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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.

Five Fun Facts About Dolphins 2016 First Round Pick Laremy Tunsil

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 3, 2016

Laremy Tunsil was purely dominant as an offensive tackle at Ole Miss during the two and a half seasons he was active. He quickly drew notice from NFL teams and was talked about as a possible number one overall selection prior to the Rams and then Eagles trading up to position themselves to select the two highly rated quarterbacks. Tunsil eventually fell to the Dolphins with the 13th pick. Here are five Laremy Tunsil fun facts for those interested in this great young player.

Laremy Tunsil’s Birthday

Laremy Tunsil was born on August 2nd, 1994. Other NFL players who share his August 2nd birthday include Brandon Browner, Brad Ottis, Golden Tate, John Scully, Kerry Rhodes, Elijah Alexander, Chris Liwienski, Billy Cannon, Burgess Owens, Matt Hazeltine, Tom Rafferty, and Ed West.

Laremy Tunsil: Number One

Coming out of Columbia High School in Lake City, Florida, Laremy Tunsil was ranked as the number one offensive tackle prospect in the nation.

Laremy Tunsil’s Final College Football Game

In his final college football game, Laremy Tunsil scored the first and only touchdown of his career. It came at the end of the first half of the 2016 Sugar Bowl when Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly rolled out to the right and threw a lateral pass back to a wide open Laremy Tunsil for the easy score.

Laremy Tunsil and Top 15 Draft Picks from Ole Miss

Laremy Tunsil was the 10th Ole Miss player ever selected in the first 15 picks of the NFL Draft. The previous nine were Parker Hall, Merle Hapes, Ed Beatty, Jim Dunaway, Stan Hindman, Mike Dennis, Archie Manning, Eli Manning, and Patrick Willis.

Jumping Laremy Tunsil

At the Ole Miss Pro Day held before the 2016 NFL Draft, Laremy Tunsil was measured in with a vertical leap of 28.5 inches and a nine foot three inch broad jump.

Five Fun Facts About Cowboys 2016 First Round Pick Ezekiel Elliott

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 2, 2016

Ezekiel Elliott was the highest rated running back available in the 2016 NFL Draft and the Dallas Cowboys didn’t wast any time selecting him. When Dallas picked Ezekiel Elliott in the draft, using the fourth overall pick to do so, it showed how highly they thought of this great player out of Ohio State University. Here is a look at five fun facts about this highly touted young running back.

Ezekiel Elliott’s High School Stats

Ezekiel Elliott was a star running back for John Burroughs High School in Ladue, Missouri. As a junior, he ran for 1,802 yards and 34 touchdowns. As a senior, his total rushing yards rose to 2,155 and he scored 40 touchdowns on the ground.

Ezekiel Elliott’s Best College Football Game

Ezekiel Elliott’s best college football game came in 2015 against Indiana when he carried the ball 23 times for 274 yards, an average of 11.9 yards per carry, and three touchdowns.

Jumping Ezekiel Elliott

At the 2016 NFL Combine held before the NFL Draft, Ezekiel Elliott was measured to have a 32.5 inch vertical leap and a broad jump of nine feet 10 inches.

Ezekiel Elliott Finished 8th in Heisman Voting

In 2015, Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott finished in 8th place in voting for the Heisman Trophy. The seven players finishing ahead of him were Dalvin Cook of Florida State, Leonard Fournette of LSU, Keenan Reynolds of Navy, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, Deshaun Watson of Clemson, Christian McCaffrey of Stanford, and the winner, Derrick Henry of Alabama.

How Many First Round Running Backs Have The Cowboys Drafted?

The Dallas Cowboys had selected seven running backs in the NFL Draft, prior to taking Ezekiel Elliott in 2016. Those seven players were Calvin Hill in 1969, Duane Thomas in 1970, Bill Thomas in 1972, Charley Young in 1974, Tony Dorsett in 1977, Emmitt Smith in 1990, and Felix Jones in 2008.

Five Fun Facts About Chargers 2016 First Round Draft Pick Joey Bosa

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 1, 2016

Joey Bosa came out of Ohio State University as a highly thought of linebacker on the national scene. The Chargers selected Joey Bosa with the third overall pick in 2016, making him the first defensive player taken that year. Here is a look at five fun facts about this young and impressive defensive star.

Two Time Winner of the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year

The Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year is given out to the best Big Ten defensive lineman as voted on by the conference’s coaches. Joey Bosa won the award twice, first in 2014 and then again in 2015. He was the third player to win it twice after Mike Vrabel in 1995 and 1996 and Wendell Bryant in 2000 and 2001.

Joey Bosa Attended an Impressive High School

Joey Bosa attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Other famous football players who went to high school there include Geno Atkins, Giovani Bernard, Michael Irvin, Brian Piccolo, Daryl Porter, and Major Wright.

Joey Bosa’s College Football Quarterback Sacks

Joey Bosa would finish his three year college football career with 26 total sacks. The first sack he ever got at the college level came against Northwestern in 2013. His last came in 2015 against Michigan.

Other Chargers Top 3 NFL Draft Selections

When the NFL world heard the Chargers select Joey Bosa with the third overall pick in 2016, it was only the fifth time San Diego had held a pick in the top three. They’d had the number two pick three times, selecting Walt Sweeney in 1963, Bo Matthews in 1974, and Ryan Leaf in 1998. They’d also held the number one overall pick in 2004, using it to pick quarterback Eli Manning before trading him to the Giants.

Joey Bosa’s Famous Father

Joey Bosa’s father, John, played football at Boston College. He would go on and spend the 1987, 1988, and 1989 seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

Five Fun Facts About Eagles 2016 First Round Draft Pick Carson Wentz

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on April 30, 2016

Carson Wentz comes to the NFL out of North Dakota State. This isn’t usually thought of as an NFL hot bed of talent but the talent in this young quarterback is hard to ignore. The Eagles traded a lot away to be able to get up to the second overall pick and get him too. Here is a look at five fun facts about this upcoming quarterback.

North Dakota State’s NFL Draft History

North Dakota State had 35 players selected in the NFL Draft prior to the Eagles picking Carson Wentz. He was the first quarterback to come out of the school though and go on to be picked in the draft.

Carson Wentz, the Backup Quarterback

Prior to being named the starting quarterback at the beginning of his junior season, Carson Wentz was the backup QB for the North Dakota State Bison for two seasons. The starter in front of him was Brock Jensen. Jensen was undrafted when he came out of college, eventually signing with the Dolphins and later playing with Ottawa of the Canadian Football League.

Carson Wentz’s First TD Pass

Carson Wentz’s first college football touchdown pass came against Prairie View A&M as a freshman in 2012 when he came on late in a blowout win.

First Round Quarterbacks Drafted By The Philadelphia Eagles

Prior to taking Carson Wentz in the NFL Draft, the Eagles had only selected four quarterbacks in the opening round in their history. Those four were Davey O’Brien in 1939, Frank Tripucka in 1949, John Reaves in 1972, and Donovan McNabb in 1999. Like Wentz, McNabb was taken with the second overall pick.

Carson Wentz At The NFL Combine

At the NFL Combine held before the 2016 NFL Draft, Carson Wentz ran a 4.77 second 40 yard dash, had a 30.5 inch vertical leap, and a 9 foot 10 inch broad jump.

Five Fun Facts About Rams 2016 First Round Pick Jared Goff

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on April 29, 2016

The Los Angeles Rams made Jared Goff the first player picked overall when they took him in the 2016 NFL Draft. This also made Goff the first player drafted by the Rams after returning to Los Angeles.

Jared Goff came out of the Cal Bears football program, having put up three very good seasons. He was labeled early on as one of the top prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft and many assumed, especially after the Rams traded up to the number one spot, that he would be the first player picked. Here is a look at five fun facts about this highly touted young quarterback.

How Many Players Have The Rams Picked Number One Overall?

Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the Rams have had the top overall pick in the draft three times, using them as follows.

1997 NFL Draft Number One Pick: Orlando Pace
2012 NFL Draft Number One Pick: Sam Bradford
2016 NFL Draft Number One Pick: Jared Goff

Who Offered Jared Goff College Scholarships?

Jared Goff. chose to play college football for the Cal Bears. Other schools to offer him scholarships were Washington State University, Fresno State University, and Boise State University.

Jared Goff’s Biggest College Football Game

The most touchdown passes Jared Goff would throw in one game during his college career was the seven he put up in a Cal win over Colorado on September 27, 2014. Two of those were caught by Kenny Lawler and then Daniel Lasco, Stephen Anderson, Chris Harper, Bryce Treggs, and Lucas Gingold each caught one apiece.

How Many Cal Bears Quarterbacks Have Been Drafted Into The NFL?

Jared Goff is the 14th Cal Bears quarterback taken in the NFL Draft. The first 13 before him were:

1950: Bob Celeri
1954: Paul Larson
1959: Joe Kapp
1965: Craig Morton
1975: Steve Bartkowski
1977: Fred Besana
1981: Rich Campbell
1990: Troy Taylor
1992: Mike Pawlawski
1995: Dave Barr
1997: Pat Barnes
2003: Kyle Boller
2005: Aaron Rodgers

Jared Goff’s Dad Played Pro Sports Too!

Jared Goff’s dad, Jerry Goff, played six years in Major League Baseball for the Expos, Pirates, and Astros as a catcher. In that time, he hit seven home runs. The pitchers he homered off of were: Les Lancaster, Mike Harkey, Ramon Martinez, Steve Trachsel, Kevin Foster, Mark Thompson, and Ugueth Urbina.

Five Fun Facts About MMA Fighter Ronda Rousey

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on August 21, 2015

Ronda Rousey is one of the most popular fighter in the UFC right now and also the first woman to really make it big in the sport. Here is a look at five fun facts about this great athlete.

Happy Birthday!

Ronda Rousey shares her February 1st birthday with these famous names: Director John Ford, actor Clark Gable, poet Langston Hughes, Russian politician Boris Yeltsin, actor Garrett Morris, journalist Jessica Savitch, actress Sherilyn Fenn, singer Lisa Marie Presley, comedian Pauly Shore, poker player Phil Ivey, and One Direction’s Harry Styles.

Nicely Done, Mom!

Ronda Rousey’s mom is no slouch. In the 1984 she became the first American to take home Gold at the World Judo Championships. Today, she is the CEO of 7 Generation Games and was named in 2013 by Forbes as one of the “40 Women to Watch Over 40.”

The First Ever!

At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Ronda Rousey became the first American to win an Olympic Medal (bronze) in women’s judo since it became an Olympic sport in 1992.

Another First

With a career MMA record of 8-0 in early 2014, Ronda Rousey entered the ring to face undefeated Sara McMann. Not only would Rouse emerge victorious, but by winning by TKO with knees to the body, it was the first time she had ever won a match by anything other than an armbar.

But… Wrestling?

At Wrestlemania 31 in 2015, Ronda Rouse left her ringside seat during the show and made an appearance in the ring with The Rock.

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.

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