Floyd Douglas Little is a former American football running back, and was a three-time All-American at Syracuse University. In 1967 he was the 6th selection of the first common AFL-NFL draft and he was the first ever first-round draft pick to sign with the American Football Leagues Denver Broncos, where he was known simply as The Franchise. Little is the only three-time All-American running back to compete for the Syracuse University Orangemen and he finished 5th in Heisman Trophy voting in both 1965 and 1966. 1964,157 carries for 874 yards and 9 TD.17 catches for 257 yards and 1 TD,1965,193 carries for 1065 yards and 14 TD.21 catches for 248 yards and 1 TD. 1966,162 carries for 811 yards and 12 TD.13 catches for 86 yards and 2 TD, in 1975, Little retired as the NFLs 7th all-time leading rusher with 6,323 yards rushing and 54 total touchdowns. He threw a TD pass to receiver Jerry Simmons in a 1972 upset over the Oakland Raiders, during his rookie year, Little led the NFL in punt returns with a 16. 9-yard average.
He led the NFL in combined yards in 1967 and 1968, Little was Denver Broncos team captain all 9 seasons, including his rookie season. Little was a member of the Broncos Ring of Fame in 1984. Little was the first player to lead his conference in rushing for a last place team and he was an American Football League All-Star in 1968. In a week 12 win over Buffalo, he caught 4 passes out of the backfield for 165 yards, including a 66 yard touchdown and he was named first-team All-AFL in 1969, and made the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in 1970,1971 and 1973. At 510 and 195 pounds, Little was the smallest back to lead the league in rushing since World War II and he led the league in combined yards in 1967 and 1968 and was the only player to return punts for TDs in both seasons. During a 6-year period, 1968–1973, Little rushed for more yards, in 2005, he was named to the Professional Football Researchers Association Hall of Very Good in the associations third HOVG class. In 2009 Little was a finalist for induction into the Hall of Fame and he was voted in on February 6,2010, his induction took place in Canton, OH on August 7,2010.
Little finished 40th in his class of 140 at the University of Denver law school, Little owned automobile dealerships in Denver, the Seattle area and Santa Barbara. On May 15,2016, Little received his doctorate from Syracuse University in Humane Letters. The number 44 was retired by the Syracuse football program on November 12,2005, to honor Little, Ernie Davis, and Jim Brown, and the eight other players who wore the number. On August 7,2010, Little was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame alongside Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, John Randle, and Dick LeBeau. On September 15,2011, the New Haven Athletic Center, on February 6,2010, Little was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
2001 NFL season
The 2001 NFL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Football League. In the wake of the September 11 attacks, the NFLs week 2 games were postponed and re-scheduled to the weekend of January 6–7, in order to retain the full playoff format, all playoff games, including Super Bowl XXXVI, were re-scheduled one week later. The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, defeating the St. Louis Rams 20–17 at the Louisiana Superdome, following a pattern set in 1999, the first week of the season was permanently moved to the weekend following Labor Day. With Super Bowls XXXVI-XXXVII already scheduled for fixed dates, the league decided to eliminate the Super Bowl bye weeks for 2001 and 2002 to adjust. In the wake of the September 11 attacks, the originally scheduled for September 16–17 were postponed and re-scheduled to the weekend of January 6–7. In order to retain the full playoff format, all playoff games, the season-ending Pro Bowl was moved to one week later. This was the last season in each conference had 3 divisions.
Canceling the games scheduled for September 16–17 was considered and rejected since it would have canceled a game for half the teams of the league. As a result of rescheduling Week 2 as Week 17, the Pittsburgh Steelers ended up not playing a game for the entire month of September. The ESPN Sunday Night Football game for that week was changed and it was originally scheduled to be Cleveland at Pittsburgh, but it was replaced with Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, which was seen as a more interesting matchup. Ironically, the Eagles and the Buccaneers would both rest their starters that night, and they would meet one week in the playoffs. This way of flexible scheduling would not be utilized at all in 2007, the games that eventually made up Week 17 marked the latest regular season games to be played during what is traditionally defined as NFL season. Another scheduling change took place in October, when the Dallas Cowboys-Oakland Raiders game was moved from October 21 to 7 to accommodate a possible Oakland Athletics home playoff game on the 21st.
The rescheduling ended up being unnecessary as the Athletics would not make it past the Division Series round. Also, this was the only NFL season where every jersey had a patch to remember those who died on 9/11, the season ended with Super Bowl XXXVI when the New England Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams. Fumble recoveries will be awarded at the spot of the recovery, taunting rules and roughing the passer will be strictly enforced. New Orleans Saints – Replaced their gold pants with black pants, Pittsburgh Steelers – New stadium, Heinz Field. San Diego Chargers – White pants with road uniforms, denver Broncos – New stadium, Invesco Field
Daniel Francis Fouts is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League. Fouts played his professional career with the San Diego Chargers from 1973 through 1987. He was one of the most prolific passing quarterbacks during the 1970s and 1980s and he led the NFL in passing yards four straight years from 1979 to 1982, and became the first player in history to throw for 4,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and he is currently a color analyst for NFL games on CBS television and Dial Global radio. Dan is the son of Bay Area Radio Hall of Famer Bob Fouts, Fouts was born in San Francisco, California. He decided to transfer to St. Ignatius College Preparatory for his two years of high school. Fouts was somewhat of an unknown when he accepted an offer from the University of Oregon to play for the Oregon Ducks football team. Things were quite different after the All-Pac-8 quarterbacks career where he set 19 school records, including those for career passing yardage and he was inducted into the University of Oregon Hall of Fame in 1992. 1970, 188/361 for 2,390 yards with 16 TD vs 24 INT,1971, 123/247 for 1,564 yards with 9 TD vs 11 INT.
1972, 171/348 for 2,041 yards with 12 TD vs 19 INT, drafted in the third round in 1973, Fouts helped lead the Chargers to the playoffs from 1979 to 1982 and twice to the AFC title game. He led the four times in passing yards, ending his career with over 40,000. Fouts was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, Fouts was a 6-time Pro Bowl selection and compiled passer ratings over 90.0 for a 3-year stretch. His career high of 4,802 passing yards during the 1981 season was an NFL record at the time. Fouts set NFL season passing records in three consecutive seasons from 1979 to 1981 with totals of 4,082,4,715. He broke Joe Namaths record of 4,007 set in 1967, the Chargers in 1979 were the first AFC Western Division champion to run more passing plays rushing. In 1982, a season shortened to 9 games because of a strike, Fouts averaged 320 yards passing per game and that season, he was named the NFLs Most Valuable Player by Pro Football Writers Association and Newspaper Enterprise Association.
He finished second in the Associated Press poll behind Mark Moseley, however, AP voted him the leagues Offensive MVP, as did Pro Football Weekly. Fouts garnered All-Pro selections in both 1979 and 1982, while being named 2nd Team All-Pro in 1980 and 1985, in addition Fouts was named 2nd Team All-AFC in 1981 and 1983
History of the San Diego Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers franchise was founded in 1959 as a charter member of the American Football League. The team played the 1960 season in Los Angeles, moving to San Diego in 1961, the Chargers played in San Diego for 56 years. In 2017, the Chargers owner announced a move to Los Angeles, effective with the 2017 season, the Chargers original owner was hotel heir Barron Hilton, son of Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton. Frank Leahy, a former Notre Dame University football coach, was named the teams first general manager, the Chargers initially considered playing at the Rose Bowl, but instead signed a lease to play at the Los Angeles Coliseum. There is a theory about a man named Gerald Courtney of Hollywood who won an all-expenses-paid trip to Mexico City. They played ten years in the AFL before the merging of the league into the older NFL and their only coach for the ten-year life of the AFL was Sid Gillman, former coach of the NFLs Los Angeles Rams, who originally signed a three-year contract as head coach.
Gillman, who was voted to the Hall of Fame, was widely recognized as a great offensive innovator. He took on the role of coach and general manager after Frank Leahy resigned because of poor health. The early AFL years of the San Diego Chargers were highlighted by the play of wide receiver Lance Alworth with 543 receptions for 10,266 yards in his 11-AFL/NFL-season career. In addition, he set the pro football record of games with a reception during his career. With players such as Alworth, Paul Lowe, Keith Lincoln and John Hadl, the high-scoring Chargers reached the AFL Championship Game five times winning once during that ten-year span. The Chargers spent only one season in L. A. before moving in 1961, on that season, the defense recorded 49 pass interceptions as the AFL played an exciting brand of football featuring strong passing attacks. The Chargers were the originators of the term Fearsome Foursome to describe their all-star defensive line, anchored by Earl Faison, the phrase was appropriated by various NFL teams.
Houston defeated the Chargers 10–3 before 29,556 persons in Balboa Stadium to win the second AFL championship. The next year, the Chargers stumbled to a 4-10 record, as of 2016, this was the last professional sports championship for the city of San Diego. In 1964, the AFL teams signed a television contract with National Broadcasting Company for a record $36 million. The Chargers and New York Jets tied 17-17 before a record AFL crowd of 50,222 fans,46,828 paid in New Yorks Shea Stadium, a Balboa Stadium attendance record of 34,865 was set as Buffalo defeated San Diego 27-24 on Thanksgiving Day. The Chargers defeated the Jets 38-3 before 25,753 persons in Balboa Stadium to clinch their fourth AFL West title in five years, in 1965, San Diego won their fifth AFL West title in six years by defeating Houston on December 12 by the score of 37-26
Pro Football Hall of Fame
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame for professional American football. As of 2017, there are a total of 310 members of the Hall of Fame, groundbreaking for the building was held on August 11,1962. The original building contained just two rooms, and 19,000 square feet of interior space, in April 1970, ground was broken for the first of many expansions. This first expansion cost $620,000, and was completed in May 1971, the size was increased to 34,000 square feet by adding another room. The pro shop opened with this expansion and this was an important milestone for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as yearly attendance passed the 200,000 mark for the first time. In November 1977, work began on another project, costing US$1,200,000. It was completed in November 1978, enlarging the shop and research library. The total size of the hall was now 50,500 square feet, the building remained largely unchanged until July 1993. The Hall announced yet another expansion, costing US$9,200,000 and this expansion was completed in October 1995.
The buildings size was increased to 82,307 square feet, the most notable addition was the GameDay Stadium, which shows an NFL Films production on a 20-foot by 42-foot Cinemascope screen. Through 2017, all inductees except one, played part of their professional career in the NFL. For CFL stars, there is a parallel Canadian Football Hall of Fame, only one player, the Chicago Bears have the most Hall of Famers among the leagues franchises with 32 enshrinees. Enshrinees are selected by a 46-person committee, largely made up of media members, each city that has a current NFL team sends one representative from the local media to the committee. A city with more than one franchise sends a representative for each franchise, there are 13 at-large delegates, and one representative from the Pro Football Writers Association. Except for the PFWA representative, who is appointed to a term, all other appointments are open-ended and terminated only by death, retirement. To be eligible for the process, a player or coach must have been retired for at least five years.
Any other contributor such as an owner or executive can be voted in at any time. Fans may nominate any player, coach or contributor by simply writing to the Pro Football Hall of Fame via letter or email
Epic in Miami
It was referred to in the Miami Herald as the Miracle That Died, while Sports Illustrated dubbed it the Game No One Should Have Lost. The game aired on NBC with Don Criqui and John Brodie calling the action, the Dolphins finished the 1981 regular season by winning the AFC East with an 11–4–1 record. Their offense was led by quarterbacks David Woodley and Don Strock, Woodley had a rather mediocre year, throwing for only 2,470 yards and 12 touchdowns, with 13 interceptions, but he was a good scrambler, gaining 272 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Strock was widely considered to be one of the best reserve quarterbacks in the league and had played in 15 of 16 regular-season games, receivers Jimmy Cefalo and Duriel Harris provided the main deep threat on the team. Fullback Andra Franklin provided the team with good blocking, and he was a ball carrier, rushing for 711 yards. Miami’s offensive line was anchored by Pro Bowl guard Ed Newman, miami’s defense ranked fifth in the NFL in fewest points allowed.
Pro Bowl defensive tackle Bob Baumhower anchored the line, while linebackers A. J. Duhe and Earnie Rhone excelled at blitzing and pass coverage, the Dolphins secondary, consisting of Mike Kozlowski, Fulton Walker and brothers Lyle and Glenn Blackwood was extremely talented. The Dolphins had allowed just 27 points in their last three prior to their playoff matchup against San Diego. San Diego won their 3rd straight AFC West title in 1981 with a 10–6 record, based on a division record over Denver. The Chargers high-powered offense led the NFL in scoring, passing yards, quarterback Dan Fouts made the Pro Bowl for the third year in a row, completing 360 of 609 passes for an NFL record 4,802 yards and 33 touchdowns, with only 17 interceptions. His favorite targets were receivers Charlie Joiner and Wes Chandler, along with Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow. Rookie running back James Brooks was a contributor, rushing for 525 yards, catching 46 passes for 329 yards. Up front, their line was anchored by Pro Bowl guard Doug Wilkerson, San Diegos defense ranked only 26th in the league in points allowed and 27th in total yards allowed.
Defensive tackle Gary Johnson from the Chargers defense made the Pro Bowl, defensive back Willie Buchanon led the team with five interceptions. San Diego started out the game by driving down the field, featuring a 47-yard completion from Dan Fouts to Wes Chandler on 3rd and 14, and scoring with kicker Rolf Benirschkes 32-yard field goal. The Chargers defense forced Miami to punt on its ensuing possession, on the ensuing kickoff, the Chargers caught a break when the high, short kick surprisingly bounced back in their direction and was recovered by San Diego. Several plays later, Chuck Muncie scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, on the Dolphins next drive, David Woodley was intercepted by Chargers safety Glen Edwards, who returned the ball 35 yards, setting up Fouts 8-yard touchdown pass to James Brooks. By the time the first quarter ended, San Diego had a commanding 24–0 lead and it looked like the outcome of the game was already decided
Bill Walsh (American football coach)
William Ernest Walsh was an American football coach. He served as coach of the San Francisco 49ers and the Stanford Cardinal football team. After retiring from the 49ers, Walsh worked as a broadcaster for several years. Walsh went 102–63–1 with the 49ers, winning 10 of his 14 postseason games along with six division titles and he was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1981 and 1984. In 1993, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, born in Los Angeles, Walsh played running back in the San Francisco Bay Area for Hayward High School in Hayward. Walsh played quarterback at the College of San Mateo for two seasons, both John Madden and Walsh played and coached at the College of San Mateo early in their careers. After playing at the College of San Mateo, Walsh transferred to San Jose State University and he participated in intercollegiate boxing. Walsh graduated from San Jose State with a degree in physical education in 1955. He served under Bob Bronzan as a assistant coach on the Spartans football coaching staff.
His masters thesis was entitled Flank Formation Football -- Stress, thesis 796. W228f Following graduation, Walsh coached the football and swim teams at Washington High School in Fremont, California. Walsh was coaching in Fremont when he interviewed for an assistant coaching position with Marv Levy, I was very impressed, individually, by his knowledge, by his intelligence, by his personality, and hired him, Levy said. Levy and Walsh, two future NFL Hall of Famers, would never produce a season at Cal. After coaching at Cal, Walsh did a stint at Stanford as an assistant coach, Walsh began his pro coaching career in 1966 as an assistant with the AFLs Oakland Raiders. As a Raider assistant, Walsh was trained in the passing offense favored by Al Davis. In 1968, Walsh moved to the AFL expansion Cincinnati Bengals and it was there that Walsh developed the philosophy now known as the West Coast Offense, as a matter of necessity. Cincinnatis new quarterback, Virgil Carter, was known for his mobility and accuracy.
The new offense was much better suited to Carters physical abilities, Walsh spent eight seasons as an assistant with the Bengals. Ken Anderson eventually replaced Carter as starting quarterback, and together with wide receiver Isaac Curtis, produced a consistent
The Cincinnati Bengals are a professional American football franchise based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals currently compete in the National Football League as a club of the leagues American Football Conference North division. Their home stadium is Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati and their current head coach is Marvin Lewis, who has held the position since 2003 and is currently the second-longest tenured head coach in the NFL, behind the New England Patriots Bill Belichick. Their chief rivals are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, the Bengals were founded in 1966 as a member of the American Football League by former Cleveland Browns head coach Paul Brown. Brown was the Bengals head coach from their inception to 1975, after being dismissed as the Browns head coach by Art Modell in January 1963, Brown had shown interest in establishing another NFL franchise in Ohio and looked at both Cincinnati and Columbus. Due to the merger of the AFL and the NFL. The Bengals, like the other former AFL teams, were assigned to the AFC following the merger, Cincinnati was selected because, like their neighbors the Reds, they could draw from several large neighboring cities that are all no more than 110 miles away from downtown Cincinnati.
The Bengals won the AFC championship in 1981 and 1988, but lost Super Bowls XVI, after Paul Browns death in 1991, controlling interest in the team was inherited by his son, Mike Brown. In 2011, Brown purchased shares of the owned by the estate of co-founder Austin Knowlton and is now the majority owner of the Bengals franchise. The 1990s and the 2000s were a period of great struggle, following the 1990 season, the team went fourteen years without posting a winning record nor making the playoffs. The Bengals had several head coaches and several of their top draft picks did not pan out, Mike Brown, the teams de facto general manager, was rated as among the worst team owners in American professional sports. Since the mid-2000s, the teams fortunes have improved, two years after becoming head coach, Lewis guided the Bengals to their first winning season and first division title in over a decade. After the acquisition of Andy Dalton as quarterback in 2011, the Bengals had made the playoffs each season until 2016, the Bengals drafts are highly touted, leading to a consistency that had long escaped the franchise.
However, the team has remained unable to win in the postseason and have not won a game since 1990. The Bengals are one of the 13 NFL teams to not have won a Super Bowl as of the 2016 season, the franchise takes its name from an earlier Cincinnati Bengals team, which played from 1937–1941. It was a nod to Paul Browns Massillon, Ohio, in 1967, an ownership group led by Paul Brown was granted a franchise in the American Football League. Brown named the team the Bengals in order to give it a link with past professional football in Cincinnati, another Bengals team had existed in the city and played in three previous American Football Leagues from 1937 to 1942. The citys world-renowned zoo was home to a rare white Bengal tiger
The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football franchise based in the Miami metropolitan area. The Dolphins compete in the National Football League as a club of the leagues American Football Conference East division. The Dolphins play their games at Hard Rock Stadium in the northern suburb of Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons are the oldest NFL franchises in the Deep South, however, of the four AFC East teams, they are the only team in the division that was not a charter member of the American Football League. The Dolphins team was founded by attorney-politician Joe Robbie and actor-comedian Danny Thomas and they began play in the AFL in 1966. For the first few years the Dolphins full-time training camp and practice facilities were at Saint Andrews School, in 1970 the Dolphins joined the NFL when the AFL–NFL merger occurred. The team made its first Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl VI, Miami appeared in Super Bowl XVII and Super Bowl XIX, losing both games.
For most of their history, the Dolphins were coached by Don Shula. Under Shula, the Dolphins posted losing records in two of his 26 seasons as the head coach. During the period spanning 1983 to the end of 1999, quarterback Dan Marino became one of the most prolific passers in NFL history, Marino led the Dolphins to five division titles,10 playoff appearances, and Super Bowl XIX before retiring following the 1999 season. During the summer of 1966, the Dolphins training camp was in St. Pete Beach with practices in August at Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport. The Dolphins had a combined 15–39–2 record in their first four seasons under head coach George Wilson, before Don Shula was hired as head coach. Shula was a Paul Brown disciple who had been lured from the Baltimore Colts after losing Super Bowl III two seasons earlier to the AFLs New York Jets and finishing 8–5–1 the following season. Interestingly, Shula got his first NFL coaching job from then-Detroit Head Coach George Wilson, when Shula replaced Wilson at Miami the Colts charged the Dolphins with tampering in their hiring of Shula, costing the Dolphins their first round draft pick in 1971.
Shula introduced himself to the Miami press by saying that he didnt have any magic formulas, Shulas early training camps with the Dolphins, with four workouts a day, would soon be the stuff of sweltering, painful legend. But Shulas hard work paid dividends, as Miami improved to a 10–4 record and their first-ever playoff appearance. The Dolphins were successful in the early 1970s, becoming the first team to advance to the AFC Championship for three consecutive seasons and they captured the AFC championship in 1971 behind quarterback Bob Griese, running backs Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick, and wide receiver Paul Warfield. The AFC Divisional Playoff Game, in which the Dolphins defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, was the longest contest in NFL history, in Super Bowl VI, Miami lost to the Dallas Cowboys 24–3
National Football League
The National Football League is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference. The NFL is one of the four professional sports leagues in North America. The NFLs 17-week regular season runs from the week after Labor Day to the week after Christmas, with each team playing 16 games, the NFL was formed in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association before renaming itself the National Football League for the 1922 season. The NFL agreed to merge with the American Football League in 1966, and the first Super Bowl was held at the end of that season, the merger was completed in 1970. Today, the NFL has the highest average attendance of any sports league in the world and is the most popular sports league in the United States. S. The NFLs executive officer is the commissioner, who has authority in governing the league. The team with the most NFL championships is the Green Bay Packers with thirteen, the current NFL champions are the New England Patriots, who defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34–28 in Super Bowl LI.
Another meeting held on September 17,1920 resulted in the renaming of the league to the American Professional Football Association, the league hired Jim Thorpe as its first president, and consisted of 14 teams. Only two of these teams, the Decatur Staleys and the Chicago Cardinals, the first event occurred on September 26,1920 when the Rock Island Independents defeated the non-league St. Paul Ideals 48–0 at Douglas Park. On October 3,1920, the first full week of league play occurred, the following season resulted in the Chicago Staleys controversially winning the title over the Buffalo All-Americans. In 1922, the APFA changed its name to the National Football League, in 1932, the season ended with the Chicago Bears and the Portsmouth Spartans tied for first in the league standings. This method had used since the leagues creation in 1920. The league quickly determined that a game between Chicago and Portsmouth was needed to decide the leagues champion. Playing with altered rules to accommodate the playing field, the Bears won the game 9–0.
Fan interest in the de facto championship game led the NFL, beginning in 1933, the 1934 season marked the first of 12 seasons in which African Americans were absent from the league. The de facto ban was rescinded in 1946, following public pressure, the NFL was always the foremost professional football league in the United States, it nevertheless faced a large number of rival professional leagues through the 1930s and 1940s. Rival leagues included at least three separate American Football Leagues and the All-America Football Conference, on top of regional leagues of varying caliber. Three NFL teams trace their histories to these leagues, including the Los Angeles Rams