Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning entered Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs two yards shy of Brett Favre’s record of 71,838 passing yards. And on a 4-yard toss to running back Ronnie Hillman, Manning became the new all-time leader.
But that was just about the only highlight in a dismal game for the 39-year-old quarterback.
The game of football is so colorful — from the jerseys to fans’ costumes to signs — that it’s hard to imagine watching it on a black-and-white TV. But that’s how fans experienced the NFL for years. Until, that is, the league televised the first color game 50 years ago, on Thanksgiving Day 1965.
To celebrate the golden anniversary of full-color football, Nike last week unveiled a new Color Rush uniform that a handful of teams will wear for Thursday games this season. The Bills and Jets debut the Color Rush jersey on November 12 when Buffalo hits the field in solid red unis and New York drapes itself in Kelly Green. Based on the images Nike released, the jerseys give the action on the field an old-time TV feel — which makes sense, given the anniversary. But to really drive the point home, there’s a gif connecting the jerseys to TV circa-1965:
Last Friday, 17-year-old New Jersey high school quarterback Evan Murray was hit on a routine play in the first half. But something wasn’t right. He walked to the sideline, collapsed, and was taken to a hospital where he later died. The cause was massive internal bleeding due to a lacerated spleen. He was the third high school football player to die this school year after suffering an on-field injury.
It’s a story that Brian and Kathy Haugen are all too familiar with.
After a summer dominated by talk of deflated footballs and lawsuits and missing cell phones, Tom Brady hit the field for the 2015 season with a something to prove. And that's been bad news for the rest of the NFL. The 38-year-old quarterback has led the Patriots to a 3-0 start, with the team outscoring its opponents 119-70, including a 51-17 destruction of the Jaguars Sunday.
While New England has a lot to be happy about heading into the bye week, Brady has extra reason to celebrate. A 1-yard pass to Danny Amendola late in the second quarter Sunday was Brady's 400th career touchdown. (He threw number 401 in the third.) He's only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to reach the milestone. The others are Peyton Manning (533), Brett Favre (508) and Dan Marino (420).
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge let the air out of "Deflategate" Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy the NFL claimed threatened football's integrity.
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman criticized NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for dispensing "his own brand of industrial justice."
Berman said Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback. Brady has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season's AFC championship game.
The suspension was "premised upon several significant legal deficiencies" including the failure to notify Brady of potential penalties, Berman wrote in his opinion, noting that an arbitrator's factual findings are generally not open to judicial challenge.
This season, the NFL will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl. The game has certainly evolved since Super Bowl I, but the league has been slow to adapt to new sideline and on-field technology.
Microsoft, the official technology partner of the NFL, has been working to change that. And administrators from the tech company see this season’s celebration of five decades of NFL tradition as a perfect time to bring the league more into the 21st century.
“We want to celebrate the NFL’s history, but Microsoft also wants to look forward to the next 50 years,” said Jeff Tran, director of sports alliances at Microsoft.
Microsoft is entering its third year of an exclusive relationship with the NFL. The partnership has brought new advancements on the field, as well as innovative ways to watch games at home.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The humbled men in gold jackets entering football immortality were unmistakable. So was the endless sea of twirling yellow Terrible Towels there to greet them and the outpouring of compassion for the legend who wasn't there.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis headlined the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Saturday night, the sixth-leading rusher in NFL history turning the annual enshrinement ceremony into a de facto pep rally.
Bettis grabbed one of the ubiquitous towels synonymous with the franchise at the beginning of his speech and led a chant of "Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go" as the capacity crowd at Tom Benson Stadium - most of them clad in some variation of black-and-yellow - roared in support of the player that served as the physical embodiment of the team he helped lead to a fifth Super Bowl title in 2006.
"I really thought the Bus' last stop was in Detroit at Super Bowl 40," Bettis said. "But now I know the Bus will always and forever run in Canton, Ohio."