The NFL is the most watched sporting league in America and is the sports epicenter in this country.
The league has existed in some form for over 100 years, and during that time thousands of players and games have drawn in our attention. We have put together a collection of 11 facts about the NFL that proves that fact is more interesting than fiction.
#1 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the first team to play at a home Super Bowl
The Super Bowl was created after the merger of the AFL and NFL to create the new NFL. Since then, not a single team had played at a home Super Bowl. In 2021, the Bucs broke this curse – not only did they play at a home Super Bowl, but they won it too.
#2 – The NFL were planning to move the Chargers to London
When it came out that the Chargers needed to be relocated from San Diego there was a lot of speculation about where they would end up. Eventually, they ended up in Los Angeles. However, it turns out that the NFL was seriously considering relocating the team across the pond for at least one season.
#3 – Bill Belichick has won more Super Bowls than any other coach in history
We all know that Bill Belichick won 6 Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots. However, while working for the New York Giants (as their defensive coordinator), Belichick won 2 more Super Bowls. That’s 8 in total, only 1 ahead of Tom Brady.
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#4 – The Soldier Field is the oldest stadium in the NFL
The stadium the Chicago Bears play in, Soldier Field, is the oldest stadium in the NFL and has been open since 1924.
#5 – The Arizona Cardinals went 51 years without winning a post season game
Yes, it’s true. Between the years 1947 and 1998, the Arizona Cardinals did not win a single post season game. This is the longest victory drought in NFL history. From Chicago to St. Louis to Phoenix, the playoff pain followed them.
#6 – Aaron Rodgers threw 48 touchdowns without an interception
Aaron Rodgers’s run of touchdowns up until 2018 was record breaking. Not only did he go 48 touchdowns without an interception but he also threw 402 passes without an interception. During this time he smashed the previous record held by Tom Brady – which was 358 passes.
#7 – Tom Brady was the best Draft bargain of all time
There are draft bargains, and then there’s the GOAT. Tom Brady was drafted 199th in the 2000 draft…
#8 – In 2015, Fox paid $1.15 billion dollars for exclusive rights to broadcast the NFC
They paid $1.15 billion dollars just to broadcast the NFC season, that did not cover the playoffs or the Super Bowl. That’s a lot of money.
#9 – 19 of 20 of the most viewed TV events in America have been Super Bowl matches
The top 20 list for most viewed broadcasting events in American history makes for pretty boring reading. Unless you are interested to know which was the most viewed Super Bowl of all time (it was Super Bowl XLIX by the way).
What was the only non-Super Bowl match to make it onto this list? The M*A*S*H finale came in at number 9.
Even more impressively, 28 of the top 30 most-watched TV broadcasts in American history were Super Bowl matches.
#10 – The Green Bay Packers are a nonprofit organization
The Green Bay Packers are the only team that is a nonprofit organization in the NFL. They are also the only publicly owned team in the NFL. They are the only major league sports team in America to share their balance sheets every year.
#11 – Jerry Rice and Brett Favre are the only non-kickers to play in more than 300 games
This fact is a testament to the health, skill, and athleticism of these two men. They are two of the greatest players of all time.