8/3/21: Keeping with the Olympic theme, this NFL alum captured two gold medals when he participated in the Summer Games in Tokyo.  Is it:

  1. Michael Bates (Seahawks, Panthers, Browns, WFT, Jets, Cowboys; 1993-2003)
    B. Ron Brown (Rams, Raiders; 1984-1991)
    C. Bob Hayes (Cowboys, 49ers; 1965-1975)

ANSWER:  C.  Bob Hayes won gold medals in Tokyo in the 1964 Games when he captured gold in the 100-meter sprint and as a member of the 4×100 meter relay team.  Michael Bates earned a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona in the 200-meter dash. Ron Brown won a gold medal in Los Angeles in 1984 as a member of the 4×100 meter relay team.


7/20/21: This six-time Pro Bowler this season will become the third defensive tackle inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor.  Is he:

A Alan Page (who played with the Vikings from 1967-1978)
B John Randle (1990-2000)
C. Kevin Williams (2003-2013)

ANSWER:  C. Kevin Williams is the newest member of the Vikings Ring of Honor. He played in 171 regular season games and helped the Vikings make four playoff appearances.  Williams was the ninth player selected in the 2003 Draft after he excelled in college at Oklahoma State.  Pro Football Hall of Famers Alan Page and John Randle were inducted into the Ring of Honor as defensive tackles in 1998 and 2008, respectively.


7/14/21: This NFL alum, who last month was inducted into the Montana Football Hall of Fame, also was the NCAA shot put champion when he was in college. Is he:

  1. Dan Carpenter (Dolphins, Bills; 2008-2016)
  2. Shane Collins (WFT, 1992-1994)
  3. Jan Stenerud (Chiefs, Packers, Vikings; 1967-1985)

ANSWER: B.  Shane Collins attended Bozeman (MT) High School, Arizona State University and was a second-round selection of the Washington Football Team in the 1992 Draft.  He played three seasons in the NFL. While at ASU, he was a two-sport athlete and was the NCAA shot put champion in 1990. He now is a home builder in Bozeman.  Dan Carpenter also is a member of the 2021 Class of the Montana Football Hall of Fame. He attended Helena (MT) High School and the University of Montana. He was a four-time All-Big Sky selection as placekicker in college.  Pro Football Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud was born in Norway and attended Montana State University where he also was a two-sport athlete–football and ski jumping.


7/6/21: Which of the following 49ers alumni will be inducted formally into the team’s Hall of Fame this season?

  1. WR John Taylor (1987-1995)
  2. LB Patrick Willis (2007-2014)
  3. Bryant Young (1994-2007)

ANSWER: A, B, and C.   John Taylor and Patrick Willis were announced as new Hall of Famers by the team last month. Bryant Young was announced last year but due to the pandemic never was officially inducted.  Willis and Taylor will be inducted on the field at halftime of the Niners game on December 19.  Young will be honored in similar fashion at the home game on November 7.  Congrats to all three deserving NFL alumni!


7/1/21:  Most NFL alumni were multi-sport athletes in high school and college. Which of the following QB alums were selected by the MLB Kansas City Royals 50 yrs ago in the 1971 MLB Draft?

  1. Steve Bartkowski (Falcons, Rams; 1975-1986)
  2. Archie Manning (Saints, Oilers, Vikings; 1971-1984)
  3. Joe Theismann (WFT; 1974-1985)

ANSWER:  A & B.   Steve Bartkowski was selected by the Royals in the 33rd round (yes, 33rd round) in the June 1971 MLB Draft.  Archie Manning was picked somewhat higher in that same draft on the 2nd round by the Royals.  Joe Theismann also was a baseball prospect and was drafted on the 39th round of the same Draft by the Minnesota Twins.


6/23/21: This NFL alum’s book “Row the Boat” was #2 last week on the Wall Street Journal’s Hardcover Bestseller List. Is he:

  1. Bill Cowher (Eagles, Browns; 1979-1984)
  2. J. Fleck (49ers; 2004-2005)
  3. Joe Namath (1965-1977)

ANSWER: B.  P.J. Fleck now is in his fifth season as a winning head coach at the University of Minnesota.  He previously was head coach at Western Michigan. Fleck originated the “Row the Boat” mantra after the loss of an infant child, and he extended it to his coaching style. One of his Gophers players carries an oar whenever Fleck’s teams take the field. Bill Cowher’s best-selling book “Heart and Steel” debuted in bookstores this year and in it Coach Cowher tells an inspirational story about football, family and life.  Joe Namath wrote “All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters” in 2019 and it has remained a popular gift in recent years, especially around the start of the football season.


6/17/21: Two of the below NFL alums will be inducted this year into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame.  Will it be:

  1. K Jim Breech (Raiders, Bengals; 1979-1992)
  2. RB Justin Forsett (Seahawks, Colts, Texans, Jaguars, Ravens, Lions, Broncos; 2008-2016)
  3. RB Marshawn Lynch (Bills, Seahawks, Raiders; 2007-2019)

 

ANSWER: B & C: Justin Forsett was All Pac-10 and Cal’s Offensive MVP as a senior in 2007.  He was a seventh-round draft choice of the Seahawks in 2008.  He made the Pro Bowl with the Ravens in 2014. Marshawn Lynch was first team All-America RB as a junior in 2006.  He still holds Cal’s career record with 17 games of 100-plus yards rushing. He was the first round pick of the Bills in 2007.  Jim Breech, who is a member of NFL Alumni’s Board of Directors, was inducted into Cal’s Hall of Fame in 1999. He led the Pac-10 in scoring in 1977 with 82 points.  The 2021 Class will be inducted  in a ceremony on October 29 this year in Berkeley.


6/8/21: Which of the following NFL alumni will be inducted  into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame as members of the 2021 Class  this summer?

  1. LB Derrick Johnson (Chiefs, Raiders; 2005-2018)
  2. LB DeMarcus  Ware (Cowboys, Broncos; 2005-2016)
  3. S Charlie Waters (Cowboys; 1970-1981)

ANSWER:   A,B, and C.    Derrick Johnson was born in Waco, Texas and played at the University of Texas.  He played in three straight Pro Bowls (2011-13) during his 13 year NFL career.  DeMarcus Ware played in nine Pro Bowls during his 12-year NFL career and was a member of the Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 championship team.  Charlie Waters played in five Super Bowls during his 12-year career with the Cowboys and was a three-time Pro Bowler.  The induction  ceremony is scheduled on August 28 in Waco.

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6/3/21: This Miami Dolphins alum is the new head coach at the University of Fort Lauderdale.  Is he:

  1. Chris Chambers (2001-2007)
  2. Autrry Denson (1999-2000)
  3. Patrick Surtain (1998-2004)

ANSWER: A. Chris Chambers.  The University of Fort Lauderdale, a commuter school that earlier this year joined the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), named Chris Chambers as its first head football coach this spring.  Chambers previously was a high school coach in nearby Davie, Florida.  In addition to the Dolphins, Chambers also played for the Chargers (2007-08) and Chiefs (2009-10). Autrey Denson in 2019 was named head coach of Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina. Patrick Surtain is head coach at Plantation American Heritage High School in Broward County, Florida. His team won the state’s Class 5A Championship last December in Coach Surtain’s  fifth year at the helm. Thank you, men, for staying involved in our great sport.


5/20/21: The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame  inducted its newest class of enshrinees earlier this month. The Class of 2021 included which of the following NFL alumni:

  1. Willie Anderson (Bengals, Ravens; 1996-2008)
  2. DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys, Broncos; 2005-2016
  3. George Teague (Packers, Cowboys, Dolphins; 1993-2001)

 

ANSWER: A, B, and C. Willie Anderson was a first round draft pick out of Auburn University who became a four-time Pro Bowl tackle. DeMarcus Ware was born in Auburn, Alabama but played his college ball at Troy University which is 90 miles away. He was a nine-time Pro Bowl linebacker. George Teague played defensive back at the University of Alabama under Coach Gene Stallings, who attended the Hall of Fame banquet this month. Teague was a first-round draft choice by the Packers. He has been a successful high school coach and athletic director in Texas for the last two decades. Congrats to all three men and their families!


5/6/21: This NFL alum will give a delayed Commencement Address this weekend for the Class of 2020 at his alma mater University of Mississippi. Is he:

  1. Archie Manning (Saints, Oilers, Vikings; 1971-1984)
  2. Eli Manning (Giants; 2004-2019)
  3. Patrick Willis (2007-2014)

 

Answer C. Patrick Willis will give the  Commencement Address at 2020 graduation exercises which were postponed last year due to the COVID pandemic. Willis holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ole Miss. He was a four-year (2003-2006) letterman and was a consensus All America linebacker in his senior year. The 36-year old Tennessee native was the 49ers first-round draft choice in 2007 and was a seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker during his eight years in San Francisco. The father-son duo of Archie and Eli Manning also graduated from Ole Miss but then quietly dropped out of public life after their collegiate playing days.


4/27/21: Only once in league history has an NFL team selected four eventual Pro Football Hall of Famers in the  same Draft class. Was it:

 

  1. Chicago Bears in 1985
  2. Dallas Cowboys in 1989
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers in 1974

 

ANSWER: C. The Steelers selected four eventual Hall of Famers in the first five rounds of the 1974 Draft: 1st round WR Lynn Swann; 2nd round MLB Jack Lambert; 4th round WR John Stallworth and 5th round C Mike Webster (deceased). In addition, S Donnie Shell was signed as an undrafted  free agent by the Steelers in 1974. Shell will be enshrined into Canton this summer as a member of the Hall’s Centennial Class of 2020.


4/21/21: Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach Marv Levy was named to the Canadian Football  Hall of Fame last week. Who is the only PLAYER to be enshrined in both Canton and the Canadian Football Hall?

  1. Fred Biletnikoff (who was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988)
  2. Len Dawson (who was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987)
  3. Warren Moon (who was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006)

ANSWER:  C.  Warren Moon played quarterback in both the CFL and NFL for a total of 23 seasons.  He was not drafted by an NFL team in 1978 after playing for the University of Washington so he signed with the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos.  He played with the Eskimos through the 1983 season and Edmonton won five Grey Cup championships during that time. He then signed with the Houston Oilers in 1984 to start a 17-year NFL career with four teams.  He was a nine-time Pro Bowler. Moon was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2001. Fred Biletnikoff played for the Raiders from 1965-78. After being released by the Raiders in 1979, he signed with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes in 1980 and played just one season there.  He was the second leading receiver on the team in 1980.  Len Dawson played in both the American Football League and the NFL but never played in the CFL.


4/15/21: Former Titans RB Eddie George, who was named Head Coach at Tennessee State University this week, previously was an assistant coach at:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Tennessee State
  3. Tennessee Titans
  4. None of the above
  5. ANSWER D. None of the above.  Eddie George retired as a four-time Pro Bowler after a brilliant career with the Titans (1996-2003) and Cowboys (2004).  George graduated from Ohio State and later earned an MBA from Northwestern.  His post-NFL career has included  time as a broadcaster, business owner, restaurateur, and Broadway stage actor.  He now follows Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders (Jackson State) as a high-profile head coach of a HBCU school without prior college coaching experience. Go TSU Tigers!

4/7/21: This retired Saints quarterback recently was named to the Board of Directors of a regional  bank based in Baton Rouge. Is he:

A Drew Brees (2006-2020)

B Aaron Brooks (2000-2005)

C Archie Manning (1971-1982)

 

ANSWER: ADrew Brees, who announced his NFL  retirement last month, has been named to the  Board of b1Bank and its parent company Business First Bancshares. The bank has 43 locations in Louisiana and Texas. Brees also has been co-owner of Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux since 2015 and is a franchise owner of Jimmy John’s and Dunkin Donuts. Archie Manning has had a successful business and broadcasting career. He currently serves as the Chairman of the National Football Foundation. Aaron Brooks, who was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame in 2014,  is a commercial and residential real estate developer in his hometown of Newport News, Virginia.


3/31/21:  This former quarterback is the only NFL alum both to win  the Heisman Trophy and play in college basketball’s Final Four tourney. Is he:

  1. Terry Baker (won Heisman in 1962 playing for Oregon State)
  2. Gary Beban (won Heisman in 1967 playing for UCLA)
  3. Andre Ware (won Heisman in 1989 playing for University of Houston)

 

ANSWER:  A. Terry Baker played quarterback for the Oregon State Beavers football team and point guard for the school’s basketball team. In November, 1962 he won the Heisman Trophy and a few months later led his school to the Final Four basketball tournament. He also graduated from OSU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and late earned a law degree from the University of Southern California.    Baker was the NFL’s first overall selection in the 1963 Draft by the Rams and he played in Los Angeles for three seasons.   Gary Beban led his UCLA Bruins to three straight winning seasons, including a 14-12 Rose Bowl victory over number one Michigan State when he scored both TDs.  He was selected by the Rams on the second round of the 1968 Draft and soon traded to the Washington Football Team where he played two seasons.   He later was a successful businessman in the real estate services arena.  Andre Ware was the first African-American quarterback to win the Heisman when he was named in 1989.  Ware was selected by the Lions in the first round of the 1990 Draft and played in Detroit through the 1993 season.  He is in the College Football Hall of Fame and has had a successful broadcast career.


3/24/21: This NFL alum is running for re-election to the distinguished Board of Trustees at his college alma mater Penn State University.  Is he:

  1. Franco Harris (Steelers, Seahawks; 1972-1984)
  2. Lydell Mitchell (Colts, Chargers, Rams; 1972-1980)
  3. Brandon Short (Giants, Panthers; 2000-2006)

 

ANSWER:  C. Brandon Short was elected to his first term on the Penn State Board of Trustees in 2018.  He received his undergraduate degree from Penn State and later  earned an MBA from the Columbia University Business School in 2010.  His post-NFL work experience includes employment at Goldman Sachs where he was assigned to the  firm’s office in Dubai.  He currently is Director of Mergers and Acquisitions for Round Hill Capital, an integrated real estate investment and management firm.  Pro Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris and College Football Hall of Famer  Lydell Mitchell are both New Jersey natives and former Penn State teammates.  They remain close and have been  partners in several business enterprises,  including Pittsburgh’s Super Bakery,  Baltimore-based Park Sausage Inc.,  and AdeNation, a sports  nutrition company.


3/17/21: Two of the following alumni signed one-day Carolina Panthers  contracts and retired together earlier this month. Are they:

  1. LB Thomas Davis-LB Luke Kuechly
  2. LB Thomas Davis-TE Greg Olsen
  3. LB Luke Kuechly-TE Greg Olsen.

 

ANSWER: B. Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen signed one-day contracts and held a retirement press conference together in Charlotte on March 11. Davis played in the league 16 seasons (2005-2020) and Olsen played 14 seasons (2007-2020). They were teammates in Carolina from 2011-2018. Davis was a three-time Pro Bowler and won the Walter Payton NFL Man of Year Award in 2014. Olsen also was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and twice was a Payton Man of Year finalist. Luke Kuechly played with both players for seven years (2012-18) with the Panthers and retired after the 2019 season. He joined the Panthers front office as a pro scout last June.


3/11/21: Lionsgate Films currently is in production on a full-length motion picture on the life of this Pro Football Hall of Famer. Is he:

  1. Terry Bradshaw (Steelers; 1970-1983)
  2. Joe Namath (Jets, Rams; 1965-1977)
  3. Kurt Warner (Rams, Giants, Cardinals; 1998-2009)

 

ANSWER:  C.  Kurt Warner, who rose from grocery store stock-clerk to Super Bowl XXXIV MVP, is the subject of this film “American Underdog”.  It currently is filming in Dallas.  Veteran film and TV actor Zachary Levi (of “Shazam” fame) is in the lead role as Warner. Joe Namath and Terry Bradshaw are movie veterans.  Joe Willie was featured in  “C.C. and Company” & “The Last Rebel” while Terry stole scenes in movies such as “Failure to Launch” and “The Cannonball Run”.


3/3/21: This New York Giants alum will have his own extreme-travel adventure show this fall on NBC.  Is he:

  1. Ron Dixon (2000-2003)
  2. Phil Simms (1979-1993)
  3. Michael Strahan (1993-2007)

 

ANSWER: A.  The 44-year old Ron Dixon will star in his own extreme-travel adventure show called “2 The MAXX” which is set to begin filming on May 1 and debut on the NBC Sports Network in October. Turner’s football claim to fame is that he set an NFL record in 2000 by returning two kick return touchdowns in the same postseason, including a 97-yarder in the Giants’ loss to the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.  Phil Simms and Michael Strahan appear on television almost as often  as Mike Lindell in his “My Pillow” commercials. However,  neither former Giants star has current  plans for an extreme-travel show, according to their agents.


2/24/21: This Pro Football Hall of Fame coach has his autobiography being published this spring and he describes his years at the helm of one of the NFL’s most successful franchises.  Is he:

A Bill Cowher (Browns, Chiefs, Steelers; 1985-2006)

B Jimmy Johnson (Cowboys, Dolphins; 1989-1999)

C Marv Levy (Eagles, Rams, WFT, Chiefs, Bills; 1969-1997)

 

ANSWER: A.  Bill Cowher’s inspirational story (“Heart and Steel”) will be available this June. It describes Cowher’s personal and professional journey from being born  15 minutes from Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh to becoming an NFL player and, eventually, the Steelers head coach at age 34. Jimmy Johnson published his autobiography (“Turning The Thing Around”) in 1993 after his Cowboys won Super Bowl XXVII.   Marv Levy wrote his book (“Where Else Would You Rather Be?”) in 2004 and Hall of Famer Jim Kelly wrote the Foreward to the book for his Bills coach. All three coaches have had successful broadcasting or public-speaking careers after they left the football field.


2/19/21: This Pro Football Hall of Famer will have a U.S. Coast Guard cutter and an athletic building on the Coast Guard Academy campus named in his honor later this year. Is he:

—Art Donovan (Colts; 1950-1961)

—Roger Staubach (Cowboys; 1969-1979)

—Emlen Tunnel (Giants, Packers; 1948-1961)

 

ANSWER C. Emlen Tunnell is credited with saving the lives of shipmates in separate incidents two years apart while he served in the Coast Guard  in World War II.  He received the Silver Lifesaving Medal for heroism for his actions. The late Tunnell was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967. He was the first African-American player and first pure defensive player to be enshrined in Canton. The late Art Donovan served four years in the Marine Corps during World War II. He took part in the Battle of Iwo Jima and other fierce fights in the Pacific Theater. He earned many military citations and later  earned a place in the U.S. Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame.  Roger Staubach graduated from the Naval Academy in 1965. He served in the U.S. Navy, including a one-year tour as a Supply Corps officer at the Chu Lai Base Area in South Vietnam. In 2018, Staubach was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.


2/10/21: Rob Gronkowski last Sunday became only the 22nd player ever to appear in at least five Super Bowls.  Which one of the following alumni played in SIX Super Bowls:

  1. Marv Fleming (Packers, Dolphins; 1963-1974)
  2. Mike Lodish (Bills, Broncos; 1990-2000)
  3. Preston Pearson (Colts, Steelers, Cowboys; 1967-80)

 

ANSWER: B. Defensive tackle Mike Lodish was the Bills 10th round draft choice in 1990 and his 11-year career included 6 Super Bowls.  He played in the Bills four consecutive losses in Super Bowls XXV-XXVIII but also earned two winning championship rings  with the Broncos (Super Bowls XXXII-XXXIII). Don’t feel bad for Marv Fleming or Preston Pearson.  Both players were in five Super Bowls.  Fleming played in Super Bowls I-II with the Packers and Super Bowls VI-VIII with the Dolphins.   Pearson was on three different Super Bowl teams: Colts (Super Bowl III), Steelers (Super Bowl IX), and Cowboys (Super Bowls X, XII-XIII).


2/2/21: This NFL alum was named last month as a member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee that determines the final four teams for the national championship.   Is he:

  1. Ronnie Lott  (49ers, Raiders, Jets; 1981-1994)
  2. Oliver Luck    (Oilers; 1982-1986)
  3. Will Shields   (Chiefs; 1993-2006)

 

ANSWER:   C. Will Shields is a member of both the  Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. He was an All-America lineman at the University of Nebraska (1989-92) before being drafted and starring for the Chiefs for 14 seasons (1993-2006).  He currently is a successful, community-minded businessman in Kansas City.  He was elected to a three-year term as  CFP Selection Committee member.  Ronnie Lott is rotating off the same Committee this month after serving his three-year term. He was appointed in 2018.  When he was the Athletic Director at his alma mater West Virginia University, Oliver Luck was named as a member of the inaugural CFP Selection Committee in 2013.  He resigned from the CFP  in late 2014 when he  left West Virginia to take an executive position inside  the NCAA offices in Indianapolis.  We wish Will Shields success and, hopefully, no major controversies in his new prestigious  role.


1/27/21: President Joe Biden and Super Bowl XLVII winning QB Joe Flacco both attended the University of Delaware.  Which of the following schools  have a former U. S. President and TWO Super Bowl winning QBs as alumni :

  1. University of Michigan
  2. S. Naval Academy
  3. Stanford University

 

ANSWER:  C. Stanford University is the alma mater of our 31st President Herbert Hoover who served from 1929-33.  He graduated from Stanford in 1895.  Super Bowl winning QBs Jim Plunkett (SBs XV & XVIII) and John Elway (SBs XXXII & XXXIII) also graduated from Stanford.   President Jimmy Carter and Super Bowl winning QB Roger Staubach (SBs VI & XII)  graduated from the Naval Academy. President Gerald Ford and Super Bowl winning QB Tom Brady (SBs XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LIII) attended the University of Michigan. (Thanks to Axios for providing the idea.)


1/20/21: New Lions  General Manager Brad Holmes is the son of this late Pittsburgh Steelers alum who played in the ‘70s.  Was he:

  1. C. Greenwood (Played for Steelers from 1969-81)
  2. Ernie Holmes (Played for Steelers from 1972-77)
  3. Mel Holmes (Played for Steelers from 1971-73)

 

ANSWER: C. Mel Holmes was a Miami native who played his college ball at North Carolina A&T. He was drafted on the fifth round in 1971 by the Steelers and played three seasons in Pittsburgh, mostly as a backup offensive lineman.  He died at age 65 in 2015.  Ernie (Fats) Holmes was a defensive tackle on two of the Steelers Super Bowl teams. He finished his career in 1978 with the Patriots.  He died at age 59 in 2008 in Beaumont, Texas. L. C. Greenwood was a four-time Super Bowl champion defensive end for the Steelers. He was a six-time Pro Bowler and was named to the NFL’s 1970s All Decade Team.  Tragically, he  died at age 67 in 2013. May all three men Rest In Peace.


1/12/21:  Three Noga brothers  played at the University of Hawaii and are NFL alumni. Two of them recently were named to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. Which two were they:

  1. DE Al Noga (Vikings, WFT, Colts; 1988-1994)
  2. LB Niko Noga (Cardinals, Lions; 1984-1991)
  3. LB Pete Noga   (Cardinals; 1987)

 

ANSWER: A & B:  Al Noga played in the league from 1988-1994. He was the Vikings 3rd round choice in the 1988 draft after being a three-time All-WAC standout (1985-87) . Niko was the Cardinals 8th round draft choice in 1984.  He played with Cardinals (1984-88) and Lions (1989-91).  Pete was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals and played three games in the strike-shortened 1987 season.  Former 49ers Pro Bowl center Jesse Sapolu is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame in Hawaii.


1/6/21:  How many of the 2020 NFL playoff teams have NFL alumni as head coaches?  Is it:

  1. Two
  2. Three
  3. Four

 

ANSWER:  C.  Four of the current playoff teams have head coaches who played in the league.  Ron Rivera (LB, Bears; 1984-92) of the Washington Football Team is taking his club to the postseason in his first year in the Nation’s Capital.  He earlier led the Panthers to the NFC Championship in 2015.  Frank Reich (QB, Bills, Panthers, Jets, Lions; 1985-98) is taking the Colts to the postseason for the second time in his three years in Indianapolis. Mike Vrabel (LB, Steelers, Patriots, Chiefs; 1997-2010) has his Titans in the playoffs for the second straight season after becoming head coach in 2018. Sean Payton (QB, Bears; 1987) has been the Saints head coach since 2006.  He has won 8 of 15 postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIV in 2009.  Good luck to all four men!


12/23/20:  This NFL alum was hired last week as a fulltime Special Assistant  by  the Detroit Lions’  front office to help  in the search for a new general manager and head coach.  Is he:

  1. LB Stephen Boyd (Played for Lions from 1995-2001)
  2. RB Barry Sanders (Played for Lions from 1989-1998)
  3. LB Chris Spielman (Played for Lions from 1988-1995)

 

ANSWER: C. Chris Spielman was hired by the Lions as special assistant to team owner and chairperson Shelia Ford Hamp and team president and CEO Rod Wood. Spielman has been a tremendous ambassador for the Lions over the years. This will be a fulltime opportunity for him to work with all departments in the organization.  Spielman will participate in interviews for the team’s next head coach and GM.  Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders also was named last week in an advisory role for the same  Lions search. Stephen Boyd, a two-time Pro Bowler, has been a successful head coach and administrator at Chaminade High School on Long Island since his playing days ended.


12/17/20:  This Super Bowl XV veteran was announced earlier this month as a member of the 2020 Class at  the University of Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.  Is he:

  1. QB  Scott Frost (Jets, Browns, Packers, Buccaneers; 1998-2003)
  2. LB   Ray Phillips (Bengals, Eagles; 1977-1981)
  3. G   Will Shields (Chiefs; 1993-2006)

 

ANSWER: B. Ray Phillips was a member of the Eagles defense that lost to the Raiders in Super Bowl XV which was played in New Orleans in January, 1981. He was an All-Conference defensive end at Nebraska in 1976.  He was drafted by the Bengals in 1977 and finished his career in Philadelphia (1978-81). Scott Frost is a Nebraska native who played two years at Stanford before transferring to Nebraska where he was 24-2  as starting quarterback.  He had a six year NFL playing career before he transitioned into college coaching.   He now is head coach of the Cornhuskers.  Will Shields, who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame,  was a consensus All-America guard at Nebraska in 1992 before being drafted on the third round by the Chiefs the following year.   He subsequently was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection.  Both Frost and Shields were inducted in earlier years into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.


12/10/20: The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2021 Class earlier this month. Which of the following NFL alumni are included in this new class:

  1. Willie Anderson (Bengals, Ravens; 1996-2008)
  2. George Teague (Packers, Cowboys, Dolphins; 1993-2001)
  3. DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys, Broncos; 2005-2016)

 

ANSWER: A, B and C. Willie Anderson, an Alabama native,  was an All America tackle at Auburn University. He was a first-round draft choice of the Bengals and became a four-time Pro Bowler. Although George Teague was born in Michigan, he played safety at the University of Alabama. He was a member of the school’s 1992 national championship team. DeMarcus Ware was born in Auburn, Alabama and he later played defensive end at Troy University. He was the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2003 and then was a first-round draft choice of the Denver Broncos. The new class will be inducted into the Hall in a ceremony in Birmingham in May, 2021   Congrats to all three men and their families!


12/3/20: This Hall of Fame quarterback is hiring hundreds of employees for a new two-acre restaurant & marketplace complex which is expected to open early next month in Jupiter, Florida. Is he:

  1. Bob Griese (Dolphins; 1967-1980)
  2. Dan Marino (Dolphins; 1983-1999)
  3. Joe Namath (Jets, Rams; 1965-1977)

 

ANSWER: C. Joe Namath, a longtime resident of nearby Tequesta (Fl), will be co-owner with friend Charlie Monica of the new Charlie & Joe’s in Jupiter. The new venue is described as a casual seafood restaurant-oyster bar-taphouse with a boutique seafood market. Dan Marino also has a restaurant in South Miami but it currently is closed due to the pandemic. Bob Griese does not own any restaurants but he has been a frequent diner over the years at many of the late Coach Don Shula’s steakhouses around the country.


11/19/20: These two NFL alumni, who attended the same college, were members of the first class of inductees into the Black College Football Hall of Fame in 2010. Are they:

  1. Buck Buchanan (Chiefs; 1963-1975)
  2. Deacon Jones (Rams, Chargers, WFT; 1961-1974)
  3. Tank Younger (Rams, Steelers; 1949-1958)

 

ANSWER:  A and C. Buck Buchanan played at Grambling State University from 1959-1963 following Tank Younger, who played at Grambling from 1945-48. The Chiefs picked Buchanan as the first overall choice in the 1963 AFL Draft. He signed with Lamar Hunt’s club much to the dismay of the rival NFL and had Pro Football Hall of Fame career.     Tank Younger was the first collegian from an HBCU school to play for an NFL team when the Rams signed him in 1949. David (Deacon) Jones played for South Carolina State and Mississippi State from 1958-60. He became such an accomplished pass rusher that the league created an award in his honor after his death in 2013.  The Deacon Jones Award goes annually to the player with the most QB sacks each season.


11/12/20: These two NFL alumni will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Kansas City this Sunday, November 15. Are they:

  1. Curley Culp (Chiefs, Oilers, Lions; 1968-1981)
  2. Josh Freeman (Buccaneers, Vikings, Colts; 2009-2015)
  3. Justin Smith (Bengals, 49ers; 2001-2014)

 

ANSWER:  A and B.  Six-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Curley Culp already has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame.  He helped the Chiefs win Super Bowl IV in 1970 and overall played in Kanas City for seven seasons.  Quarterback Josh Freeman was born in Kansas City, played high school ball in Grandview (Mo) High School and then enrolled at Kansas State where he threw for 8,000-plus yards in three seasons.  He was the Buccaneers first round draft pick in 2009.  Justin Smith is a Missouri native who was the first true freshman in a dozen years to start every game at the University of Missouri 0in 1998.   He was drafted by the Bengals on the first round in 2001 as the league’s fourth overall pick.  Smith was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 2019 class.


11/5/20: The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame recently named  two NFL alumni as members of its 2021 class of inductees. Are they:

  1. WR Marques Colston (Saints; 2006-2015)
  2. DE Glenn Dorsey (Louisiana Native that played at LSU from 2004-2007)
  3. CB Charles Tillman (Played for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 1999-2002)

 

ANSWER: A & B:  Marques Colston played at Hofstra University in New York, a school that no longer has a football program. He was a seventh-round draft choice of the Saints in 2006. His long NFL career included a key performance for the Saints in their Super Bowl XLIV victory. Glenn Dorsey was a first round pick of the Chiefs in 2008.  He was born in Baton Rouge, played for 2007 BCS Champion  LSU Tigers  and enjoyed nine-year career with the Chiefs and 49ers.  Both men will be inducted into the Louisiana Sport Hall of Fame in June, 2021.  Charles Tillman played for the Bears from 2003-2014. He retired after the 2015 season with the Panthers.  He joined the FBI as an Agent in 2018.  He entered the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year as a member of the class of 2020.


10/29/20: This NFL alumnus was named last week as a member of the 2020 Class for the  University of Nevada’s Athletics Hall of Fame.  Is he:

  1. QB Colin Kaepernick (Played at Nevada from 2007-10)
  2. QB Jeff Rowe (Played at Nevada from 2002-06)
  3. WR Alex Van Dyke (Played at Nevada from 1994-95)

 

ANSWER: A. Colin Kaepernick was drafted on the second round of the 2011 Draft by the 49ers after an outstanding career at Nevada.  He impressed with more than 10,000 yards passing (including 82 TDs)  and 4,000 yards rushing (including 59 TDs) while in college. He led the 2010 team to a 13-1 record.  He last played in the NFL in 2016.  Jeff Rowe, a 2017 Nevada Hall of Fame inductee,  played  with the Bengals (2007-08) and  with the Seahawks (2008-09). He was a fifth-round draft choice of the Bengals in 2007.     Alex Van Dyke was inducted into the Nevada Hall of Fame in 2007 after being named a two-time All-America receiver. He was the Jets first round pick in 1996 and played with them for three seasons before finishing his career with the Eagles in 1999-2000. The induction ceremony for the new Hall of Fame class has been delayed indefinitely due to the current pandemic.


10/22/20:

This former first-round draft choice recently was selected  as a member of the 2021 Class of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.  Is he:

  1. Champ Bailey (born in Folkston, Georgia; played at University of Georgia)
  2. Takeo Spikes (born in Augusta, Georgia; played at Auburn)
  3. Matt Stinchcomb (born in Atlanta; played at University of Georgia)

 

ANSWER:  C. Matt Stinchcomb was the Raiders first-round draft pick in 1999. He had been a two-time All-America tackle the previous two seasons at Georgia. He played five seasons for the Raiders and finished his NFL career with the Buccaneers in 2004-05. He has been a partner at Sterling Seacrest Partners in Atlanta since 2008 and also is a game analyst on The SEC Network.  Champ Bailey had a 15-year career (1999-2013) with the Washington Football Team and the Broncos. He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. Takeo Spikes played linebacker for first different  teams during his NFL career from 1998-2012. He was a 2019 inductee into the Georgia Hall of Fame.


10/15/20: This Pro Football Hall of Famer is a member of the 2020 class of inductees into his alma mater University of Pittsburgh’s Athletic Hall of Fame.  Is he:

  1. Mike Ditka (Played for Pitt from 1958-1960)
  2. Tony Dorsett (Played for Pitt from 1973-1976)
  3. Curtis Martin (Played for Pitt from 1991-1994)

ANSWER:  C. Curtis Martin rushed for 2,643 yards at Pitt (1991-94) despite playing only two games in his final season due to injury. The Patriots drafted him on the third round in 1995 and he played three seasons there before signing with the Jets (1998-2006).  He was a five-time Pro Bowler and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.  Both Pro Football Hall of Famers Mike Ditka and Tony Dorsett were members of the Pitt Athletic Hall of Fame’s Inaugural Class in 2018. (Breaking news: The 2020 Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Pitt was scheduled for this weekend. However, it was postponed earlier this week until next fall due to the pandemic.)


10/8/20:

Two NFL alumni became the first football players to have statues of them unveiled on their alma mater University of Kansas campus  last weekend. Are they:

  1. LB Dick Butkus (Bears; 1965-1973)
  2. QB John Hadl (Chargers, Rams Packers, Oilers; 1962-1977)
  3. RB Gale Sayers (Bears; 1965-1971)

ANSWER: B & C.  Jayhawks legends John Hadl and the late Gale Sayers already had their jersey numbers retired at the University of Kansas. Both men are in the College Football Hall of Fame.  Eight-feet tall bronze likenesses of each alum were unveiled  last weekend  at halftime of the Jayhawks-Oklahoma State game.  Hadl, who played at Kansas from 1959-61, was the school’s first two-time All-America football player. Sayers, who was nicknamed the “Kansas Comet”, played his college ball from 1962-64 and also was a two-time All-America. Dick Butkus did not attend Kansas but he, too, has a statue on his alma mater college campus at the University of Illinois in Champaign. It was unveiled a year ago this month.


10/1/20: The Steelers announced their new inductees last week into the team’s Hall of Honor. All were defensive stars. Can you name which of the new inductees played on four of the Steelers’  winning Super Bowl teams?

  1. LB James Farrior
  2. LB Greg Lloyd
  3. S Troy Polamalu
  4. S Mike Wagner
  5. DE Dwight White

 

ANSWER:  D & E.  Mike Wagner, who played in Pittsburgh from 1971-80, was a two-time Pro Bowl selection. He  played on the Steelers Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, and XIV teams. He was an 11th round pick in the 1971 Draft.   The late Dwight White was the team’s fourth round  choice in the same  1971 Draft. He also  played in Pittsburgh through the 1980 season. He started on the same four winning Super Bowl teams as Wagner.  The Steelers Hall of Honor was started in 2017 and will have 38 inductees after these five outstanding players are enshrined later this season.


9/24/20: This NFL alumnus will be the first inductee into his alma mater Oklahoma State’s new football Ring of Honor this weekend. Is he:

  1. Dez Bryant (Cowboys, Saints, Ravens; 2010-2020)
  2. Barry Sanders (Lions; 1989-1998)
  3. Thurman Thomas (Bills, Dolphins; 1988-2000)

 

ANSWER: C.  Thurman Thomas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 and into the College Hall of Fame in 2008. His number 34 has been retired by the Bills. He led the Big Eight (later Big 12) Conference in rushing and scoring in 1985 and 1987 while at OSU. He was voted the Conference Offensive Player of the Year both seasons.   Barry Sanders is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and undoubtedly will be in OSU’s  Ring of Honor soon.  Dez Bryant was a consensus All-America and All Big 12 receiver in 2008 while playing at OSU.


9/17/20: This NFL alumnus has been named as a member of the 2020 Sports Hall of Honor class at his alma mater University of Arkansas.  Is he:

  1.  QB Joe Ferguson (Bills, Lions, Buccaneers, Colts; 1973-1990)
  2.  DT Dan Hampton (Bears; 1979-1990)
  3.  RB Darren McFadden (Raiders, Cowboys; 2008-2017)

 

ANSWER: C. Darren McFadden was a first round draft choice of the Raiders in 2008.  He is Arkansas’ all-time leading rusher and was a two-time runner up in Heisman Trophy balloting. The formal induction of the 2020 Class that includes McFadden and five other individuals from different sports has been postponed until next year due to the ongoing pandemic. Joe Ferguson was inducted into  the Hall of Honor in 1993. His many NFL accomplishments during his long career included a string of 107 consecutive starts for the Bills; he was co-holder of the NFL record in that category at the time.  Dan Hampton is a Pro Football Hall of Famer who was inducted into the Hall of Honor in 1991. He was named All-Pro at both defensive tackle and end with the Bears.  He was a four time Pro Bowler.


9/10/20

The ABC Monday Night Football series began 50 years ago this month. Who scored the first TD in the opening game between the Jets and Browns? Was it:

  1. Jets RB Emerson Boozer
  2. Browns WR Gary Collins
  3. Browns WR Homer Jones

 

ANSWER:  B. Gary Collins caught an 8-yard TD pass from Browns QB Bill Nelsen on the team’s opening drive to score the initial TD on ABC Monday Night Football in 1970.  Emerson Boozer later rushed for  two TDs in the game for the Jets.   Homer Jones scored on a 94-yard kickoff return to start the second half for the Browns who won the prime time opener 31-21 in Cleveland.


9/3/20

This NFL alumnus is a Penn State grad and principal of the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in his home state.  Is he:

  1. D’Wayne Bates (Bears, Vikings; 1999-2003)
  2. Frank Beede (Seahawks; 1996-2000)
  3. Keith Karpinski (Lions; 1989)

 

ANSWER:  C  Keith Karpinski graduated with a degree in health education from  Penn state  in 1989 and later earned his Master’s degree  & teaching certificate from the University of Detroit/Mercy.  Thomas Jefferson Elementary is located in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Karpinski is a Michigan native who was an 11th round draft choice by the Lions in 1989.  Frank Beede is an Assistant Principal at Freedom High School in Oakley, California. He is a Cal-Berkeley grad and earned his teaching certificate through  California State University-East Bay.  He was named NFL Teacher of the Year in 2010.    D’Wayne Bates is Assistant Principal for Athletics at the Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Illinois.  He is a Northwestern University graduate who is in the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.  He earned his Master’s degree on-line from the University of Phoenix.


8/27/20

The National Quarterbacks Hall of Fame earlier this month announced its  2021 Class of inductees. Does the class include:

  1. Roman Gabriel (Rams, Eagles; 1962-1972)
  2. James (Shack) Harris (Bills, Rams, Chargers; 1969-1981)
  3. Doug Williams  (Buccaneers, WFT; 1978-1989)

 

ANSWER:  A, B, and C.   All three players will take their rightful place in the National Quarterbacks Hall of Fame at an awards dinner and induction ceremony this February 27 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Super Bowl XXXIV MVP Kurt Warner, who was enshrined  in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017, is the fourth member of this 2021 QB class.   Congratulations to all!


8/19/2020

Two NFL alumni will be working this season as NFL on-field officials.  Are they:

  1. Steve Freeman (Bills, Vikings; 1975-1987)
  2. Nate Jones (Cowboys, Dolphins, Broncos, Patriots; 2004-2011)
  3. Terry Killens (Oilers/Titans, 49ers, Seahawks, 1996-2002)

 

ANSWER:  B and C.  Nate Jones is working his second NFL season on the field.  He started officiating in the Pac-12 in 2013 and also was an official in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football in 2019.  Terry Killens worked for the American Athletic Conference starting in 2013.  He, too, worked  Alliance of American Football games in 2019 and was signed the same year to work on the field for the NFL.  Steve Freeman, who is a 19-year  NFL officiating veteran, earlier this month was one of five officials who opted out of working the 2020 season out of COVID-19 concerns.  Each of the five men will receive $30,000 for this season and is guaranteed job protection for 2021.


8/13/20

The New England Patriots Hall of Famer officially joined the team’s coaching staff this off-season.  Is he:

  1. WR Troy Brown (Played with Patriots from 1993-2007)
  2. S Rodney Harrison (Played with Patriots from 2003-2008
  3. LB Andre Tippett (Played with Patriots from 1982-1988, 1990-1993)

 

ANSWER:  A. Troy Brown helped coached the Patriots receivers during the 2019 off-season but now has officially been named to Bill Belichick’s coaching staff.  He is listed as assistant coach for the team’s running backs and kick returners. He helped the Patriots win three Super Bowls as he spent his entire NFL career in New England.  Although Rodney Harrison was drafted by the Chargers in 1994, he was released by that team in 2003 and signed by the Patriots.  He has two Super Bowl rings and continues as a popular commentator on NBC Sunday Night Football.  Andre Tippett’s only playing days in the NFL were with the Patriots where he was a five-time Pro Bowler.  He currently is Executive Director of Community Affairs for the team.


8/6/20

The 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement was scheduled for this weekend but postponed until next summer due to COVID-19. Which member of this new class was elected in his first year of eligibility?

  1. WR Isaac Bruce (Rams, 49ers; 1994-2009)
  2. G Steve Hutchinson (Seahawks, Vikings, Titans; 2001-2012)
  3. S Troy Polamalu (Steelers; 2003-2014)

 

ANSWER:  C. Troy Polamalu played his entire 12-year career with the Steelers and was an 8-time Pro Bowler. He also was NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.  Isaac Bruce was selected to the Hall of Fame in his sixth year of eligibility after a 16-season  career with the Rams and 49ers.  He was a key member of the Rams Super Bowl XXXIV Championship team. Steve Hutchinson was the Seahawks first round draft choice in 2001. He was selected for the Hall of Fame last February in his third year of eligibility.  Congrats to all, and see you next summer in Canton!


7/30/20

Chiefs guard  Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who graduated from medical school in 2018, has opted out of playing  this season due to COVID-19 health concerns. Which of the below alumni also are medical doctors?

  1. Mark Adickes (Chiefs, WFT; 1986-1991)
  2. Kip Corrington (Broncos; 1989-1990)
  3. Pat O’Neill (Patriots, Bears, Jets; 1994-1995)

 

ANSWER: A,B, and C   Dr. Adickes is an orthopedic surgeon at The Orthopedic Sports Clinic in Houston.  Dr. Corrington specializes in family medicine at Medventures in the Greensboro/Winston -Salem, North Carolina area.  Dr. O’Neill is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Sarasota, Florida.  NFL Alumni is proud of all four men, including Dr. Duvernay-Tardif!


7/23/20

NFL alumni have been publicly mentioned as minority investors in a potential Jennifer Lopez-Alex Rodriquez ownership group to buy the MLB New York Mets. Are those alumni:

  1. DeMarco Murray (Cowboys, Eagles, Titans; 2011-2017)
  2. Joe Thomas (Browns; 2007-2017)
  3. John Stallworth (Steelers; 1974-1987)

 

ANSWER: A & B. DeMarco Murray, the Oklahoma Sooners’ career leader in all-purpose yards and career touchdowns, was hired by his alma mater last January as the team’s running backs coach. He held the same position in 2019 at the University of Arizona.  He will not have to leave his day job if his ownership group is successful in buying the Mets. Tackle Joe Thomas retired in March, 2018 after a 10-time Pro Bowl career. He has been involved in reality television shows and has served as an analyst on the NFL Network during his retirement.  Pro Football Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher also is an investor in the same group to buy the Mets.  John Stallworth, another Pro Football Hall of Famer, is a successful businessman who is a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.


7/16/20

This former Pro Bowler  recently was named to the 2020 Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Fame. Is he:

  1. WR Gary Clark (Played for Washington from 1985-1992)
  2. CB Darrell Green  (Played for Washington from 1983-2002)
  3. DE Charles Mann (Played for Washington from 1983-1993)

 

ANSWER:  A. 

Gary Clark was a four-time Pro Bowl receiver who still holds the team’s rookie yardage receiving record which he set in 1985 with 926 yards.  He already is in the team’s Ring of Honor.  Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green spent his entire 20-year NFL career in Washington.  He was a seven-time Pro Bowler and has two Super Bowl rings.  He was inducted into the same D.C.  Hall of Fame in 2012. Charles Mann was a two-time Super Bowl Champion and a four-time Pro Bowl defensive star.  He was inducted into the same Hall of Fame last year.


7/9/20

Which of the below Cleveland Browns will be inducted into the team’s prestigious Legends Club this season?

  1. Dick Ambrose (Played with Browns from 1975-1983)
  2. Josh Cribbs (Played with Browns from 2005-2012)
  3. Webster Slaughter (Played with Browns from 1986-1991)

 

ANSWER: B & C.  Josh Cribbs signed with Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He owns 11 team return records and is tied for the most kickoff return TDs in NFL history with 8. He also had 3 punt return TDs. Webster Slaughter was a Browns second round draft pick in 1986. He was a two time Pro Bowl receiver. He had 27 TDs and 305 receptions during his six-year career in Cleveland. Dick Ambrose was selected for the Legends Club in 2016. He spent his entire 9-year NFL career as a Browns linebacker. He began his law school studies while he was still playing. He has been a judge on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in Ohio since 2004.


7/1/20

Which of these  Pro Bowl alumni are new members of the newly-named Saints 2020 Hall of Fame class?   Are they:

  1. Kicker John Carney (Played with Saints from 2001-2006, 2009-10)
  2. Guard Jahri Evans (Played with Saints from 2006-2015)
  3. Safety Roman Harper (Played with Saints from 2006-13, 2016)

 

ANSWER:  B & C   Jahri Evans was a six-time Pro Bowler after being drafted by the Saints in 2006. He is a member of the team’s 50th Anniversary team. Roman Harper also was drafted as part of the team’s strong 2006 class.  He was a two-time Pro Bowl player and also a member of the Saints 50th Anniversary team.  John Carney was a Saints fan favorite who was inducted into the  team’s Hall of Fame in 2014.


6/25/20

The WFT recently announced that the late Bobby Mitchell’s jersey number will be retired by the team. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famer  Sammy Baugh as only the second WFT player to have his number retired. What are those two numbers?

  1. Bobby Mitchell 81, Sammy Baugh 9
  2. Bobby Mitchell 42, Sammy Baugh 28
  3. Bobby Mitchell 49, Sammy Baugh 33

ANSWER: C.  Bobby Mitchell (#49) was traded from the  Browns to the WFT prior to the 1962 season and finished his career in 1968 with the team.  He was the WFT’s first African-American star and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame..  Sammy Baugh (#33) was a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He played with the WFT  from 1937-52 and was  a six-time NFL passing leader.  The other above WFT numbers belong to Hall of Famers Art Monk (#81), Sonny Jurgensen (#9), Charley Taylor (#42) and Darrell Green (#28)


6/18/20

This NFL alumnus spent his entire career with the Colts and will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor in November.  Is he:

  1. WR Marvin Harrison (1996-2008)
  2. DE Robert Mathis (2003-2016)
  3. Reggie Wayne (2001-2014)

 

ANSWER:  B. Robert Mathis, the Colts all-time sack leader, spent his entire 14-year playing career in Indianapolis.  He will become the 17th member of the Ring of Honor on November 22 when the Colts host the Packers.  In retirement, Mathis has stayed close to the team and has helped as a consultant to teach pass rushing techniques to the current generation of defenders. Marvin Harrison was an 8-time Pro Bowl receiver and played on the Colts’ winning Super Bowl XLI team.  He played his entire career in Indianapolis and was inducted into the Ring of Honor in 2011.  Reggie Wayne played all 211 of his NFL games with the Colts. He became a free agent after the 2014 season and went to camp with the Patriots in August, 2015.  However, he requested and was granted his release  before the opening of that regular season.  He was inducted into the Ring of Honor in 2018.


6/11/20

This NFL alumnus, who now is an FBI agent in his post-NFL career,  is included in the 2020 Class of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.  Is he:

  1. Dave Hoffmann (Steelers; 1993)
  2. Charles Tillman (Bears, Panthers; 2003-2015)
  3. Phil Ward (Colts, Rams, Saints; 1997-2000)

 

ANSWER:  B.  Charles Tillman graduated from the FBI’s training academy in 2018 and now is working as an agent. Tillman earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He was a two-time Pro Bowl defensive back for the Bears and Panthers.  Dave Hoffman played at the University of Washington and spent one year in the NFL before turning to his life’s work as a U.S. Secret Service agent for more than 20 years.  He currently works out of Seattle, Washington.   Phil Ward is a UCLA grad and a  third generation firefighter. He now is Battalion Chief in the Pasadena (Ca) Fire Department.


6/4/20

The Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame  induction ceremony, which was scheduled for tomorrow (June 5), has been postponed until later in the year.  Which of the following Packers is in the 2020 Hall of Fame class?  Is it:

  1. Brett Favre (Played with Packers from 1992-2007)
  2. Donald Driver (Played with Packers from 1999-2012)
  3.  Jordy Nelson  (Played with Packers from 2008-2017)

 

ANSWER: A & C.  Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre was drafted by the Falcons in 1991 but then spent the majority of his career in Green Bay.  He later played with the Jets (2008) and Vikings (2009-10) before retiring.  WR Jordy Nelson was a second round pick of the Packers in 2008 and played all but the last year of his NFL career in Green Bay.  He played his final NFL season with the Raiders in 2018.   WR Donald Driver was a Packers 7th round draft choice in 1999 and played his entire career in Green Bay.  He was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.


5/28/20

This NFL alumnus was the top vote-getter last week  and easily won election for the first time  to the Chesapeake (VA) City Council. Is he:

  1. Colin Allred (Titans; 2006-2010)
  2. Don Carey (Jaguars, Lions; 2009-2018)
  3. Napoleon Harris (Raiders, Vikings, Chiefs; 2002-2008)

 

ANSWER: B. Don Carey attended Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia. He played for and graduated from  Norfolk State University. The 33-year old won the Chesapeake City Council election  as an Independent candidate. He officially takes his City Council seat on July 1.  Congressman Colin Allred (D.-Tx) is running for reelection to his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives  this November.  Napoleon Harris has been a State Senator in his native Illinois since 2013.


5/21/20

The 50th Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Induction Banquet  was postponed last month and now is set for  April 17, 2021. The newest inductees will be:

  1. CB Al Harris  (Played with Packers from 2003-10)
  2. K Ryan Longwell (Played with Packers from 1997-2005)
  3. CB-S Charles Woodson (Played with Packers from 2006-2012)

 

ANSWER: A and C   Both defensive backs are former Pro Bowl players.   Al Harris played starred in the League  for 7 years with three other teams (Eagles Dolphins, Rams) in addition to the Packers.  He now is an assistant coach with the Cowboys.  Charles Woodson, an 18-year NFL veteran, is a nine-time Pro Bowler who split his career between the Packers and Raiders. He was the 1997 Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.  Ryan Longwell also kicked for the Vikings and Seahawks during a 16-year career. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2018.


5/14/20

This NFL alumnus is not (yet) in the Pro Football Hall of Fame but was announced this week as the newest member of the New England Patriots Hall of Fame. Is he:

  1. Tedy Bruschi (Played with Patriots from 1996-2008)
  2. Willie McGinest (Played with Patriots from 1994-2005)
  3. Richard Seymour (Played with Patriots from 2001-2008)

 

ANSWER:  C. Richard Seymour, a three-time Super Bowl Champion with the Patriots,  became the 30th member of the team’s Hall of Fame this week in a fans vote. The other two finalists this year were Coach Bill Parcells and LB Mike Vrabel. Seymour formally will be enshrined later this year. LBs Willie McGinest (inducted in 2015) and Tedy Bruschi (2013) already are in the Patriots Hall of Fame.


5/7/20

This NFL alumnus is an Alabama native and he will be honored this summer by the Alabama Sports Hall Of Fame with a new  Achievement Award. Is he:

A Brodie Croyle  (Chiefs; 2006-2010)
B Bart Starr (Packers; 1956-1971)
C Pat Sullivan (Falcons, WFT; 1972-1976)

ANSWER A. QB Brodie Croyle will be honored in August by  the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame with its first-ever Starr-Sullivan Achievement Award named after two other Alabama natives. The Award recognizes a former collegiate QB who exhibits exemplary character and has made a significant contribution to his community.  Croyle was QB at Alabama (2002-05) and then was drafted on the third round by the Chiefs in 2006. Pro Football Hall of Famer Bart Starr played QB for Alabama (1952-55) while Pat Sullivan played QB for Auburn (1969-71).


4/30/20

This NFL alumnus  currently is coaching in the League but his son was drafted last week by a different NFL club. Is he:

  1. Andy Heck (Seahawks, Bears, WFT; 1989-2000)
  2. Montae Reagor (Broncos, Colts, Eagles; 1999-2007)
  3. Jon Runyan  (Oilers/Titans, Eagles, Chargers; 1996-2009)

ANSWER:  A.  Andy Heck has been the Chiefs offensive line coach for the last eight years and now has earned a Super Bowl 54 ring. His 6-8, 315-pound son Charlie was a  three-year starting offensive  lineman at the University of North Carolina. He was drafted last Saturday on the fourth round by the Chiefs’ AFC rival Houston Texans. WR Jalen Reagor, son of former DT Montae Reagor,  was the Eagles first round pick out of TCU.  Jon Runyan is the NFL’s Vice President of Policy & Rules in the League office.  His son Jon Jr. was drafted in  the sixth round out of Michigan by the Packers last Saturday.  Congrats all around!!


4/23/20

This NFL alumnus last week was invited to the White House as a member of a small group of COVID-19 survivors.  Is it:

  1. Tony Boselli (Jaguars, Texans; 1995-2002)
  2. Mark Campbell (Browns, Bills, Saints; 1999-2008)
  3. Colton Underwood (On the Chargers, Eagles, and Raiders practice squads from 2014-2016)

 

Answer B. Mark Campbell was one of eight  Covid-19 survivors to visit with President Trump and Vice President Pence on April 14.  The 10-year NFL veteran told the two men that he was 25 pounds lighter after his 30-day coronavirus ordeal. “Being an athlete worked against me in terms of toughness and mental attitude,” he said. “ I should have admitted to myself much earlier how bad it was and gone to the hospital a little sooner.  The idea should be to go there with less severe symptoms so you  leave the hospital sooner.”  Campbell, who played with the Browns,  Bills and Saints from 1999-2008,  is Founder of the Medkinect medical supply company in Michigan so he knows his way around hospitals. Tony Boselli, the Jaguars Pro Bowler,  was in an ICU unit at the  Mayo Clinic in Florida for five days with Covid-19 in late March  but now is feeling much better. Colton Underwood, who was on the Chargers and Raiders practice squads in 2014-15,  tested positive for coronavirus last month and has been recovering in California.  He has been featured in recent years on reality television shows including The Bachelor.


4/16/20

Which of these NFL alumni recently were diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus but now are recovering?  Is it:

  1. Tony Boselli (Jaguars, Texans; 1995-2002)
  2. Mark Campbell (Browns, Bills, Saints; 1999-2008)
  3. Sean Payton (Bears; 1987)

 

ANSWER: A,B,C 

All three individuals were early victims of the coronavirus but, fortunately, are in recovery. Campbell was hospitalized for five days in a Michigan hospital while Boselli also was hospitalized for five days in the  ICU at the Mayo Clinic.  Coach Payton was one of the earliest NFL figures  to test positive but was allowed  to recover at home and did not need  to be hospitalized.


4/8/20

Which of these NFL alumni were named this week to the 2020 Class in the University of Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame?

A Moe Gardner (Falcons; 1991-1996)

B Kevin Hardy (Jaguars, Cowboys, Bengals; 1996-2004)

C Ray Nitschke (Packers; 1958-1972)

 

ANSWER: A, B, and C.

Moe Gardner was First Team All-Big 10 defensive tackle three  straight years and two time All America before being drafted by the Falcons on fourth round in 1991. Pro Bowl linebacker Kevin Hardy entered the NFL after earning consecutive All America honors, including the Butkus Award as best college LB in his senior year. The late Pro Football Hall of Famer Ray Nitschke helped lead the Packers to five NFL titles, including Super Bowls I and II.


4/2/20

NFL alumnus Jay Feely recently was named the Arizona Republic’s (underline last two words) “High School Coach of the Year” in this sport. Is it:

  1. Varsity football
  2. Girls Flag Football
  3. Girls Soccer

 

ANSWER:   C.  Jay Feely started the Gilbert Christian girls soccer program in 2015.  His team won an Arizona high school state title this past season with an 18-1 record, including wins in the last 16 games in a row. Coaching is in his DNA since his grandfather, Thomas J. Feely, was a longtime basketball and baseball coach at St. Thomas College in St. Paul and his dad, T.J. Feely, is a tennis coach. Feely kicked for seven NFL teams during a career from 2001-2014.  When not coaching, Feely is a CBS sideline announcer in the fall on NFL game telecasts.


3/26/20

Which of these NFL alumni were announced this month as the newest members of the PAC-12 Conference Hall of Honor?

  1. Oregon’s Dan Fouts (Chargers; 1973-1987)
  2. Washington’s Lincoln Kennedy (Falcons, Raiders; 1993-2003)
  3. UCLA’s Jonathan Ogden (Ravens; 1996-2007)

 

ANSWER:   A,B & C  All three alumni were selected to the Hall of Honor but their induction ceremony, which was scheduled for this month in Las Vegas during the conference’s basketball tourney, was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Hall of Honor recognizes athletes for their on-field and off-field contributions to the conference.  This is the 19th class in the Hall. Each year there is one inductee from each of the Pac-12 universities. Congratulations to all three individuals!


3/19/20

While NFL alumnus Bob Thomas now has retired as Illinois Supreme Court Judge, which of these NFL alumni still are active judges?

  1. Dick Ambrose (Browns; 1975-1983)
  2. Ed Newman (Dolphins; 1973-1984)
  3. Dwayne Woodruff (Steelers; 1979-1990)

 

ANSWER:  A B and C:  Judge Ambrose is on the bench in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in Cleveland, Ohio.  He has been on that Court since 2004. Judge Newman is a Criminal Court Judge in Miami-Dade (Fl) who was first elected in 1994. Judge Woodruff sits  on the Court of Common Pleas in Allegheny County where he primarily presides over juvenile cases in the Pittsburgh (Pa) area. He was first elected in 2005.


3/12/20

This Auburn University running back will be enshrined in May in the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.  Is he

A Ronnie Brown (Dolphins, Eagles, Chargers, Texans; 2005-2014)

B Tucker Frederickson (Giants; 1965-1971)

C Bo Jackson (Raiders; 1987-1990)

 

ANSWER:  A  Ronnie Brown was a two-time, second-team All-SEC selection at Auburn and was the second player picked in the 2005 Draft by the Dolphins.  He played in same college backfield as RB Cadillac Williams (selected number 5 on first round of 2005 Draft by the Bucs) and QB Jason Campbell (selected number 25 on first round in 2005 Draft by Redskins). Tucker Frederickson, the number one overall pick In the 1965 NFL Draft by the Giants, was inducted into the same Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1982 while Bo Jackson, the Raiders number 1 pick in the 1986 Draft, was enshrined there in 1996.


3/5/2020

The South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame will induct two NFL alumni this spring.  Are they:

  1. DE Peter Boulware (Ravens; 1997-2005)
  2. P Chris Gardocki (Bears, Colts, Browns, Steelers; 1991-2006)
  3. RB C.J. Spiller (Bills, Saints, Seahawks, Jets, Chiefs; 2010-2017)

 

ANSWER:  A and C.  Peter Boulware is a South Carolina native who played his high school ball in Columbia  (S.C.) but then “strayed” to Florida State where he was  an All-America selection under  Coach Bobby Bowden.  He went from being a first round draft choice of the Ravens  in 1997 to being a member of that team’s Super Bowl XXXV championship squad and an inductee in the Ravens Ring of Honor.  C.J. Spiller played his collegiate ball at Clemson and still holds the ACC career record for all-purpose yards. He was an All-America running back in college, a Bills first round draft pick in 2010,  and an eventual Pro Bowler. Chris Gardocki enjoyed a 16-year NFL career after playing at Clemson.  He was a member of the Steelers’ Super Bowl XL team.  Gardocki  was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019.


2/27/20

The Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame will induct its new  class this spring. Does this exceptional 2020 group  include:
A. Notre Dame WR Thom Gatewood (Giants; 1972-73)

  1. University of Texas DT Cory Redding (Lions, Seahawks, Ravens, Colts, Cardinals; 2003-2015)
  2. Boston College LB Bill Romanowski  (49ers, Eagles, Broncos, Raiders; 1988-2003)

 

ANSWER: A, B, & C.  All three players will be inducted in a ceremony this spring. The Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame voting is based solely on the player’s performance in the annual Classic rather than his overall college or NFL career.  Thom Gatewood caught TD passes in back-to- back Cotton Bowl appearances (1970-71) against Texas. His 26-yard TD catch in ’71 helped snap the Longhorns’ 30-game winning streak.  In the 2003 game against LSU, Cory Redding had 8 tackles, including 5 solo hits (4 resulted in minus 23 yards in losses).  Bill Romanowski in the 1985 Cotton Bowl had 13 tackles including 11 unassisted vs. the University of Houston.  He was the first true freshman to be named the Cotton Bowl’s MVP.  Congrats to all three NFL alumni!


2/20/20

This NFL alumnus & former 49ers standout was named this month as a member of the 2020 class of the Bay Area  Sports Hall of Fame.  Is he:

A   T Harris Barton (Played for Niners from 1987-1998)

B  LB Keena Turner (Played for Niners from 1980-1990)

C  DT Bryant Young  (Played for Niners from 1994-2007)

 

ANSWER:  C.  Bryant Young was a first-round pick of the Niners in 1994 after he was a first team All-America defensive star at Notre Dame.  He was a four- time Pro Bowler and earned a Super Bowl XXIX ring. He was one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this month.   Keena Turner was included in the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame last year and Harris Barton was enshrined in the same Hall of Fame in 2018.


2/13/20

This NFL alumnus will receive the annual Davey O’Brien Legends Award this Monday in Ft Worth.  Is he:

  1. Steve Bartkowski (Falcons, Rams; 1975-1986)
  2. Ron Jaworski (Rams, Eagles, Dolphins, Chiefs; 1973-1989)
  3. Jim Plunkett (Patriots, 49ers, Raiders; 1971-1986).

 

ANSWER:  A. Steve Bartkowski was the NFL’s overall number one draft choice when he was picked by the Falcons in 1975.  The Davey O’Brien Award is named after the late TCU All-America quarterback who led his college team to the national championship in 1938.  He was  the first player to win the Heisman, Maxwell and Walter Camp awards in that same 1938 season. He later played two seasons (1939-40) for the Eagles before joining the FBI.

Ron Jaworski won this Davey O’Brien Legends Award in 2017 and Jim Plunkett was presented the same award in 2018.


2/6/20

This  NFL alumnus  is now an offensive coordinator in the new  XFL which begins this weekend. Is he:

  1. Chuck Long (Lions, Rams; 1986-1991)
  2. Chris Miller (Falcons, Rams, Broncos; 1987-1995, 1999)
  3. Marc Trestman (Vikings practice squad; 1979-1980)

 

ANSWER:  A and B.  Chuck Long (Lions, Rams; 1986-1991) the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis BattleHawks.  He originally joined the staff as RBs coach but then was promoted last month when the previous coordinator resigned. Chris Miller (Falcons, Rams, Broncos; 1987-1995, 1999) has been an assistant coach with the Arizona Cardinals and a high school head coach.  He joined the Houston Roughnecks as offensive coordinator late last year. While he never was an NFL quarterback, Marc Trestman played college ball at the University of Minnesota where he was backup to starter  Tony Dungy.  Trestman has been head coach with the Chicago Bears (2013-4) and  with both Montreal (2008-12)  and Toronto (2017-18) in the CFL.  He was named last year as head coach of the XFL Tampa Bay Vipers.


1/23/20

This NFL alumnus will be the color analyst for the Westwood One Radio national broadcast of Super Bowl LIV. Is he:

  1. Kendall Gammon (Steelers, Saints, Chiefs; 1992-2006)
  2. Tim Ryan (Bears; 1990-1993)
  3. Kurt Warner (Rams, Giants, Cardinals; 1998-2009)

ANSWER: C Kurt Warner.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback will be in the Westwood One radio booth for the Super Bowl broadcast. He was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIV when he led the Rams to a 23-16 victory over the Titans in Atlanta 20 years ago.  Kendall Gammon (Steelers, Saints, chiefs; 1992-2006) is the regular color analyst for the Chiefs flagship radio broadcasts on KCFX-FM in the Kansas City area while Tim Ryan (Bears; 1990-1993) performs the same duties for 49ers flagship KNBR radio in the Bay Area.


1/16/20

This NFL alumnus next week will receive the distinguished 2020 NCAA Inspiration Award in California.  Is he:

  1. Rocky Bleier (Steelers; 1968, 1971-1980)
  2. J. Brigance (Dolphins, Ravens, Rams Patriots; 1996-2002)
  3. Jim Kelly (Bills; 1986-1996)

 

ANSWER: A  Rocky Bleier.  The annual NCAA Inspiration Award is given to individuals who use perseverance, dedication and determination to overcome a life-altering situation and are role models giving hope and inspiration to others.  Rocky Bleier, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, overcame serious wounds suffered in Vietnam and  became an outstanding contributor  to each of the Steelers four Super Bowl titles. He now donates his time to helping military vetans reacclimate to civilian life and uses his story to inspire countless others to not  give up despite difficult circumstances.  O.J. Brigance is a Senior Advisor in the Ravens Player Engagement Department and was the 2016 recipient of this Inspiration Award.  O.J. suffers from Lou Gehrig’s Disease and has established the Brigance Brigade Foundation to assist research in fighting this crippling disease. Pro Football Hal of Famer Jim Kelly, who was given this same award in 2018, has carried on despite the 2005 loss of his  young son Hunter  and his own continuing years-long battle with cancer.   Kelly and wife Jill established the Hunter’s Hope Foundation in 1997 after their then-infant son Hunter was diagnosed with Krabbe Leukodystrophy, a fatal nervous system disease.  NFL Alumni salutes all three individuals and their families.


1/9/20

This NFL alumnus next week receives the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress. Is he:

  1.  Steve Gleason of the Saints
  2. Alan Page of the Vikings and Bears
  3.  Roger Staubach of the Cowboys

ANSWER: A. Steve Gleason, who played with the Saints from 2000-2006 but  was diagnosed in 2011 with Lou Gehrig’s disease, has become a leading advocate for people struggling with that paralyzing condition. President Trump signed legislation last year awarding Gleason the medal. He will become the first NFL player to receive this Congressional award  at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on January 15.    Alan Page and Roger Staubach each received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony on November 16, 2018. That medal is the country’s  highest civilian honor.


1/2/19

This NFL alumnus already is in the College Football Hall of Fame and this week was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.  Is he:

  1. Mark Brunell (Packers, Jaguars, WFT, Saints, Jets; 1993-2011)
  2. Brian Griese (Broncos, Dolphins, Buccaneers, Bears; 1998-2008)
  3. Matt Leinart (Cardinals, Texans, Raiders; 2006-2012)

 

ANSWER: C Matt Leinart  played quarterback for the University of Southern California in two Rose Bowls, including a victory over Michigan in the 2004 game.  He won the 2004 Heisman Trophy and was 37-2 in  games he started at USC.  Leinart was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 2017.  Mark Brunell, who was the Rose Bowl MVP in 1991 playing for  the University of Washington, was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 2015.   Brian Griese (Michigan) was Rose Bowl MVP in the 1998 game and was a member of the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2012.


12/19/19

Which NFL alumnus was selected this month as a member of the Charter Class of the Big Sky Conference Hall of Fame?  Was it:

  1. Jared Allen (Chiefs, Vikings, Bears, Panthers; 2004-2015)
  2. Dave Dickenson (Chargers, Seahawks, Dolphins, Lions; 2001-2002)
  3. John Friesz (Chargers, WFT, Seahwks, Patriots; 1990-2000)
  4. Jan Stenerud  (Chiefs, Packers, Vikings; 1967-1985)

 

ANSWER:  All of the above.  The Big Sky includes 15 different schools and is an NCAA Division I Conference. The Inaugural Hall of Fame Class includes 14 individuals from 10 different sports.   Jared Allen (Idaho State) established Homes for Wounded Warriors in 2009 and the group  builds homes for wounded vets.  Dave Dickenson (Montana) is a CFL legend after a 10-year playing career as QB and as head coach of the Calgary Stampeders the last four years where he has a 53-17-2 record, including a Grey Cup Championship.  John Friesz (Idaho)  already is in the College Football Hall of Fame while Jan Stenerud (Idaho State) became the first pure placekicker inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.


12/12/19

This former NFL number one draft choice was honored this week  with the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award  by the Charlotte (N.C.) Touchdown Club. Is he:

  1. Alan Page (Vikings, Bears; 1967-1981)
    B. Jerry Robinson (Eagles, Raiders; 1979-1991)
    C. Jack Youngblood (Rams; 1971-1984)

 

ANSWER; B. Jerry Robinson  was the Eagles number one draft pick in 1979 after an All-America career  as linebacker at UCLA.  Robinson played on the Eagles 1980 NFC Championship team and was selected for the Pro Bowl in 1981. Robinson, a College Football Hall of Fame inductee,  currently  is  Vice President on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Shoes 4 Kidz organization  in northern California.   Both  Pro Football Hall of Famers Alan Page (in 2007)  and Jack Youngblood (in 2011) were previous Bronko Nagurski Legends Award recipients.


12/5/19

Which 2019 College Football Hall of Famer also is one of the 25 modern day semifinalists for the 2020 Class at the Pro Football Hall of Fame?  Is he:

  1. Torry Holt (Rams, Jaguars; 1999-2009)
  2. Troy Polamalu (Steelers; 2003-2014)
  3. Zach Thomas (Dolphins, Cowboys; 1996-2008)

 

ANSWER: A & B.  Torry Holt and Troy Polamalu will be among the newest inductees  introduced into the College Football Hall of Fame on December 10 in New York at  the annual National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner. Holt played his collegiate ball at North Carolina State and Polamalu was a consensus All-America  at the University of Southern California. Zach Thomas, who played his college football at Texas Tech, was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 2015.  He is a first-time semi-finalist for Canton.  The modern-day inductees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be determined and announced on February 1 in Miami on Super Bowl Eve.


11/21/19

This NFL alumnus is a United States Marine Corps veteran who announced this fall that he plans to run as a candidate from California for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Is he:

  1. Anthony Gonzalez (Colts; 2007-2011)
  2. Dave Lindstrom (Chiefs; 1978-1985)
  3. Jeremy Staat (Steelers, Rams, 1998-2000, 2003)

 

ANSWER: C Jeremy Staat was a friend of the late Pat Tillman when both played at Arizona State. After his four-year NFL career, Staat joined the Marines in 2006 and eventually served a   seven-month tour in Iraq.  Staat later graduated from Arizona State and also completed his Master’s degree.  He became a teacher at Bakersfield (Ca) College. Dave Lindstrom announced last summer that he is running for the U.S. Senate as a Republican candidate in Kansas. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) was elected in 2018 to his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives  where he now serves.


11/14/19

This NFL alumnus is a South Carolina native who last month was inducted into his alma mater Clemson University‘s  Ring of Honor. It is the highest award a Clemson student-athlete can receive.  Is he:

 

  1. QB Steve Fuller (Chiefs, Rams, Bears; 1979-1986)
  2. S Terry Kinard (Giants, Oilers; 1983-1990)
  3. LB Levon Kirkland (Steelers, Seahawks, Eagles; 1992-2002)

 

ANSWER C. Levon Kirkland was selected out of Clemson in the second round  of the 1992 draft by the Steelers. He was named to the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade team and was our NFL Alumni Linebacker of Year in 1997.  He tragically lost his wife Keisha to lung  cancer in 2013. Clemson grads Steve Fuller and Terry Kinard previously were inducted into Clemson’s Ring of Honor…Fuller in 1994 and Kinard in 2001  They both were NFL first round draft choices.  Fuller was drafted by the Chiefs in 1979 while Kinard was the Giants top draft pick in 1983.


11/7/19

The Pat Tillman Foundation, which was established after our brother Pat became a U.S. Army Ranger and was killed in Afghanistan in 2004, provides scholarships to military vets and their spouses.  How many scholarships have been given in Pat’s name since his death?

A 100

B 300

C 635

ANSWER: C  The Foundation began awarding scholarships in 2008 and since that time 635 Tillman Scholars have graduated from more than  100  universities around the country. Eighteen million dollars ( $18 million)  in scholarships  and leadership development support have been distributed.  This weekend the Foundation at its annual Tillman Honors in Chicago will recognize Shreveport (La) Mayor Adrian Perkins.  He is a West Point graduate  who later received a degree from the Harvard Law School with the financial help of a 2015  Tillman Scholarship.


10/31/19

This former two-time nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award was inducted last week into the University of Louisville Athletics Hall of Fame.  Is he:

A Roman Oben (Giants, Browns, Buccaneers, Chargers; 1996-2007)

B Eric Wood (Bills; 2009-2017)

C Dwayne Woodruff (Steelers; 1979-1990)

 

ANSWER. B. Eric Wood was a four year (2005-08) starter at center for Louisville before he was drafted in the first round by the Bills in 2009. He played 120 games in Buffalo and was a Pro Bowler in 2016. He currently is an analyst for the ACC Network and the Bills Radio Network. Roman Oben played for Louisville from 1992-95 while Dwayne Woodruff played for the same university  from 1976-79. Oben now is  NFL Vice President of Youth & High School Football Strategy in Commissioner Goodell’s League office while Judge Dwayne Woodruff sits on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania.


10/24/19

This NFL alumnus, a  four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver,  was inducted this month into the Memphis (Tenn) Sports Hall of Fame as a member of its inaugural class.  Is he:

A Isaac Bruce (Rams, 49ers; 1994-2009)

B Marvin Harrison (Colts; 1996-2008)

  1. Randy Moss (Vikings, Raiders, Patriots, Vikings, Titans, 49ers; 1998-2010, 2012)

 

ANSWER A. Isaac Bruce was drafted by the Rams on the second round of the 1994 Draft out of the University of Memphis. He has been a Top 15 finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame each of the last two years.  He started the Isaac Bruce Foundation in 2006 which focuses on health, wellness, nutrition, fitness and education. Both Marvin Harrison and Randy Moss already are in the Hall of Fame in Canton and Bruce should join them in the very near future.


10/17/19

This NFL alumnus is a former Pro Bowler  and  a Super Bowl-winning player. He will become the first Colts defensive star  inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor next month.  Is he:

  1. DE Dwight Freeney (Played with Colts from 2002-11)
  2. DE Robert Mathis (Played with Colts from 2003-2016)
  3. S Bob Sanders (Played with Colts from 2004-2010)

 

ANSWER: A.  Dwight Freeney was the Colts first round draft choice in 2002 out of Syracuse.  He was a seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end and a member of the Colts Super Bowl XLI championship team.  He will be inducted into the Ring of Honor at halftime of the Colts game on November 10. Robert Mathis and Bob Sanders also are Pro Bowl players and played on the same Super Bowl XLI team that defeated the Bears in Miami at the end of the 2006 season.


10/10/19

This underpublicized NFL alumnus was a three-time Pro Bowler.  He will be  inducted into Oregon’s Athletic Hall of Fame later this month.  Is he:

  1. Cornerback Alex Molden (Saints, Chargers, Lions; 1996-2003)
    B. Safety Anthony Newman (Rams, Saints, Raiders; 1988-1999)
    C. Center Max Unger (Seahawks, Saints; 2009-2018)

ANSWER: C.  Max Unger was the starting center for the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. A first-team All-America selection in 2008, he started on the Ducks offensive line in all of his four seasons at Oregon.  He also started in all 130 NFL games in which he played. Unger announced his NFL retirement last March. Alex Molden was an All-Pac 10 cornerback in 1994 at Oregon and played for the Ducks in the 1995 Rose Bowl. He was inducted into the Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.  Anthony Newman also is in the  Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame (2006 Class). An outstanding two-sport athlete, he turned down the opportunity to play professional baseball out of high school and instead enrolled at Oregon.


10/3/19

This NFL alumnus, who already is in the College Football Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the State of  Michigan Sports Hall of Fame this weekend.  Is he:

  1. Carl Banks (A Michigan State grad who played for the Giants, Redskins, Browns; 1984-95)
  2. Joe DeLamielleure (A Michigan State grad who played for the Bills and Browns; 1973-1985)
  3. Charles Woodson (A Michigan grad who played for Raiders and Packers; 1998-2015)

 

ANSWER: C.   Charles Woodson is the only Wolverine who played defense and won the Heisman Trophy (19xx). He created  the Charles  C. Woodson  Scholarship in the School of Kinesiology at Michigan and the Charles A. Woodson Scholarship Fund in the office of Financial Aid at the school in honor of his mother. He was a nine- time Pro Bowler and also has a Super Bowl XLV ring.  Carl Banks was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. He is a successful businessman as well as a  radio & television  voice of the New York Giants.  Joe DeLamielleure, a Detroit native,  was inducted into the Michigan Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. He was a Bills first-round draft choice in 19xx and became a six-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman.


9/26/19

Which one of these NFL alumni was a college head coach earlier in his career? Is  it:

  1. Oliver Luck (Currently Commissioner and CEO of new XFL)
  2. Mark Murphy (Packers President & CEO)
  3. Doug Williams (Redskins Senior Vice President of Player Personnel)

ANSWER: C.   Doug Williams,  Super Bowl  XXII MVP as  Redskins quarterback, was head coach at both Morehouse College (1997) and twice at Grambling State (1998-2003; 2011-2013)).  Former Houston Oilers QB Oliver Luck was Athletic Director at his alma mater West Virginia University from 2010-2014.  Former Redskins defensive back Mark Murphy was Athletic Director at both Colgate (1992-2003) and  Northwestern (2003-2007).


9/19/19

This NFL alumnus will be inducted tomorrow night (9/20) into the University of Pittsburgh’s Athletic Hall of Fame despite never having played football at the school.  Is he:

  1. Sam Clancy (Seahawks, Browns, Colts; 1982-1983, 1985-1993)
  2. Jimbo Covert (Bears; 1983-1991)
  3. Mark May (WFT, Chargers, Cardinals; 1981-1993)

 

ANSWER: A. Sam Clancy was a standout  college basketball player at Pitt who later played one season in the old Continental Basketball Association. The Seahawks took him on the 11th round of the 1982 Draft despite no college football experience.  He had an  outstanding  11-year NFL career as a defensive end. He currently serves in Pitt’s athletic department.  Both Jimbo Covert and Mark May are Pitt grads who were offensive  linemen in college and are in the College Football Hall of Fame.  They will be inducted with Clancy this Friday night into their alma mater’s athletic hall of fame.


9/12/19

This NFL alumnus will have his collegiate jersey number retired this Saturday by his alma mater Syracuse University. Is he:

  1. RB Larry Csonka
  2. LB Tim Green
  3. QB Donovan McNabb

 

ANSWER: B.  Tim Green played defense at Syracuse and graduated summa cum laude in 1986. He was drafted on the first round by the Falcons that same year and played eight seasons  in Atlanta.  He received his law degree from Syracuse in 1994.    His college number 72 will be retired at halftime this Saturday at the Orangemen’s home opener.  Larry Csonka’s number 39 and Donovan McNabb’s number 5 already have been retired at Syracuse.


9/5/19

The Cleveland Browns will unveil a statue in honor of this team legend at their FirstEnergy Stadium this Saturday during their Alumni Weekend.  Is he:

  1. RB Jim Brown
  2. Coach Paul Brown
  3. QB Otto Graham

 

ANSWER C.  Otto Graham played his entire 10-year career (1946-55) with the Cleveland Browns in two different leagues.  He appeared in 10 straight championship games.   He was the winning quarterback for the only four title games (1946-49)  in the history of the old AAFC. When the Browns then joined the NFL, Graham  played in six straight title games (1950-55) and won three of them (1950, ‘54 and ’55). Jim Brown (1957-65) played his entire career with the Browns.  Team owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam erected a statue outside the stadium in his honor in 2016.  Paul Brown won seven titles as the Browns coach from 1946-62 before being released by team owner Art Modell.  Brown later became owner, general manager and head coach of the expansion Cincinnati Bengals in 1968. His legacy includes a stadium named after him in Cincinnati where the Bengals play their home games.