Ultimate NFL Quiz - Tackles and Touchdowns

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Ultimate NFL Quiz - Tackles and Touchdowns
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Are you ready for some football trivia? See how well you know the NFL teams, NFL players, and league history in this ultimate NFL quiz.
What does NFL stand for?
National Football League
Nation's Football League
National Football Leaders
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NFL stands for National Football League, which includes the 32 teams of the National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC).

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When did the American Professional Football Association change its name to the National Football League?
1922
1918
1932
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The American Professional Football Association changed its name to the National Football League on June 24, 1922. At the time, the NFL included 18 teams.

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Who holds the record for total seasons leading the NFL in all-purpose yards?
O.J. Simpson
Jim Brown
Emmitt Smith
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Jim Brown holds the record lead the NFL in all-purpose yards for five seasons: 1958–61 and 1964. He also led the league in rushing a record eight times.

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When was the Super Bowl trophy renamed the Vince Lombardi Trophy?
1982
1970
1961
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Vince Lombardi died of cancer on Sept. 3, 1970. The Super Bowl trophy was renamed in his honor seven days later.

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The NFL's first playoff game was held when and where?
1932 at Chicago Stadium
1921 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
1923 at Bellevue Park
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The first playoff game was held indoors at Chicago Stadium in 1932 between the Chicago Bears and the Portsmouth Spartans, who finished the season in the first-ever tie for first place. The game was moved from Wrigley Field to Chicago Stadium because of the weather.

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Which NFL team's helmet decal is on one side of the helmet only?
Dallas Cowboys
Pittsburgh Steelers
Atlanta Falcons
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The Steelers are the only NFL team with its logo on only one side of the helmet. At first it was temporary, but because it generated so much interest, the team left it that way permanently.

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What player holds the NFL record for most rushing yards?
Terrell Davis
Emmitt Smith
Marcus Allen
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With 18,355 yards (16,784 meters) gained as a running back for the Dallas Cowboys (1990-2002) and Arizona Cardinals (2003-04), Emmitt Smith is the current record holder for most yards gained in a career.

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How many Heisman Trophy winners have gone on to become MVP of the Super Bowl?
4
2
1
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Just four Heisman Trophy winners have been named MVP of the Super Bowl: Roger Staubach, Jim Plunkett, Marcus Allen and Desmond Howard.

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Who is the only player in NFL history to win a Heisman Trophy, college football championship, NFL MVP, Super Bowl championship and Super Bowl MVP?
Roger Staubach
Marcus Allen
Jim Plunkett
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Running back Marcus Allen ran for 12,243 yards and caught 587 passes with the Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs from 1982 to 1997. He scored 145 touchdowns and was chosen for six NFL Pro Bowls.

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Which of the following players was NOT inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015?
Michael Strahan
Junior Seau
Jerome Bettis
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The late Junior Seau, who was also known for his charity work through the Junior Seau Foundation, was elected posthumously. Running back Jerome Bettis was elected for racking up the sixth-most rushing yards in NFL history. Michael Strahan was elected in 2014.

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Emmitt Smith is the NFL's all-time leading rusher with 18,355 career yards. Who holds second place?
Marcus Allen
Walter Payton
Barry Sanders
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The late Walter Payton rushed for 16,276 total yards during his career with the Chicago Bears, including 110 rushing touchdowns.

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CBS paid a record $550,000 fine after what musician had a "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show?
Janet Jackson
Madonna
Miley Cyrus
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Janet Jackson's now-infamous wardrobe malfunction cost CBS big bucks, and the fallout continued for several following Super Bowl halftime shows.

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When did the Boston Patriots change their name to the New England Patriots?
1971
1969
1952
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When the NFL and AFL merged in 1970, the Patriots were moved to the AFC East. The following year, the team relocated to its new stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts and changed its name to the New England Patriots.

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Who was the first player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season?
Barry Sanders
Marcus Allen
O.J. Simpson
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In 1973, O.J. Simpson became the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in one season.

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This team became the first to win five Super Bowl championships.
San Francisco 49ers
Dallas Cowboys
Green Bay Packers
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When the San Francisco 49ers beat the San Diego Chargers 49-26 in the 1995 Super Bowl at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, the 49ers became the first team to win five Super Bowls.

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Which U. S. president was the first to toss the coin to open the regular-season pregame?
George W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Barack Obama
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President George W. Bush helped kick off the 2001 season via satellite from the White House when he tossed the coin for the 10 regular-season games that started on Sept. 9, 2001.

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Who holds the record for most career touchdowns?
Marcus Allen
Jerry Rice
Terrell Owens
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With 208 career touchdowns, Jerry Rice is the current record holder.

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In what year was the field goal decreased from four points to three?
1898
1904
1909
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The field goal changed from five points to four in 1904 then to three points in 1909.

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What quarterback holds the NFL record for most career passes completed?
Brett Favre
Joe Montana
Terry Bradshaw
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Brett Favre completed 5,377 passes during his career with the Atlanta Falcons (1991) and Green Bay Packers (1992-2007).

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Which quarterback won the Heisman Trophy and waited four years to play in the NFL?
Doug Flutie
Steve Young
Roger Staubach
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Roger Staubach, aka “Captain America,” served in Vietnam before becoming a 27-year-old rookie with the Dallas Cowboys in 1969. He eventually led Dallas to four NFC championships and two Super Bowl wins.

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This quarterback was the first in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in a season.
Dan Marino
Joe Montana
Eli Manning
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Dan Marino threw 48 touchdown passes in 1984 (surpassing the previous record by 12) and was the first quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards in a season.

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Who has been the head coach in the most Super Bowls?
Don Shula
Tom Landry
Bill Parcells
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Don Shula has been the coach at six Super Bowls: the 1969, 1972-73, 1978 and 1985 Super Bowls.

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Has there ever been a punt returned for a touchdown in a Super Bowl?
yes
no
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No, it has never happened.

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Who kicked the longest field goal in Super Bowl history?
Dan Bailey
Steve Christie
Stephen Gostkowski
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In the 1994 Super Bowl, Steve Christie of the Buffalo Bills kicked a 54-yard field goal against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Who are the only non-kickers to play in more than 300 NFL games?
Jerry Rice and Brett Favre
Marcus Allen and O.J. Simpson
Aaron Rodgers and Jerry Rice
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Jerry Rice and Brett Favre are the only non-kickers to play in more than 300 games.

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Who is the only left-handed quarterback in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
Boomer Esiason
Steve Young
Ken Stabler
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Steve Young played 15 seasons in the NFL.

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Only one 0-4 team has ever made the playoffs. Which team is it, and in what season did this occur?
San Diego Chargers in 1992
Cleveland Browns in 1968
New York Jets in 1987
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The only 0-4 team that has ever made the playoffs is the San Diego Chargers. They finished the 1992 season with an 11-5 record.

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What is the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show in history?
Paul McCartney
Madonna
Bruno Mars
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According to Nielsen ratings, the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show, headlined by Bruno Mars, garnered 115.3 million viewers.

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When did NFL Network launch?
2003
2010
2012
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NFL Network launched on Nov. 4, 2003, just eight months after the owners of the League's 32 teams voted unanimously to approve its formation.

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Where and when did the first Super Bowl take place?
Tulane Stadium in 1970
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1967
Miami Orange Bowl in 1969
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The Green Bay Packers of the NFL beat the Kansas City Chiefs of the AFL in the AFL-NFL World Championship Game, aka the first Super Bowl. It wasn't actually called the "Super Bowl" until 1969.

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