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Russell Wilson Fun Fact Graphic

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on November 13, 2013

Seahawks - Russell Wilson First 10 Passes

Five Fun Facts About Calvin Johnson Of The Detroit Lions

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on November 11, 2013

Calvin Johnson has been one of the top receivers in the NFL for years. He makes everyone on his team better and he can always be counted on to turn in a quality performance. Here is a look at some fun facts about this great player.

Money Time!

As a freshman at Georgia Tech in 2004, Calvin Johnson had a 3 TD game in a 28-24 win against Clemson. Two of those three touchdowns came in the last 1:50 of the game.

5 Yards? 5 Yards?

The 2011 season saw Calvin Johnson rack up 1,681 receiving yards. This put him just five yards short of the Detroit Lions single season team record of 1,686 that had been set by Herman Moore in 1995. Not to worry though. He broke that record with room to spare when he caught 1,964 yards worth of passes in 2012.

Just One… And Barely

As a rookie in the NFL in 2007, Calvin Johnson had just one 100 yard game. That came in the 14th game of the season, a Lions loss to the Chargers, when he caught 5 passes for 102 yards.

Lucky Number 14!

On October 27, 2013, Calvin Johnson caught 14 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown in a Lions win over the Cowboys. These 14 catches tied him with Herman Moore for the most ever by a Detroit receiver in one game. Moore’s big day came in 1995 in a home win against the Bears.

How Many Before?

Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford are a dangerous combination that defenses around the league always have to look out for. Prior to catching his first touchdown pass from Stafford though, how many different Lions quarterbacks had thrown TD passes to Megatron? The answer is four: Jon Kitna, J.T. O’Sullivan, Dan Orlovsky, and Daunte Culpepper.

Five Fun Facts About Scott Tolzien Of The Packers

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on November 10, 2013

When Seneca Wallace got hurt while starting in place of an already injured Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers turned to Scott Tolzien who they had just signed to their practice squad a short time before. Backup quarterbacks never know when they will get the call to enter a game in the NFL, but Tolzien did not have to wait long at all. Here is a look at five fun facts about the man who it appears will take over the Packers offense for the time being.

He Beat Out Who?

Scott Tolzien won the 2010 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the nation’s outstanding senior quarterback in college football. The other finalists for the award that year who he would beat out were Andy Dalton of TCU (Bengals), Colin Kaepernick of Nevada (49ers), Christian Ponder of Florida State (Vikings), and Ricky Stanzi of Iowa.

Not Bad… Not Bad At All!

Scott Tolzien finished the 2010 season at Wisconsin with a .729 completion percentage. This was the best single season completion percentage in Wisconsin Badgers history.

TD Passes In One Game

The most touchdown passes Scott Tolzien would throw in one game while at Wisconsin was four. He did this three times. He did it against both Michigan and Michigan State in 2009. He also did it against Northwestern in 2010.

Two Of The Top Four

During his college career at Wisconsin, Scott Tolzien had two of the top four passing seasons in school history. This happened in 2009 when he threw for 2,705 yards, the second most ever in the history of Badgers football at the time, and then in 2010 when he threw for 2,459 yards. The 2011 season would see another Badgers quarterback pass both those marks when Russell Wilson became the first Wisconsin quarterback to have a 3,000+ yard season.

How’d He Measure Up?

At the NFL Scouting Combine held prior to the 2011 NFL Draft, Scott Tolzien was timed with a 4.93 second 40 yard dash. He was also measured to have a 29.5 inch vertical leap and a broad jump of nine feet eight inches.

Bonus: Scott Tolzien’s NFL Firsts

On November 10, 2013, Scott Tolzien got his first chance on an NFL field during the regular season. This came in a Packers loss to the Eagles after he came in to replace Seneca Wallace at quarterback. Wallace was hurt and starting in place of an injured Aaron Rodgers. His first NFL pass attempt was an incompletion thrown deep to Jordy Nelson. His first NFL completion went for 8 yards to tight end Andrew Quarless. His first NFL interception came on an intended throw to Jordy Nelson that was picked off by Brandon Boykin. His first NFL touchdown pass came from 22 yards out against Philadelphia that day and was caught by Brandon Bostick.

Kansas City Chiefs Fun Fact Graphic

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Chiefs - 6 100 Yard Rushers In 1980s

Brooklyn Nets Fun Fact Graphic!

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on November 7, 2013

Nets - Fun Facts

St. Louis Cardinals – Fun Fact Graphic

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on November 6, 2013

St. Louis Cardinals - Interesting Firsts

2013 World Series – Boston Red Sox Team Leaders Graphic

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on November 4, 2013

Red Sox World Series Team Leaders

5 Fun Facts About Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles’ 7 TD Pass Game

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on

Nick Foles lit the NFL world on fire yesterday when he threw 7 touchdown passes in a 49-20 victory over the visiting Oakland Raiders. Here’s a quick look at five fun facts regarding his amazing performance of a feat that had only been accomplished six times in history. The previous six QBs to pull this off were Sid Luckman in 1943, Adrian Burk in 1954, George Blanda in 1961, Y.A. Tittle in 1962, Joe Kapp in 1969, and Peyton Manning in 2013.

#1 – Once he tied the record, Nick Foles made the Philadelphia Eagles the first franchise to have two different quarterbacks toss 7 TD passes in a game as he joined Adrian Burk who’d done it back in 1954 against the Redskins.

#2 – Understandably overshadowed by his record tying performance was the fact that Nick Foles threw for more passing yards, a total of 406, than he had ever thrown for in one game before. He also became the sixth quarterback in Eagles history to have a 400 yard game, joining Sonny Jurgensen, Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, and Vince Young.

#3 – The 139 receiving yards put up by Riley Cooper in the victory over the Raiders was a career personal best for him as well. This topped his previous best of 120 yards just a few weeks earlier in a win over the Buccaneers and was the second 100 yard receiving game of his career.

#4 – Of the seven quarterbacks who have thrown 7 TD passes in one game, only three have done so without throwing a single interception: Y.A. Tittle, Peyton Manning, and Nick Foles.

#5 – Riley Cooper was a favorite in this performance, hauling in three of Nick Foles’ 7 TD passes. Just less than 50 years ago when Philadelphia’s Adrian Burk tossed his seven TD passes it was the Eagles’ Pete Pihos who had caught three of them for scores.


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