U.S. Football Greats Quiz!


By: Gavin Thagard

6 Min Quiz

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American football is considered a game of chess with moving pieces. See how much you know about the players who played this game the best.

Who holds the NFL rushing record?

In 1984, Eric Dickerson rushed for a record breaking 2,105 yards. The record has not been broken since, but in 2012, Adrian Peterson came eight yards short of tying the record.


Where did Joe Namath play college football?

Joe Namath played football at the University of Alabama under the legendary coach, Paul "Bear" Bryant. He led Alabama to the national championship in 1964.


Which team drafted Deion Sanders?

Deion Sanders was the fifth overall pick in the 1989 draft. He would go on to play five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons before signing with the San Francisco 49ers.


What team did Mike Ditka lead to the Superbowl as a head coach?

Mike Ditka was hired as the head coach of the Chicago Bears just before the 1982 season. In 1985, he led them to a Superbowl Championship with the help of a relentless defense.


Who did Brett Favre play against the day after his dad died?

Brett Favre debated playing against the Oakland Raiders the day after his father passed away, but he knew his father would want him to play the game. Farve went out and put on an amazing performance, throwing for four touchdowns and nearly 400 yards.


Who replaced Joe Montana in San Francisco​?

Steve Young spent years as the backup for Joe Montana, often filling in when Montana was injured. During this time, Young proved he was a capable NFL quarterback. In 1993, Montana requested to be traded, and Young became the starting quarterback for the 49ers.


How many Super Bowls did Terry Bradshaw win?

Terry Bradshaw played for the Pittsburg Steelers from 1970 through 1983. In that time, he won Super Bowls IX, X, XIII, and XIV.


Who leads the NFL in receptions for a career?

Jerry Rice played 20 seasons in the NFL, and he spent most of that time with the San Francisco 49ers, where he played alongside fellow Hall of Famer Joe Montana.


How many times did Walter Payton win the NFL MVP Award?

Walter Payton played football for the Chicago Bears where he won the NFL MVP Award in 1977 and 1985. In 1985, his team would also go on to win the Super Bowl.


Who is the NFL sack leader for a season?

Michael Strahan played 15 seasons with the New York Giants. In 2001, he set the record for most sacks in a season at 22.5.


What team did Johnny Unitas play against in the "greatest game ever played"?

Johnny Unitas led the Baltimore Colts to the NFL Championship against the New York Giants in 1958. The Colts would go on to win the game in overtime, which was the first overtime in NFL history.


Who was drafted to replace Peyton Manning in Indianapolis​?

Due to Peyton Manning suffering a neck injury, the Indianapolis Colts ended up with the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. They decided to move on from the aged Manning by drafting Andrew Luck.


How many Super Bowls has Tom Brady played in?

Tom Brady has been to six Super Bowls as of the 2015 NFL season. Of those six Super Bowls, he has won four of them.


Who did LaDainian Tomlinson sign a ceremonial contract with before he announced his retirement?

LaDainian Tomlinson spent most of his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers, but he was forced to move on after a lack of production. Once his career was finished, he wanted to retire a Charger, so he signed a ceremonial contract then retired right after that.


Where did Kevin Greene play college football?

Kevin Greene was a walk-on​ football player at Auburn University where he quickly became a star player on defense. He would later be drafted by the Los Angeles Rams.


Who was the first African-American​ head coach to win a Super Bowl?

In the 2006-07 season, Tony Dungy became the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl. He coached opposite, Lovie Smith, who is also an African-American. Together, they were also the first African-American head coaches to make it to a Super Bowl.


Where did Ken Stabler spend most of his NFL career?

Ken Stabler played for the Oakland Raiders from 1970 to 1979. With Oakland, he won the 1977 Super Bowl by defeating the Minnesota Vikings.


What player had the most interceptions in a season?

In the 1952 season, Dick Lane set the NFL record for most interceptions with 14. At the time, he played for the Los Angeles Rams. Since then, no one has broken his record.


Who did Jim Brown spend his entire career with?

Jim Brown played for the Cleveland Browns and set multiple records throughout his career despite only playing nine seasons. He retired at the age of 29.


Which NFL great is known for the Coca-Cola commercial where he tosses a kid his jersey?

Joe Greene starred in a coca-cola commercial in 1979 that has become iconic in American culture. In the commercial, a kid gives Greene a coca-cola, and Greene gives the kid his game jersey.


Who coached the 1972 Miami Dolphins to an undefeated season?

Don Shula led the 1972 Miami Dolphins to the only undefeated season in NFL history. The only team to come close was the 2007 New England Patriots who lost in the Super Bowl, ending their season at 18-1.


What number did Troy Polamalu wear while playing for the Pittsburg Steelers?

Troy Polamalu played strong safety for the Pittsburg Steelers from 2003 to 2014. He helped them win two Super Bowls during that span.


How many Super Bowls did Dan Marino win?

Dan Marino is widely considered the best quarterback to never win a Super Bowl. His only appearance in a Super Bowl was during the 1984 season.


Who was the first player to ever sign with the Atlanta Falcons?

1966 was the first ever season for the Atlanta Falcons. With their first pick, the team chose Tommy Nobis, who went on to have a great career with the Falcons.


What team drafted Tony Gonzalez?

Tony Gonzalez was taken with the 13th pick in the 1997 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2009, he moved on from the Chiefs to play with the Atlanta Falcons.


How many Super Bowls did John Elway play in?

John Elway went to five Super Bowls and lost the first three. It wasn't until late in his career that he finally won a championship, followed by another one the year after.


Which coach won the first ever Super Bowl?

Vince Lombardi led the Green Bay Packers to the first Super Bowl to ever be played. Under Lombardi, the Packers would go on to win the second Super Bowl as well.


Where did Herm Edwards play college football?

Herm Edwards went undrafted in 1977 but ended up signing with the Philadelphia Eagles. During his nine-year​ career, he never missed a game.


What team is Tom Landry known for coaching?

Tom Landry coached the Dallas Cowboys for 29 seasons. During that time, he made major innovations on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.


What was the nickname of Jerome Bettis?

During his NFL career, Jerome Bettis was a physical runner. He received the nickname "The Bus" because of his ability to carry multiple defenders on his back at a time.


What position did Champ Bailey play?

Champ Bailey spent most of his NFL career with the Denver Broncos, who he signed with in 2004. During his career, he made the Pro Bowl twelve times.


What year was Ed Reed drafted?

Ed Reed was drafted in 2002 by the Baltimore Ravens with the 24th pick. He went on to have a successful career with the Ravens, winning his only Super Bowl in the 2012 season.


Where did Charles Woodson play college football?

Charles Woodson played college football at the University of Michigan, where he won the Heisman Trophy. He was the last player to win the Heisman that was not a running back or quarterback.


Where did Ray Lewis play his entire NFL career?

Ray Lewis was drafted by the Ravens in 1996 with the 26th pick. He would play for the Ravens until 2012, winning two Super Bowls along the way.


Who was the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl?

Doug Williams played for the Washington Redskins from 1986-1989. In the 1987 season, he led the team to the Super Bowl and received Super Bowl MVP when everything was said and done.


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