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20 Crazy Football Facts That Will Shock You

Football Fan? 20 Crazy Football Facts that will Shock You

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for us football fans.  No, we’re not talking about Christmas—football is in session. In the spirit of football season, check out these crazy football facts that you may not know!

  1. Injured football players in televised NFL games get about 6 more seconds of camera time than celebrating players
  2. The cheerleaders in the NFL typically make $50-$75 per game.
  3. The oldest football stadium in the country that is still in use is Soldier Field in Chicago
  4. Americans consume about 1.25 billion chicken wings on Super Bowl weekend
  5. Americans drink about 50 million cases of beer during Super Bowl weekend—that’s a tab of more than $10.8 billion!
  6. 78% of NFL players are bankrupt just two years after they finish their careers
  7. It wasn’t a requirement for football players to wear a helmet in the NFL until 1943
  8. It is very rare for a football game to end in a tie.  The Chicago Bears had a total of 6 tie games in 1943
  9. One of the most valuable franchises in all sports is the Dallas Cowboys—valued at over 1.5 billion dollars!
  10. Only one NFL player has ever received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—Terry Bradshaw
  11. The coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy is made by Tiffany & Co. of New York.  It costs $25,000 to make
  12. The fewest points ever scored by a team in the Superbowl is the Dolphins—they scored 3 points
  13. The highest scoring Superbowl game was the San Francisco 49ers who scored a total of 55 points
  14. The most pizza is sold on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year.  Psychologists note that some events are socially tied to food categories—Superbowl + pizza, Easter + eggs, etc.
  15. The NFL requires that all stadiums be built facing North and South so that the sun never interferes with a play
  16. Former Minnesota Vikings kicker Fred Cox invented the Nerf football back in 1972.  He still receives royalties for every unit sold
  17. Footballs were never actually made out of pig skin
  18. During a regular NFL game you are likely to watch the following:  11 minutes of actual playing time, 3 seconds of cheerleaders, 17 minutes of replays and 67 minutes of players just standing there
  19. Since 2000, every player that has appeared on the cover of the Madden NFL video game has suffered a season altering injury—with the exception of Larry Fitzgerald.
  20. During Monday Night Football on November 23rd, 1970, Howard Cosell was so drunk he slurred his speech during the entire first half and vomited on Don Meredith’s boots at halftime!
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