Matt Prater, record holder of longest field goal in NFL history. (Getty Images)
On Sunday the 8th of December, 2013 Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater made NFL history. He made a 64-yard field goal in the final seconds of the 1st half in the Broncos game against the visiting the Tennessee Titans. The previous record was held by four players, each with 63-yard field goals. Those players he beat out for the record today were Tom Dempsey (1970), Jason Elam (1998), Sebastian Janikowski (2011) and David Ackers (2012). With this field goal Prater becomes just the 13th man to kick a +60-yard field goal in an NFL game.
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Many American professional sports can be brutal and very violent at times. When most sports fans think of horrible sports injuries that were broadcast on American television they think of one particular injury. That injury is the infamous Lawrence Taylor tackle on quarterback Joe Theisman in November of 1985 on Monday Night Football. Theisman had his lower leg completely snapped in half and it was live for all of America to see. There is an even worse sports injury that happened almost four years later.
On March 22,1989 the NHL match up between the St Louis Blues and the Buffalo Sabers began in Buffalo, NY. Goal tending that night for the Sabers was the 8th year veteran Clint Malarchuk. Nobody in the building had any idea what was about to happen, including Malarchuk. During a fight for the puck at the net between Blues player Steve Tuttle and Sabers player Uwe Krupp both of them crashed into the goal. When they did Tuttle’s skate caught Malarchuk in the throat. Malarchuk immediately clutched his throat area. Once every one of the Ice realized what was happening blood began pouring to the Ice from Malarchuk’s neck. He was aided to by the referee and a few players. The television broadcast went to a commercial break. When they came back Malarchuk was being taken off of the ice. Their were several pools of blood after he was taken into the back of the Arena.
Clint Malarchuk just seconds after his horrific injury. (Getty Images)
One man was responsible for saving Clint Malarchuk’s life that night, team trainer Jim Pizzutelli. Pizzutelli reached into Malarchuk’s neck and pinched off the bleeding until doctors could arrive. It has been estimated that if the cut was just a little high on his neck he would have been dead by the time he received medical attention. Malarchuk lost 1/3 of his entire blood supply and needed over 300 stitches to close the cut.
Clint Malarchuk would end up playing a few more season following his recovery. During his seasons following this incident his play was never quite as good as it had been previous to the injury. He would retire from Hockey 1996 and later found himself as a coach for a few NHL teams.
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The National Football League’s 48th season began on September 17th, 1967. It was the first season in the history of the NFL to have a playoff after the regular season had ended. The previous 34 seasons had only included one post season game which was the championship game consisting of two teams with the best record (the NFL champion was the team with the best record during the first 12 seasons of the NFL). The NFL expanded to 16 teams with the newest being the New Orleans Saints. This allowed for a post season that included a four team playoff for the championship. The 1967 season paved the way for the current 12 team playoff structure.
The first game of the playoffs took place on December 23 and pitted the Los Angeles Rams against Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers. The game was played at County Stadium in Milwaukee, WI. The Rams drew first blood with the first touchdown of the game but would give up four consecutive touchdowns before the game was finished. The Packers would win by a score of 28-7. With that win the Packers were on their way to the NFL Championship Game.
The second playoff game took place at the Cotton bowl in Dalls, TX on December 24th. The teams competing for a trip to the NFL Championship game were the Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys won the game in blowout fashion with the final score being 52-17. With that win the Cowboys would advance to what would become one of the greatest games in NFL history.
The Packers Bart Starr’s game winning QB sneak to win the “Ice Bowl” (Getty Images)
The NFL Championship Game was held at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI on December 31st. The game was dubbed “The Ice Bowl” due to its game time temperature of -15 F, the wind chill was -48 F. The Cowboys took on the Packers in this epic contest. This game was a brutal and very close game that went into halftime with the Packers leading 14-10. The Cowboys took the 17-14 lead with a 50-yard touchdown pass by running back Dan Reeves to wide receiver Lance Renzel in the 4th quarter. But the biggest play of the game would be one of it last plays. With just 4:50 remaining in the game the Packers quarterback Bart Starr led his team down the field, Starr would be the man that won the game for the Packers when he ran the ball into the end zone with just seconds remaining on the clock. The final score was Packers 21 and the Cowboys 17. To this day it is considered by many the greatest game and from what the players endured and the result on the field there is no arguing that.
The Packs would not only go down in history that year for winning the first ever NFL Playoffs but would also win another important game in their history. Two weeks after the NFL Championship game the Packers played the American Football League Champions the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II. The Packers would be the victor in that contest as well and continued what is viewed now as a “Dynasty Team”.
The NFL took an important step in their history in 1967. A step that has lead to some of the most iconic games in the sports history. Who know the next great NFL Playoff game might be the next.
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In 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. It was a historic happening that changed professional sports forever. However Robinson was not the first African-American athlete to break the color barrier in American professional sports.
In 1946 a year before Jackie Robinson made history, four African-Americans became the first to play professional football. Those four players were Marion Motley, Bill Willis, Woody Strode and Kenny Washington. Both Motley and Willis signed with the Cleveland Browns who played in the All-American Football Conference. While Strode and Washington were signed by the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League. Those four Men all made history that year but one man’s carrier would stand out more than all of the others, that man was Marion Motley.
Marion Motley (Getty Images)
Marion Motley was born in 1920 in Leesburg, GA. He grew up in Canton, Oh and was an excellent High School football player. He would play his college career as a Full Back at the South Carolina State and the University of Nevada, Reno. He entered the US Navy in 1944 during World War II before beginning his professional carrier with the Cleveland Browns.
Marion Motley stood at 6’1” and weighed 240 pounds in his prime. Regarded as the first real power back in the NFL Motley punished opposing defenses, pummeling any defender that got in his way. Many who played during his time have regarded Motley as being the best football player they have ever seen. It has also been said that he was an even better player than the Hall Of Fame running back Jim Brown. Like brown he was an excellent back that could push for extra yards but he could block better than Brown, these skills made him a complete player.
Marion Motley played a total of 9 seasons from 1946-1955. During this time he amassed 4,720 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns. As a receiver he had 1,107 yards and caught 7 touchdown passes. Motley was a 1950 Pro Bowler as well as a champion with the legendary Cleveland Brown’s teams of 1946-1950. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1968, forever immortalized in his home of Canton,OH.
Marion Motley was one of the greatest football players of his era and quite possibly of all time. He endured the same hate and discrimination as Jackie Robinson and was able to prove that he belong with the best. He is a true American Hero and should be known and remembered by all sports fans.
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Future Hall Of Famer Peyton Manning added his name to another record in NFL history on September 5th, 2013. The Denver Broncos and Manning defeated the defending Champions the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 47-29 in Denver tonight. The most remarkable stat of all in the game was the number of touchdown passes Manning threw.
Quarterback Peyton Manning (Getty Images)
Peyton Manning threw 7 touchdown passes. The receivers on the other end of these TD’s were Demaryius Thomas (2), Wes Welker (2), Julius Thomas (2) and Andre Caldwell (1) . Five of the touchdowns came in the second half of this opening game.
With this feat Peyton Manning joins only five other QB’s who have thrown this many touchdowns in a single game. Some of those he now shares the record with are all time greats like Sid Luckman, Adrian Burk, George Blanda, Y.A. Tittle and Joe Kapp. Joe Kapp was the last to throw 7 TD’s in a single game in 1969. This is a truly amazing record and one that Manning will add to all of his other records to land him in Canton.
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When most people think of “Iron Man” records in sports they usually think of Cal Ripken Jr. On September 6, 1995 Ripken broke the MLB record with most consecutive games played when he completed his 2,131 straight game. His streak would end at 2,632 games and set the record on September 20,1998.
A.C. Green (Getty Images)
Another player that holds a similar streak in the NBA is A.C. Green. Green was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 23rd overall pick in the 1985 Draft. Green would play every single game of his rookie season. In his second season for the Lakers he sat out three early games. He returned to the court in San Antonio, TX versus the Spurs on November 19, 1986. The Lakers would win the game 117-108 over the Spurs that night. Green scored no points in 13 minutes of play. What no one realized is that uneventful game would be the beginning of history.
A.C. Green would continue to play in every game until he finally broke the previous record held by Randy Smith. Smith played in 906 straight games. Green played his 907th straight game on November 20, 1997 setting the new record.
A.C. Green never stopped playing until April 18, 2001 while playing for the Miami Heat against the Magic in Orlando, FL. He had played in 1,192 consecutive games when his streak ended. No other player in the history of the NBA has ever come close to this record.
During the course of his 17 year NBA career Green would play for four different teams (Lakers, Suns, Mavericks and Heat). Green only missed three total games his entire career playing in 1278 of 1281 games. He scored 12,331 career points was an All Star (1990) and won three NBA Titles.
Greens career was slightly above average when you look at his numbers and other accomplishment. However when you look at the record he hold he looks flat out super human.
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On August 11, 1929 New York Yankee Babe Ruth was the first ever player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 home runs. The game took place in Cleveland, OH at League Park VI. The pitcher that gave up this historic home run was Willis Hudlin of the Cleveland Indians. Ruth went 2-4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI. The Yankees would end up losing the game by a score of 6-5.
Babe Ruth ended his career with 714 home runs when he retired in 1935. His record would stand until Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run in 1974. Aaron (755) and the current career home run leader Barry Bonds (762) are the only players to surpass Ruth’s record.
In the history of baseball only twenty-five men have hit 500 or more home runs in their career. Fifteen of those players are in the Baseball Hall Of Fame. The last player to reach this milestone was Gary Sheffield on April 17, 2009.
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