Calling all NFL fans! The (American) Football Quiz


By: Sarah Crozer

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Football season is underway again! You follow the games on TV, but do you really know enough about the historical events that make American Football what it is today? Find out and challenge yourself with this quiz!

The national football league was created in what year?

Football evolved from rugby football, and the first game was played in 1869 between Princeton and Rutgers!


The NFL is the world's ______ professional sports league.

It generates almost $1 billion in yearly revenues !


When did monday night football first air?

The initial hosts were Howard Cosell, Keith Jackson and Don Meredith!


Where was the first NFL game outside the US?

The first NFL game played outside of the United States was August 16th, 1976 in Tokyo, Japan! The Cardinals defeated the Chargers by a score of 20 to 10.


What is the most valuable sports team in the NFL?

With an estimated worth of $1.5 billion, the Dallas Cowboys are the most valued sports franchise in the world.


How many teams are in the NFL?

The NFlLis separated into 2 sections. The AFC and the NFC. The two come together to compete in the Super Bowl!


Starting in 1912, a touchdown is worth how many points?

From 1892 to 1898, a touchdown was worth 4 points. From 1898 to 1911, a touchdown was worth 5 points. Starting with the 1912 season, a touchdown is worth 6 points!


Who scored the first points in Super Bowl History?

The first points scored in a Super Bowl came in the 1st quarter of Super Bowl I! They were scored by reserve receiver Max McGee on a 37 yard touchdown pass from Bart Starr.


Where was the first Pro Bowl?

The first NFL Pro Bowl was played on January 14, 1951 (for the 1950 season) in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In that game the American Conference defeated the National Conference!


What National Football League (NFL) quarterback has the most games in which he passed for 400 or more yards?

Peyton Manning (still active) holds the record for the most 400 yard passing games with 17. Drew Brees (still active) and Dan Marino are tied for second with 15!


The Cowboys, 49ers, and Patriots have won the Super Bowl ___ times.

The only team with more Super Bowl wins are the Steelers.


What player ran for more than 18,000 yards in his 15-year career?

This is more than any other player in history! After his retirement, Emmitt Smith went on to win the third Dancing with the Stars competition.


The NFL Pro Bowl, pro football's version of an all-star game, has been played where, since 1980?

Aloha stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii is the permanent residence of the Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl is the all-star game for the NFL, and features players from the NFC and AFC facing off against each other!


How many players from one team are on the field playing at one time?

Football is played on a field 100 yards long and 53 yards wide. There are 11 players on offense and 11 on defense!


How many points does a field goal count for?

A field goal was reduced from four points to three in 1909. In 1912, a touchdown was increased from five points to six!


What company manufactures NFL footballs?

Wilson began making the official NFL game ball in 1941, and the company produces 10 footballs from one cowhide!


When was the first Super Bowl?

The winner from the AFC and the NFC played. There unfortunately is no known footage of the first Super Bowl!


Which is not an offensive position?

Unlike the offensive team, there are no formally defined defensive positions. A defensive player may line up anywhere on his side of the line of scrimmage and perform any legal action.


Where is American football played?

Football is a popular sport in North America. Known as football in the United States and Canada, it is often called gridiron or American football in different parts of the world. It evolved from rugby football, and the first game was played in 1869 between Princeton and Rutgers!


When was the American Football League created?

Then in 1970 the NFL and AFL merged! The game is known as the Super Bowl.


What does the winning team of the Super Bowl get as a Prize?

Super Bowl champions win the Vince Lombardi trophy, gold-and-diamond Super Bowl rings and the prestige of being world champions. Super Bowl bonuses are also paid out to players on both sides of the ball in the big game. !


The 1967 NFL championship game was the coldest in history with a wind chill of -48 degrees. What was its nickname?

Played at Lambeau Field on December 31, the temperature at game time registered a frigid 13 degrees below zero. Nonetheless, more than 50,000 parka-clad fans braved the elements that New Year’s Eve and watched in awe as the Packers claimed their third consecutive NFL title, with a 21-17 victory!!


The National Football League is composed of 32 teams. The teams are then divided into what?

Two conferences! The National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). Each conference has one champion each year. Those two championship teams then play each other in the Super Bowl.


Who created the “huddle”?

The huddle was first used in the 1890s by quarterback Paul Hubbard, who was deaf. Hubbard was concerned the other team could interpret his hand signals, so he brought his teammates into a round formation to call plays.


What team has the most Super Bowl losses?

The Denver Broncos played hard to earn their spot in seven different Super Bowls. Unfortunately, they lost five of those championship games, giving them the unenviable title of the team with the most Super Bowl losses.


Who is said to be “the father of football?”

Yale player Walter Camp, now regarded as the "Father of American Football," secured many rule changes in 1880. One was reducing the size of each team from 15 to 11 players.


What constitutes a first down?

Each time the offense gets the ball, it has four downs, or chances, in which to gain 10 yards. If the offensive team successfully moves the ball 10 or more yards, it earns a first down, and another set of four downs!


Who played in Major League Baseball and the NFL?

Deion Sanders played in both Major League Baseball and the National Football League at the same time. He hit a home run and scored a touchdown in the same week! He is also the only person to play in the Super Bowl and the World Series.


How many officials are used during a game?

To ensure fair play, the NFL uses seven different officials. These officials keep track of many things, including the downs and the fouls.


Who is the highest official?

The referee is the highest ranking of the officials and has the most responsibility in terms of oversight. The other officials are the umpire, the back judge, the head linesman, the side judge, the line judge and the field judge.


Who is the first full-time female official in the NFL?

Sarah Thomas will become the first full-time female official in NFL history when the 2015-2016 football season gets underway. She follows in Shannon Easton’s footsteps. Easton was the first woman to officiate an NFL game, though she did not have a full-time contract with the league.


Who was responsible for the introduction of the forward pass?

In football’s early days, the forward pass was illegal! As president, Teddy Roosevelt threatened to ban football unless new rules were established to ensure player safety. The revised rules introduced the forward pass!


When the ball carrier is tackled in his own end zone, it is called a ______.

Safeties are worth two points, which are awarded to the defense.[40] In addition, the team that conceded the safety must kick the ball to the scoring team via a free kick!


What was a sport that American football originated from?

The original game of American Football looked like a mix of soccer and rugby.


What does the NFL hold yearly where teams select eligible college players?

The team with the most losses in the previous season has the first pick. The order of draft picks is decided by season losses, with the team with the most wins picking last.


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