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10 Fun Facts About Former Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on December 31, 2014

Marc Trestman lost his job as head coach of the Chicago Bears following the 2014 NFL season after a second subpar season in a row. He took an interesting route to becoming a head coach in the NFL. The Bears will move on, but we won’t, here are:

Ten Fun Facts About Marc Trestman

High School Days

1. Marc Trestman attended Saint Louis Park High School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Other notable names to come from the same high school as him include film directors Joel and Ethan Coen, comedian and U.S. Senator Al Franken, author Thomas Friedman, and basketball player Jim Petersen.

His Playing Days

2. Marc Trestman was a backup quarterback in the late 1970s at the University of Minnesota. The starting quarterback ahead of him was future NFL player and head coach Tony Dungy.

Missed It By That Much!

3. Switching to defensive back, Marc Trestman went to training camp with the Minnesota Vikings in both 1978 and 1979. He never saw playing time in the NFL.

Double Shot of Bernie!

4. Marc Trestman was the quarterbacks coach at the University of Miami in the mid 1980s when Bernie Kosar led the Hurricanes to the national championship. He would later serve as quarterbacks coach with the Cleveland Browns in 1988 and 1988, again working with Kosar.

The CFL?

5. Prior to becoming the head coach of the Chicago Bears, Marc Trestman’s only head coaching experience had been as the top man of the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL from 2008 to 2012.

Job History

6. Marc Trestman has worked in the NFL as an assistant coach with the Vikings, Buccaneers, Browns, Vikings again, 49ers, Lions, Cardinals, Raiders, and Dolphins.

Championship Material!

7. Marc Trestman was the first coach ever to lead the Montreal Alouettes to back to back Grey Cup championships in the CFL.

Rare Company

8. Marc Trestman was just the fourth Chicago Bears head coach to win his very first game on the sidelines, a 24-21 victory over the Bengals in 2013. The three to do it before him were George Halas in 1920, Neill Armstrong in 1978, and Dick Jauron in 1999.

Better Than 50 Percent!

9. Marc Trestman challenged seven plays as head coach of the Bears in 2013 and 2014. He successfully overturned four of the calls and the other three were upheld by the replay officials.

His History of Bosses

10. Prior to becoming an NFL head coach, Marc Trestman had worked under 11 different NFL head coaches as an assistant: Jerry Burns, Bill Callahan, Bud Carson, Bud Grant, Jon Gruden, Ray Perkins, Bobby Ross, Marty Schottenheimer, George Seifert, Vince Tobin, and Dave Wannstedt.

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10 Fun Facts About Former Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on December 30, 2014

In our continuing fun fact series this week focusing on the recently fired head coaches of the NFL, see our Jim Harbaugh post yesterday, today we take a look at Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons. Smith saw seven seasons in Atlanta, which historically is pretty good as most coaches have not lasted that long with the team. With that in mind, here are…

10 Fun Facts About Mike Smith

Happy Birthday, Mike Smith!

1. Mike Smith was born on June 13, 1959. He shares this June 13th birthday with poet W.B. Yeats, TV host Ralph Edwards, actor Ben Johnson, actor Paul Lynde, baseball player Billy Williams, actor Malcolm McDowell, actor Richard Thomas, professional wrestler Jacques Rougeau, actress Ally Sheedy, journalist Hannah Storm, football player Sam Adams, actress Kat Dennings, and actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

His College Playing Days!

2. Mike Smith played linebacker from 1977 to 1981 at East Tennessee State University.

That’s Job Dedication!

3. Mike Smith spent 1987 to 1998 at Tennessee Tech where he served as defensive line coach, special teams coach, and eventually defensive coordinator.

His First NFL J-O-B

4. Mike Smith’s first NFL job came in 1999 as a defensive line assistant coach with the Baltimore Ravens.

Turning That Around!

5. Prior to hiring Mike Smith, the Falcons franchise had only had four seasons with 10 or more wins in their history. During his tenure he would lead the team to three straight 10 win seasons from 2010 to 2012.

Replacing Smith’s Replacement

6. Mike Smith had been the defensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 to 2007. After becoming Falcons head coach in 2008, his first offensive coordinator under him was Mike Malarkey who would eventually be hired as the head coach of Smith’s previous team the Jaguars.

3 Out of 5 Years?!

7. The Sporting News named Mike Smith the NFL Coach of the Year three times in five seasons (2008, 2010, and 2012).

His First Win

8. Mike Smith got his first win as an NFL head coach in his very first game when the 2008 Falcons defeated the Lions 34-21 on September 7, 2008.

That First Coach’s Challenge

9. Mike Smith’s first coaches challenge came on September 14, 2008 against Tampa Bay in his first season in the league. On a 3rd and 12 play, Matt Ryan had completed a pass to Roddy White for 11 yards, bringing up a 4th and 1 situation. After successfully challenging the spot the play was changed to a 13 yard reception and the Falcons were credited with a first down.

18 out of 43!

10. During his time with the Falcons, Mike Smith challenged 43 plays. The calls on the field were upheld 25 times while he succeeded in getting 18 overturned for is team.

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A FUN FACT Look at the 49ers and Jim Harbaugh Parting Ways

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on December 29, 2014

With the 2014 NFL season over, this week we’re going to do a series on every NFL head coach fired this season, of course from a fun fact perspective. With that in mind, first up is Jim Harbaugh who exited from San Francisco after a lot of success and a turbulent fourth year with the team.

10 Fun Facts About Jim Harbaugh

Happy Birthday Jim Harbaugh!

1. Jim Harbaugh was born on December 23, 1963. He shares his December 23rd birthday with Mormon leader Joseph Smith, admiral James Stockdale, professional bowler Dick Weber, football player Paul Hornung, actor Harry Shearer, actress Susan Lucci, journalist William Kristol, guitarist Eddie Vedder, football player Raymont Harris, actor Corey Haim, baseball player Brad Lidge, model Holly Madison, and baseball player Hanley Ramirez.

High School Days

2. Jim Harbaugh split his high school football time between Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan where his father Jack was an assistant coach with the Wolverines, and Palo Alto High School in California after his dad was hired as the defensive coordinator at Stanford.

No Bronze Medal For 3rd Place

3. Jim Harbaugh finished in third place in the voting for the 1986 Heisman Trophy as the quarterback of the Michigan Wolverines. Finishing ahead of him were Vinny Testaverde of Miami and Paul Palmer of Temple.

Who He Threw The Most Against:

4. Jim Harbaugh completed more TD passes in games against the Dolphins during his career, a total of 11, than he did against any other team in the NFL.

Jim Harbaugh’s 300 Yard Games

5. Jim Harbaugh went over 300 passing yards in a game seven times during his career. His highest single game total was the 404 he put up while with the Chargers in a loss to the Vikings in 1999.

Who Caught The Most?

6. During his career, Jim Harbaugh threw a total of 10 or more TD passes to just three different players. He finished his career completing 10 to tight end Ken Dilger, 12 to running back Neal Anderson, and 13 to wide receiver Floyd Turner.

Jim Harbaugh – Comeback Player of the Year!

7. 1995 saw Jim Harbaugh win the PFW/PFWA Comeback Player of the Year award in the NFL. He was the first Colts player to ever take home the award, as well as the first Michigan Wolverines alum to win it.

Jim Harbaugh – Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor

8. 2005 saw Jim Harbaugh inducted into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor. He played for the team from 1994 to 1997.

His First Win As An NFL Head Coach

9. The first win Jim Harbaugh would get as an NFL head coach came on September 11, 2011 when he led the 49ers to a season opening win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Ten-Win Seasons!

10. Jim Harbaugh is the sixth 49ers coach to lead the team to a double digit winning season. The first five before him were Buck Shaw, Dick Nolan, Bill Walsh, George Seifert, and Steve Mariucci.

Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Fun Facts – Infographic

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on December 26, 2014

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Gale Sayers Fun Fact – Infographic

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Franco Harris Fun Facts – Infographic

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Matt Ryan Fun Facts – Infographic

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on December 12, 2014

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Cleveland Browns Fun Facts – Infographic

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on December 10, 2014


More Than A Dozen Green Bay Packers Players You May Not Remember

Filed under: Do You Remember — by Mark on December 7, 2014

Everyone is usually more than a little familiar with the big name players and fan favorites who have played for their favorite teams. There are players though who slip through the cracks. They may start their career out with one team before quickly moving on to the next. They may also end their lengthy career with a team that they did not play for much. They also may just stop by on a roster briefly in between teams. With that in mind, here is a look at more than a dozen Green Bay Packers players you may not remember.

Mike Tomczak

Mike Tomczak started his career off succeeding Jim McMahon as quarterback of the Chicago Bears for six seasons. He ended his career with sevens seasons playing quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In between, he spent the 1991 season with the Packers and 1992 season with the Browns.

Andre Rison

Prior to his stop for five games with the Packers during the 1996 season, Andre Rison had been named to the Pro Bowl four times while playing for the Falcons. He’d continue his career the next season, moving on to play for the Chiefs.

Steve Bono

Steve Bono is famous as Joe Montana’s backup in both San Francisco and Kansas City, but he did put up a record of 28-14 as a starter during his NFL career. He played for seven teams during his career. He spent part of the 1997 season on the roster of the Green Bay Packers where he completed 5 of the 10 passes he attempted during the year.

Randy Vataha

Randy Vataha caught passes from Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett in college at Stanford and then again in the NFL with the Patriots. After six seasons in New England, he spent 1977, his final NFL season, with the Packers where he caught 10 passes.

Cedric Benson

coming off three straight 1000 yard seasons and having gained just shy of 6000 career yards, Cedric Benson joined the Packers in 2012. He started just five games and that was the end of his NFL career.

Sean Landeta

Sean Landeta won two Super Bowl rings, was a six time All-Pro punter, was named a member of the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team and 1990s All-Decade Team, retired as the oldest punter in NFL history at the age of 44, and played for five different teams. One of those teams was the Packers where he performed as punter during the 1998 season.

Vince Ferragamo

Vince Ferragamo had a fairly successful time playing for the Rams from 1977 to 1984. He finished his career in 1986 with one partial season with the Packers.

Harry Sydney

After winning two Super Bowl rings as a running back on the San Francisco 49ers in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Harry Sydney spent the final year of his NFL career with the Packers in 1992. He would go on to be the team’s running back coach for a time, including in 1996 when he earned his third Super Bowl ring.

Bobby Douglass

Bobby Douglass was famous for his rushing abilities as quarterback for the Bears in the early to mid 1970s. He even retired holding several quarterback rushing records. After a partial season with the Chargers and two years with the Saints, he ended his career in 1978 playing for the Packers.

Terry Glenn

In between six successful seasons with the Patriots and five years with the Cowboys, Terry Glenn spent the 2002 season with the Packers where he racked up 817 yards.

Eric Metcalf

After starring for the Cleveland Browns for six seasons as an explosive and elusive running back, receiver, and return man, Eric Metcalf would play for six NFL teams between 1995 and 2002. His last stop was the Packers in 2002 where he played just one game.

Errol Mann

Kicker Errol Mann helped the Oakland Raiders win Super Bowl XI following the 1976 season and also led the NFL in points scored while playing for the Raiders in 1977. He started his pro football career as a rookie with the Packers in 1968 where he missed all three field goal attempts he tried during his two game stay on the team’s roster.

Mark Clayton

Mark Clayton made his name catching passes during the 1980s and early 1990s for the Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins. He spent the final year of his career in the NFL in 1993 with the Packers, catching passes from another eventual Hall of Famer, Brett Favre.

Jim Zorn

Jim Zorn was the original starting quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks as a rookie in the franchise’s first season in 1976. He remained with the team for nine seasons. In 1985, Zorn played with the Packers, going 3-2 in his five starts.

Detroit Lions Fun Fact Infographic

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on December 6, 2014


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