Suepr Bowl XXI was the New York Giants first NFL championship game victory in 30 years. Mark Bavaro played a key role in making it possible with a TD catch but mostly with some crushing blocks that exposed the Broncos’ defense.
The Eagles-Rams would be a rematch of the game between the two NFC division champions last December. The Eagles won, 43-35, setting the tone for a dash through the winter months for the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy.
The Spartans have produced two NFL receiving champions, Dick Gordon in 1970 and Muhsin Muhammad in 2000. Both Muhammad and Derrick Mason crafted 100-catch NFL seasons. Muhammad, Mason and Andre Rison all caught in excess of 10,000 yards in career passes.
The Packers had struggled all day. In the previous 31 plays of the Ice Bowl, they had a minus nine yards of offense against the Cowboys before taking the field, trailing 17-14, 68 yards away from the end zone with 4:50 remaining.
Drew Pearson was greeted with boos as he walked onto the stage and the volume dialed up with every word he spoke. He introduced swagger to the proceedings – and the Philadelphia crowd sizzled with its rage hitting thunderous proportions.
The Packers missed the playoffs last season with a 7-9 record in large part because their perennial MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers missed nine games with a fractured right collarbone. He’s healthy and back on the field in 2018.
Sam Darnold redshirted as a freshman, then became a two-year starter for the Trojans. He passed for 3,086 yards with 31 touchdowns and only nine interceptions in 2016, then passed for 4,143 yards with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2017.
Kramer endured that 1-10-1 season as a rookie in 1958, but was a starter of Lombardi teams that finished 7-5 in 1959 and 8-4 in 1960. He played in the 1960 title game despite suffering a detached retina in late November.
You’re John Dorsey. You’re the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. You have the first overall selection of the 2018 NFL draft. You’re on the clock. Who do you take? Do you go quarterback? Running back? Pass rusher? That’s the subject of our weekly Talk of Fame Network poll – who should John Dorsey claim …
Herschel Walker was the best running back in Georgia history but not the best Bulldog in NFL history. That would be Terrell Davis, an oversight in the sixth round of the 1995 draft who went on to become a Hall of Famer. Davis became one of only six NFL runners to gain 2,000 yards in a single season.
The Eagles sent a fifth-round draft pick and wide receiver Marcus Johnson to the Seahawks for Michael Bennett, who has gone to the Pro Bowl each of the last three seasons. His best season was 10 sacks in 2015 but he turns 33 in November.
Sam Baker led the NFL with 17 field goals in 1956 and led the league in scoring with 77 points in 1957. He then led the NFL in punting with a 45.4-yard average in 1958. He followed that up with a career-best 45.5-yard average in 1959.