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…

Today in Sports History: September 18

By Veronica An The age-old rivalry between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers ended in a 2-0 victory for the Bears in 1938. The teams have played each other 199 times as of September 5, 2019 – the most rivalry games in NFL history – according to the Packer’s website. Since their first game…

Today in Sports History: July 17

By Jonah Sharf On July 17, 1990, two-sport legends Bo Jackson’s Kansas City Royals and Deion Sanders’ New York Yankees faced off in what would become known as “The Bo and Prime Time Show.” The game ended with Jackson’s squad winning 10-7, thanks to three home runs and seven RBI from Bo. Not to be…

Today in Sports History: April 12

By Jonah Sharf On April 12, 1981, the New York Giants selected linebacker Lawrence Taylor with the second pick in the NFL Draft. LT was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, leading the Giants to their first playoff appearance since 1963. Taylor played with the Giants his entire…

Today in Sports History: January 26

By Jonah Sharf On January 26, 1986, the Chicago Bears — led by head coach Mike Ditka, a legendary defense headed by Richard Dent, and an incredible running game with Walter Payton — won Super Bowl XX. The 1985 season was the Bears’ most successful season to date since the NFL-AFL merger, not just in…

Today in Sports History: January 16

By Jonah Sharf On January 16, 1988, the St. Louis Cardinals (of the NFL) announced that they would move to Phoenix to become the Phoenix Cardinals—now known as the Arizona Cardinals. In their first year in Phoenix, they started the season 7-4 and were first in the NFC East, but lost five games in a…

Today in Sports History: January 4

By Jonah Sharf On January 4, 2006, quarterback Vince Young led the Texas Longhorns to a victory in one of the most thrilling Rose Bowls and National Championship Games in recent memory against the USC Trojans, who were led by Heisman winners Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush. The star-studded Trojans were thought of as one…