Football Trivia Questions

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    Football Trivia

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

Most Sacks in an NFL Career

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Who holds the record for the most sacks in an NFL career?

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The record for the most sacks in an NFL career is held by Defensive End Bruce Smith who had 200 sacks in his 19 year career (1985-1999 with the Buffalo Bills and 2000-2003 with the Washington Redskins).

Oldest North American Sports Hall of Fame

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Of the major North American Sports (baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer), which sport has the oldest hall of fame?

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The halls of fame from the oldest to the newest are:

  • 1939 – The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
  • 1957 – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was established in 1957. The hall of fame building actually opened in 1968 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
  • 1961 – The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1963 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
  • 1999 – The National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, New York (which is very close to Cooperstown, the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame).

 

Most NFL Seasons Played

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Who holds the record for the most NFL seasons played?

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George Blanda, a quarterback and placekicker, played 26 NFL seasons setting the NFL record. He played for the Chicago Bears (1949), Baltimore Colts (1950), Chicago Bears (1950–1958), Houston Oilers (1960–1966), Oakland Raiders (1967–1975) and retired from the game as the age of 48 (a month shy of his 49th birthday).

NCAA Football Single Season Rushing Record

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As of the end of the 2013 college football season, who holds the NCAA football single season rushing record?

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The NCAA football single season rushing records are:

  • Division I FBS: 2,628 – Barry Sanders, Oklahoma St., 1988
  • Division I FCS: 2,255 – Arnold Mickens, Butler, 1994
  • Division II: 2,756 – Danny Woodhead, Chadron St. 2006
  • Division III: 2,790 – Nate Kmic, Mount Union. 2008 *

* NCAA all-time, all-division leading rusher.

Best Single Season Record for Major Sports

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What team owns the best regular season record for the four major North American sports (baseball, basketball, hockey, and football)?

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The teams with the best regular season records were:

  • Baseball – The 1906 Chicago Cubs (116-36) who went on to lose the 1906 World Series to the Chicago White Sox
  • Basketball – The 1995/1996 Chicago Bulls (72-10) who went on to beat the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA Finals
  • Football – The 2007 New England Patriots (16-0) who went on to lose Super Bowl XLII to the New York Giants and the 1972 Miami Dolphins (14-0) who went on to defeat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.
  • Hockey
    • On Win/Loss – The 1995/1996 Detroit Red Wings (62-13-7 or 131 points) who lost the Western Conference Finals to the Colorado Avalanche
    • On Points – The 1976/1977 Montreal Canadians (132 points, 60-8-12) who defeated the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup

Play in World Series and Super Bowl

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Who is the first player to play in both a World Series and in the Super Bowl?

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Deion Sanders played in the 1992 World Series with the Atlanta Braves. In the 1992 World Series, which the Braves lost to the Toronto Blue Jays (4-2), Sanders played in four games, hit .533 with 4 runs, 8 hits, 2 doubles, and 1 RBI.

Deion Sanders also played in Super Bowl XXIX (1994) with San Francisco, and Super Bowl XXX (1995) with the Dallas Cowboys earning two Super Bowl championship rings.

Sanders is also the only player to hit a home run in the MLB and score a touchdown in the NFL in the same week (in 1989).

Gagliardi Trophy

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What is the Gagliardi Trophy?

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The Gagliardi Trophy is awarded to the Outstanding Division III college football player of the year. It is awarded by the Jostens Company and the J-Club of Saint John’s University in Minnesota. It was first awarded in 1993 to Jim Ballard, a Quarterback at the University of Mount Union (Alliance, Ohio).

NFL First 4,000 Yard Passing Season

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Who was the first NFL quarterback to have a 4,000 yard passing season?

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“Broadway” Joe Namath passed for 4,007 in 1967 with the New York Jets to become the first NFL quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a season.

NFL’s Highest Scoring Game

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What was the NFL’s highest scoring game?

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The highest scoring game in NFL history came in the regular season on November 27, 1966 when the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants by a score of 72 to 41. The combined 113 points came on 16 touchdowns and a field goal.

Most Consecutive Championships

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Of the 4 major North American Sports (baseball, basketball, football, and hockey), what sports team has won the most consecutive championships?

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The crown for the most consecutive championships goes to basketball’s Boston Celtics, who won 8 championships in a row from from 1959 to 1966. The crown for the 2nd most consecutive championships goes to 2 teams – baseball’s New York Yankees with 5 World Series Championships from 1949 to 1953, and the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League who had 5 consecutive Grey Cup Championships from 1978 to 1982.