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10 Fun Facts About Vikings Kicker Blair Walsh

Filed under: Football Fun Facts — by Mark on January 11, 2016

Blair Walsh has been one of the better kickers in the NFL during his short career and has done a lot that both he and Vikings fans can be proud of.

Here is a look at 10 fun facts about the kicker of the Minnesota Vikings, Blair Walsh.

Big Time!

In high school, Blair Walsh twice made field goals from 59 yards away.


Coming out of high school, Blair Walsh was named All-USA First Team by USA Today and a top-5 kicker in the country by ESPN.com.

Everyone Needs A Nickname

While in college at the University of Georgia, Blair Walsh’s nickname was the “Athens Assassin”.

The History Of That Number

Blair Walsh wears jersey number 3 for the Minnesota Vikings. Other Vikings players who have worn that number over the years include Rhett Bomar, Jeff George, Rich Karlis, Eddie Murray, and Jan Stenerud.

What A Debut!

In rookie Blair Walsh’s very first game with the Vikings in 2012, a three point win over the Jaguars, he went four for four on field goal attempts, making three in the fourth quarter and then the game winner in overtime.


As a rookie in 2012, Blair Walsh made 10 field goals from 50 yards away or more.

Three Times?

Blair Walsh was named the NFL Special Teams Player of the Week three times during his rookie season in 2012, in weeks 1, 15, and 17.

Tough Guy!

In a 23-20 Vikings win over the Bears in 2013, not only did Blair Walsh win the game with a field goal in overtime, he was also credited with his first career NFL tackle. It happened on the last possession of the game, he kicked the ball off and it was returned by Devin Hester for 57 yards before he was tackled by Walsh, eventually sending the game into overtime.

Overtime Victims

The first four teams Blair Walsh would kick overtime field goals against for the win were the Jaguars, Packers, Bears, and Rams.

Two Left To Go

As of 2016, the only two NFL opponents Blair Walsh had not made field goals against were the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots.

Fun Facts: Heisman Trophy Winners in the Hall of Fame

Filed under: Football Fun Facts — by Mark on December 25, 2015

Just a few days ago, we looked at Heisman Trophy winners who have made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Here are some fun facts related to those Heisman Trophy winners who proved they were indeed “all that” and went on to have Hall of Fame careers:

The Long Wait Is Over

No Heisman Trophy winner was inducted into the Hall of Fame for years until four were inducted in two years with Roger Staubach and O.J. Simpson making it in 1985 and Doak Walker and Paul Hornung making it in 1986.

7 Out Of 8

Seven out of the first eight Heisman Trophy winners to make it into the Hall of Fame were running backs. The only non-running back? Roger Staubach.

The Most Rushing Yards

The Heisman Trophy winner in the Hall of Fame with the most rushing yards is Barry Sanders with 15,269.

The Shortest Wait

The player who had the shortest wait between when he won the Heisman Trophy and when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was Earl Campbell at 14 years.

The Longest Wait

The player who waited the longest between winning the Heisman Trophy and making it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was Doak Walker at 38 years.

The Most Touchdowns

The Heisman Trophy winner in the Hall of Fame with the most touchdowns scored is Marcus Allen with 145.

Not Bad, Roger

With seven running backs and one quarterback on the list of Heisman Trophy winners in the Hall of Fame, it stands to reason that the player with the fewest rushing yards would be quarterback Roger Staubach. In truth, Staubach ended his career with 2,264 rushing yards, over 700 more than Doak Walker.

Eight Heisman Trophy Winners In The Hall Of Fame

Filed under: Football Fun Facts — by Mark on December 21, 2015

Dominating at the college and pro levels is something that very few people can pull off, especially at the most elite levels. The most outstanding player in college football in America wins the Heisman Trophy. A player who has an outstanding career, above and beyond even the great players, in the NFL is rewarded by getting voted into the Hall of Fame.

How many Heisman Trophy winners though have gone on to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

The answer is: 8

Doak Walker
Won Heisman: 1948
Inducted Hall of Fame: 1986

Paul Hornung
Won Heisman: 1956
Inducted Hall of Fame: 1986

Roger Staubach
Won Heisman: 1963
Inducted Hall of Fame: 1985

O.J. Simpson
Won Heisman: 1968
Inducted Hall of Fame: 1985

Earl Campbell
Won Heisman: 1977
Inducted Hall of Fame: 1991

Tony Dorsett
Won Heisman: 1976
Inducted Hall of Fame: 1994

Marcus Allen
Won Heisman: 1981
Inducted Hall of Fame: 2003

Barry Sanders
Won Heisman: 1988
Inducted Hall of Fame: 2004

10 Fun Facts About Broncos Quarterback Brock Osweiler

Filed under: Football Fun Facts — by Mark on December 2, 2015

A little over halfway through the 2016 NFL season, an exciting thing happened involving the Denver Broncos. It all started with a Peyton Manning injury. Seldom is an injury to a future Hall of Fame quarterback qualified as exciting. In stopped young Brock Osweiler though, and the entire league’s eyes were opened to the fact that this just may be the Denver Broncos quarterback of the future. The only question is when does that transition take place?

Here’s a look at 10 little known facts about Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler.

Pacific Northwest Roots

In 1990, Brock Osweiler was born in the small community of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He would be raised in Kalispell, Montana and graduate from Flathead High School there.

Big Sky Kinda Guy

As a high school senior during the 2008-09 football season, Brock Osweiler was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Montana.

Two Sport Star

Following his freshman year of high school, Brock Osweiler committed to play basketball at Gonzaga University. He’d later change his mind and instead focus on a college football career.

Why Arizona State?

Coming out of high school, Brock Osweiler chose to attend Arizona State University. In doing so he passed on scholarship offers from Washington State University and Stanford.

What’s In A Number?

As a rookie with the Broncos in 2012, Brock Osweiler spent the season wearing jersey number 6. It wasn’t until his second year in 2013 that he would change to his more familiar number 17 jersey. Osweiler had worn number 17 in college but in 2012 it was worn by Denver receiver Andre Caldwell who would switch to number 12 in 2013.

Rookie Money

As the 57th overall pick in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Brock Osweiler signed his rookie contract that was valued at $3,516,000 over four years.

The Tall One

At 6’7″ tall, Brock Osweiler was put in as a defensive lineman on special teams near the end of a 2012 Week 12 loss to the Patriots in a failed attempt to capitalize on his height by blocking a field goal attempt.

Hey Youngster!

When Brock Osweiler threw his first career TD pass at the age of 23 years and 43 days old, he was the second youngest quarterback in Broncos history to throw for a touchdown. The only one to do so while younger than him was Jay Cutler.

No Problem. Shake It Off!

On December 14, 2014 in a road game in San Diego, Brock Osweiler was called for a penalty for the first time in his NFL career. It came near the end of the second quarter when he was whistled for intentional grounding.

Gotta Get That First One Out Of The Way

The first pass Brock Osweiler would complete in the NFL was a five yarder to Matt Willis in the fourth quarter of a 38-3 win over the Chiefs in 2012.

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