Jerome Paul Boomer Groom was an American football player. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he graduated from Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines and he played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team and was a consensus selection at the center position on the 1950 College Football All-America Team. He played football in the National Football League for the Chicago Cardinals from 1951 to 1955. He was chosen to play in the 1954 Pro Bowl, Groom served as a color commentator for the Denver Broncos radio broadcasts in their inaugural American Football League season in 1960. In 1994 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and he died at age 78 in Sarasota, Florida List of people with surname Groom Former Irish Football All-America Jerry Groom Dies. Jerry Groom at Find a Grave
Dub Jones (American football)
He shares the NFL record for touchdowns scored in a single game, with six. Jones was born into a family in Louisiana and played a variety of sports, including football. The team won the championship in 1941, his senior year. Jones attended Louisiana State University on a scholarship for a year before being transferred to Tulane University in New Orleans as part of a World War II-era U. S. Navy training program. He played football at Tulane for two seasons before joining the Miami Seahawks of the new AAFC in 1946, the Seahawks traded Jones at the end of the 1946 season to the AAFCs Brooklyn Dodgers, who subsequently sent him to the Browns before the 1948 season. That year, the Browns won all of their games and the AAFC championship, the team repeated as champions in 1949, but the AAFC dissolved at the end of the year and the Browns joined the NFL. A tall flanker back who was both a running and receiving threat, Jones was a key part of Browns teams that won NFL championships in 1950,1954 and 1955.
He was twice named to the Pro Bowl, the NFLs all-star game, including in 1951, Jones retired after the 1955 season, but returned to the Browns as an assistant coach in 1963. The Browns won the NFL championship the following year, Jones left football for good in 1968 and went back to Ruston, where he worked with one of his sons in a general contracting business. Jones is a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Jones was born in Arcadia, but moved with his mother and three brothers to nearby Ruston, Louisiana after his father died when he was three years old. He played Little League Baseball as a child and went to watch boxing matches, Jones attended Ruston High School starting in 1938, and played football under head coach L. J. Hoss Garrett. He was small in stature and did not make the first team until his year in 1941. Rustons Bearcats football team won its first-ever state championship that year, Jones played baseball and basketball and boxed in high school. After graduating, Jones got a scholarship to attend Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and he stayed there for a year before joining the U. S.
Navy as American involvement in World War II intensified. The Navy transferred him to a V-12 training program at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he played as a halfback and a safety in 1943 and 1944. He trained as a fireman aboard submarines while in the Navy, led by quarterback and future teammate Otto Graham, the college players beat the Los Angeles Rams 16–0 that year. When the Miami Seahawks of the new All-America Football Conference offered him a $12,000 contract, however, he accepted it and joined the team. The Seahawks won just three games in 1946, the AAFCs first season of play, and Jones was traded along with two players to the Brooklyn Dodgers, another AAFC team, in December
The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, or else they turn over the football to the opposing team, if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the teams end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponents goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins, American football evolved in the United States, originating from the sports of association football and rugby football. The first game of American football was played on November 6,1869, during the latter half of the 1870s, colleges playing association football switched to the Rugby Union code, which allowed carrying the ball. American football as a whole is the most popular sport in the United States, Professional football and college football are the most popular forms of the game, with the other major levels being high school and youth football. As of 2012, nearly 1.1 million high school athletes and 70,000 college athletes play the sport in the United States annually, almost all of them men, in the United States, American football is referred to as football.
The term football was established in the rulebook for the 1876 college football season. The terms gridiron or American football are favored in English-speaking countries where other codes of football are popular, such as the United Kingdom, New Zealand, American football evolved from the sports of association football and rugby football. What is considered to be the first American football game was played on November 6,1869 between Rutgers and Princeton, two college teams, the game was played between two teams of 25 players each and used a round ball that could not be picked up or carried. It could, however, be kicked or batted with the feet, head or sides, Rutgers won the game 6 goals to 4. Collegiate play continued for years in which matches were played using the rules of the host school. Representatives of Yale, Columbia and Rutgers met on October 19,1873 to create a set of rules for all schools to adhere to. Teams were set at 20 players each, and fields of 400 by 250 feet were specified, Harvard abstained from the conference, as they favored a rugby-style game that allowed running with the ball.
An 1875 Harvard-Yale game played under rugby-style rules was observed by two impressed Princeton athletes and these players introduced the sport to Princeton, a feat the Professional Football Researchers Association compared to selling refrigerators to Eskimos. Princeton, Harvard and Columbia agreed to play using a form of rugby union rules with a modified scoring system. These schools formed the Intercollegiate Football Association, although Yale did not join until 1879, the introduction of the snap resulted in unexpected consequences. Prior to the snap, the strategy had been to punt if a scrum resulted in bad field position, however, a group of Princeton players realized that, as the snap was uncontested, they now could hold the ball indefinitely to prevent their opponent from scoring. In 1881, both teams in a game between Yale-Princeton used this strategy to maintain their undefeated records, each team held the ball, gaining no ground, for an entire half, resulting in a 0-0 tie
Stuff You Should Know
The podcast is consistently ranked in the Top 10 on iTunes. It is one of the most popular podcasts in the world, the podcast, released every Tuesday and Saturday, educates listeners on a wide variety of topics, often using popular culture as a reference giving the podcast comedic value. The podcast is available for free on the iTunes Store and is one of the top downloaded podcasts, on January 19,2013, a full-length SYSK TV show aired on Science Channel and ran for one season. On April 1,2017, the SYSK Selects series first aired, the new series airs every Saturday. Stuff You Should Know is hosted by two editors at HowStuffWorks. com, Josh Clark and Charles Wayne Chuck Bryant. Their producer is Jeri Jerome Rowland, Clark was a host of the show since the beginning, and before Bryant took over the co-hosting duties Clark was joined by several other editors. The chemistry between the two was apparent, and Bryant became a permanent co-host. Bryant started working at HowStuffWorks about a month after Clark and they had desks catty-cornered across from each other and would often pop up to share their research.
They became good friends within a week, Josh Malcolm Clark was born July 15,1976. He grew up in Toledo, Ohio where his nickname was Pillsbury Doughboy and he was raised Catholic and attended a Catholic school. He moved to Marietta, Georgia as a teenager, Clarks fathers name is Mel, an HVAC technician. He has a sister named Karen, and two brothers-in-law, one of whose name is Josh, in 2010 Clark lived with his then-girlfriend Umi in midtown Atlanta, he proposed on August 13,2011 and the couple has since married. The two once rented a house in the Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta and he has four pictures of her on his desk. He is a smoker, drinks a lot of coffee. He and SYSK co-host Chuck Bryant once attended a Mötley Crüe concert at the invitation of the hot metal chick who plays guitar in Alice Coopers band. His favorite books include 1491 &1493 by Charles C. Mann which he frequently quotes and/or references in the SYSK podcast, Josh is a fan of The Simpsons, Firefly and Quentin Tarantino. He attended Sprayberry High School and studied history and anthropology at the University of Georgia, as a youth interested in the paranormal, he wanted to study parapsychology at Duke University.
Also as a child, he was a reader of Uncle Johns Bathroom Reader, as mentioned in many podcasts
Marlin M. Pat Harder was an American football player, playing fullback and kicker. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993, after graduating from Washington High School, in Milwaukee, he enrolled in the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Playing fullback for the Badgers, Harder led the Big Ten Conference in rushing and scoring in 1941. In 1942, Harder was part of a team that went 8–1–1, including a 17–7 victory over the national champion Ohio State Buckeyes. Harder left Wisconsin to join the United States Marine Corps in 1943 to fight in World War II, despite having a year of eligibility left when he left the Marines, Harder turned pro in 1946. Harder was drafted 2nd overall in the 1944 NFL Draft by the Chicago Cardinals, Harder was part of the Cardinals Million Dollar Backfield which included quarterback Paul Christman and halfback Charley Trippi. He was the first player in history to score over 100 points in three consecutive years, which he did from 1947 to 1949, leading the league all three years.
In 1947, the Cardinals won the NFL Championship, in the championship game, Harder kicked four extra points to help defeat the Philadelphia Eagles, 28–21. Harder was traded to the Detroit Lions in 1951 and he helped the Lions win back-to-back NFL Championships in 1952 and 1953. Harder retired from football in 1953. Harder served as an NFL official from 1966 to 1982, working as the umpire on the crew of legendary referee Jim Tunney wearing uniform number 88. The most famous game he worked came on December 23,1972 and he served as vice-president of a car leasing company in Milwaukee. He died in Waukesha, Wisconsin on September 6,1992, Harder was posthumously inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2005, he was named to the Professional Football Researchers Association Hall of Very Good in the associations third HOVG class. The popular chant Hit em again harder, harder was a University of Wisconsin cheer aimed at Pat Harder and can still be heard at high school, Pat Harder at the College Football Hall of Fame
History of the St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)
The professional American football team now known as the Arizona Cardinals previously played in St. Louis, Missouri from 1960 to 1987. This article chronicles the history during their time as the St. Louis Cardinals. Chicago Cardinals owner Violet Bidwill had married St. Louis businessman Walter Wolfner in 1949, when it became obvious that the Cardinals could no longer hope to compete with the Chicago Bears, a move to St. Louis seemed to make sense. The NFL conducted a survey of St. Louis, and concluded that it was capable of supporting a team, the leagues 12 owners unanimously approved the move, ending their 62-year stay in Chicago. During the Cardinals tenure in St. Louis, they were called the Big Red or the Football Cardinals in order to avoid confusion with the baseball team They shared Sportsmans Park with the baseball team. However, St. Louis had not had a football team since the early days of the NFL. The Cardinals initially held practices in the city park and their first home game was a loss to the Giants on October 2,1960, and they finished the year at 6–5–1.
In 1961, they even at 7–7–0 and fell to 4–9–1 in 1962. Improving to 9–5–0 in 1963, the Cardinals almost reached the playoffs, during the Cardinals 28-year stay in St. Louis, they advanced to the playoffs just three times, never hosting or winning in any appearance. The new St. Louis football Cardinals were competitive for much of the 1960s, New stars emerged in Larry Wilson, Charley Johnson, Jim Bakken, Sonny Randle, and Jim Hart. Violet Bidwill Wolfner died in 1962, and her sons and Charles, although the Cardinals were competitive again in the 60s, they failed to achieve a playoff appearance during the decade. Only four teams qualified during this period, in 1964, the Bidwills, unsatisfied with St. Louis, considered moving the team to Atlanta. They wanted a new stadium, and that city was planning the construction of one, however, St. Louis persuaded them to stay with the promise of a stadium—what would become Busch Memorial Stadium. The Cardinals got off to a start, and tied the Cleveland Browns 33–33 on the road.
They finished 9–4–1 and second in the Eastern Conference, but a victory by the Browns over the New York Giants denied them a playoff berth, the team finished the year with a meaningless win over the Packers. A 4–1–0 start to the 1965 season evaporated into a 5–9–0 finish, another middling season followed in 1967, with six wins, seven losses, and one tie. In 1970, the Cardinals were placed in the new NFC East division following the merger with the AFL. They posted three shutouts in November, blanking the Houston Oilers, Boston Patriots, and the Cowboys
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
Fate Leonard Echols was an American football offensive tackle who played two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the 1962 NFL Draft, Echols was drafted by the New York Titans in the third round of the 1962 AFL Draft. He played college football at Northwestern University and attended Washington High School in South Bend, Indiana
Ollie Genoa Matson II was an American Olympic medal winning sprinter and professional American football running back who played in the National Football League from 1952 to 1966. Drafted into the NFL by the Chicago Cardinals, Matson was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for nine players following the 1958 season. Matson was named to the Pro Bowl six times during the course of his career and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972 and his 2011 death due to complications associated with dementia was posthumously linked to Chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Ollie Matson graduated from George Washington High School in San Francisco in 1948, Matson attended the City College of San Francisco prior to transferring to the University of San Francisco. While in school, Matson became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, in 1951, Matsons senior year at USF, he led the nation in rushing yardage and touchdowns en route to leading the Dons to an undefeated season. He was selected as an All-American and finished ninth in Heisman Trophy balloting that year, despite its 9-0 record, the 1951 San Francisco team was not invited to a bowl game.
Matson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976, prior to joining the National Football League in 1952, Matson competed in track and field as part of the United States Olympic Team in the 1952 Summer Olympics at Helsinki, Finland. Matson won a medal in the 400-meter run and a silver medal as part of the United States 4x400-meter relay team. Ollie Matson was Drafted in the first round of the 1952 NFL draft by the Chicago Cardinals and he went on to share 1952 Rookie of the Year honors with Hugh McElhenny of the San Francisco 49ers. During the 1957 season, Matson was used extensively as a receiver by Chicago Cardinals head coach Ray Richards. Matsons productivity at the position was questioned in the wake of the teams 3 win,9 loss finish and he was sent out as flanker with the idea of throwing to him. But most opponents feared him so much that they doubled up on him and they watched him just as closely when he lines up as running back. Theyd double team him if he were sitting up in the grandstand eating hot dogs, Matson finished the aforementioned 1957 campaign as the NFLs sixth most prolific running back, with 577 yards gained in 134 carries, for a 4.3 yard average, with 6 touchdowns.
To this he added 20 catches for 451 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air, following the 1958 season, Matson was traded by the Cardinals to the leagues marquee franchise, the Los Angeles Rams, for nine players. Matson would play for the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles, when Matson retired in 1966, his 12,799 career all-purpose yards were second only to Jim Brown. Matson was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972 and he married his wife Mary, whom he met when both were San Francisco teenagers in the mid-1940s, in 1952. He and Mary lived in the same Los Angeles home from the time he played for the Los Angeles Rams until his death, the site is being nominated as the Ollie and Mary Matson Residence, a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. On February 19,2011, Ollie Matson died of dementia complications surrounded by family at his home in Los Angeles, according to his nephew, Matson hadnt spoken in the four years prior to his passing
Kentucky Wildcats football
The Kentucky Wildcats football program represents the University of Kentucky in the sport of American football. The Wildcats compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, until about 1913, the modern University of Kentucky was referred to as Kentucky State College and nearby Transylvania University was known as Kentucky University. In 1880, Kentucky University and Centre College played the first intercollegiate game in Kentucky. Kentucky State first fielded a team in 1881, playing three games against rival Kentucky University. The team was revived in 1891, both the inaugural 1881 squad and the revived 1891 squad have unknown coaches according to university records in winning two games and losing three. The 1891 teams colors were blue and light yellow, decided before the Centre–Kentucky game on December 19, a student asked What color blue. And varsity letterman Richard C. Stoll pulled off his necktie and this is still held as the origin of Kentuckys shade of blue.
The next year light yellow was dropped and changed to white, the 1892 team was coached by A. M. Miller, and went 2–4–1. The greatest UK team of this era was the 1898 squad, to this day, the Immortals remain the only undefeated and unscored upon team in UK football history. The Immortals were coached by W. R. Bass and ended the year a perfect 7–0–0, head coach Jack Wright led the team to a 7–1 record in 1903, losing only to rival and southern champion Kentucky University. Fred Schacht posted a 15–4–1 record in two seasons but died unexpectedly after his second season, J. White Guyn had success leading the Wildcats, posting a 17–7–1 record in his three years. Edwin Sweetland went 16–3 in three seasons but resigned due to poor health, Sweetland served as Kentuckys first athletics director. The 1909 team upset the Illinois Fighting Illini, upon their welcome home, Philip Carbusier said that they had fought like wildcats, a nickname that stuck. John J. Tigert coached Kentucky for two seasons with each season having one loss, the 1916 team fought the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association co-champion Tennessee Volunteers to a scoreless tie.
The years only a loss,45 to 0 to the Irby Curry-led Vanderbilt Commodores, was the dedication of Stoll Field, quarterbacks Curry and Kentuckys Doc Rodes were both selected All-Southern at years end. Vanderbilt coach Dan McGugin stated If you would give me Doc Rodes, Coach Harry Gamage had a 32–25–5 record during his seven seasons from 1927 to 1933. A. D. Kirwan, who would go on to be the president of the university, coached the Wildcats from 1938 to 1944, longtime athletics director Bernie Shively served as Kentuckys head football coach for the 1945 season. Coach Paul Bear Bryant was Kentuckys head football coach for eight seasons, Bear Bryant came to Kentucky from Maryland