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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.

5 Fun Facts About Adrian Peterson of the Vikings

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on September 14, 2014

Adrian Peterson is known as one of the best running backs in football. He earned this reputation too, successfully moving the ball in open spaces and through traffic while the talent level around him has sometimes been very good and sometimes… well, not so much. Here is a look at five fun facts about this great running back.

The First Time

The first time Adrian Peterson touched the ball in the NFL was not on a rushing attempt or a pass reception. It happened against Atlanta in Week One of the 2007 season when he returned the opening kickoff 22 yards.

Long Distance Caller

As a rookie in 2007, Adrian Peterson scored 13 touchdowns. Four of those were from 60 yards or more away.

A New Record!

In a win over the Bears in 2007, Adrian Peterson ran the ball 20 times for 224 yards. This set a new single game rushing record for the Vikings, breaking the old record of 200 yards that Chuck Foreman ran for in a 1976 win over the Eagles.

3 TDs… 3 QBs

The first three TD receptions caught by Adrian Peterson in the NFL were thrown to him by three different quarterbacks: Tarvaris Jackson, Brett Favre, and Christian Pronger.

Ouch!

#5 – The worst game of Adrian Peterson’s career came in a Vikings win over the 49ers in 2007 when he carried the ball 14 times for three yards and no scores.

5 Fun Facts About Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on September 13, 2014

Ray Rice broke into the NFL as a rookie out of Rutgers University in 2008. He made an immediate impression and in very short time made his move up the ranks and by the second season was named the starting running back for the Baltimore Ravens. He and quarterback Joe Flacco became the face of the Ravens’ offense, eventually leading the team to a victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII following the 2012 season.

Here are five fun facts about Ray Rice.

No Wonder They Drafted Him

Ray Rice was timed with a 4.37 second 40 yard dash, had a 39.5 inch vertical leap, and turned in a 10 foot and one inch broad jump at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine held prior to the NFL Draft.

What’s in a Number?

Prior to wearing #27, which he has worn throughout his NFL career, Ray Rice wore jersey #39 during preseason of his rookie year. When cornerback Ronnie Prude was cut it freed up number 27 which Rice had worn in college.

Per Carry? Are You Serious?!?

In a 2009 win over Detroit, Ray Rice carried the ball 13 times for 166 yards which gave him a per carry average of 12.77 yards.

First Touchdowns!

Ray Rice’s first NFL touchdown came on a nine yard run in a win over the Browns in 2009. His first playoff touchdown came on an 83 yard run in a win over the Patriots following the 2009 season.

Finally!

In a loss to the Bengals on December 29, 2013 in the last game of the 2013 regular season, Ray Rice scored the very first two point conversion of his NFL career.

Five Fun Facts About The Kansas City Chiefs

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on August 19, 2013

The Kansas City Chiefs came into exist as the Dallas Texans in 1960 as inaugural members of the American Football League. They relocated to Kansas City and became the Chiefs in 1963. Since then they have put out a great product, had some great players, and introduced the world to some great fans. Here are five fun facts about the Kansas City Chiefs.

The First One Recognized

The Chiefs got their start as a franchise in 1960 and would see the first person associated with the franchise inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972. That person was the founder of both the franchise and the American Football League, Lamar Hunt. The first Chiefs player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame was linebacker Bobby Bell in 1983.

Two In 28 Years?

From 1967 to 1993, a span of 28 seasons, the Kansas City Chiefs only had two full time kickers. Jan Stenerud came to the team in 1967 and between then and 1979 made 279 field goals for the team. Nick Lower started kicking for the Chiefs the next year in 1980 and by the time he left following the 1993 season he had made 329 field goals for the team.

Only One

Safety Deron Cherry played his entire NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1981 to 1991. He had 50 interceptions but returned just one for a touchdown. That came when he picked off David Woodley in a loss to Pittsburgh in 1985. He also recovered 14 fumbles during his career and returned two of those for touchdowns.

The Most Of His Career

Tony Gonzalez had a great career as a tight end with the Chiefs before moving on to continue it with the Falcons. While wearing a Kansas City uniform, the most yards Tony Gonzalez would ever have in one game was the 147 he put up on 11 catches in a loss to the Patriots in 2000. It was Elvis Grbac throwing to him at that time as quarterback of the Chiefs.

A Slow Start For Runners

In their first five decades of play, the 1960s through the 2000s (2000-2009), the Chiefs had 13 1,000 yard rushing performances by nine different players. They had two in the 1960s (Abner Haynes and Mike Garrett), one in the 1970s (Tony Reed), two in the 1980s (Joe Delaney and Christian Okoye), two in the 1990s (Barry Word and Christian Okoye), and six in the 2000s (Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson, and Jamaal Charles).

5 Fun Facts About Ryan Howard

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on June 28, 2013

Ryan Howard has proved himself to be one of the greats, not only in Philadelphia Phillies history, but in Major League Baseball history. He has earned a lot of fans over the years and a great deal is known about him. Here though are five fun facts about the great Ryan Howard.

A New Meaning To Practicing His Slide
As a junior high and high school student, Ryan Howard played the trombone in his school’s marching bands.

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You Say It’s Your Birthday! It’s My Birthday Too!
Ryan Howard was born on November 19, 1979. Other Major League Baseball players who share his November 19th birthday with him include Dickie Noles, Andy Sheets, Michael Saunders, Larry Haney, Stu Martin, Gary DiSarcina, Roy Campanella, Bobby Tolan, Everett Scott, and Bob Boone.

A Two Run Shot
The first home run Ryan Howard hit to start off his Major League Baseball career came in a September 11, 2004 Phillies win over the Mets. It came in the top of the 7th inning, was hit off of Bartolome Fortunato, and was a two run shot that also scored catcher Todd Pratt.

Who Was The First?
The first opposing pitcher Ryan Howard would accumulate 20 or more hits against during his career was Tim Hudson.

Ball Four!
The 2006 season saw Ryan Howard break the single season Phillies record for most times intentionally walked. He was intentionally walked 37 times that year. That broke the previous record of 26 that had been set just two years earlier by Jim Thome.

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