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It's football season.   Join me below the orange squiggle for some football facts you may not know.

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The NFL granted the Cleveland Rams a franchise in L.A. in 1946.

Beattie Feathers was the first player in the NFL who rushed for 1000 yards in a season.   He accomplished this in 1934 with the Chicago Bears.

The first football ever used was round.

Jay Berwanger was the first Heisman trophy winner.

The Green Bay Packers won the first Super Bowl ever played in 1967.

The U.S. Football League was a short lived pro football league that started as an alternative to the NFL in the mid 80's.   The league featured some great players that would go on to star in the NFL, and a few that made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The first former USFL player to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was quarterback Jim Kelly, who played with the Houston Gamblers before going on to star for the Buffalo Bills and taking them to 4 straight Super Bowls.

There's a group of "Science Cheerleaders", former NFL and NBA cheerleaders who go around getting people interested in science.

The longest field goal in NFL history was kicked by a man who had only 1/2 of a foot.  Tom Dempsey, a 22 year old kicker for the New Orleans Saints was born with 4 fingers on his right hand and 1/2 of his right foot.   On Nov. 8, 1970 with 2 seconds remaining in the game, he kicked a 63 yard field goal.   Since that time the uprights were moved from the front of the end zone to the back, lengthening a kick by 10 yards.

NFL cheerleaders make $50.00 a game, and are forbidden from socializing with the players.

During a typical NFL game the ball is only in play for 11 minutes.

The huddle formation in football came from deaf football players from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.   The purpose was to prevent other teams from reading their sign language.

Football fans cheering in stadium
Have a great day, and I hope your team wins.  
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