Throughout 2019, the NFL celebrated a century of players, coaches, owners, front office executives, fans and announcers who have made the story of the NFL a true rags-to-riches tale like none other in American history. But how did the league, and in particular its players, achieve this? Who was the first superstar in the NFL that laid down the blueprint of today’s professional football athletes
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Professor Andrew Zimbalist is a nationally renowned authority in the field of sports economics and the business of …Read more
From the ashes rises the phoenix. By the end of 1972, Georgetown University’s basketball program was in …Read more
Jim Kelly, quarterback for the Buffalo Bills from 1986-1996, is the only QB in NFL history to lead his team to four consecutive Super Bowl …Read more
In the afternoon of October 1st, 1919, Chicago White Sox pitcher Eddie Cicotte took the mound at the opening game of the World …Read more
Twenty-five years ago, George Foreman returned to the boxing ring to win his second world heavyweight title, becoming the oldest …Read more
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In 2017, Tom Brady broke Peyton Manning’s record as the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. In 2019, the New England Patriot surpassed him again …Read more
GOLF December 11, 2009 Tiger Woods announces he would take an indefinite leave from professional golf following allegations and his admission of marital infidelities. A number of his sponsors subsequently dropped him such as Accenture, AT&T, Gatorade and General Motors. After undergoing therapy, Woods was back on the course at the 2010 Masters. He and his wife divorced that summer.
HOCKEY December 17, 1999 Ray Bourque of the Boston Bruins becomes just the 3rd person in NHL history to post 1,100 assists. Spending the majority of his tenure with the Bruins, the Quebec native still holds the NHL record for most goals, assists, and points by a defenseman. His career lasted from 1979-2001 but he won his only Stanley Cup in his final year playing for the Colorado Avalanche.
BASEBALL December 11, 1989 Mark Davis signs a record $10 million, 3-year contract with the Kansas City Royals. That year, he won the NL Cy Young Award with the San Diego Padres, posting an ERA of 1.85 and 65 finished games. Though, he would never come close to matching his accomplishments with the Padres. Playing for 7 different MLB teams, Davis retired with a career ERA of 4.17.
FOOTBALL December 3, 1979 Charles White, running back at the University of Southern California, is awarded the Heisman Trophy. The 5’10, 190 lb. footballer would become a first-round pick (27th overall) in the 1980 NFL draft, joining the Cleveland Browns and later on the Los Angeles Rams. At USC, White scored 49 touchdowns and led the Pac-8 and Pac-10 records in total yards rushed at 6,245.