The NFL is the most popular American sport with tens of thousands of dedicated fans showing up every Sunday, Monday or Thursday to watch their favorite teams play.
The tournament has a long history, with lots of rule changes and team changes along the way. Many NFL fans are proud of knowing the vague facts about the tournament and there are lots of them to go around.
Check out this list of 10 interesting and quite vague NFL facts!
The Green Bay Packers has a notorious fan base and it shows up in the long wait for tickets. If you’ve signed up for the wait list for today’s tickets, you’ll probably have to wait nearly 1,000 years for space.
New England Patriots are almost called BS Patriots, or Bay State Patriots. They started out as the Boston Patriots, but once they moved to their current home in Foxborough, owners wanted a more representative name of the area. However, his name did not last long because NFL did not like abbreviations.
If you’ve ever wondered why the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, it’s because the Canton Canton dogs didn’t lose in 25 consecutive matches between 1921 and 1923. Jim Thorpe also played for the Welsh team at the time.
Only one team has ever won three consecutive NFL championships and that’s not in the Super Bowl era. That team was the Green Bay Packers, coached by Vince Lombardi from 1966 to 1968.
Kickers and punters tend to play for a long time in the NFL and the only players not in these positions to play in over 300 games are wide receiver Jerry Rice and midfielder Brett Favre.
Dolphins and patriots are known for their regular unbeaten seasons, but the Chicago Bears did it twice in 1934 and 1942. However, dolphins make a difference when bringing it across the world.
The team with the most retired jerseys in the NFL is the Chicago Bears with 13. The Oakland Raiders has history of growth, but no number has retired because they don’t believe it.
The youngest Hall of Fame is Gale Sayers at 34 and the oldest is Ed Sabol, who was 94 when introduced.
Return championships are rare and only eight in NFL history. Only one team has pulled it out twice, and that’s the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Most NFL fans know about Buffalo Bills going to the Super Bowl four times in a row in the 1990s and then losing each one. However, they are not the only team to go to four Super Bowls and lose. The Viking Vikings also did that, only they were not four, only four in eight years.
As said before, thanks to the vast popularity of the NFL, the tournament can give us some very interesting statistics.