Are you ready for some football?
Marcy Westphal, Senior Designer
With the football season kicking off last night, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than learning some new facts about the game itself. Some facts may surprise you, while others are meant just to entertain. For instance, did you know that hypothetically, if every NFL game finished in a tie, the playoffs would be determined by a coin flip? (Crazy, but true!) If you are a fan of the pigskin like I am, you’ll find these facts to be truly Lombardi Trophy-worthy.
FACT: The huddle formation used in football came from deaf football players. Paul Hubbard, the quarterback for Gallaudet University (a university for the deaf and hard of hearing in Washington, D.C.), came up with the huddle in the 1940s. The purpose was to prevent other teams from reading their sign language when discussing plays. It caught on, as the huddle is still being used in NFL games to this day.
FACT: The longest field goal in NFL history was kicked by a man who had only half a foot! On November 8, 1970, Tom Dempsey, a 22-year-old kicker for the New Orleans Saints (who was born without four fingers on his right hand and half of his right foot), launched the pigskin farther with half a foot than any full-footed kicker ever had (a record 63 yards)!
FACT: The NFL requires football fields be built facing either north/south or in the shade, so that the sun doesn’t interfere with play. This helps the players and fans keep their focus on the football and not reaching for their shades.
FACT: It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs. And, they’re all manufactured at ONE factory in the small town of Ada, Ohio! Wilson Sporting Goods Company has been the official football supplier for the National Football League since 1941, and 150 workers at the plant in Ada construct 700,000 regulation-sized footballs BY HAND each year!
FACT: NFL Players have been fined up to $5,000 for throwing a game ball into the stands for fans after a big play. Who wouldn’t want this souvenir, right? Unfortunately though, the NFL has deemed this excessive celebration and now fines players for what they see as unprofessional conduct.
Now that you have some fun football facts under your game day belts, how about some fun football snacks? Enjoy some of these clever Pinterest finds on all things football… http://www.pinterest.com/shelledesign/creative-energy/