William James Bill Wade was an American football quarterback who played professionally in the National Football League. He is considered one of the greatest athletes in Nashville and Vanderbilt University history, Wade is a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. He is best known for being the starting quarterback on the Chicago Bears 1963 NFL championship team and he was named the Southeastern Conferences Most Valuable Player and a second-team All-American. He was named MVP of the 1951 North-South Shrine Game in Miami, Wade played in the Senior Bowl of 1952 and was selected to play in the College All-Star Game in Chicago. He was the first player selected in the 1952 NFL draft, quarterbacking the Rams for seven seasons, Wades best year personally was 1958, when he led the NFL in passing yards with 2,875. He was traded to the Bears in 1961 with teammates Del Shofner, Wade topped the league in 1962 in pass completions and attempts, and threw a still-franchise-record 466 yards on Nov 11 in Dallas.
He was the first Bear to record four games with 300+ passing yards in a season, Wade was named to the Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class. Following eye surgery for glaucoma, Wade became legally blind and he added, Ive got a Bears cap on right now. He died on March 9,2016 in Nashville
Charles Albert Conerly Jr. was an American football quarterback in the National Football League for the New York Giants from 1948 through 1961. Conerly was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966, Conerly attended and played college football at the University of Mississippi. He started at Ole Miss in 1942, but left to serve as a Marine in the South Pacific during World War II where he fought in the Battle of Guam and he returned to Mississippi in 1946 and led the team to their first Southeastern Conference championship in 1947. He played the position for the Rebels. He earned consensus All-America in 1947 when he led the Rebels to a record of 9–2 including a 13–9 win over TCU in the Delta Bowl at Crump Stadium in Memphis, conerlys 1947 squad had upset wins over Kentucky, Florida, LSU, and Tennessee. He placed fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting and was a two-time All SEC performer and he was named Player of the Year and Back of the Year of the SEC in 1947. He set numerous records and still ranked 12th in 2008 in career total offense with 3,076 yards.
He was ranked 12th in career passing with 2,313 yards and 26 TDs, Conerly played baseball at Ole Miss, where he hit.467 in 1948 and was offered a professional contract. Conerly was drafted in the 11th round of the 1945 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, Conerly was named NFL Rookie of the Year in 1948. He led the Giants to three NFL Championship games in four seasons, including a 47–7 victory over the Chicago Bears in the 1956 NFL Championship game, during his professional career, he earned the alliteration nickname Chucking Charlie Conerly. Conerly portrayed the Marlboro Man in commercials after playing for the Giants and his wife, Perian retired to his hometown of Clarksdale, where he spent his final days. Conerly owned shoe stores throughout the Mississippi Delta, on December 13,1959, Perian appeared on an episode of Whats My Line. Her line was she wrote a column for newspapers. Conerly was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1966 and he is a member of the Ole Miss Team of the Century.
Conerly is the namesake of the award, the Conerly Trophy. Colts,1958, and the Birth of the Modern NFL Career statistics and player information from NFL. com • Pro-Football-Reference Charlie Conerly at Find a Grave
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers compete in the National Football League as a club of the leagues National Football Conference North division. They are the third-oldest franchise in the NFL, organized and it is the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team based in the United States. Home games are played at Lambeau Field, the Packers are the last vestige of small town teams common in the NFL during the 1920s and 1930s. Founded in 1919 by Earl Curly Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun, between 1919 and 1920, the Packers competed against other semi-pro clubs from around Wisconsin and the Midwest. They joined the American Professional Football Association, the forerunner of todays NFL, the Packers have won 13 league championships, the most in NFL history, with nine NFL titles before the Super Bowl era and four Super Bowl victories. They won the first two Super Bowls in 1967 and 1968 and were the only NFL team to defeat the American Football League prior to the AFL–NFL merger.
The Vince Lombardi Trophy is named after the Packers head coach of the same name and their two further Super Bowl wins came in 1997 and 2011. The Packers are long-standing adversaries of the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions, the Bears–Packers rivalry is one of the oldest in NFL history, dating back to 1921. The Green Bay Packers were founded on August 11,1919 by former high-school football rivals Earl Curly Lambeau, Lambeau solicited funds for uniforms from his employer, the Indian Packing Company. He was given $500 for uniforms and equipment, on the condition that the team be named for its sponsor, the Green Bay Packers have played in their original city longer than any other team in the NFL. On August 27,1921, the Packers were granted a franchise in the new pro football league that had been formed the previous year. Financial troubles plagued the team and the franchise was forfeited within the year, before Lambeau found new financial backers and these backers, known as the Hungry Five, formed the Green Bay Football Corporation.
After a near-miss in 1927, Lambeaus squad claimed the Packers first NFL title in 1929 with an undefeated 12–0–1 campaign, among the many impressive accomplishments of these years was the Packers streak of 29 consecutive home games without defeat, an NFL record which still stands. The arrival of end Don Hutson from Alabama in 1935 gave Lambeau, credited with inventing pass patterns, Hutson would lead the league in receptions eight seasons and spur the Packers to NFL championships in 1936,1939 and 1944. An iron man, Hutson played both ways, leading the league in interceptions as a safety in 1940, Hutson claimed 18 NFL records when he retired in 1945, many of which still stand. In 1951, his number 14 was the first to be retired by the Packers, after Hutsons retirement, Lambeau could not stop the Packers slide. He purchased a large lodge near Green Bay for team members, rockwood Lodge was the home of the 1946-1949 Packers, though the 1947 and 1948 seasons produced a record of 12-10-1, and 1949 was even worse at 3-9
Kenneth William Kavanaugh was an American football player and scout. He played professionally in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears as an end from 1940 to 1950 and he led the league in receiving touchdowns twice, and is a member of the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team. As of 2016, he is the Bears all-time leader in receiving touchdowns and he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1963. Kavanaugh was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and he graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1936. Kavanaugh arrived at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1936, as an end, he was quickly able to fill the void in the offense left by the departure of two-time All-American Gaynell Tinsley. At 6 feet 3 inches, Kavanaugh was a receiver for his time. Bernie Moore, Kavanaughs head coach at LSU, said Kavanaugh was a pass rather than a receiver. He was named to the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference second alternate team after the 1937 season, in 1938, the AP named him a first-team All-SEC selection, and he was a second-team selection by the United Press.
In 1939, in a game against Holy Cross, Kavanaugh caught four passes in the 26–7 win. According to Kavanaugh and teammate Young Bussey, Kavanaugh found four rusty nails on the sideline during the game, the next week against Rice, he found another nail and scored another touchdown to give LSU a 7–0 win. The pattern continued against Loyola and Vanderbilt, as Kavanaugh found two nails before each game and in each scored two touchdowns. A sportswriter for the Baton Rouge Advocate claimed he saw coach Bernie Moore at a local store stocking up on nails before LSUs game against No.1 Tennessee, Kavanaugh failed to score in the game, however, as the Tigers lost 20–0. The Nashville Banner named Kavanaugh co-MVP of the Southeastern Conference for 1939 along with Bob Foxx of Tennessee, Kavanaugh was a consensus All-America selection for the 1939 All-America Team, being named to the team by five of the nine official selectors. He was awarded the Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy by the Washington D. C, touchdown Club as the nations lineman of the year, and finished seventh in Heisman Trophy balloting.
After college, Kavanaugh signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals organization for $300 a month. He signed with the NFLs Chicago Bears after striking a deal with Bears owner George Halas for $300 a game and he played for the Bears during a period in which they were nicknamed the Monsters of the Midway. In the 1940 NFL Championship Game, the Bears defeated the Washington Redskins 73–0, Kavanaugh caught the games only touchdown pass, a 30-yard reception from quarterback Sid Luckman shortly before halftime. The next season, the Bears won the 1941 NFL Championship Game, as they defeated the New York Giants 39–7, the final score in the game was a fumble recovery by Kavanaugh on defense, returning the ball 42 yards for a touchdown
Stephen Orr Spurrier is a former American football player and coach. Spurrier served as the coach of three college and two professional teams. He was a college football player, and spent a decade playing professionally in the National Football League. Spurrier retired from coaching in 2015 and now serves as an ambassador and he is nicknamed the Head Ball Coach. Spurrier was born in Miami Beach and grew up in Tennessee and he is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he was the Florida Gators starting quarterback for three seasons. Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy in his season of 1966, was a consensus All-American in both 1965 and 1966, and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1986. Spurrier was drafted in the first round of the 1967 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers, in 1976, the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded for Spurrier, and he was the teams starting quarterback for most of their inaugural season. After retiring as a player, Spurrier returned to the game in 1978 as an offensive assistant at Florida under head coach Doug Dickey.
Dickey and his staff were fired after the season, and Spurrier served as the quarterbacks coach at Georgia Tech in 1979 under head coach Pepper Rodgers. At his first two coaching stops, Spurrier had been primarily a position coach without play calling responsibilities, in 1980, Duke University head coach Red Wilson hired Spurrier as his offensive coordinator. When asked in years how he developed his offense, Spurrier has often stated that he learned it all at Duke University, the Bandits had a successful run, going 35-19 over three seasons, and Spurriers Bandit Ball offense was popular with fans. However, the team folded along with the rest of the USFL after the 1985 season, Spurrier returned to Duke University as the Blue Devils head coach in 1987, and his Fast Break offense broke many of the records set during his tenure as offensive coordinator. Spurriers 1989 Duke squad won the programs first conference championship since 1962, in 1990, Spurrier returned to the University of Florida to become the Gators head coach.
For the next seasons, he led Floridas program to unprecedented success, including Floridas first six Southeastern Conference championships. His wide-open offensive scheme continued to produce at Florida, and his squads and individual players set numerous school, in 1996, Spurrier became the first Heisman Trophy winner to coach a Heisman Trophy winner when Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel won the award. In 2005, he returned to the game as the head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks. Spurrier retired as the winningest coach in both Florida and South Carolina history, and has the second most coaching wins in the history of the SEC behind only Bear Bryant. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2017, in July 2016, Spurrier returned to the University of Florida as an ambassador and consultant to the athletic department
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
Millard Fleming Dixie Howell was an American football and baseball player and coach. He played college football as a halfback at the University of Alabama from 1932 to 1934 and he coached at the National University of Mexico in 1935. Howell was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1970 and he played professional baseball in eight minor league seasons following college. Born in Hartford, Howell graduated from Geneva County High School in Hartford, as a senior, the Crimson Tide ran the Notre Dame Box offense, and he was a consensus All-American in 1934, as well as one of the nations top punters. The 1934 Alabama team had two future legends as ends, Don Hutson and Paul Bear Bryant, the Crimson Tide posted a 10–0 record, and defeated previously unbeaten Stanford 29-13 in the Rose Bowl on New Years Day,1935. Howell threw two passes to Hutson and ran for two more, he is a member of the all-time Rose Bowl team. In 1937, Howell briefly played football in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins.
The Redskins had lost the NFL championship game in 1936 to Green Bay, Howell was a reserve quarterback for the Redskins, behind starter Sammy Baugh. He became a head coach in 1938 and ended his football playing career. Howell played baseball for the Crimson Tide and originally indicated he would out the college baseball season in 1935. Plans changed and he signed a baseball contract with the Detroit Tigers in early March. In 1936 he played with Portland in the Pacific Coast League and his career tailed off and he spent the rest of his baseball career in lower leagues. He served until his discharge as a lieutenant commander in November 1945, returned to Tuscaloosa in January 1946 as an assistant football coach, the Vandals beat Stanford on the road, a team that had defeated them 45–0 the previous year. It was Idahos second-ever football victory over a PCC team from California, the Vandals knocked off an undefeated Utah in the season finale in Boise. The Vandals drew a Palouse and state record crowd to Neale Stadium for their rivalry game with Washington State in October.
These promising factors earned Howell a two-year contract extension through 1950, the progress did not continue, as the Vandals opened the 1948 season with four losses and went 3–6 overall and 1–5 in conference, defeating only Montana for the Little Brown Stein. Idaho played Washington State close at Rogers Field in Pullman and gave Oregon a scare in Moscow, the Webfoots, with Norm Van Brocklin and John McKay, went 7–0 in conference and were co-champions with California. Howells relationship with Idaho fans and the administration was strained following the 1949 season, the Vandals went 3–5 and 1–4 in conference that season, defeating only departing Montana again
Harry Vincent Gilmer Jr. was an American football halfback and quarterback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993, Gilmer was born in Birmingham, where he attended and played high school football at Woodlawn High School. Gilmer often utilized the practice of leaping high into the air to pass the ball because as a child he often played games with teammates who were much older. Gilmer was one of the first players to popularize the jump pass when he continued using the technique at the collegiate level, after high school, Gilmer attended and played college football at the University of Alabama, where he was the left halfback from 1944 to 1947. As a freshman, he was 8 for 8 in passing attempts during a loss against Duke University in the Sugar Bowl, gilmers best year was his sophomore season, when he led the nation in touchdown passes,13, and he ran for nine touchdowns. He had 79 rushing attempts with a gain of 7.0 yards.
His total offense,1,457 yards, was second in the nation, Gilmer spent time as a punter and kickoff returner and in his junior year, he returned 37 punts and his average,14.5 yards, led the nation. During that season, Gilmer led Alabama to the 1946 Rose Bowl, in his career Gilmer passed for 26 touchdowns and ran for 24. He passed for 2894 yards and rushed for 1673 and his punting average was 36.4 yards. He averaged 28.7 yards on returns,13.5 on punt returns. Gilmer was drafted as the first overall pick in the 1948 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and he was traded to the Detroit Lions for Bert Zagers and Bob Trout, where he played in 1955 and 1956. After retiring from football, Gilmer began coaching, and was the coach of the Lions from 1965 to 1966. Gilmer was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1973, in 1999, Sports Illustrated named him the 37th greatest Alabama sports figure. Gilmer died on August 20,2016 at the age of 90, until his death, he lived in St. Louis, along with his children and great grandchildren.
List of NCAA major college yearly punt and kickoff return leaders Groom, the Crimson Tide – An Illustrated History. Tuscaloosa, The University of Alabama Press,2000, Harry Gilmer at the College Football Hall of Fame Harry Gilmer at Pro-Football-Reference. com
The Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League. Between 2014 and 2016, the NFL experimented with an unconferenced format, the players were picked in a televised schoolyard pick prior to the game. Unlike most major leagues, which hold their all-star games roughly midway through their respective regular seasons. Between 1970 and 2009, it was held the weekend after the Super Bowl. Since 2010, the Pro Bowl has been played the weekend before the Super Bowl, Players from the two teams competing in the Super Bowl do not participate. Observers and commentators expressed their disfavor with the Pro Bowl in its current state and it draws lower TV ratings than its regular-season games, although the game draws similar ratings to other major all-star games, such as the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. However, the biggest concern of teams is to avoid injuries to the star players, the Associated Press wrote that players in the 2012 game were hitting each other as though they were having a pillow fight.
Between 1980 and 2016, the game was played at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, on June 1,2016, the NFL announced that they reached a multi-year deal to move the game to Orlando, Florida as part of the leagues ongoing efforts to make the game more relevant. For years, the game has suffered from lack of interest due to perceived low quality, the 2017 Pro Bowl will mark a return to the AFC–NFC format. The first Pro All-Star Game, featuring the all-stars of the 1938 season, was played on January 15,1939 at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. The NFL All-Star Game was played again in Los Angeles in 1940 and in New York, although originally planned as an annual contest, the all-star game was discontinued after 1942 because of travel restrictions put in place during World War II. During the first five games, an all-star team would face that years league champion. The league champion won the first four games before the all-stars were victorious in the game of this early series. The concept of a game was not revived until June 1950.
The game was sponsored by the Los Angeles Publishers Association and it was decided that the game would feature all-star teams from each of the leagues two conferences rather than the league champion versus all-star format which had been used previously. This was done to avoid confusion with the Chicago College All-Star Game, the teams would be led by the coach of each of the conference champions. The first 21 games of the series were played in Los Angeles, the site of the game was changed annually for each of the next seven years before the game was moved to Aloha Stadium in Halawa, Hawaii for 30 straight seasons from 1980 through 2009. With the new rule being that the teams do not include players from the teams that will be playing in the Super Bowl
College Football Hall of Fame
The College Football Hall of Fame is a hall of fame and museum devoted to college football. The National Football Foundation launched the Hall in 1951 to immortalize the players, from 1995 to 2012, the Hall was located in South Bend, Indiana. It was connected to a center and situated in the citys renovated downtown district,2 miles south of the University of Notre Dame campus. In August 2014, the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience opened in downtown Atlanta, rutgers donated land near its football stadium, office space, and administrative support. In response, the Foundation moved its operations to New York City, when the New York Attorney Generals office began its own investigation, the foundation moved to Kings Mills, where a building finally was constructed adjacent to Kings Island in 1978. The Hall opened with good attendance figures early on, but visitation dwindled dramatically as time went on, nearby Galbreath Field remained open as the home of Moeller High School football until 2003.
A new building was opened in South Bend, Indiana on August 25,1995. Despite estimates that the South Bend location would more than 150,000 visitors a year, the Hall of Fame drew about 115,000 people the first year. In 2009, the National Football Foundation decided to move the College Football Hall of Fame to Atlanta, the possibility of moving the museum has been brought up in other cities, including Dallas, which had the financial backing of billionaire T. Boone Pickens. However, the National Football Foundation ultimately decided on Atlanta for the next site, the new $68.5 million museum opened on August 23,2014. It is located next to Centennial Olympic Park, which is near other attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The Hall of Fame is located near the Georgia Institute of Technology of the ACC, the new building broke ground on January 28,2013. Sections of the architecture are reminiscent of a football in shape, the facility is 94,256 square feet and contains approximately 50,000 square feet of exhibit and event space, interactive displays and a 45-yard indoor football field.
Atlanta Hall Management operates the College Football Hall of Fame, as of 2017, there are 987 players and 214 coaches enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, representing 306 schools. The National Football Foundation outlines specific criteria that may be used for evaluating a candidate for induction into the Hall of Fame. A player must have received major first team All-America recognition, a player becomes eligible for consideration 10 years after his last year of intercollegiate football played. Football achievements are considered first, but the record as a citizen is weighed. Players must have played their last year of football within the last 50 years
William Beattie Big Chief Feathers was an American football player and coach of football and baseball. He played college football and college basketball at the University of Tennessee and he starred as a halfback from 1931 to 1933 for the Tennessee Volunteers football team led by head coach Robert Neyland. Feathers was a selection to the 1933 College Football All-America Team. In December 2008, Sports Illustrated undertook to identify the individuals who would have awarded the Heisman Trophy in college footballs early years. Feathers was selected as the would-be Heisman winner for the 1933 season, Feathers played professional football in the National Football League with the Chicago Bears, Brooklyn Dodgers, and Green Bay Packers from 1934 to 1940. In his rookie season of 1934 he became the first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in one season and his average of 8.44 yards per attempt that same year remains an NFL record. After his career in the NFL, Feathers coached college football, Feathers was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1955.
He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1981 and he stood 510 and 180 pounds. Feathers attended Virginia High School, in Bristol, list of NCAA major college football yearly scoring leaders Beattie Feathers at the College Football Hall of Fame Beattie Feathers at the College Football Data Warehouse