Next week is the kickoff of the 2011 NFL Football Season.  After the “Lock-out”, little training and a shortened pre-season, how will the first regular season games play out.  With no teams on a bye the first week, Thursday September 8th will be the kickoff of the first game of a week of great football.  Check your local listings and don’t miss your local team.

Thursday, Sept 8

  • Saints at Packers

Sunday, Sept 11

  • Lions at Buccaneers
  • Falcons at Bears
  • Steelers at Ravens
  • Bengals at Browns
  • Titans at Jaguars
  • Giants at Redskins
  • Cowboys at Jets
  • Bills at Chiefs
  • Colts at Texans
  • Eagles at Rams
  • Seahawks at 49ers
  • Panters at Cardinals
  • Vikings at Chargers

Monday, Sept 12

  • Raiders at Broncos
  • Patriots at Dolphines

The American Professional Football Association was founded in 1920 at a car dealership in Canton, Ohio.  Jim Thorpe was elected as the first president.

In 1948, the Rams became the first team to have a helmet insignia. The distinctive Ram horns were hand-painted onto the helmets by the team’s halfback, Fred Gehrke.

Willie Thrower was the first African-American quarterback in the NFL.  He played for the Chicago Bears in 1953.

1960 the Baltimore Colts had the first cheerleading squad in the NFL.

Monday Night Football first aired in 1970

In 1979, John elway was drafted out of high school to play professional baseball for the Kansas City Royals.

“All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” by Hank Williams Jr. debuted as the Monday Night Football theme in 1989.

Before his 2003 rookie season, tight end Antonia Gates had not played football since his senior year in high school.

Receiver Wes Welker, who tied the league record for most receptions in 2007 (112), went undrafted in the 2004 NFL Draft.

In 2007, LaDainian Tomlinson was offered the spot on the cover of the Madden NFL 08 video game.  He turned it down, and Vince Young was selected instead.

With almost $1 billion in yearly revenues, the NFL is the world’s richest professional sports league.

The Oakland Raiders were originally named the Oakland Senors thanks to fan voting. After being ridiculed by the media for several weeks, the team changed its name to the Raiders (which finished third in the voting).

Dan Reeves, Tony Dungy and Mike Ditka have all appeared in Super Bowls as players, assistant coaches and head coaches.

Emmitt Smith had the same number of rushing yards in his last season as he did in his rookie season (937).

Ronnie Lott received All-Pro honors at three different positions (cornerback, strong safety and free safety).

Eli and Payton Manning are the only set of brothers to play quarterback in a Super Bowl. They are also the only brothers to both win the Super Bowl MVP award.

For a year’s supply of footballs for the NFL, it takes 3,000 cows to supply the leather.

The Vikings Defensive Lineman Jim Marshall once picked up a fumble and ran it all the way back the wrong way to score a Safety for the 49’ers.



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