Today in Sports History: December 4

By Veronica An Ernie Davis became the first black player to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 1962 NFL Draft. Davis led Syracuse University to the 1959 college championship in the Cotton Bowl and captured the MVP award. Davis was later awarded the Walter Camp Memorial Trophy and was the first black recipient…

Today in Sports History: November 25

By Veronica An In 2018, Philip Rivers, L.A. Chargers quarterback, set an NFL single-game record by completing 25 straight passes during a game against the Arizona Cardinals. Rivers first entered the NFL in 2004 when he signed with the San Diego Chargers, as the team’s third quarterback option. He was promoted to quarterback the following…

Today in Sports History: November 20

By Veronica An In 1977, Walter Payton played one of his most memorable games despite a 101-degree fever. The Chicago Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings 10-7 with Payton running 275 yards. Payton was selected fourth in the NFL’s 1975 draft by the Chicago Bears. He proved to be a valuable running back, winning the MVP…

Today in Sports History: November 14

By Veronica An When the Miami Dolphins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in 1993, Don Shula broke the record for the most NFL wins for an NFL coach. The 19-14 victory gave Shula his 325th career win, including postseason wins. Described as the “winningest” coach in NFL history Bleacher Report, Shula coached for a total of…

Today in Sports History: November 6

By Veronica An Art Modell, owner of the Browns, announced a plan to move the NFL team from Cleveland to Baltimore during the 1995-6 season. This move would give Baltimore an NFL for the first time since 1983; when the Colts moved to Indianapolis. Modell cited financial reasons and a lackluster stadium as the main…

Today in Sports History: October 19

By Veronica An Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots, set a record by throwing 5 TD passes in a single quarter during a game against the Tennessee Titans in 2009. The Patriots were already ahead by 10 going into the second quarter and won 59-0. Brady has been elected as team captain every…

Today in Sports History: October 10

By Veronica An The New York Giants retired linebacker Lawrence Taylor’s #54 jersey in 1994. Taylor was the first-round NFL draft pick in 1981 and spent 13 years with the Giants. Taylor, nicknamed L.T, was known for his aggressive style of play as well as his strength and speed. Taylor ended his rookie season with…

Today in Sports History: October 9

By Veronica An In 1989, Art Shell made history as the first African American head coach of the NFL since the 1920s. During his tenure as head coach, Shell is credited with leading the Raiders to a near-perfect performance in Raiders Super Bowl Xl with a 32-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Prior to his…

Today in Sports History: October 7

By Veronica An Although it occurred 21 years before college football games were officially recorded and five years before the first NCAA championship game took place, the 1916 game between Georgia Tech and Cumberland College still lives on in history. Fan favorites, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defeated the Cumberland Bulldogs 222-0. The Yellow Jackets…

Today in Sports History: September 24

By Veronica An Quarterback for the Washington Redskins, Mark Brunell, played a historic game in 2006 against the Houston Texans. Brunell had 22 consecutive completions in a single game, ending with a 31-15 win for the Redskins. During this game, Brunell also set the Redskins record for highest completion percentage in a single game at…