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 the NFL season was one of the most unpredictable so far this season. It also so more controversy over the replacement referees. It was a very exciting group of games, so let’s take a look at 2centsworthofsports.com’s top 3 stories from this week in the NFL.
The Replacement Refs Blow The Game For The Packers
The replacement referees have been atrocious the season. They have missed many calls and made wrong ones as well. On Monday Night the stand in refs made the worst call of the season. In closing seconds of the final quarter with the Packers leading the Seahawks 12-7 the unthinkable happened. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed a pass to Wide Receiver Golden Tate for the win, or did he. What actually happened was Packers Defensive Back M.D. Jennings intercepted the pass and had it wrestled away from him by Tate while on the ground. The play was reviewed referee Wayne Elliot who stated ”the ruling on the field stands”. The Seattle faithful loved it but NFL fans everywhere were outraged. This seasons referee’s have been horrible and until the lock out ends with the veteran refs we might be seeing a lot more games end this way.
Many Strong Teams Upset By Unlikely Foes
The season has only seen a few up sets during the first two weeks of play. Week three brought with it many upsets. The lowly Jaguars defeated the Colts on the road by a score of 22-17, outscoring the Colts 19-3 in the second half. The Chiefs defeated the Saints in overtime 27-24. The Bengals beat the Redskins 38-31, with excellent play from their QB Andy Dalton who threw for over 300 yards and had 3 TD passes. The Titans stunned the Lions 44-41 in overtime. The 49ers were defeated in the Metro dome by the Vikings 24-13. The Steelers lost to the aiders 34-31, even though “Big” Ben Roethlisberger had a great game with 384 yards passing and 4 TD’s. It was a wild and crazy Sunday. Who know maybe we will see more of this as teams that have been lower level become stronger and more competitive.
Matt Schaub Takes An Illegal Hit And Losses Part Of His Ear
On Sunday afternoon the Houston Texans came into Denver to face the Broncos. What happened would be one of the most gruesome sights in recent memory. The Texans QB Matt Schaub dropped back for a pass and was tackled by two Broncos Defenders simultaneously. His helmet popped off and he immediately grabbed his ear. When he removed his hands from his head he was missing a chunk of the upper portion of his ear. Schaub showed his toughness and continued to play throwing for almost 300 yards and had 4 TD passes. The Texans won the game by a score of 31-25.
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The 2012 season is out of the gates and charging hard into the Fall. As anticipated the first week of NFL action brought much excitement and enjoyment as America’s number 1 sport began its new season. There were many potential story lines heading into week 1. Here are 2centsworthofsports.com’s Top 3 stories that developed on Sunday.
RG 3 Impresses In Rookie Debut
Robert Griffin III made his highly anticipated debut on Sunday in New Orleans against the Saints. Much like Cam Newton in his rookie season last year, RG3 rose to the occasion. Griffin lead the Redskins to a win over the Saints by a score of 40-32. More impressive than the victory were Griffin’s stats. Griffin was 19-26 with 320 yards passing, 42 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Griffin completed his first 7 passes for over 123 yards. The most exciting play came in the 1st quarter when Griffin connected with Wide Receiver Pierre Garcon for an 88 yard touchdown pass. That TD pass would be Griffins first in the NFL and is a hell of a way to start a career. A statement was made on Sunday, Griffin is as good as we thought he would be and he makes the Redskins a legitimate threat.
Peyton Manning Showed No Signs Of Rust In His Broncos Debut
One of the first major NFL stories of the past off season was where would Peyton Manning land in free agency. The answer was Denver but that left a question remaining, how would he perform? Manning sat out the entire 2011 season after having undergone neck surgery. On Sunday night in Prime Time, Manning and the Broncos hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers. Manning was back to his usual form going 19-26 with 253 yards passing and 2 touchdown passes. The Broncos beat the Steelers 31-19 in the first game of the season. Manning showed how ready he was to be back in football. It is safe to say he will continue to be one of the best QB’s in the league this season.
#1 Pick Andrew Luck Has A Rough Debut In Chicago
The first overall pick in April’s Draft, Andrew Luck took to the field with his Colts to face the Chicago Bears. Luck came out of college with the same expectations that he is NFL ready. He may very well be but Sunday did not treat Luck very well. The Colts were defeated by the Bears by a score of 41-21. Luck was 25-43 passing with 309 yards passing, 9 yards rushing, 1 touchdown and threw for 3 interceptions. The Bears defense was too much for the Colts line who just did not give Luck enough time to be comfortable. Luck’s 3 interceptions show he was not mentally ready for this game. However his other stats look promising. The problem for Luck this season will be that the Colts have not provided him with the best supporting cast. Week 2 will be a good opportunity to see how Luck can recover from a tough loss and move forward.
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By all indications free agent Peyton Manning is going to play for the Denver Broncos next season. He asked his agent to begin contract negotiations with the team on Monday. After a week of constant media attention and tryouts, for a few teams to include the 49ers and the Titans just to name a couple, the fog has cleared. Countless hours of talk on radio and tv and even a helicopter following his truck leaving the airport which was very reminiscent to the O.J. Bronco chase in 1994. It will all come to an end in the next day or two and only talk of next season with Manning and the Broncos will ensue.
He has been without a doubt the most sought after free agent to hit the market since Reggie White left the Philadelphia Eagles take a big money deal with the Green Bay Packers in the early 1990’s. He is leaving Indianapolis where he played for 14 seasons and had a very successful career breaking records and winning a Super Bowl title. He will be going to a team that had a QB controversy all of last season. The Broncos fans were pulling for Tim Tebow to be their QB all last season. You can rest assured that there will be no controversy any more Manning is their guy and will be their guy hands down.
This will be a very interesting season coming up for the Broncos with Manning at the helm. They lost Wide Receiver Brandon Loyd to the New England Patriots via free agency. You have still got to believe even with Loyd gone from the picture Manning will have enough talent around him to make the Broncos very strong contenders in the AFC.
The one question that some have is whether Manning’s health will be an issue. He underwent season ending neck surgery before the 2011 season began. The Colts were unsure for most of last season of whether they would stay with him at QB or go with the obvious 1st pick overall in the draft Stanford’s Andrew Luck. They chose to go with a young QB with a lot of potential for the future than take a chance on Manning for a few more seasons and have no future plan in place when he retires.
As this past week showed there were more than enough teams that would love to have Manning take over and turn their franchises around or put them over the top. The Broncos were a team that seemed to be tired of the QB controversy and want to win without a doubt now. They seemed to have turned on the pursuit in the last couple of days with team president John Elawy courting Manning and meeting with him on numerous occasions. They tried hard and won the battle for possibly the biggest free agent QB ever.
Its time for Manning to shine and prove all of the doubters wrong. He very well could win another World Championship or more in the upcoming seasons as long as he can stay healthy. This will be a very exciting season coming up for the NFL this year. Manning going to Denver will likely be the sports story of the year and will be dominating the radio and tv airwaves till this time next year. So its safe to say at this point that the Broncos have their man at QB once and for all.