Archive for July, 2012

This Day in Football: Walter Payton was born
Chicago Bears, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History, Uncategorized

This Day in Football: Walter Payton was born

On this date in 1954, one of the greatest running backs in NFL history was born – Walter Payton. Payton played the game like no other. In 2011, he was featured in NFL Films’ A MORE ►

This Day in Football: Happy Birthday, Willie Davis
Green Bay Packers, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History

This Day in Football: Happy Birthday, Willie Davis

Hall of Fame defensive end Willie Davis turns 78 today. Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1956, his career was put on hold due to a 2-year service in the army. When he finally took … MORE ►

This Day in Football: Happy Birthday, Mark Jackson
Denver Broncos, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History, Uncategorized

This Day in Football: Happy Birthday, Mark Jackson

Former Broncos wide receiver Mark Jackson was born on this date in 1963.  A 6th-round pick of the Denver Broncos, Jackson was one of Denver’s “Three Amigos” at receiver – along with Vance … MORE ►

This Day in Football: Happy Birthday, Keyshawn Johnson
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This Day in Football: Happy Birthday, Keyshawn Johnson

Former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson was born on July 22 in 1972. Selected No. 1 in the 1996 draft by the New York Jets, Johnson was only the 2nd receiver in NFL history to … MORE ►

This Day in Football: Henry Ellard’s birthday
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This Day in Football: Henry Ellard’s birthday

Henry Ellard was born on this date in 1961. Ellard enjoyed a 16-year NFL career in which he topped 1,000 receiving yards 7 times – including 4 times in his 30s. After his retirement in … MORE ►

This Day in Football: Happy Birthday, Jordan Gross
Carolina Panthers, This Day in NFL History

This Day in Football: Happy Birthday, Jordan Gross

The Panther offensive tackle was born on this date, July 20th, in 1980. Jordan Gross was the 8th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, and has earned two trips to the Pro Bowl in … MORE ►

5 Questions With: Nate Burleson
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5 Questions With: Nate Burleson

In 2011, the Detroit Lions reached the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Despite losing to the Saints in the Wild Card round, the city and the players had much to celebrate. So how … MORE ►

This Date in Football: The Unretirement of Joe Namath
New York Jets, Tales from the Vault, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History

This Date in Football: The Unretirement of Joe Namath

On July 18, 1969, Joe Namath announced he was coming out of retirement and would return as the quarterback for the New York Jets.  Wait, Joe Namath retired in the middle of his career?  That’s … MORE ►

Cosell Talks: The Evolution of the Zone Blitz
Greg Cosell, Inside the Game

Cosell Talks: The Evolution of the Zone Blitz

Don Coryell and Bill Walsh were two pioneering and aggressive innovators who greatly expanded how people approached the NFL offense. As I wrote in a recent piece about the evolution of the offense, both … MORE ►

This Date in Football: Happy Birthday, Barry Sanders
Detroit Lions, Tales from the Vault, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History, Top 100

This Date in Football: Happy Birthday, Barry Sanders

We’re improvising this birthday salute to Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders, who celebrates his 44th on this date in football, July 16, 2012.  To appropriately honor a back who perhaps better than … MORE ►