Lloyd Wells was the first full-time African-American football scout and his arrival created pro football opportunities for players at historic black colleges and universities. He signed eight future All-Pros and four Hall of Famers for the Kansas City Chiefs of the 1960s.
Dan Rooney also was the driving force of a rule that opened the NFL door for minorities to be hired as head coaches and general managers. Fittingly, it was dubbed, “The Rooney Rule.” He practiced what he was preaching, hiring Mike Tomlin 2007.
Football teams played only 10 home games while baseball teams played 77 home games – so for decades NFL teams were essentially playing in stadiums built for baseball. Lots of bad seats with bad site lines. But there was a nostalgic vent to some of those old ballparks.
Miami ranks fourth among NFL suppliers with 64 first-round selections. Eight of those first-rounders have been running backs, and the Hurricanes have four backs who rank among the Top 30 rushers in NFL history.
Former San Francisco 49ers’ star Dwight Clark is the latest football player diagnosed with ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. So what does this mean for him and others in the NFL? We asked an expert.
Alabama has had 17 players drafted this decade, six more than any other school. Alabama has had at least one first-round pick in eight consecutive drafts. That’s twice as long a streak as the next best schools (Florida and Florida State).
DeMarcus Ware leaves the NFL with the 11th most sacks in history at 138 ½ but the second-most by an outside linebacker, trailing only Kevin Greene at 160. But Greene played three more seasons and 50 more games than Ware.