EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS PREMIERE NOW HAS A NEW AIRDATE OF THURSDAY APRIL 24 at 9pm/ET.
The 1984 NFL season was filled with excitement. Dan Marino set a new single-season record with 5,084 yards passing. Eric Dickerson’s 2,105 yards rushing was also a new record. And Walter Payton broke Jim Brown’s career rushing record. The 49ers beat Miami in the Super Bowl, becoming the first team to win 18 games in a season. But the year started with the 1984 NFL Draft, the focus of this week’s episode of Caught in the Draft, which debuts this Thursday, April 24 at 9pm/ET on NFL Network.
1984 was unique in that it was a year with three drafts. First, the USFL held their second annual draft in January, where they pillaged the pool of prospects the NFL had hoped to select from in May. Then there was the NFL Draft, where college teammates went 1-2 for just the second time ever. A month after that, was the Supplemental Draft, where the NFL claimed rights to players currently in the USFL and CFL. Three of the first four picks in the Supplemental Draft went on to Hall of Fame careers.
Top Grossing Movies of 1984
1) Beverly Hills Cop, $234.7 m
2) Ghostbusters, $229.2 m
3) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, $179.8 m
4) Gremlins, $153.1 m
5) The Karate Kid, $90.8 m
Highest rated TV shows of 1983-84
1) Dallas, 25.7
2) 60 Minutes, 24.2
3) Dynasty, 24.1
4) The A-Team, 24.0
5) Simon & Simon, 23.8
1984 NBA Draft
1) Houston – Akeem Olajuwon (Houston)
2) Portland – Sam Bowie (Kentucky)
3) Chicago – Michael Jordan (North Carolina)
4) Dallas – Sam Perkins (North Carolina)
5) Philadelphia – Charles Barkley (Auburn)
“Caught in the Draft: 1984, A War is Upon Us” airs Thursday at 9:00pm/ET on NFL Network, featuring Boomer Esiason, Steve Young, Irving Fryar and Carl Banks.