Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's American Football Conference West division; the team was founded in 1960 as the Dallas Texans by businessman Lamar Hunt and was a charter member of the American Football League. In 1963, the team assumed their current name; the Chiefs joined the NFL as a result of the merger in 1970. The team is valued at over $2 billion. Hunt's son, serves as chairman and CEO. While Hunt's ownership stakes passed collectively to his widow and children after his death in 2006, Clark represents the Chiefs at all league meetings and has ultimate authority on personnel changes; the Chiefs have won three AFL championships, in 1962, 1966, 1969. They became the second AFL team to defeat an NFL team in an AFL–NFL World Championship Game, when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV; the team's victory on January 11, 1970, remains the club's last championship game victory and appearance to date, occurred in the final such competition prior to the leagues' merger coming into full effect.
The Chiefs were the second team, after the Green Bay Packers, to appear in more than one Super Bowl and the first to appear in the championship game in two different decades. Despite post-season success early in the franchise's history, winning five of their first six postseason games, the team has struggled to find success in the playoffs since; as of the conclusion of the 2018–19 playoffs, they have lost 12 of their last 14 playoff games, including eight straight, at the time the longest playoff losing streak in NFL history. The playoff losing streak stretched from the 1993-94 AFC Championship game to the 2013-14 Divisional Round; the only playoffs wins over the last 14 playoff games were a 30–0 win over the Texans in the 2015–16 playoffs and a 31–13 over the Colts in the 2018–19 playoffs. In 1959, Lamar Hunt began discussions with other businessmen to establish a professional football league that would rival the National Football League. Hunt's desire to secure a football team was heightened after watching the 1958 NFL Championship Game between the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts.
After unsuccessful attempts to purchase and relocate the NFL's Chicago Cardinals to his hometown of Dallas, Hunt went to the NFL and asked to create an expansion franchise in Dallas. The NFL turned him down, so Hunt established the American Football League and started his own team, the Dallas Texans, to begin play in 1960. Hunt hired a little-known assistant coach from the University of Miami football team, Hank Stram, to be the team's head coach after the job offer was declined by Bud Wilkinson and Tom Landry. After Stram was hired, Don Klosterman was hired as head scout, credited by many for bringing a wealth of talent to the Texans after luring it away from the NFL hiding players and using creative means to land them; the Texans shared the Cotton Bowl with the NFL's cross-town competition Dallas Cowboys for three seasons. The Texans were to have exclusive access to the stadium until the NFL put an expansion team, the Dallas Cowboys, there. While the team averaged a league-best 24,500 at the Cotton Bowl, the Texans gained less attention due to the AFL's lower profile compared to the NFL.
In the franchise's first two seasons, the team managed only an 8 -- 6 -- 8 record, respectively. In their third season, the Texans strolled to an 11–3 record and a berth in the team's first American Football League Championship Game, against the Houston Oilers; the game was broadcast nationally on ABC and the Texans defeated the Oilers 20–17 in double overtime. The game lasted 77 minutes and 54 seconds, which still stands as the longest championship game in professional football history, it turned out to be the last game. Despite competing against a Cowboys team that managed only a 9–28–3 record in their first three seasons, Hunt decided that the Dallas–Fort Worth media market could not sustain two professional football franchises, he considered moving the Texans to either Miami for the 1963 season. However, he was swayed by an offer from Kansas City Mayor Harold Roe Bartle. Bartle promised to triple the franchise's season ticket sales and expand the seating capacity of Municipal Stadium to accommodate the team.
Hunt agreed to relocate the franchise to Kansas City on May 22, 1963, on May 26 the team was renamed the Kansas City Chiefs. Hunt and head coach Hank Stram planned to retain the Texans name, but a fan contest determined the new "Chiefs" name in honor of Mayor Bartle's nickname that he acquired in his professional role as Scout Executive of the St. Joseph and Kansas City Boy Scout Councils and founder of the Scouting Society, the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. A total of 4,866 entries were received with 1,020 different names being suggested, including a total of 42 entrants who selected "Chiefs." The two names that received the most popular votes were "Mules" and "Royals". The franchise became one of the strongest teams in the now thriving American Football League, with the most playoff appearances for an AFL team, the most AFL Championships; the team's dominance helped Lamar Hunt become a central figure in negotiations with NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to agree on an AFL–NFL merger. In the meetings between the two leagues, a merged league championship game was agreed to be pla
The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference North division; the Bears have won nine NFL Championships, including one Super Bowl, hold the NFL record for the most enshrinees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the most retired jersey numbers. The Bears have recorded more victories than any other NFL franchise; the franchise was founded in Decatur, Illinois, on September 17, 1920, moved to Chicago in 1921. It is one of only two remaining franchises from the NFL's founding in 1920, along with the Arizona Cardinals, also in Chicago; the team played home games at Wrigley Field on Chicago's North Side through the 1970 season. The Bears have a long-standing rivalry with the Green Bay Packers; the team headquarters, Halas Hall, is in the Chicago suburb of Illinois. The Bears practice at adjoining facilities there during the season. Since 2002, the Bears have held their annual training camp, from late July to mid-August, at Ward Field on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.
In March of 1920 a man telephoned me... George Chamberlain and he was general superintendent of the A. E. Staley Company... In 1919, had formed a football team, it had done well against other local teams but Mr. Staley wanted to build it into a team that could compete with the best semi-professional and industrial teams in the country... Mr. Chamberlain asked if I would like to come to work for the Staley Company. Named the Decatur Staleys, the club was established by the A. E. Staley food starch company of Decatur, Illinois in 1919 as a company team; this was the typical start for several early professional football franchises. The company hired Edward "Dutch" Sternaman in 1920 to run the team; the 1920 Decatur Staleys season was their inaugural regular season completed in the newly formed American Professional Football Association. Full control of the team was turned over to Halas and Sternaman in 1921. Official team and league records cite Halas as the founder as he took over the team in 1920 when it became a charter member of the NFL.
The team relocated to Chicago in 1921. Under an agreement reached by Halas and Sternaman with Staley, Halas purchased the rights to the club from Staley for US$100. In 1922, Halas changed the team name from the Staleys to the Bears; the team moved into Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs baseball franchise. As with several early NFL franchises, the Bears derived their nickname from their city's baseball team. Halas liked the bright orange-and-blue colors of his alma mater, the University of Illinois, the Bears adopted those colors as their own, albeit in a darker shade of each; the Staleys/Bears dominated the league in the early years. Their rivalry with the Chicago Cardinals, the oldest in the NFL, was key in four out of the first six league titles. During the league's first six years, the Bears lost twice to the Canton Bulldogs, split with their crosstown rival Cardinals, but no other team in the league defeated the Bears more than a single time. During that span, the Bears posted 34 shutouts.
The Bears' rivalry with the Green Bay Packers is one of the oldest and most storied in American professional sports, dating back to 1921. In one infamous incident that year, Halas got the Packers expelled from the league in order to prevent their signing a particular player, graciously got them re-admitted after the Bears had closed the deal with that player; the franchise was an early success under Halas, capturing the NFL Championship in 1921 and remaining competitive throughout the decade. In 1924 the Bears claimed the Championship after defeating the Cleveland Bulldogs on December 7 putting the title "World's Champions" on their 1924 team photo, but the NFL had ruled that games after November 30 did not count towards league standings, the Bears had to settle for second place behind Cleveland. Their only losing season came in 1929. During the 1920s the club was responsible for triggering the NFL's long-standing rule that a player could not be signed until his college's senior class had graduated.
The NFL took that action as a consequence of the Bears' aggressive signing of famous University of Illinois player Red Grange within a day of his final game as a collegian. Despite much of the on-field success, the Bears were a team in trouble, they faced the problem of flatlined attendance. The Bears would only draw 5,000–6,000 fans a game, while a University of Chicago game would draw 40,000–50,000 fans a game. By adding top college football draw Red Grange to the roster, the Bears knew that they found something to draw more fans to their games. C. C. Pyle was able to secure a $2,000 per game contract for Grange, in one of the first games, the Bears defeated the Green Bay Packers, 21–0. However, Grange remained on the sidelines while learning the team's plays from Bears quarterback Joey Sternaman. In 1925, The Bears would go on a barnstorming tour, showing off the best football player of the day. 75,000 people paid to see Grange
Matt Ryan (American football)
Matthew Thomas Ryan, nicknamed Matty Ice, is an American football quarterback and team captain for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. After playing college football for Boston College, Ryan was drafted by the Falcons with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Ryan was Boston College's starting quarterback from 2005 to 2007, leading them to three bowl victories and a 25–7 record in 32 starts, he threw for 200 or more yards 15 times and is third all time in school history in passing yards and in pass completions. He earned MVP of the game honors at the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl. In 2007, Ryan led his team to an ACC Atlantic Division championship and was named ACC Player of the Year. During his rookie year, Ryan started all 16 games for the Falcons and led them to the playoffs with an 11–5 season record, he earned honors as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. In 2016, Ryan was the NFL's Most Valuable Player and led the Falcons to Super Bowl LI, where they were defeated by the New England Patriots.
After signing a $150 million five-year extension with the Falcons in 2018, Ryan became the first $30 million per year quarterback and the highest paid player in NFL history until being surpassed months by Aaron Rodgers. Ryan attended the William Penn Charter School, in Philadelphia, where he was a three-year starter and earned All-East honors from Larunt Lemming Prep Football Report, he captured All-Southeastern Pennsylvania accolades as a senior quarterback in addition to receiving All-City first-team honors in 2002 and second-team recognition in 2001. A three-time All-League selection, he threw for more than 1,300 yards with 9 touchdowns as a senior, finishing his career by completing more than 52 percent of his pass attempts during all three seasons at the helm. Ryan played football and baseball while in high school and was named captain of all three teams his senior year, he was quarterback of the football team in 2002, played small forward on the basketball team, was a pitcher and a shortstop on the baseball team.
Ryan began receiving scholarship offers as a sophomore. Some of the schools that offered him an athletic scholarship were Purdue, Georgia Tech and Connecticut. After attending his recruiting visit with Boston College during his junior year, it was announced he gave them his verbal commitment on August 14, 2002, his choices had come down to Boston College. Ryan was looking for a university close to home and had a strong and competitive football program with a major emphasis on academics. Ryan redshirted his first year with the team. Before the 2004 season, he was named the starting quarterback for Boston College due to an injury to Quinton Porter, he made his collegiate debut on October 2, 2004 against the UMass Minutemen and completed two of three passes for 16 yards. He would not complete his first touchdown until November 20, 2004 against Temple, after throwing a 32-yard touchdown pass to Larry Lester. Replacing the injured Paul Peterson, he completed 9-of-15 passes for 121 yards, he made his first collegiate start on November 27, 2004 in the final game of that season, completing 24 of 51 passes for 200 yards against Syracuse.
He played against North Carolina in the Continental Tire Bowl. He completed one of his two passes for 13 yards. Ryan was quite proficient in the classroom, was awarded the 2004 Freshman Male Scholar-Athlete award that same year. Ryan launched a website during his senior year at Boston College called Mattyice.com, where fans and media have 24-hour access to video highlights, updated biographical information and other information about him. In 2016, Boston College retired his jersey. At the beginning of the 2005 season, Ryan was named the second-string quarterback behind Quinton Porter. Porter had some success at the beginning of the year, including winning Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week for his performance in Boston College's 28–17 win over Virginia. After a 30–10 loss to third-ranked Virginia Tech, coach Tom O'Brien went to Ryan for good in the fourth quarter of the next game against North Carolina State. In ten games, he completed 121 of 195 passes for 1,514 yards, he had five interceptions.
He rushed for five touchdowns and 94 yards. He started his first bowl game in the MPC Computers Boise State, he completed 19 of 36 passes for a career-best three touchdowns. Ryan started 11 of the 12 games, he completed 263-of-427 passes for a conference-leading 2,942 yards, 15 touchdowns, ten interceptions. In addition, he rushed for four touchdowns, he was All-ACC first-team and led the ACC in passing yards. He was named ACC Offensive Back of the week three times, he set career highs in passing yards. He led the team to a 9 -- 3 record including double overtime wins versus Brigham Young, he led the Eagles to a close 25–24 victory on December 26, 2006 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Navy in Charlotte, North Carolina. In the season opener against Central Michigan, Ryan sprained his ankle. Against Virginia Tech, Ryan broke his foot on the same leg. Despite these injuries, Ryan only missed one game, his 57 pass attempts in the 2006 Wake Forest game tied Shawn Halloran's performance against Syracuse Orange in 1985 and Frank Harris's performance against Army in 1968 for the school record his 40 pass completions in the 2006 Wake Forest game broke the old school record of 37 by Frank Harris in the 1968 Army clash.
Before the season started, Ryan was named to the preseason All-ACC team. Against
Russell Carrington Wilson is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Wilson played college football for the University of Wisconsin during the 2011 season, in which he set the single-season FBS record for passing efficiency and led the team to a Big Ten title and the 2012 Rose Bowl. Wilson played football and baseball for North Carolina State University from 2008 to 2010 before transferring to Wisconsin, he played minor league baseball for the Tri-City Dust Devils in 2010 and the Asheville Tourists in 2011 as a second baseman. Wilson was selected by the Seahawks with the 12th pick in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2012, he tied Peyton Manning's record for most passing touchdowns by a rookie and was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year. In 2013, he led the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos, in 2014, led them to a second straight Super Bowl berth. Wilson has won more games than any other NFL quarterback in his first six seasons, has the second highest NFL career passer rating of all time behind Aaron Rodgers, the only other quarterback to have a regular season career passer rating of over 100.
On July 31, 2015, Wilson signed a four-year, $87.6 million contract extension with the Seahawks, making him, at the time, the second highest paid player in the NFL. Wilson was born at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, grew up in Richmond, the son of Harrison Benjamin Wilson III, a lawyer, Tammy Wilson, a legal nurse consultant, he has an older brother, Harrison IV, a younger sister, Anna. Wilson started playing football with his father and brother at the age of four, played his first organized game for the Tuckahoe Tomahawks youth football team in sixth grade. Wilson's great-great-grandfather was a slave to a Confederate colonel and was freed after the American Civil War. Wilson's paternal grandfather, Harrison B. Wilson Jr. is a former president of Norfolk State University who played football and basketball at Kentucky State University, his paternal grandmother, Anna W. Wilson, was on the faculty at Jackson State University. Wilson's maternal grandfather was noted painter A. B. Jackson. According to genetic admixture analysis, Wilson is 62% African, 36% European, 1% West Asian, 1% Central Asian.
Due to his European ancestry, his family lineage has been traced back to 524 A. D. to Saint Arnulf of Metz, via Charlemagne, from whom all with European ancestry descend. Wilson's father played football and baseball at Dartmouth and was a wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers preseason squad in 1980. Wilson's brother, played football and baseball at the University of Richmond, his sister Anna plays basketball for Stanford. Wilson's father died on June 2010 at age 55 due to complications from diabetes. Wilson attended a preparatory school in Richmond, Virginia; as a junior in 2005, he threw for 3,287 passing yards and 40 passing touchdowns and rushed for 634 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns. He was named an all-district, all-region, all-state player. Wilson was twice named the Richmond Times-Dispatch Player of the Year; as a senior, he threw for 3,009 passing yards, 34 passing touchdowns, seven interceptions. In addition, he rushed for 18 touchdowns; that year, he was named an all-conference and all-state player as well as conference player of the year.
He was featured in Sports Illustrated magazine for his performance in the state championship game win. Wilson served as his senior class president. In addition to playing football, Wilson was a member of the Collegiate School basketball and baseball teams. Wilson committed to North Carolina State University on July 23, 2006, he received a football scholarship offer from Duke University. Wilson redshirted during the 2007 season at NC State. In 2008, Wilson split time at quarterback with senior Daniel Evans and junior Harrison Beck; however and Beck saw no regular season action after Week 2 and Week 5, respectively. Thereafter, Wilson led the team to a 4–3 record in the regular season which NC State finished out on a four-game winning streak. During a win over East Carolina, Wilson threw for three touchdowns, he threw for two touchdowns in each of the last six games in the regular season. In the 2008 PapaJohns.com Bowl against Rutgers, Wilson threw for 186 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 46 yards before halftime.
Late in the first half, he scrambled to the Rutgers' four-yard line, where he was tackled and suffered a knee sprain. With Wilson sitting out the remainder of the game, his replacements threw a combined total of three interceptions with NC State losing, 23–29. Over the course of the season, he completed 150 of 275 attempts for 1,955 yards and 17 touchdowns with just one interception, he recorded 116 carries for 394 yards and four touchdowns. The Atlantic Coast Conference named him the first-team All-ACC quarterback, it was the first time in the conference's history that a freshman quarterback was named to the first team. Prior to the 2009 season, Wilson was named as the quarterback on the pre-season all-ACC football team on July 12. On September 19, Wilson broke Andre Woodson's all-time NCAA record of 325 consecutive pass attempts without an interception against Gardner–Webb; the 379-pass streak ended in a game against Wake Forest on October 3. Wilson held the record until November 10, 2012, when it was broken by Louisiana Tech quarterback Colby Cameron.
Wilson was named honorable mention All-ACC in 2009. Wilson led the 2010 Wolfpack to a 9–4 season that included a 23–7 win over West Virginia in the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl, he led the ACC in passing yards per game and total
Philip Michael Rivers is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League. He played college football at North Carolina State, he was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft with the fourth overall pick by the New York Giants, who traded him to the Chargers for their first overall pick, quarterback Eli Manning. Rivers has been selected to the Pro Bowl eight times, was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2013. Rivers began his career backing up starting quarterback Drew Brees in his first two seasons. After Brees was traded to the New Orleans Saints following the 2005 season, Rivers led the Chargers to a 14–2 record in 2006, his first season as a starter. In 2007, he helped the Chargers win their first playoff game since 1994 after beating the Tennessee Titans in the wildcard round of the 2007 playoffs and leading them to the AFC Championship Game. Rivers' career passer rating of 96.0 is eighth-best all-time among NFL quarterbacks with at least 1,500 passing attempts.
He is tied for third all-time in consecutive starts by a quarterback in NFL history, is the leader among active quarterbacks. Rivers was born in Decatur, where his father, was the head coach of Decatur High's football team and his mother, was a teacher. Rivers went to Decatur moved to Athens; as part of a fifth-grade project, he had to make a poster about his aspirations. On the poster, he pasted his face over that of a Minnesota Vikings player who had appeared on a cover of Sports Illustrated. Rivers' first start in an official game came in the seventh grade, in 1994, he would not see the bench again until his rookie season in the NFL. He has worn the number 17 jersey since the ninth grade, in honor of his father, who wore the same number in high school. After his dad got the head coaching job, Rivers played high school football at Athens High School in nearby Athens; as Rivers’s senior season unfolded, he established himself as the best prep passer in the state. Although he had offers from Auburn and Alabama, neither projected him as a starting quarterback.
Rivers rejected them. The first college to recruit Rivers as a quarterback was North Carolina State. Joe Pate convinced Rivers and his parents to consider graduating from high school in December 1999. After high school, Rivers attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he played for coach Chuck Amato's Wolfpack football team. Rivers enrolled in January and suited up for his first practice as a college quarterback in the spring of 2000; as a freshman in 2000, Rivers led NC State to an 8–4 record, including a win against Minnesota in the MicronPC Bowl. Four of the Wolfpack's victories were comebacks. In his debut, a 38–31 double-overtime win over Arkansas State, he directed a 74-yard game-tying drive as time expired. A week he threw for 401 yards in a 41–38 win against Indiana; the performance was highlighted by a clutch 47-yard strike to future 1st round pick Koren Robinson with under a minute to go. Against Duke, NC State trailed 31–28 late in the fourth quarter when Rivers scored a rushing touchdown on a seven-yard run.
For the season, Rivers passed for 25 touchdowns. He broke a half-dozen school passing marks, was ACC Rookie of the Week a record eight times, earned honors as the conference Freshman of the Year. For the first time since Roman Gabriel ran the Wolfpack offense in the early 1960s, NC State had an All-American caliber quarterback; as a sophomore in 2001, Rivers connected for 16 touchdowns. His 65.2 percent completion mark led the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Wolfpack made a return trip to the Tangerine Bowl; the quarterback had a great game against Pitt in a losing cause, garnering the game's MVP award for the second year in a row. In 2002, Rivers led the Wolfpack to victories in their first nine games, it was the best start in the school's history. The season took a disappointing turn however when they lost three consecutive ACC contests, but NC State defeated Florida State in their season finale, received an invitation to play against Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl. Once again, Rivers delivered an MVP performance in the most important game of the year, pacing the Wolfpack to a dominating 28–6 win over Notre Dame.
The game would set up a remarkable year for Rivers in 2003. As a senior in 2003, Rivers threw for 4,491 yards and 34 touchdowns in 12 games, capping his career as the most productive and durable quarterback in ACC history. During his four years, he started 51 straight games and completed a conference record 1,147 passes in 1,710 tries, with 95 touchdowns. Rivers' time at NC State had a great ending, leading the Wolfpack to a 56–26 win over Kansas in his third Tangerine Bowl. In the victory, he threw for five touchdowns. Philip earned his fourth straight bowl MVP award. At the end of the season, Rivers was named ACC Player of the Year for the 2003 football season and ACC Athlete of the Year for 2003–04, he was considered a Heisman candidate by some journalists, but he was not invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation. During his collegiate career, Rivers shattered every NC State and ACC passing record, his career culminated with an NCAA record 51st consecutive college start. The Wolfpack went to four consecutive bowl games under the leadership of Rivers, winning three of them, including a New Year's Day victory over Notre Dame in the 2003 Gator Bowl.
Rivers finished his career at NC State with 13,484 passing yards, 13th all-time among Division I-A quarterbacks. He threw 95 touchdown passes, which ties him for eight
John Constantine Unitas, nicknamed "Johnny U" and "The Golden Arm", was an American football player in the National Football League. He spent the majority of his career playing for the Baltimore Colts, he was a record-setting quarterback, the NFL's most valuable player in 1959, 1964, 1967. For 52 years, he held the record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass, until broken in 2012 by Drew Brees. Unitas was the prototype of the modern era marquee quarterback, with a strong passing game, media fanfare, widespread popularity, he has been listed as one of the greatest NFL players of all time. John Constantine Unitas was born in Pittsburgh in 1933 to Francis J. Unitas and Helen Superfisky, both of Lithuanian descent; when Unitas was five years old, his father died of cardiovascular renal disease complicated by pneumonia, leaving the young boy to be raised by his mother, who worked two jobs to support the family. His surname was a result of a phonetic transliteration of a common Lithuanian last name Jonaitis.
Attending St. Justin's High School in Pittsburgh, Unitas played quarterback. In his younger years, Unitas dreamed about being part of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, but when he tried out for the team, coach Frank Leahy said that he was just too skinny and he would "get murdered" if he was put on the field. Instead, he attended the University of Louisville. In his four-year career as a Louisville Cardinal, Unitas completed 245 passes for 3,139 yards and 27 touchdowns; the 6 ft 1 in Unitas weighed 145 pounds pounds on his first day of practice. His first start was in the fifth game of the 1951 season against St. Bonaventure, where he threw 11 consecutive passes and three touchdowns to give the Cardinals a 21–19 lead. Louisville ended up losing the game 22–21 on a disputed field goal, but found a new starting quarterback. Unitas completed 12 of four touchdowns in a 35 -- 28 victory over Houston; the team finished the season 5 -- 4 -- 1 with Unitas starting. He completed 46 of 99 passes for nine touchdowns.
By the 1952 season, the university decided to de-emphasize sports. The new president at Louisville, Dr. Philip Grant Davidson, reduced the amount of athletic aid, tightened academic standards for athletes; as a result, 15 returning players lost their scholarships. But Unitas maintained his by taking on a new elective: square dancing. In 1952, coach Frank Camp switched the team to two-way football. Unitas not only played safety or linebacker on defense and quarterback on offense, but returned kicks and punts on special teams; the Cardinals won their first game against Wayne State, Florida State in the second game. Unitas completed 16 of 21 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns, it was said that Unitas put on such a show at the Florida State game that he threw a pass under his legs for 15 yards. The rest of the season was a struggle for the Cardinals, who finished 3–5. Unitas completed 106 of 198 passes for 12 touchdowns; the team won their first game in 1953, against Murray State, lost the rest for a record of 1–7.
One of the most memorable games of the season came in a 59–6 loss against Tennessee. Unitas completed 9 out of 19 passes for 73 yards, rushed 9 times for 52 yards, returned six kickoffs for 85 yards, one punt for three yards, had 86 percent of the team's tackles; the only touchdown the team scored was in the fourth quarter when Unitas made a fake pitch to the running back and ran the ball 23 yards for a touchdown. Unitas was hurt in the fourth quarter while trying to run the ball. On his way off the field, he received a standing ovation; when he got to the locker room he was so worn that his jersey and shoulder pads had to be cut off because he could not lift his arms. Louisville ended the season with a 20–13 loss to Eastern Kentucky. Unitas completed 49 of 95 passes for three touchdowns. Unitas was elected captain for the 1954 season, but due to an early injury did not see much playing time, his first start was the third game of the season, against Florida State. Of the 34-man team, 21 were freshmen.
The 1954 Cardinals went 3–6, with their last win at home against Morehead State. Unitas was slowed by so many injuries his senior year his 527 passing yards ended second to Jim Houser's 560. After his collegiate career, the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL drafted Unitas in the ninth round. However, he was released before the season began as the odd man out among four quarterbacks trying to fill three spots. Steelers' head coach Walt Kiesling had made up his mind about Unitas. Among those edging out Unitas was Ted Marchibroda, future longtime NFL head coach. Out of pro football, Unitas—by this time married—worked in construction in Pittsburgh to support his family. On the weekends, he played quarterback and punter on a local semi-professional team called the Bloomfield Rams for $6 a game. In 1956, Unitas joined the Baltimore Colts of the NFL under legendary coach Weeb Ewbank, after being asked at the last minute to join Bloomfield Rams lineman Jim Deglau, a Croatian steel worker with a life much like Unitas, at the latter's scheduled Colts tryout.
The pair borrowed money from friends to pay for the gas to make the trip. Deglau told a reporter after Unitas's death, " uncle told him not to come. Was worried that if he came down and the Colts passed on him, it would look bad." The Colts signed Unitas, much to the chagrin of the Cleveland Browns, who had h
Trent Jason Green is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for fifteen seasons. He played college football for Indiana University, he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the eighth round of the 1993 NFL Draft, played for the BC Lions, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, he earned a Super Bowl ring with the Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans and was selected to two Pro Bowls with the Chiefs. Since his retirement from playing Green has worked as an NFL color analyst on television, he is employed by CBS Sports. Green grew up in St. Louis and attended St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Green played college football for the Indiana University Hoosiers. In 1991 Indiana played in the Copper Bowl and dominated a regarded Baylor team 24-0. Led by Green, it was one of the most impressive performances by any team during the 1991 bowl season. During Green's four-year career he threw for 5,400 yards with 31 interceptions.
He graduated with a degree in business. In 1993, Green was drafted as the twenty-sixth pick in the eighth round and 222nd overall by the San Diego Chargers, he saw no playing time. After being cut in 1994 by the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League, he joined the Washington Redskins, he would not see NFL action until 1998, when he threw for 3,441 yards, 23 touchdowns, 11 interceptions. Green's breakout season came just in time, as he became an unrestricted free agent after the 1998 season, he rejected a 4-year, $12 million offer from the Redskins, on February 15, 1999, he agreed to a 4-year $17.5 million contract with the St. Louis Rams which included a $4.5 million signing bonus. In 1999, Green was slated to be the starter for the Rams, but suffered a gruesome season-ending knee injury in a preseason game on a hit by Rodney Harrison of the Chargers. Unheralded backup Kurt Warner took over for Green, led the Rams to a 13-3 season culminating in a dramatic 23-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.
In 2000, Green began the season as the backup to Warner, the reigning NFL MVP. He started five games in the middle of the season. Green and Warner combined to lead the Rams to the then-highest team passing yards total in NFL history. With Warner back at quarterback, the Rams were upset in the wild card round by the New Orleans Saints. Green was traded during the offseason to the Kansas City Chiefs for the 12th overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. During his first season in Kansas City, Green struggled despite the presence of tight end Tony Gonzalez, running back Priest Holmes, he threw for 3,783 yards and 17 touchdowns, but threw 24 interceptions. Green showed marked improvement in 2002, throwing 26 touchdowns to only 13 interceptions as the Chiefs went 8-8. Notable, Green tied the record for longest career pass play on December 22, 2002 on a pass to Marc Boerigter in a game against the San Diego Chargers. In 2003, Green had his breakout year, throwing for 4,039 yards, 24 touchdowns, 12 interceptions.
He led the Chiefs to a first-round bye in the playoffs. However, in the divisional playoff game, they lost a 38-31 shootout to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts; the game was notable for there being no punts by a first in NFL playoff history. Green was elected to his first Pro Bowl that year; the next season, the Chiefs went 7-9 as Priest Holmes suffered a knee injury in their eighth game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa and missed the rest of the regular season. At the time, he was leading the league in scoring. However, Green still had a stellar year, passing for 4,591 yards, 27 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, his passing total for 2004 was second only to Minnesota's Daunte Culpepper. In 2005, the Chiefs, with an improved defense, improved their record to 10-6, but failed to make the playoffs. Green had another strong season in 2005, throwing for 4,010 yards, throwing just 10 interceptions, his lowest season total ever. Green was elected to his second Pro Bowl following the season.
With a third consecutive 4,000 yard season, Green joins Matthew Stafford, Drew Bledsoe, Matt Schaub, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, Drew Brees, Kurt Warner, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Warren Moon, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Tony Romo, Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for more than 4,000 yards in three or more seasons during their careers. Green has the distinction of having three consecutive seasons with a QB rating of 90.0 or better. Green has started 80 consecutive games during his first five years with a team record. Green's 2006 season was put in jeopardy by a severe concussion he suffered during the first game of the season on September 10, 2006, against the Cincinnati Bengals in Kansas City. Green attempted to slide during a third quarter play, but was hit hard by Cincinnati defensive end Robert Geathers, who had lowered his shoulders, but instead struck the quarterback in an unusual position. However, the official determined that no foul had been committed and Geathers insisted that he had tried to check up, but was pushed by Chiefs receiver Eddie Kennison.
CBS announcer Randy Cross, a former offensive lineman with the San Francisco 49ers, believed the hit was unintentional and supported the officials' decision. National Football League officials took the same position and, on September 13, 2006, declined to fine Robert Geathers because he did not have complete control of his body. Green was rendered unconscious and the gam