Football Urban Legends History

Here are quick descriptions of each of the previous editions of Football Urban Legends Revealed.

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* The NFL tried to trademark “The Big Game.”

* A paternity test was done on George Gipp – almost seventy-seven years after he died!

* Ryan Fitzpatrick scored a perfect 50 on his Wonderlic test.

* The Steelers and the Eagles combined teams for a season.

* The Super Bowl is named after the Super Ball.

* A player played professional football under an assumed name so that he could play college football, as well!

* Kurt Warner refused to appear on the cover of an issue of Sports Illustrated about the supposed “Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx.”

* In back-to-back years, two separate Canadian football teams drafted dead players.

* Edgar Allan Poe played an early form of football.

* Two Detroit Lions players received a Gold Record while they were still playing pro ball!

* U2 effectively saved Canadian Football in Montreal.

* Pat Summerall got the name “Pat” from, of all things, his position as a kicker.

* Boise State’s blue turf causes duck to think it is water, leading ducks to dive into the turf and die.

* Al Michaels was traded from ABC to NBC in exchange for, among other things, the rights to a cartoon character.

* Joe Theismann changed the way his name was pronounced so that it would rhyme with Heisman

* The NCAA has a rule against Division 1 teams having turf colored anything but green, but Boise State was grandfathered in.

* Future NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was Georgetown’s career leader in total rebounds and rebounds per game when he graduated.

* Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia had holes in the locker room of the Eagles cheerleaders where visiting players peeped through.

* A former football Rookie of the Year was involved, without his knowledge, in two separate nationwide scams.

* A tremendously successful college athlete eschewed professional football because his religion would not allow him to work on Sundays.

* Bronko Nagurski was discovered when a college football coach found him doing some mighty acts of strength while plowing a farm by the road.

* Notre Dame used a play called by a terminally ill child in an actual game.

* Spurred on by coach Knute Rockne’s halftime speech, Notre Dame player Jack Chevigny scored the winning touchdown for Notre Dame against Army and cried out “That’s for the Gipper!”

* In 1941, the owners of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers actually traded franchises.

* The famous photograph of Y.A. Tittle was never published in a newspaper.

* The Pittsburgh Steelers chose Mike Tomlin for their head coaching job over Ken Whisenhunt.

* The beginning of the second half of Super Bowl I was re-played because NBC missed it.

* Monster Cable sued the Chicago Bears for their nickname “Monsters of the Midway”

* A lawsuit by an injured rookie very nearly eliminated the NFL draft!

* A fan sued EA Sports because his famous mask was used in Madden 2005.

* One of the most prominent “Mr. Irrelevant”s was irrelevant enough that his team misspelled his name on his jersey when he became the starting quarterback!

* Gino Marchetti won the 1958 NFL MVP Award.

* A player suffered a career ending injury walking back from a coin toss.

* Fresno State wears a “V” on their helmets as in “V for Victory”

* Ohio State once gave up a touchdown…to its own player!

* Sun Devil Stadium had an extreme makeover when Pope John Paul II came to visit during the 1980s.

* NBC sent an employee running on to the field to delay the 1958 National Football League Championship because they had lost the TV signal.

* Ole Miss changed the speed limit around campus in honor of former Ole Miss great Archie Manning.

* The Saints kicker who holds the NFL record for longest field goal inspired the NFL to come up with a new rule because of the special shoes he wore due to having no toes on his kicking foot!

* The Saints got their name because they were founded on All Saint’s Day.

* The Saints field caught fire in the middle of a game!

* A $1 investment by a team manager eventually turned into 10% of the Minnesota vikings.

* A future Hall of Famer was drafted in the last round of the 1934 NFL Draft based on the sound of his name!

* The deed to Kenan Memorial Stadium required that the stadium never rise above the pine trees that surround the stadium.

* The annual Army-Navy Game drew two separate U.S. Presidents directly into the planning of the game and, ultimately, the future of football itself.

* Did the inventor of basketball, James Naismeth, also invent the football helmet?

* The commissioner of the All-American Football Conference awarded Y.A. Tittle to the Baltimore Colts to promote balance in the league.

* Mike Holmgren impersonated God in an attempt to get Reggie White to sign with the Green Bay Packers.

* Jack Lambert was ejected from a game for “hitting a quarterback too hard.”

* Vince Lombardi traded a player five minutes after learning the player had hired an agent to represent him in contract negotiations with the Packers.

* Minnesota Viking football legend Jim Marshall once survived being trapped during a blizzard by burning his money.

* The Washington Redskins used to be the Duluth Eskimos.

* The 2003 Florida Gators media guide featured a crocodile by mistake.

* Andre the Giant once tried out for the Washington Redskins.

* Pamela Anderson got her big break when caught by a TV camera at a Canadian Football game.

* A player who had accepted a football scholarship to Ohio State abruptly changed his mind when saying goodbye to his two best friends before they left for Iowa.

* The Governor of Colorado lost Pike’s Peak to Texas in a football bet.

* The New York Giants originated the “Gatorade shower.”

* The NFL changed the rules for extra points during the 1940 NFL Championship Game because they were running out of footballs.

* The coach of Harvard once strangled a live bulldog to death to motivate his team to defeat the Yale Bulldogs.

* A panty raid helped lead to Auburn’s first national championship.

* Stanford University’s students voted for the school’s mascot (and team names) be “Robber Barons.”

* The National Football League’s official football has a name.

* The Cleveland Browns were named after boxer Jou “The Brown Bomber” Louis.

* The annual Governor’s Cup game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston team from the AFC began due to a legal settlement.

* One of Georgetown’s canine mascots was a war hero.

* The original Rose Bowl was the first postseason “bowl game.”

* The Cardinals got their name from the faded used jerseys they wore.

* Hall of Fame coach George Allen was killed by a Gatorade Shower

Ta da!

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