Marshall William Faulk is a former college and professional American football player who was a running back in the National Football League for twelve seasons. He played college football for San Diego State University, and was a two-time consensus All-American and he was selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the second overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the NFLs St. Louis Rams. Faulk is one of only three NFL players to reach at least 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards and he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. He is currently a pro football analyst for NFL Total Access, Thursday Night Football and he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2017. Faulk was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and he attended Carver High School in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where he played for the Carver Rams high school football team. Also a standout sprinter, Faulk was timed at 10.3 seconds in the 100 meters,21.74 over 200 meters and 49.4 in the 400 meters.
Faulk received a scholarship to attend San Diego State University. One of the best performances of his career was against the University of the Pacific on September 14,1991 in just his second collegiate game, in 37 carries, he amassed 386 yards and scored seven touchdowns, both records for freshmen. Faulk had scoring runs of 61,7,47,9,5,8 and 25 yards and that performance sparked one of the greatest freshman seasons in NCAA history, gaining 1,429 yards rushing, with 23 total touchdowns, and 140 points scored. Faulk went on to better 1600 yards rushing in his sophomore year, in Faulks junior season in 1993, he was finally able to showcase his all-purpose ability by catching 47 passes for 640 yards and 3 TDs to go with 1530 yards and 21 TDs on the ground. These numbers put Faulk 3rd in the nation in all-purpose yardage that year, Faulk left San Diego State University with many of the schools offensive records, among them 5,562 all-purpose yards and 62 career touchdowns, which is the 8th most in NCAA history.
1 in the country before the Heisman balloting, Faulks team finished with a middling 5-5-1 record, ESPN analyst Lee Corso led a campaign supporting Torretta for the Heisman and left Marshall Faulk off of his ballot. He was a Heisman finalist as well in 1991 and 1993, along with defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson and quarterbacks Heath Shuler and Trent Dilfer, Faulk was regarded as one of the four players who rank well above the others in this draft. On February 14,1994, at the NFL Scouting Combine Faulk ran a 4.28 forty-yard dash. and on March 31, Faulk was drafted 2nd overall in the 1994 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, who were in desperate need of a running game. On July 25,1994, Faulk signed a seven-year $17.2 million contract, Faulk responded by rushing for 1,282 yards,11 touchdowns, and one receiving touchdown. Marshall Faulk, that season, would become the first NFL player to win both the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award and the Pro Bowl’s Most Valuable Player Award in the same season and he was the first rookie to win Pro Bowl MVP.
The next season Faulk rushed for 1,078 yards and 14 total touchdowns. The Colts made the postseason, going 9-7, and narrowly missed the Super Bowl after a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game which Faulk missed due to a nagging toe injury
Oklahoma State Cowboys football
The Oklahoma State Cowboys football program represents Oklahoma State University–Stillwater in college football. The team is a member of the Big 12 Conference and competes at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level, the Cowboys are led by Mike Gundy, who is in his tenth year as head coach. Oklahoma State plays their games at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. The Oklahoma A&M Aggies played their first season of football in 1900 and joined their first conference for the start of the 1915 season, in 1925, the Oklahoma A&M program joined the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association. In 1928, the MVIAA split into the Big Six Conference, A&M was the only large school that joined the smaller MVC. Jim Lookabaugh led the Cowboys for eleven seasons, which included a 9–0 campaign, Lookabaugh was an OSU alum who lettered in multiple sports. In October 2016, Oklahoma State was retroactively awarded the 1945 National Championship by the American Football Coaches Association, Lookabaugh stepped down after the 1949 season, finishing his tenure with a mark of 58–41–6.
From 1950 to 1954, Jennings B, whitworth coached at Oklahoma A&M, and compiled a 22–27–1 record, which included only one winning season, a 7–3 campaign in 1953. Whitworth departed A&M to accept the coaching position at Alabama following the 1954 season. Cliff Speegle took the reins of the Oklahoma A&M Cowboys, under Speegles tutelage, the Cowboys compiled a record of 36–42–3, which included three winning seasons from 1957 to 1959. The losing record, combined with an 0–8 mark against rival Oklahoma, in 1956, A&M announced it was joining what had become the Big Seven for the 1958–59 academic year. As part of a period, the Cowboys went independent for two years. On May 15,1957, Oklahoma A&M changed its name to Oklahoma State University and they officially became a part of the renamed Big Eight Conference in 1958. Longtime Bear Bryant assistant Phil Cutchin led Oklahoma State to its first win over Oklahoma in 20 years, Cutchin was replaced by the OSU administration eager to see a winning product on the field.
Oklahoma State continued to struggle under head coach Floyd Gass, an OSU alum, during his tenure, he led the team to three straight losing seasons. Fan and administration support became increasingly hard to come by as the on-field production slipped, despite the lack of football success, Gass would serve in multiple capactities at OSU, including athletics director for several years after his resignation as football coach. The Cowboys were finally able to enjoy a winning season —their first in nine years—in 1974 under the leadership of head coach Dave Smith, Smith wouldnt stick around, as he departed for the head coaching position at SMU after just one season in Stillwater. Jim Stanley, a defensive coordinator at OSU, returned to Stillwater to become the head coach of the Cowboys in 1973
James Edward Kelly is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for eleven seasons and spent the entirety of his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills. He played two seasons with the Houston Gamblers in the United States Football League, Kelly was selected by the Bills in the first round of 1983 NFL draft and was taken fourteenth overall. He chose to sign with the Gamblers instead and did not play for the Bills until the USFL folded in 1986, employing the K-Gun offense, known for its no-huddle shotgun formations, Kelly led one of the greatest NFL scoring juggernauts. From 1991 to 1994, he helped guide the Bills to a four consecutive Super Bowls. In 2002, Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and his jersey number 12 is one of two numbers retired by the Buffalo Bills. Kelly was born in Pittsburgh and grew up about 60 miles to the northeast and he was a standout at East Brady High School and won all-state honors after passing for 3,915 yards and 44 touchdowns.
After his senior year, Kelly played in the Big 33 Football Classic, Kelly played basketball in high school, scoring over 1,000 points with six 30-plus-point games. As a senior, he led East Brady to the state semifinals. Kelly wanted to play football at Penn State University under Joe Paterno. He went to the University of Miami, where he played an important role in helping build the program one of the nations best. Kelly finished his career at Miami with 406 completions in 646 attempts for 5,233 yards and 32 touchdowns, who disliked cold weather, listed the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, and Buffalo Bills. Although Kelly at the stated that he had expected the Bills to choose him, he said. Im like, You got to be kidding me, although he believed that team owner Ralph Wilson would not bring in the right players to build a championship team, Kelly was resigned to playing for the Bills. Kelly claimed that the USFL offered him his choice of teams because of the leagues interest in signing quarterbacks and he signed with the Houston Gamblers, who played in the climate-controlled Houston Astrodome, and said, Would you rather be in Houston or Buffalo.
He was the USFL MVP in 1984, when he set a record with 5,219 yards passing and 44 TD passes. Kellys USFL records eclipsed those of fellow league quarterbacks Doug Williams, when the Houston Gamblers folded, Kelly went to the New Jersey Generals and was slated as their starting quarterback. Kelly appeared on a cover of Sports Illustrated while holding a Generals helmet, Kelly remained on good terms with Generals owner Donald Trump, who provided his family with lodging during Kellys health issues. Kelly finally joined the Bills in 1986 after the USFL folded and he helped lead the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances and six divisional championships from 1988 to 1995
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
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League. The game is the culmination to a season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. Normally, Roman numerals are used to each game, rather than the year in which it is held. For example, Super Bowl I was played on January 15,1967, the single exception to this rule is Super Bowl 50, which was played on February 7,2016, following the 2015 regular season. The next game, Super Bowl LII, scheduled for February 4,2018, the game was created as part of a merger agreement between the NFL and its then-rival league, the American Football League. It was agreed that the two champion teams would play in the AFL–NFL World Championship Game until the merger was to officially begin in 1970. After the merger, each league was redesignated as a conference, the National Football Conference leads the league with 26 wins to 25 wins for the American Football Conference. The Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl championship titles, with six, the New England Patriots have the most Super Bowl appearances, with nine.
The day on which the Super Bowl is played, now considered by some as an unofficial American national holiday, is called Super Bowl Sunday and it is the second-largest day for U. S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day. In addition, the Super Bowl has frequently been the most-watched American television broadcast of the year, in 2015, Super Bowl XLIX became the most-watched American television program in history with an average audience of 114. The NFL restricts the use of its Super Bowl trademark, it is called the Big Game or other generic terms by non-sponsoring corporations. As a result and discussing the broadcasts commercials has become a significant aspect of the event, for four decades after its 1920 inception, the NFL successfully fended off several rival leagues. However, in 1960, it encountered its most serious competitor when the American Football League was formed. The AFL vied heavily with the NFL for both players and fans, but by the middle of the decade the strain of competition led to merger talks between the two leagues.
Prior to the 1966 season, the NFL and AFL reached an agreement that was to take effect for the 1970 season. As part of the merger, the champions of the two agreed to meet in a world championship game for professional American football until the merger was effected. A bowl game is a college football game. Exploiting the Rose Bowl Games popularity, post-season college football contests were created for Miami, New Orleans, and El Paso, Texas in 1935, by the time the first Super Bowl was played, the term bowl for any major American football game was well established
Walter Jerry Payton was an American football running back who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League for thirteen seasons. Payton was known around the NFL as Sweetness and he was versatile, and retired with the most receptions by a non-receiver, and had eight career touchdown passes. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, Hall of Fame NFL player and coach Mike Ditka described Payton as the greatest football player he had ever seen—but even greater as a human being. Payton began his career in Mississippi, and went on to have an outstanding collegiate football career at Jackson State University where he was an All-American. He started his career with the Chicago Bears in 1975. Payton proceeded to win two NFL Most Valuable Player Awards and won Super Bowl XX with the 1985 Chicago Bears, after struggling with the rare liver disease primary sclerosing cholangitis for several months, Payton died on November 1,1999, aged 45, from cholangiocarcinoma. His legacy includes the Walter Payton Award, the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, Payton was one of three children born to Peter and Alyne Payton in West Point, Mississippi.
His father was a worker who had played semi-professional baseball. Payton was an member of the Boy Scouts, Little League. At John J. Jefferson High School, Payton played drums in the band, participated in the track team. Outside of school, he played drums in jazz-rock groups and his brother Eddie was on the football team, and Payton did not play partly to avoid competing with him. After Eddie graduated, the coach asked Payton to try out for the team. Once he began to play football, as a junior, he achieved instant success as a running back, at 5 ft 10 in, he was not especially large, but his speed and strength made him one of the teams featured players. He earned statewide honors as a member of Mississippis all-state team and his performance helped ease the local tensions surrounding desegregation. Tommy Davis, Columbia’s football coach, claimed that he could count on Payton when the team needed to score. Payton’s statistics proved that was no exaggeration, he scored in game during his junior and senior years.
He was named to the team three years in a row. Payton led the Little Dixie Conference in scoring his senior year and he was never recruited by the University of Kansas, according to then-coach Don Fambrough as Payton claimed in his autobiography
Marcus LeMarr Allen is a former American football running back and football analyst for CBS. As a professional, Allen ran for 12,243 yards and he scored 145 touchdowns, including a league record 123 rushing touchdowns, and was elected to six Pro Bowls over the course of his career. He was a good passer for a running back, completing 12 of 27 passes for 285 yards and six touchdowns. Allen was the first player ever to gain more than 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards during his career, Allen is considered one of the greatest goal line and short-yard runners in National Football League history. His younger brother, Damon Allen, played quarterback for 23 seasons in the Canadian Football League and was professional footballs all-time leader in passing yards. Allen has the distinction of being the player in the history of football to have won a Heisman Trophy, an NCAA National Championship, a Super Bowl. He has inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Allen played football at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Diego, Allen played running back at the University of Southern California from 1978 to 1981. He was recruited as a back, but head coach John Robinson switched him to tailback. As a freshman in 1978, Allen was a member of the Trojans National Championship team, in 1979, he was moved to fullback. Eventually, in 1980, Allen became the starter at tailback and rushed for 1,563 yards, the third-most in the nation that year. In 1981, Allen rushed for 2,342 yards, becoming the player in NCAA history to rush for over 2,000 yards in one season. He gained a total of 2,683 offensive yards, led the nation in scoring, and won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award and he was the Pac-10 Player of the Year. Allen shares the NCAA record for most 200-yard rushing games with Ricky Williams and Ron Dayne, Allen finished his four college seasons with 4,664 rushing yards,5,232 total yards, and 46 touchdowns, while averaging 5.2 yards per carry. USC has retired his jersey #33, Allen was drafted with the 10th overall selection of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Raiders.
In a recent ad on NFL Network, Allen recalls shortly before being drafted that the Raiders asked him his weight at the time and drafted him soon after. Though his rookie season was shortened by a strike, Allen rushed for 697 yards. He was voted the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, the Raiders would lose to the New York Jets in the AFC Divisional Playoffs
Earl Christian Campbell is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints. Known for his aggressive, punishing running style and ability to break tackles and he played college football for the University of Texas, where he won the Heisman Trophy and earned unanimous All-America honors in his senior season, as well as numerous other accolades. He was drafted first overall by the Oilers in 1978 and had an impact in the league. Campbell was named the NFLs Offensive Player of the Year in each of his first three seasons, during which he rushed for 5,081 yards and scored 45 touchdowns. He won the AP NFL Most Valuable Player Award in 1979 after leading the league in rushing yards, with head coach Bum Phillips, Campbells emergence in Houston coincided with the Luv Ya Blue era, a period of sustained success in which the Oilers made three straight playoff appearances. He was traded to the Saints six games into the 1984 season, where he spent his final season and a half before retiring.
Campbell is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame, and his number is retired by the University of Texas. Earl Christian Campbell was born on March 29,1955, the sixth of eleven siblings in Tyler, leading to the eponymous nickname and his father died when Campbell was 11 years old. He began playing football in fifth grade as a kicker, but moved to linebacker in sixth grade after watching Dick Butkus and his mother Ann Campbell attempted to persuade Earl not to play football in high school. In 1973, he led the Corky Nelson-coached John Tyler High School to the Texas 4A State Championship and that season he was named Mr. Football USA as he was adjudged the national high school player of the year. While heavily recruited, Campbell narrowed his choices to Houston, Texas, after in-home visits from Barry Switzer from Oklahoma and Darrell Royal from Texas, Campbell ultimately chose Texas. Campbell attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he played football for the Texas Longhorns football team from 1974 to 1977.
As a freshman in 1974, he played in all 11 games and rushed for 928 yards, leg injuries kept him out of four games during his junior season, and he rushed for 653 yards and three touchdowns in seven games as Texas finished with a 5–5–1 record. Campbell led the nation in rushing as a senior in 1977, in the third game of the season, against the Rice Owls, Campbell scored four touchdowns during a 72–15 blowout in which Texas kicker Russell Erxleben set an NCAA record with a 67-yard field goal. In his final season game, Campbell rushed for a career-high 222 yards in a 57–28 victory over rival Texas A&M. After clinching the Southwest Conference championship, the top-ranked Longhorns faced No.5 Notre Dame, led by quarterback Joe Montana, Campbell carried 29 times for 116 yards in the game, but Notre Dame was victorious, 38–10, and claimed the national championship. Texas was ranked fourth in the final AP Poll, Campbell was awarded the Heisman Memorial Trophy as the most outstanding college player after the season, becoming the University of Texas first winner of the award.
He became the first recipient of the Davey OBrien Memorial Trophy which was awarded to the player in the Southwest Conference
Houston is the most populous city in the state of Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States. With a census-estimated 2014 population of 2.239 million within an area of 667 square miles, it is the largest city in the southern United States and the seat of Harris County. Located in Southeast Texas near the Gulf of Mexico, it is the city of Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land. Houston was founded on August 28,1836, near the banks of Buffalo Bayou and incorporated as a city on June 5,1837. The city was named after former General Sam Houston, who was president of the Republic of Texas and had commanded, the burgeoning port and railroad industry, combined with oil discovery in 1901, has induced continual surges in the citys population. Houstons economy has an industrial base in energy, aeronautics. Leading in health care sectors and building equipment, Houston has more Fortune 500 headquarters within its city limits than any city except for New York City. The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled, the city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community.
Houston is the most diverse city in Texas and has described as the most diverse in the United States. It is home to cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston has a visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District. In August 1836, two real estate entrepreneurs from New York, Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen, purchased 6,642 acres of land along Buffalo Bayou with the intent of founding a city. The Allen brothers decided to name the city after Sam Houston, the general at the Battle of San Jacinto. The great majority of slaves in Texas came with their owners from the slave states. Sizable numbers, came through the slave trade. New Orleans was the center of trade in the Deep South. Thousands of enslaved African Americans lived near the city before the Civil War, many of them near the city worked on sugar and cotton plantations, while most of those in the city limits had domestic and artisan jobs. Houston was granted incorporation on June 5,1837, with James S.
Holman becoming its first mayor, in the same year, Houston became the county seat of Harrisburg County and the temporary capital of the Republic of Texas
A running back is an American and Canadian football position, a member of the offensive backfield. The primary roles of a running back are to receive handoffs from the quarterback for a play, to catch passes from out of the backfield. There are usually one or two running backs on the field for a play, depending on the offensive formation. A running back may be a halfback or a fullback, a running back will sometimes be called a feature back if he is the teams starting running back. The halfback or tailback position is responsible for carrying the ball on the majority of running plays, in the modern game, an effective halfback must have a blend of both quickness and agility as a runner, as well as sure hands and good vision up-field as a receiver. Quarterbacks depend on halfbacks as a safety valve receiver when primary targets downfield are covered or when they are under pressure, halfbacks line up as additional wide receivers. As a trick play, running backs are used to pass the ball on a halfback option play or halfback pass.
The difference between halfback and tailback is the position of the player in the offensive formation. In historical formations, the lined up approximately halfway between the line of scrimmage and the fullback. Because the halfback is usually the main ball carrier, modern offensive formations have positioned the halfback behind the fullback. As a result, some systems or playbooks will call for a tailback as opposed to a halfback, in most modern college and professional football schemes, fullbacks carry the ball infrequently, instead using their stronger physiques as primary lead blockers. On most running plays, the leads the halfback, attempting to block potential tacklers before they reach the ball carrier. When fullbacks are called upon to carry the ball, the situation calls for gaining a short amount of yardage. Fullbacks are technically running backs, but today the term running back is used in referring to the halfback or tailback. Although modern fullbacks are rarely used as carriers, in previous offensive schemes fullbacks would be the designated ball carriers.
In high school football, where player sizes vary greatly, fullbacks are still used as ball carriers. In high school and college offenses, the triple option uses the fullback as a primary ball carrier. The fullback plays a role by establishing an inside running threat on every play