NFL defensive tackle Amobi Okoye is the youngest player ever to play in the NFL. After testing into 9th grade at 12 and graduating at 16, he chose to play NCAA football at Louisville (though he was accepted to Harvard) before graduating early and being drafted by the Texans at the age of 19.
John Matuszak known as Sloth from "The Goonies" was a #1 Overall Pick in the NFL Draft and won 2 Super Bowls with the Oakland Raiders.
The NFL owns the licensing rights to every team except the Cowboys. In 1995 Cowboy's owner Jerry Jones started to make his own deals, NFL sued him for 300 million, to make the league back down, Jerry counter-sued them for 750 million.
Jason Brown, the highest paid center in NFL in 2009, quit after making $25M to become a farmer and donates his crops to food pantries.
Although the NFL is 60% black, the top 33 scorers of all time are white (because they are kickers).
Rocky Bleier, an NFL football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers who was drafted into the US Army and served in Vietnam. Badly wounded in a leg and foot by a grenade, he needed four years to return to the team's roster, but became a star and helped the Steelers win four Super Bowls.
Alex Smith took so many AP tests in high school that he entered the university as a junior. The quarterback received his bachelor's degree in two years and began working on a master's degree, before becoming the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft.
The NFL owns and enforces the trademark for the term "Super Bowl," almost all ads and commercial uses will instead reference "The Big Game" or something similar. Colbert even used "The Supurb Owl" in 2014.
A North Carolina man owns the only known recording of Super Bowl I, as CBS and NBC didn’t save it. The NFL countered his $1 million offer for the taping with $30,000, then later refused to buy it at all, yet warned him he’ll face legal action if he sells it to anyone else.
The actress who plays Phyllis in The Office was once an NFL cheerleader.
NFL quarterback Russell Wilson can trace his family lineage back to 524 A.D. to Arnulf of Metz, the patron saint of beer.
At the age of 20, NBA legend Karl Malone impregnated a 13-year-old girl. He refused to acknowledge his son and only spoke to him once, saying it was too late for them to have a relationship. The child went on to play in the NFL.
There's a group called "Science Cheerleaders", made up of NBA and NFL cheerleaders who also work or study in STEM fields, that encourage girls to get into science studies.
NFL player graduates from college after 13 years of work, fulfilling a promise to his mom.
The NFL bans firearms/ammunition and feminine hygiene products from commercials and advertisements.
The shortest-lived team in NFL history was the Tonawanda Kardex Lumbermen, who played in one NFL game in 1921.
Actor Terry Crews was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft and played in the NFL for 5 years before starting his acting career.
In 2011, tens of thousands of Detroiters petitioned to prevent Nickelback from playing at the NFL Thanksgiving Day football game halftime show.
NFL players are three to four times more likely to contract Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) than an average American.
NFL cheerleaders are only paid $50 a game.
In the '60s and '70s, professional bowlers were international celebrities who made twice as much money as NFL stars.
Arabic numbers, instead of Roman Numerals are being used for the first time in 45 years at this year’s Super Bowl 50, due to the fact that the NFL deemed the Roman Numeral “L” not as aesthetically pleasing.
Larry Izzo of New England Patriots once took a sh*t while on the sideline and got the game ball for his trouble because he did it without anybody noticing.
After failing to make the NFL, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was broke, suffering from depression, and was living with his parents at age 24. At this point, he decided to start training for wrestling.
NFL legend Herschel Walker has multiple personalities. He doesn't remember receiving the Heisman Trophy because another of his personalities was in charge at that time.
Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bundchen, has earned more money in modeling and business than he has in the NFL at near 300 Million Dollars next to his 120 Million, not only that but she has made more money than just about every other Pro-Athlete in History.
Phoenix is the only city to have a complete “sports equinox” when all four major sports teams from a city play on the same day. On November 4th, 2001 the Cardinals (NFL), the Coyotes (NHL), and the Suns (NBA) all lost, while the Diamondbacks won game 7 of the World Series.
According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, about 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress, after just two years of retirement.
The NFL actually made EA sports remove certain features from its Madden game including end zone celebrations and realistic stadium attendance.
There are still four teams in the NFL that, in 50 years, have never once been to a Super Bowl. They are the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Randall Cobb, the Packers' rookie is the first person to play in the NFL born in the 1990's.
During the 2014 NFL season, Microsoft and the NFL struck a 5-year, $400 million deal to use Microsoft Surface as the “the official tablet of the NFL”, but the announcers kept calling them iPads.
NFL is recognized as an "entertainment" business rather than a sport, legally, like the WWE.
Waterboys in the NFL make an average $53,000 salary.
NFL player Malcom Floyd's parents allowed his older brother to name him. The older brother, Malcolm, named him after himself.
The NFL threatened to sue churches for having Super Bowl parties.
John Madden was offered unlimited stock to the first Madden NFL video game but declined and later called it "the dumbest thing (he) ever did in (his) life."
Byron White was a former star football player who became a Supreme Court Justice. He ruled in the case of Runyon v. McCrary in which a black student was rejected by a private school. That student, Michael McCrary would later become an NFL Linebacker and won the Byron White NFL Award in 2000.
According to a Wall Street Journal study in 2010 based on four broadcasts, a standard NFL game features just 10 minutes and 43 seconds of action. Commercials account for nearly 60 minutes of the three-hour affairs. When the networks are showing the game, the bulk of the time is spent either on replays or shots of players huddling.
ESPN currently pays the NFL about $105 million dollars for the rights to air each Monday Night game. That means airing one game costs more than the budget of Minority Report ($102 million) or a whole slew of other blockbusters.
Only one NFL player has died on the field: Chuck Hughes in 1971. The game continued with a silent crowd. It wasn’t a result of a play of the field. One of his coronary arteries was 75% blocked and he died of a heart attack.
NFL legend Walter Payton originally didn't want to play high school football, because his brother played and he didn't want to compete with him. He only agreed to try out after receiving assurances that he wouldn't have to quit the marching band, where he was an accomplished drummer.
The Minnesota Vikings are the only NFL team to have an actual human as their mascot. His name is Ragnar.
Marcus Allen is the only person to ever win a Heisman Trophy, College Football National Title, NFL MVP, a Super Bowl & Super Bowl MVP.
There are no laws to prohibit professional sports leagues (i.e. NFL, NBA, MLB, etc.) from fixing their own games for increased revenue or any other purpose.
Tom Dempsey, a man born with a club foot (no toes) and kicked for the Saints holds the 42-year-old NFL field goal record of 63 yards.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, an NFL player on the Kansas City Chiefs, continues to study medicine while still playing professional football.
In 1987, the NFL used replacement players due to a strike. The Redskins used a quarterback on work furlough from prison and another player, after scoring a touchdown, went over to the stands and picked up a package from his sister with his laundry because he couldn't afford to do his own.
All NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL teams have contingency plans in place in case numerous players are killed or severely injured in an accident.
NFL moved the 1993 Super Bowl from Arizona after residents there voted against recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day.