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I searched through threads for the past year and couldn't find anything like this, so I figured I would post it. The idea behind this thread is to post interesting facts or statistics that a lot of people don't know. It'll essentially be the answers to trivia questions. I've got two interesting ones to start this thread off.

  1. The Minnesota Vikings were the first team to kick an extra point from the 15-yard line.
  2. Tom Brady has played two games at University of Phoenix Stadium, but he has never played the Cardinals there. The Pats have played two Super Bowls there, but only played the Cardinals at home since the stadium was built.

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Their is also the fair kick catch where the receiving team of a punt can fair catch the ball and from the spot of the catch, kick a field goal or punt through the uprights for 3 points.

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Some quarterback stats.

Super Bowl XXXVII was between Rich Gannon and Brad Johnson. Both of these quarterbacks were drafted by the Vikings and spent time with the Redskins.

There is a trend of 49er quarterbacks going to the Chiefs. Steve Deberg, Joe Montana, Steve Bono, Elvis Grbac, and Alex Smith.

In the late 1990s, the Saints had two quarterbacks named Billy Joe. Billy Joe Hobert and Billy Joe Tolliver.

During the cowboys super bowl runs in the 1990s, Jason Garrett was on the second and third team as a back up to Troy Aikman. On the third team, the other back up was Wade Wilson. Both Garrett and Wilson are coaches for the Cowboys now. Garrett is the head coach and Wilson is the quarterbacks coach.

Chris Chandler has the record for starting a game with the most teams at seven.

The highest scoring and the largest come back in a college bowl game was the 2001 GMAC Bowl between Marshall and East Carolina. The two quarterbacks were Bryon Leftwich and David Garrard. They were both drafted and played for the Jacksonville Jaguars at the same time.

Gale Gilbert was on five straight super bowl teams with the Bills and Chargers. All of them losses.

Jim Kelly and Dan Marino are both from the Pittsburgh Area. They both played for AFC North teams. Neither of them won the Super Bowl. Both of there last games were against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Tom Brady, Drew Bledsoe, and Steve Grogan have started over half of the games played by the New England Patriots.

Brett Favre was the first quarterback to win against every team. Kerry Collins won against every team except for the Dolphins.

Norm Van Brocklin still owns the record for most passing yards in a game with 554. Second place is a two-way tie between Warren Moon and Matt Schaub at 527.

Between his time in the CFL and NFL, Warren Moon started a game in four different decades.

John Elway is the oldest Quarterback to win the Super Bowl at 40. Ben Roethlisberger is the youngest at 23.

Between his years in the All American Football League and The NFL, Otto Graham won seven championships in his career.

Before a home game in 1996, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Browning Nagle sang the National Anthem.

In 1987, Both Sean Payton and Mike Hohensee played for Chicago Bears and both of them played in games in the inaugural season of the Arena Football League. Sean for the Chicago Bruisers and Mike Hohensee for the Pittsburgh Gladiators. The only interception that Sean threw was in a lost to the Saints. Mike Hohensee played in Arena Bowl I and went on to win Arena Bowl XX as head coach the Chicago Rush (Chicago's second Arena League team).

Kurt Warner is the only undrafted quarterback to win the Super Bowl.

Both Randell Cunningham and Donavon Mcnabb were rushing quarterbacks who were starting quarterbacks for the Eagles, the Vikings, and one other NFC east team (Cunningham with the Cowboys and Mcnabb with the Redskins)

Craig Morton, Kurt Warner, and Peyton Manning are the only quarterbacks to start and play in the super bowl with two different teams. Both Warner and Manning are both 1-2 in the Super Bowl while Morton is 0-3.

Steve Deberg is the oldest quarterback to start an NFL game. Vinny Testaverde is the oldest quarterback to win a NFL football game. Both at age fourty-four.

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The Braves, The Rams, and now the Warriors are the only sports teams to win a champion in three different cities.

Braves: Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta.

Rams: Cleveland, Los Angeles, and St. Louis.

Warriors: Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Oakland.

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Some head coach stats:

Dom Capers was the first head coach of two different teams. The Panthers and the Texans.

Jimmy Johnson, Barry Switzer, and Pete Carroll are the only head coaches to win both the National Championship and the Super Bowl. Johnson and Switzer played each other in the 1988 national championship and both became head coach of the Cowboys.

George Halas is the oldest head coach to win an NFL championship at 70. The youngest is Mike Tomlin at 36.

Dan Reeves and Jeff Fisher are the only head coaches to become head coach of a team that beat him in the Super Bowl.

Both Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombradi were head coaches of the Packers and they both finished their coaching careers with the Redskins.

Bud Grant and Marv Levy are the only head coaches to coach in both the Grey Cup and the Super Bowl. Bud Grant is the only head coach to be in both the American and Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Both Marty Schottenheimer and Norv Turner were head coaches of the Redskins, Chargers and one other AFC west team (Marty with the Chiefs and Norv with the Raiders).

Dick Lebeau has the longest tenure in the National Football League as a player and coach at fifty-seven seasons.

Joe Gibbs is the only coach to win the super bowl with three different quarterbacks (Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypien).

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The 1923 New York Yankees, the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals, and the 2009 New York Yankees are the only teams to win the World Series in the same year as opening a new stadium.

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Ken Morrow and Neal Broten are the only members of the 1980 Olympic team to win the Stanley Cup. Neal Broton was also the first winner of the Hobey Baker Trophy in 1979 (College Hockey's Most Valuable Player).

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I'm sure I've posted this around here before but it's always worth repeating:

In 1927 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig both individually had more home runs at Fenway Park than the entire combined roster of the Boston Red Sox

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O.J, Brigance was the only football player to win both the Grey Cup and the Super Bowl in the same city. With the Baltimore Stallions in 1995 and with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000.

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During his career, Nolan Ryan recorded exactly 5,000 more strikeouts than Babe Ruth hit home runs (5,714 / 714).

The originally intended name for the Dallas Cowboys was the Texas Rangers.

The Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants each were tentatively sold to buyers who would have moved them to Tampa, but in each case MLB stepped in to prevent it.

At one point in the early history of the NBA, the city of Chicago (six - Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Cardinals, Black Hawks, Zephyrs) was home to more "big four" professional sports franchises than any other city, equalled only by New York (Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, Giants, Knickerbockers, Rangers).

Philadelphia is the only city (I think - I'm writing this at 5am while half-asleep so I could be wrong about this one) to have lost both professional baseball (A's) and basketball (Warriors) franchises, yet which has both professional baseball (Phillies) and basketball (76ers) franchises today.

By the time they had taken the court as an expansion team, the Miami Heat had already signed a player to a contract whose total value exceeded its expansion fee (Rony Seikaly - sp?)

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Ken Dryden was the first player to win the Stanley Cup and have his name ingraved on it before winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year the next season...

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During his career, Nolan Ryan recorded exactly 5,000 more strikeouts than Babe Ruth hit home runs (5,714 / 714).

The originally intended name for the Dallas Cowboys was the Texas Rangers.

The Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants each were tentatively sold to buyers who would have moved them to Tampa, but in each case MLB stepped in to prevent it.

At one point in the early history of the NBA, the city of Chicago (six - Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Cardinals, Black Hawks, Zephyrs) was home to more "big four" professional sports franchises than any other city, equalled only by New York (Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, Giants, Knickerbockers, Rangers).

Philadelphia is the only city (I think - I'm writing this at 5am while half-asleep so I could be wrong about this one) to have lost both professional baseball (A's) and basketball (Warriors) franchises, yet which has both professional baseball (Phillies) and basketball (76ers) franchises today.

By the time they had taken the court as an expansion team, the Miami Heat had already signed a player to a contract whose total value exceeded its expansion fee (Rony Seikaly - sp?)

New York metropolian area technicality has nine teams now (Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Islanders, and Devils).

Both the As and Warriors are in Oakland after making stops in Kansas City and San Francisco.

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During his career, Nolan Ryan recorded exactly 5,000 more strikeouts than Babe Ruth hit home runs (5,714 / 714).

The originally intended name for the Dallas Cowboys was the Texas Rangers.

The Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants each were tentatively sold to buyers who would have moved them to Tampa, but in each case MLB stepped in to prevent it.

At one point in the early history of the NBA, the city of Chicago (six - Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Cardinals, Black Hawks, Zephyrs) was home to more "big four" professional sports franchises than any other city, equalled only by New York (Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, Giants, Knickerbockers, Rangers).

Philadelphia is the only city (I think - I'm writing this at 5am while half-asleep so I could be wrong about this one) to have lost both professional baseball (A's) and basketball (Warriors) franchises, yet which has both professional baseball (Phillies) and basketball (76ers) franchises today.

By the time they had taken the court as an expansion team, the Miami Heat had already signed a player to a contract whose total value exceeded its expansion fee (Rony Seikaly - sp?)

New York metropolian area technicality has nine teams now (Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets, Knicks, Nets, Rangers, Islanders, and Devils).

Both the As and Warriors are in Oakland after making stops in Kansas City and San Francisco.

The Warriors were never in KC that was the Kings who were the Cincinnati Royals.

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Madison Bumgarner has more grand slams (2) in one season (2014) than Derek Jeter had in his entire career.

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The Braves, The Rams, and now the Warriors are the only sports teams to win a champion in three different cities.

Braves: Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta.

Rams: Cleveland, Los Angeles, and St. Louis.

Warriors: Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Oakland.

Edit: Forgot about the '51 Rams.

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There has never been a documented perfect March Madness bracket.

The odds are 1 in 9.2 quintillion. One in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808.

So when Warren Buffett offers his $1 billion perfect bracket prize... don't think too deeply about it.

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Ken Dryden was the first player to win the Stanley Cup and have his name ingraved on it before winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year the next season...

He is also the only person to win the Conn Smythe before the Calder--others have won both--but the Calder first.

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Ken Morrow and Neal Broten are the only members of the 1980 Olympic team to win the Stanley Cup. Neal Broton was also the first winner of the Hobey Baker Trophy in 1979 (College Hockey's Most Valuable Player).

Ken Morrow did both in the same year and won the Stanley CUp the next 3 seasons as well.

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