Football Trivia Questions

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    Football Trivia

    Trivia about all things football including the NFL and college football.

First Sugar Bowl Game

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When was the first Sugar Bowl game played?

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The first Sugar Bowl game was played on January 1, 1935. Tulane defeated Temple 20 to 14 in that first Sugar Bowl.

First Orange Bowl Game

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When was college football’s first Orange Bowl game played?

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The first Orange Bowl game was played on New Year’s Day 1935. In that game Bucknell beat Miami (FL) 26 to 0.

First Cotton Bowl

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When was the first Cotton Bowl game played?

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The first Cotton Bowl game was played on New Year’s Day, 1937. In that first Cotton Bowl game TCU (ranked #16) defeated Marquette (ranked #20) 16 to 6.

First Overtime Pro Bowl

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When was the first NFL Pro Bowl game that was decided in overtime?

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The February 7, 1993 Pro Bowl (for the 1992 season) was won by the AFC 23 to 20 in overtime.

Oldest Bowl Game

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What is college football’s oldest Bowl Game and when was it first played?

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College football’s oldest Bowl Game, the “Granddaddy of Them All“, is the Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl was first played on January 1, 1902. Called the Tournament East-West football game at the time, in that game Michigan defeated Stanford by a score of 49 to 0. The first annual Rose Bowl Game, and the first to actually be called the Rose Bowl, was played on January 1, 1916. In that game Washington State defeated Brown by a score of 14 to 0.

Harlan Hill Trophy

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What is the Harlon Hill Trophy and who was the first to win the trophy?

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The Harlon Hill Trophy is awarded to the NCAA Division II college football player of the year. It was named after Harlon Hill, an offensive end at Florence State Teachers College (now the University of North Alabama) who went on to a successful NFL career. The first Harlon Hill Trophy was awarded in 1986 to quarterback Jeff Bentrim of North Dakota State University.

Dick Butkus Award

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What is the Dick Butkus award and who was the first winner?

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The Dick Butkus award is an award given annually to the top linebacker in college football. It was first awarded in 1985 to Brian Bosworth of Oklahoma. Bosworth also won it a second time in 1986.

Golden Boot Trophy

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What is college football’s Golden Boot Trophy?

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The Battle for the Golden Boot is the annual college football rivalry between the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers and the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. Since 1996, the winner of that annual football game receives the Golden Boot Trophy. The trophy weighs approximately 175 pounds, stands a little over 4 feet tall, and is molded out of 24-karat gold. It resembles the outline of the states of Arkansas and Louisiana connected.

First NFL League Offices

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Since 1960 the NFL’s league offices have been in New York City. Where were the NFL’s first league offices?

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At its founding, in 1920-1921, the NFL league offices were in Canton, Ohio, the current home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Since then, the offices have been in:

  • Columbus, Ohio (1921-1941)
  • Chicago (1941-1946)
  • Philadelphia (1946-1960)
  • New York City (1960-present)