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Five Fun Facts About 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Pick Leonard Fournette

Filed under: Football Fun Facts — by Mark on April 27, 2017

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Leonard Fournette was an all world running back for the LSU Tigers, and with the fourth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars hope he’ll be exactly that for them as well.

Here are five fun facts about Leonard Fournette.

High School Pedigree

Leonard Fournette went to St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Some famous names to go to that same high school include running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, running back Leroy Hoard, NBA player and coach Avery Johnson, wide receiver Alfred Jenkins, NBA player Kerry Kittles, and actor Carl Weathers, famous for playing Apollo Creed in the Rocky film series.

Five Times!

Leonard Fournette rushed for over 200 yards in a game five times. He did this against Mississippi, Syracuse, Eastern Michigan, Auburn, and Texas Tech.

LSU First Rounders

Prior to Leonard Fournette, six other LSU running backs had been drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Steve Van Buren in 1944
Dub Jones in 1946
Earl Gros in 1962
Charles Alexander in 1979
Harvey Williams in 1991
Joseph Addai in 2006

The First And Only

In a 2016 LSU win over Mississippi State, Leonard Fournette threw the one and only pass attempt of his college football career. It fell incomplete.

40 / 1

Leonard Fournette scored 40 rushing touchdowns during his college football career. He also added one TD reception during his entire time in college football.

Five Fun Facts About 2017 Chicago Bears Draft Pick Mitchell Trubisky

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North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was taken with the 2nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. The Bears had to trade up to get him but they may have their quarterback of the future.

Here are five fun facts about quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

First College Game

Mitchell Trubisky’s first college football action saw him complete 10 of 16 passes for a touchdown and an interception when he came on in relief in an early season win over Liberty University.

Lucky Number 7!

Mitchell Trubisky was the 7th quarterback out of North Carolina to ever be selected in the NFL Draft. The first six: Jim Camp in 1948, Jack Cummings in 1960, Danny Talbott in 1967, Jeff Beaver in 1968, Chris Kupec in 1975, and T.J. Yates in 2011.

Most TDs

The most TD passes Mitchell Trubisky threw in one college football game was five in a 2016 win over the Pitt Panthers.

Big Games

During his college football career, Mitchell Trubisky threw for 300 or more yards six times. He threw for 400 or more yards in three games.

55 Twice

The most rushing yards Mitchell Trubisky ever had in one game in college was 55 yards. He did this twice. First against The Citadel in 2016 and then again he had the exact same total the very next game against North Carolina State.

Five Fun Facts About 2017 Cleveland Browns Draft Pick Myles Garrett

Filed under: Football Fun Facts — by Mark on

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The 2017 NFL Draft opened up with the Cleveland Cavaliers selecting Myles Garrett, defensive end out of Texas A&M, with the first pick in the first round. Here are five fun packs about this highly anticipated player!

Pitching Headquarters

Myles Garrett went to Martin High School in Arlington, Texas. This is the same high school that produced highly rated pitchers Todd Van Poppel and Ben Grieve.

Shared Birthday

Myles Garrett was born on December 29, 1995. Other NFL names who share his December 29th birthday include Keenan Allen, Alfred Blue, Dave Wilson, David Whitehurst, Gary Huff, Michael Booker, Herm Edwards, and Lee Roy Jordan.

The First Ever

The first quarterback Myles Garrett sacked in college football was Dylan Thompson of the South Carolina Gamecocks.

More Than Half!

Myles Garrett finished the 2016 season, his last in college football, with a total of 8.5 sacks. He got 4.5 of those in one game. A 23-10 win over the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Lucky Number 13

Myles Garrett was the 13th player out of Texas A&M ever to be drafted by the Cleveland Browns. He was also the third Texas A&M player taken by Cleveland in the first round. The other two: Quarterback Johnny Manziel in 2014 and linebacker Robert Jackson in 1977.

Five Fun Facts: Boston Red Sox Home Runs

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on August 9, 2016

The Boston Red Sox are one of the most popular teams in baseball and with good reason. They had some great years, performances, and players over the years. Here is a look at five fun facts about Boston Red Sox home runs.

The Red Sox 200 Home Run club

The first ten players to hit 200 or more home runs while wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform were Jimmie Foxx, Bobby Doerr, Ted Williams, Rico Petrocelli, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, Mo Vaughn, Manny Ramirez, and David Ortiz.

Boston Red Sox All Star Game Home Runs

Ted Williams set the Red Sox team record for most All-Star Game home runs when he hit on in 1941, two in the 1946 game, and then one in the 1956 All-Star Game. Fred Lynn came close to tying him after hitting one each in the 1976, 1979, and 1980 All-Star Games.

First Round Red Sox Draft Picks and Their Home Runs

The first six Red Sox first round draft picks to hit 100 or more home runs during their MLB career were Jim Rice, Mo Vaughn, Scott Hatteberg, Trot Nixon, Nomar Garciapara, and David Murphy.

50 Home Run Seasons for the Boston Red Sox

Jimmie Foxx hit 50 home runs for the Red Sox in 1938. The team wouldn’t see another 50 home run season until David Ortiz hit 54 in 2006.

David Ortiz and His First Red Sox Home Run

The first home run David Ortiz would hit as a member of the Boston Red Sox was a solo shot on April 27, 2003 off of Mickey Callaway in a 6-4 Boston win over the Angels.

Five Fun Facts About Notre Dame Fighting Irish Players in Pro Basketball

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on July 26, 2016

Notre Dame is one of the most famous and popular colleges in America. It’s known widely for its success on the football field but has put out some great basketball players too. Here is a look at five fun facts about Notre Dame and the NBA Draft.

Who Was the First Notre Dame Player to Make a Three Point Shot?

The first Notre Dame player to go on and make a three pointer in pro basketball was Collis Jones who was picked in the first round in the NBA by the Bucks and in the first round in the ABA by the Dallas Chaparrals. He played his entire career in the ABA.

Notre Dame Players and Their Turnovers

The first five Notre Dame basketball players to go on and turn the ball over 1,000 or more times in the NBA were Orlando Woolridge, Kelly Tripucka, Bill Laimbeer, Bill Hanzlik, and LaPhonso Ellis. Ellis barely made the group, finishing his career with a total of 1,001 turnovers.

The Top Notre Dame Rebounder in the NBA

The Notre Dame basketball player to have more career rebounds than anyother is Bill Laimbeer with 10,400. Prior to Laimbeer, the top spot on that list was held by Notre Dame player Tom Hawkins who played in the 1960s and finished with a total of 4,607.

The Top Assist Makers in the NBA from Notre Dame

The first five Notre Dame players to finish their NBA careers with over 2,000 assists were Adrian Dantley, Kelly Tripucka, Bill Hanzlik, John Paxson, and Bill Laimbeer.

A Notre Dame Drought in the 1960s

Notre Dame saw at least one player get drafted by the NBA in every decade from the 1950s to the 2010s, except for the 1960s. Tom Hawkins was taken by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1959 out of Notre Dame and another Fighting Irish player wouldn’t be drafted until Collis Jones in 1971.

Five Fun Facts About The Oklahoma Sooners And The NBA Draft

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on June 21, 2016

Five Fun Facts About the University of Oklahoma and the NBA Draft

The University of Oklahoma is probably most known as a football school. They have had a lot of success over the years though in basketball too. Here are five fun facts about the University of Oklahoma and the NBA Draft.

The First Sooners NBA Draft Pick Ever

The first Oklahoma Sooner picked in the NBA Draft was Paul Courty. This happened in 1949 in what was called the BAA Draft as the NBA had yet to be formed. He was picked by the Providence Steamrollers but elected to play for the Phillips 66ers of the Amateur Athletic Union instead.

Oklahoma Sooners Drafted In The First Round

The first eight Oklahoma Sooners taken in the first round of the draft were Marcus Freiberger in 1951, Garfield Heard in 1970, Alvan Adams in 1975, Wayman Tisdale in 1985, Harvey Grant in 1988, Stacey King and Mookie Blaylock in 1989, and Blake Griffin in 2009.

The First Sooners Draft Pick To Make A Three Point Shot

The first Oklahoma Sooners draft pick to make a three pointers was Donald Sidle. He was drafted out of Oklahoma in 1968 by the San Francisco Warriors but instead chose to play in the American Basketball Association. In his second season in 1969/70, he made the first three pointer by a Sooners draft pick while playing for the Miami Floridians.

Most Assists By A Oklahoma Sooners Draft Pick

Prior to guard Mookie Blaylock taking the top spot with nearly 6,000 career assists, the most career NBA assists for a Sooners draft pick was the 4,012 dished out by center Alvan Adams.

The First 3 Sooners Draft Picks In The 10,000 Point Club

The first three Oklahoma Sooners draft picks to score over 10,000 career points in the NBA were Alvan Adams, Wayman Tisdale, and Mookie Blaylock.

Five Fun Facts About Ichiro Suzuki

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 24, 2016

Very few players are known simply by one name, but when you are as good as Ichiro Suzuki, that’s guaranteed to happen. A lot of baseball fans were skeptical of Ichiro‘s abilities when he came to Major League Baseball from Japan, but he has gone on to prove each and every one of them wrong. Here are five fun facts about Ichiro Suzuki.

Ichiro Suzuki Hits Home Runs

Two of Ichiro’s first four career home runs were hit off of Rangers pitcher Jeff Zimmerman. He hit the first of his career off of him on April 6, 2001 and then the fourth of his career off of him on July 2, 2001.

Ichiro Suzuki & Hideo Nomo?

In a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox in 2001 during his rookie season with the Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki was hit by a pitch for the very first time. The pitcher who hit him was Hideo Nomo.

10 Straight Gold Gloves

Amazingly, Ichiro Suzuki won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award 10 years in a row. This happened in his first 10 seasons of Major League Baseball play.

What Would You Trade For Ichiro Suzuki

With the Mariners in rebuilding mode in 2012, Ichiro came to management and asked for a trade. The team would send him to the Yankees and in return receive Danny Farquhar and D.J. Mitchell.

Ichiro Suzuki’s First All-Star Game Hit

In the 2001 MLB All-Star Game held in Seattle, Ichiro’s first one, he got the first All-Star Game hit of his career off of former Mariners star pitcher Randy Johnson who had made the team while pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks that year. This was Johnson’s tenth and final All-Star Game. After reaching base, Ichiro would then steal second with another former Mariner, Alex Rodriguez, at the plate.

Five Fun Facts About Chicago Cubs Kris Bryant

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 17, 2016

Kris Bryant hit the news as a highly touted prospect for the Chicago Cubs. The young third baseman quickly made his mark on the league too. Here are five fun facts about Kris Bryant of the Cubs.

Kris Bryant’s High School Alumni

Kris Bryant went to Bonanza High School in Nevada. Other notable names to attend the same high school as him include actress Jenna Jameson, mixed martial artist Gray Maynard, Klout founder Joe Fernandez, mixed martial artist Frank Mir, golfer Scott Piercy, and NFL player Gerald Riggs.

Kris Bryant, College Student

In college at the University of San Diego, Kris Bryant began as a biology major before switching to finance.

Kris Bryant and the MLB Draft

The Chicago Cubs picked Kris Bryant with the second overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. The last time the Cubs used the second overall pick was in 2001 when they selected pitcher Mark Prior.

Kris Bryant’s First MLB Game

In his first Major League Baseball game, a 5-4 loss to the Padres, Kris Bryant went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. All three strikeouts came at the hands of the Padres’ James Shields.

…And Once Again, Dexter Fowler Scores!

Four of the first five home runs that Kris Bryant hit in his Major League Baseball career came with Cubs’ centerfielder Dexter Fowler on base at the time.

Five Fun Facts About San Francisco Giants Madison Bumgarner

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 10, 2016

Madison Bumgarner continues to be one of the most highly thought of pitchers in baseball. With his long list of accomplishments, he’s got the track record to justify all that praise too. Here is a look at five fun facts about Madison Bumgarner.

Who Was Drafted Before Madison Bumgarner?

In 2007, the San Francisco Giants selected Madison Bumgarner with the 10th overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft. The nine players picked ahead of him were David Price, Mike Moustakas, Josh Vitters, Daniel Moskos, Matt Wieters, Ross Detwiler, Matt LaPorta, Casey Weathers, and Jarrod Parker.

Madison Bumgarner’s First Game

In Madison Bumgarner’s first MLB game ever, a 4-3 Giants loss to the Padres, he gave up five hits, two earned runs, and two home runs in five and a third innings.

Madison Bumgarner’s Top Home Run Opponent

The first opposing player to hit a total of five home runs off of Madison Bumgarner during their career was Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies. Gonzalez actually had two of the first eight home runs Bumgarner ever gave up.

Madison Bumgarner’s First Grand Slam Home Run Given Up

The first grand slam home run Madison Bumgarner would give up during his career was hit on May 17, 2013 by Jordan Pacheco of the Rockies.

Who Did Madison Bumgarner Intentionally Walk For The First Time?

The first intentional walk issued by Madison Bumgarner in his career went to Chase Headley of the Padres in 2009.

Five Fun Facts About Broncos 2016 First Round Pick Paxton Lynch

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 4, 2016

Paxton Lynch spent three seasons as the starting quarterback for the University of Memphis prior to declaring for the NFL Draft. He was highly thought of by a lot of football minds, including John Elway of the Broncos who engineered a late first round trade to improve his team’s position and select Lynch with the 26th overall pick. Anyone looking for some Paxton Lynch fun facts, need look no further than here.

Paxton Lynch’s Birthplace

Paxton Lynch was born in San Antonio, Texas. Other football players born in San Antonio to go on and play quarterback in the NFL like Paxton Lynch include Tony Adams, Richard Bartel, Koy Detmer, Steve Grogan, Randy Johnson, Kliff Kingsbury, Tommy Kramer, Tobin Rote, and Jim Bob Taylor.

Paxton Lynch’s Best College FB Game

He had a number of great ones, but one of the best games Paxton Lynch had while in college came in a win over BYU in the 2014 Miami Beach Bowl when he completed 24 of 46 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing the ball 13 times for 38 yards and another three touchdowns.

Another Great Paxton Lynch Game

The next season, in 2015, Paxton Lynch had another great game. In a 63-0 Memphis win over SMU, he tied an FBS record when he threw seven touchdown passes in the first half.

The Most Passing Yards By Paxton Lynch

The most passing yards Paxton Lynch ever had in one game in college was the 447 he threw for in a 2015 win on the road at the University of Tulsa.

Paxton Lynch: Others Taken at Number 26

The Broncos chose Paxton Lynch with the 26th pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Other interesting names to be chosen over the years with the 26th pick include Steve Sewell, Clay Matthews, Lito Sheppard, Dana Stubblefield, Billy Ray Smith, Don Mosebar, Jim Harbaugh, Joe DeLamielleure, Robert Porcher, Alan Faneca, Dave Brown, and Ray Lewis.

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