The first ever NFL Draft took place in 1936. That draft only consisted of 81 players. Four of those players would become Hall Of Famers. Since then the NFL has developed the draft into a giant event. Another one of the players selected in that draft, Paul “Bear” Bryant would later give up playing football to become a coach. He would become one of the greatest college football coaches ever while at the University of Alabama. There have been many great draft classes in the years since but they all pale in comparison to one in particular.
The 1983 NFL Draft took place on Arpil 26th and 27th of that year in New York City. It included twelves rounds and 335 players were selected. Over 30 of those players selected would go to the Pro Bowl. Eric Dickerson, Jim Kelly, John Elway, Dan Marino, Bruce Matthews, Darrell Green and Richard Dent who were all selected that day would later be inducted into the Hall Of Fame. Other than all of the things I have mentioned the draft is remembered for another reason, the Quarterbacks.
This was the best draft class of quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. It also holds the record for most quarterbacks selected in the first round with six. Three of those six would make it into the Hall Of Fame. The standout quarterbacks of the class were by far John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino.
John Elway (Getty Images)
John Elway was taken with the first overall pick by the Baltimore Colts. He was eventually traded before the season to Denver due to his unwillingness to play for the Colts head coach Frank Kush. During his career he established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the league. When his career was over he won two Super Bowl Championships and was inducted to the Hall Of Fame in 2004.
Jim Kelly (Getty Images)
With the fourteenth overall pick the Buffalo Bills selected Jim Kelly. Kelly played the season prior in the United States Football League after leaving the University Of Miami. Of the quarterbacks drafted that day Kelly made more Super Bowl appearances than any one else. Kelly lead the Buffalo Bills to the Super Bowl from 1990 through 1993. Unfortunately the Bills never won any of those Super Bowls. Nonetheless Kelly proved himself to be a great quarterback and was Inducted to the Hall Of Fame in 2002.
Dan Marino (Getty Images)
The final legendary quarterback taken in this draft was Dan Marino. He was projected to go early in the first round but fell back on a lot of teams boards due to reports of him using marijuana in college. The Miami Dolphins were willing to take a chance on this young man with a powerful arm and selected him with the twenty seventh overall pick. Marino played 17 season but only made one trip to the Super Bowl, the Dolphins lost that game to the San Fransisco 49ers. Marino did however finish career holding almost every quarterback record that existed. He was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2005.
An interesting note about this draft is all of the first round quarterbacks went to AFC teams. Also the three half Of Fame quarterbacks all played for only one team during their NFL career.
The Draft is such an intriguing event. Full of Pro Bowlers, Busts and Hall Of Famers. There will probably never be a quarterback class this good again. Some might argue that the 2012 class will stand the test of time but until it does the 1983 Draft will remain the best ever.
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Week 3 of NCAA action has come to a close. It was the most eventful week of the season thus far. There were a few ranked teams that were dethroned, many of which by other ranked teams. This was also the toughest week to narrow down all of the excitement into 3 stories. So let’s take a look at 2centsworthofsports.com’s top 3 stories.
#21 STANFORD UPSETS #2USC
Stanford Stadium was rocking as #21 Stanford Cardinals played host to #2 USC Trojans. Stanford has gotten the best of USC in the last three years, but those were teams led by now NFL rookie Andrew Luck. It was unknown if Stanford could keep the streak alive on Saturday night. The Cardinals proved they still have USC’s number in a 21-14 win over the Trojans. Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor had a great performance, rushing for 153 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns. Stanford’s Quarterback Josh Nunes threw the game winning 37-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz with 11:10 remaining in the final quarter. With this win Standford moves to 3-0 for the season while USC now has a 2-1 record. USC is bowl eligible for the first time in 2 years and will now need to fight if they want to make it to the National Championship this year.
PITT SHOCKS #13 VIRGINIA TECH
Pitt came out strong on Saturday against #13 Virginia Tech. Pitt scored 14 unanswered points on Tech in the 1st quarter and led the game at halftime by a score of 21-3. Pitt won the game 35-14 and received strong performances from QB Tino Sunseri and running back Ray Graham. Sunseri was 19-28 passing and threw for283 yards with 3 touchdown passes and only 1 interception. Graham rushed for 94 yards and had 2 touchdowns. It was another story for the Hokies who struggled early on defense and their offense could not bring them back into the game. Hokies QB Logan Thomas was 14-31 and threw 3 interceptions. This win will likely put Pitt in the top 25 ranking and move the Hokies into the back of the top 25.
ARKANSAS DESTROYED BY #1 ALABAMA AT HOME
Arkansas went into last week ranked #8 and were upset by LA Monroe. That loss had the Razor Backs plunge out of the top 25 rankings. This game was expected to be tough for Arkansas but not a complete blow out. The Tide beat the living crap out of the Razorbacks winning the game 52-0. Alabama’s leading scorer was running back Eddie Lacy who rushed for 3 touchdowns. The Razorbacks did not have one single decent performance. Their leading rusher in the game was Johnathan Williams only ran for 6 yards. Their leading receivers were Chris Gragg and Austin Tate who only had 19 yards receiving a piece. The Razor back had high hopes for the season which have been completely crushed in Weeks 2 and 3. It will be a long season for the Razorbacks this year.
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College football is back! No longer do we have to wait for the moments and feel of one of the greatest sports seasons around. From now until the Winter we will be able to see the triumphs and heartbreaks that are what college football is all about. We will also get a peek at the future of professional football. Week 1 of college football is in the books, so let’s take a look at some of the major stories from the opening weekend.
BAMA Blows Out Michigan, Sights Set On A Repeat Championship
The most anticipated match up of week 1 was with out a doubt the defending Champions Alabama versus Michigan. Alabama came into this game ranked number 2 while Michigan was ranked number 8. The Tide pounded the Wolverines 41-14. Michigan’s Denard Robinson was expected to make a big impact in this game but came up short. Robinson had only 200 yards passing and was 11-26 in passing. Robinson’s only bright moment came when he threw a 71 yard pass before halftime that led to a 6-yard touchdown run for the QB. Bama’s defense was just too much for Michigan. The Tide will roll into the rest of the season hunting their next title. After Saturday night anyone who thinks they are not likely to repeat is just fooling themselves.
Penn State Continues To Feel The Blues
Penn State played Ohio on Saturday in a game that any other year would have been a blowout win for The Nittany Lions. This year was much different, Ohio won by a score of 24-14. This Penn State team is one that is trying to start its recovery from the penalties laid down by the NCAA in the wake of the Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The team has been deprived of many talented players that were allowed to leave and play for other schools just weeks before the start of the season. Penn State did have an 11 point lead going into half time, but never scored another point for the remainder of the game. The home crowd was behind the Nittany Lions but it just wasn’t enough. This game could be a glimpse of how disappointing the 2012 season will be for the once mighty Penn State Football team.
West Virginia’s Geno Smith Shows He Is A Heisman Candidate
The West Virginia Mountaineers destroyed in state rival Marshall 69-34 on Saturday. The Mountaineers QB Geno Smith can take a lot of the credit for the win. Smith threw for 323 yards and had 4 touchdowns. The defense of Marshall could not contain the talent and aggressiveness of the Mountaineers. West Virginia had 655 yards on the offensive side, more than any other game last season. Ranked number 11 going into week one, the Mountaineers are going to move up as the weeks go on. They are a solid team with a great QB. Smith made himself the standout Heisman candidate this weekend and if he keeps up the incredible play will be in New York for the Ceremony in December.
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One of the biggest sports stories of the year and possibly the last decade happened today. The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Presidential Oversight Commitee signed the documents that will remove the BCS System and put a 4 team tournament in its place. It was the most hotly debated and demanded topic in the history of college football. Even the President of the United States weighed in with his opinion on the subject.
The BCS is soon to be gone, good riddance.
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The BCS lasted for 14 years and was created to settle the controversy created by the bowl system that was formerly in place. The previous system would have team play their final games of the season in bowl games that a lot of the times did not help their case for being #1 and National Champions. The BCS was supposed to bring order by having the top 2 ranked teams battle it out to crown a National Champion. It however created a lot of controversy instead. There have been many teams over the years that have gone undefeated and still were out of the championship game. There was also a lot of corruption with the BCS Executives taking advantage of the system and wrongly using money to fund parties and put in their wallets. So the BCS can die a horrible death and rot as far as most football fans are concerned.
Up until now football was the only NCAA sport that did not have a tournament to crown it champion. In fact the NCAA has not endorsed one single BCS champion as being their champion.
The 4 team tournament system will start in 2014. That means that we will have two more BCS years but essentially the BCS is dead after that. The fans of college football all breathed a sigh of relief today knowing that the end of a horrible system is soon to be gone.
The new tournament will be a breath of fresh air for college football. I do however feel that the tournament should expand to at least 8 teams but hey you have to crawl before you walk. At least they are giving it a go. The tournament will mean more excitement and drama not only during the final games but during the season when teams will be fighting to get in. Sure, there will still be some controversy about some teams not getting in but at least you will have a semifinal and a final to let the teams battle it out. The way college football is set up with so many teams and many great ones will mean that only the best teams will play for the National Championship.
For decades the college football scene has needed a tournament and the fans have been demanding it. For a very long time it appeared that we would never see a tournament in college football. Now everyone can sleep easy knowing that the light is at the end of the tunnel.
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