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J.J. Watt Houston Texans Fun Fact Graphic

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on March 18, 2015

J.J. Watt Fun Facts

Five Fun Facts About Ndamukong Suh

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on March 17, 2015

One of the bigger names in this year’s free agency was Ndamukong Suh. This impact player left the Detroit Lions and signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins, which made sports page headlines everywhere.

Here are five fun facts about Ndamukong Suh.

A Child of Portlandia

Ndamukong Suh was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He went to Grant High School there. Other notable sports names to come out of Grant High School like him include NBA player Terrell Brandon, NFL player and coach June Jones, MLB outfielder Darryl Motley, NFL quarterback George Shaw, and NBA player Mark Radford.

Not Bad Numbers

As a senior at Nebraska in 2009, Ndamukong Suh racked up 85 tackels, 12 sacks, 24 tackles for loss, 3 blocked kicks, and one interception.

Second Overall

In the 2010 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected Ndamukong Suh with the second overall pick. This is the second highest a player from Nebraska has ever been taken. The one time one went higher was in 1984 when the Patriots took wide receiver Irving Fryar. Other Cornhuskers who also were drafted second overall include Dean Steinkuhler in 1984 by the Oilers and Neil Smith in 1988 by the Chiefs.

The First To Go Down

The first quarterback sack of Ndamukong Suh’s career came in his very first NFL game, a Lions loss to the Bears on September 12, 2010, when he brought down Jay Cutler for a one yard loss.

The Most Sacks Against?

During his five seasons with the Lions, the team that Ndamukong Suh would register the most quarterback sacks against was the Chicago Bears with eight. In second place on that list is the Vikings with six and a half.

Five Fun Facts About Quarterback Jake Locker

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on March 16, 2015

Jake Locker, like a lot of NFL players, made the news in early 2015. While other names were getting noticed for changing teams via trade or free angency though, Locker was recognized because he was announcing his retirement at the age of 28.

Here is a look at five fun facts about quarterback Jake Locker.

Not Bad, Youngster

Jake Locker led Ferndale High School of Ferndale, Washington to a state title as a senior in 2005. He threw for 1,603 yards and 25 yards with only three interceptions. He also ran for 1,339 yards and 24 touchdowns that year while helping his team to a perfect 14-0 record.

Nice Fastball!

In the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft, quarterback Jake Locker was selected by the the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

300 Yard Games – Part I

In four seasons at the University of Washington, Jake Locker had three 300 yard games. He had one as a freshman against Arizona, one as a junior against LSU, and one as a senior against USC.

300 Yard Games – Part II

Jake Locker had three 300 yard passing games in the NFL. The most yards he threw for was 378 in a 2012 win over the Lions. His other two 300+ yard games were against the 49ers and Texans.

His TD Passes

Jake Locker threw 27 touchdown passes during his NFL career. he threw them to seven different players with Nate Washington catching eight, Delanie Walker and Kendall Wright catching five each, Kenny Britt and Jared Cook catching three apiece, Justin Hunter catching two, and Chris Johnson catching one.

Five Fun Facts About Offensive Lineman Max Unger

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on March 15, 2015

Max Unger made it into the news in 2015 by being the main player moving from the Seahawks to the Saints in what is known as the Jimmy Graham trade. Unger is an accomplished player in his own right, having been named All-Pro in 2012.

Here are five fun facts about Max Unger.

McCandless?

Max Unger’s full names is Maxwell McCandless Unger.

Four Year Starter

Max Unger had grown up in Hawaii and following high school he went to the University of Oregon. At Oregon, he was a four years starter on the Ducks offensive line.

Hold This For A Sec

During his six seasons in Seattle, Max Unger was called for holding eight times. Three times as a rookie in 2009, once during the 2010 season, and four times times during the 2013 season.

For The Tackle!

On October 18, 2009, in a Seahawks loss to the Cardinals, Max Unger was credited with his first career tackle. It happened in the first quarter when Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck fumbled while being sacked. It was recovered by Bryan Robinson of Arizona and Unger got the tackle.

The Fifth Ever

Max Unger was the fifth player ever taken in the NFL Draft out of Oregon by the Seattle Seahawks. The previous four had been Terry Dion in 1980, Daryl Reed in 1990, Maurice Morris in 2002, and Jordan Kent in 2007.

Five Fun Facts About Quarterback Sam Bradford

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on March 14, 2015

Sam Bradford made the headlines early in 2015 when he was traded by the Rams to the Eagles for quarterback Nick Foles. Philadelphia was bringing in the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and had high hopes.

Here are five fun facts about this strong armed quarterback.

Nice Start!

In his first college football game ever, Sam Bradford led Oklahoma to a win over the University of North Texas in 2007. He completed 21 of 23 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns that day, only playing for a little over two quarters. This set a new school record for passing yards in a half.

Not Bad Company

Sam Bradford was selected with the number one overall pick by the Rams in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was the first number one overall pick out of Oklahoma since the Detroit Lions selected Billy Sims with that pick in 1980.

The First Of Many

The first touchdown pass Sam Bradford threw in the NFL was a one yarder in a 2010 loss to the Cardinals that was caught by Laurent Robinson.

Gotcha!

The first NFL player to sack Sam Bradford was Calais Campbell of the Cardinals who dropped him for a seven yard loss in a 2010 St. Louis loss.

Seven Total

During his time with the Rams, Sam Bradford had seven games in which he threw for 300 or more passing yards. The most was the 377 he put up in a 2012 loss to the Vikings.

Five Fun Facts About Brandon Marshall

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on March 13, 2015

Brandon Marshall made headlines in early 2015 when the Jets worked a trade with the Bears to acquire the high jumping receiver.

Here is a look at five fun facts about this exciting wide receiver.

Nice Jump!

At Lake Howell High School in Florida, Brandon Marshall won the Class 3A State Triple Jump Championship with a jump of 14.81 meters.

Both Ways?!?!

During the 2004 season at the University of Central Florida, due to an injury riddled secondary, wide receiver Brandon Marshall started seven games at safety. He intercepted one pass that year and led the team in tackles with 51.

Nice Timing!

The most TD passes Brandon Marshall ever caught in a college football game was three. This happened on December 24, 2005 in a Central Florida loss to Nevada in the Hawaii Bowl. This was Marshall’s last game in college football. The three TD passes were for 51 yards, 29 yards, and 16 yards and were all thrown to him by quarterback Steven Moffett.

The First Of Many

The first pass Brandon Marshall would catch in the NFL was good for 13 yards, saw him tackled by Gary Baxter of the Browns, and was thrown to him by Jake Plummer while with the Broncos.

Who Threw ‘Em All?

Prior to being acquired by the Jets in 2015, Brandon Marshall had caught a total of 65 touchdown passes in the NFL. Seven quarterbacks had thrown TD passes to him up to that time, including Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton, Matt Moore, Chad Henne, Josh McCown, Jason Campbell, and Jake Plummer.

Five Fun Facts About Jimmy Graham

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on March 12, 2015

Jimmy Graham was in the news big time in early 2015 when the Seattle Seahawks traded Max Unger and a first round draft pick to the Saints for him and a fourth round pick. One of a kind talents like him don’t change teams via trade in the NFL too often.

Here is a look at five fun facts about this truly great tight end.

Not Just Muscle

Jimmy Graham graduated in 2009 from the University of Miami with a double major in marketing and management. Surprisingly, he had not played football up to that time, instead attending college on a basketball scholarship. He then played one season of football while taking graduate classes.

Meager College Totals

In his one and only season of college football at the University of Miami in 2009, Jimmy Graham finished the season with 17 catches for 213 yards and five touchdowns.

That’ll Be 10 Yards, Rookie

The first penalty ever called on Jimmy Graham in the NFL was for offensive pass interference in an October 17th, 2010 Saints victory over the Buccaneers.

Home Ain’t Where The Heart Is

The first four TD passes Jimmy Graham would catch in the NFL all came in road games. They were all thrown to him by Drew Brees and came in games against the Panthers, Ravens, and Falcons in 2010.

Two Long Ones

Jimmy Graham caught two TD passes of 50 or more yards during his time with the Saints. The first was for 56 yards and came in a Saints win over the Buccaneers in 2013. The second came from 51 yards out in a loss to the Jets, also in 2013.

Arizona Cardinals Fun Fact Graphic – Interceptions

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on March 11, 2015

Arizona Cardinals Fun Facts

The Eagles Trade For A Rams Quarterback… Again???

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on March 10, 2015

Rams Quarterbacks Traded To The Eagles

Golden State Warriors Fun Fact Graphic

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on March 4, 2015

Golden State Warriors Fun Facts

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