedule as an example, each team in the AFC West plays against every team in the AFC North and NFC South. In this way, non-divisional competition will be among common opponents – the exception being the two games assigned based on the team's prior-season divisional standing. At the end of each season, the four division winners and two wild cards in the AFC qualify for the playoffs; the AFC playoffs culminate in the AFC Championship Game with the winner receiving the Lamar Hunt Trophy. The AFC Champion plays the NFC Champion in the Super Bowl. Both the AFC and the NFC were created after the NFL merged with the American Football League in 1970; the AFL began play in 1960 with eight teams, added two more expansion clubs before the merger.
In order to equalize the number of teams in each conference, three NFL teams that predated the AFL's launch joined the ten former AFL teams to form the AFC. The two AFL divisions AFL East and AFL West were more or less intact, while the NFL's Century Division, in which the Browns and the Steelers had played since 1967, was moved from the NFL to become the new AFC Central. Upon the completion of the merger of the AFL and NFL in 1970, the newly-minted American Football Conference had agreed upon their divisional setup along geographical lines for the 1970 season. Since the merger, five expansion teams have joined the AFC and two have left, thus making the current total 16; when the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined the league in 1976, they were temporarily placed in the NFC and AFC respectively. This arrangement lasted for one season; the Seahawks returned to the NFC as a result of the 2002 realignment. The expansion Jacksonville Jaguars joined the AFC in 1995. There have been five teams.
In 1984, the Baltimore Colts relocated to Indianapolis. In 1995, the Cleveland Browns had attempted to move to Baltimore; the Ravens were treated as an expansion team. In California, the Oakland Raiders relocated to Los Angeles in 1982, back to Oakland in 1995, while the San Diego Chargers moved to Los Angeles in 2017; the Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee in 1997. The team would change its name again, two years to the Tennessee Titans; the NFL would again expand in 2002, adding the Houston Texans to the AFC. With the exception of the aforementioned relocations since that time, the divisional setup has remained static since. Between 1995 and 2018, the AFC has sent less than half of the 16 AFC teams to the Super Bowl with only 7 of the 16 individual teams making it. New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans. By contrast, the NFC has sent 13 of the 16 NFC teams during that same time frame with only the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins missing out on an appearance in the Super Bowl.
16 of the last 18 AFC champions have started one of just three quarterbacks - Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger - in the Super Bowl. The AFC has started 5 quarterbacks in the last 18 Super Bowls, while the NFC has started 15; the merged league created a new logo for the AFC that took elements of the old AFL logo the "A" and the six stars surrounding it. The AFC logo remained unchanged from 1970 to 2009; the 2010 NFL season introduced an updated AFC logo, with the most notable revision being the removal of two stars, moving the stars inside the letter, similar to the NFC logo