Five NFL Facts You Didn’t Know About

Football changed a lot over the years, and during these changes, a lot of interesting things happened. The implementation of new technologies doesn’t allow some mistakes to be made that would change the outcome of the games, which isn’t so great for the viewers, but there are still things that surprise us.

One of the most interesting guys is Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, who places multi-million dollar bets but with a twist. He would place a bet on one team and make an advertisement about free mattresses if the same team wins. This boosts his sales a lot, and he has a guaranteed win. So, check what others are doing with the NFL picks this week, and you might get lucky or smart like Jim.

Juniors Couldn’t be Drafted

Football was much different when juniors couldn’t be drafted prior to 1990 because the rookies were generally older than today. The reason why this affects the game a lot is that some college teams were a lot stronger than today. Because players had to stay with the team longer. 

When they play longer for one team, the whole team becomes better, so this change didn’t benefit the colleges.

On the other hand, it was huge news for the NFL. Because they could get the best players right away. They work with them so they could become some of the best NFL players in the future. It takes time to build up a player. That’s what we can see today where scouts will watch even high schoolers and work with them throughout college.

Passing to Yourself

Imagine playing for the first time in the NFL as a QB, and your first pass is towards yourself. If you can’t imagine how this happened, Brett Favre was the guy that threw that ball, and it bounced off a player’s helmet and returned to him. 

Even if it was interesting to watch this game that happened in 1992, they actually lost 7 yards during this play. Amazingly, this happened again to the same guy in 2009, where they lost 2 yards, so we can say that he improved.

Chicago Bears Lack 4000-Yard QB

There’s a number for each role that they should pass during the season, and 4000 yards is the number regarding quarterbacks. Every team in the league managed to reach this number in the past except the Chicago Bears. They were a great team at one point when Kramer played for the team and had 3838 yards and 29 touchdowns in 95’.

Cutler was also near this number, but it seems like they can never reach it. This doesn’t mean that they don’t have a great QB. Instead, they were not lucky enough to do it. Cutler managed to reach over 3000 yards a few times.

Youngest Hall of Famer

It’s almost 60 years since the Hall of Fame was organized for the NFL, which represents the place where people who had a lot of influence on the sport were. There are over 300 people in the Hall of Fame today. 

This isn’t something that will decide easily because there are over 40 members that will make this decision. There’s a person from each state that has a team, and most of them are media representatives.

Because this is a process that lasts, many people in the HOF joined a couple of decades after finishing their careers. So, a surprising decision was when Gale Sayers became a member when he was only 34. He didn’t have a long career in the league, but this wasn’t a mistake considering his impact on the league.

Most Defeats

Football was huge during the 90s, and winning the title back then seemed bigger than today. But the Buffalo Bills don’t know that because they managed to reach the Super Bowl 4 times in the 90s and lose every single one of them. They were considered one of the unluckiest teams at that time.

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Mukul Patwa
Mukul Patwa
I am a senior contributor and blogger at Backlinks Media.