American football is the most popular sport in the United States. The National Football League (NFL) is the most popular sports league in the U.S. based on average attendance and revenue generated. Football evolved from the sport of rugby. The first football game played was on November 6, 1869 between Rutgers University and Princeton University.
In 1876, the first rules for American football were written. Walter Camp, known as the “father” of American Football first got involved in the game. In 1922, The American Professional Football Association changed its name to the National Football League. 18 teams played that year. The team in Canton, Ohio won the first two NFL championships. In 1923 winning all 11 games and losing none.
Halfback Kenny Washington (March 21) and Woody Strode (May 7th) in 1946 were the first African-Americans to sign an NFL contracts. Later that year Bill Willis (August 6) and Marion Motley (August 9) joined the Cleveland Browns. However it is believed that Charles Follis in 1902 was the first black to play the sport. He played for the Shelby Steamfitters of the Ohio League.
William Henry Lewis is noted as one of the first African-American college football players in history. Lewis later became the first African-American Assistant U.S. Attorney. Noted by an article published by the College Football Hall of Fame, Lewis played center for the Harvard football team. Harper’s Weekly magazine’s writer Caspar Whitney wrote that “Lewis has proved himself to be not only the best center in football this year, but the best all-around center that has ever put on a football jacket”. Lewis was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
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Who was the first Black quarterback in NFL history to win the MVP?Correct
Doug Williams, quarterback for the Washington Redskins (1986-1989). In super bowl XXII he won the MVP, passing four touchdowns, totaling 340 yards.
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Which college did Jim Brown attend and play football?Correct
Brown was the unanimous choice for college football’s Heisman Trophy in 1983. He started as a freshman for Syracuse in 1954.
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Four players have scored 3 touchdowns in a super Bowl. But one player has done this twice. Who was that?Correct
Jerry Rice scored three touchdowns in both Super Bowl XXIV and XXIX.
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The most touchdowns scored in an NFL career?Correct
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Which player rushed for the most yards during his career in the NFL?Correct
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As of the 2015 NFL football season which stadium is the smallest or seats the fewest spectators?Correct
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Who was the first African-American NFL coach to win a Super Bowl?Correct
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Who was the first head coach to defeat all opposing teams (currently 32) in the NFL?Correct
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The youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl was in 2009, who was he?Correct
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What NFL star, the first to rush for 2000 yards in a single season, was acquitted for the double murder of his ex-wife and her friend?Correct
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The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award – Payton (“sweetness”) died of a rare liver disease in 1999. The award is given to honor players volunteer and charity work as well as excellence on the field. The NFL Man of the Year Award has been given annually since 1970, it was renamed in 1999 honoring Walter Payton.
Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999), born in Columbia, Mississippi played college football at Jackson State (Jackson, Mississippi). Payton played for the Chicago Bears (1975 – 1987) and was awarded two NFL Most Valuable Player awards. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.