Austin, Texas is the biggest city in the United States without a team in the NBA, MLB, NFL or NHL despite being the 13th most populated city in the country.
52% of retired NFL players used prescription painkillers during football games, 3/4ths of that said they abused them. 63% said the pills came from a non-medical source.
In the NFL playoff between Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears of 1988, the fog was so thick that the players weren’t even able to see the sidelines and the fans couldn't see the field. The refs had to announce what happened after every play.
Mark Davis, the owner of the Oakland Raiders NFL team, is worth $500 million but drives a 1997 minivan and carries a 2003 dumbphone. Until recently he ate at Hooters every Tuesday night for $12.99 all-you-can-eat wings. Davis travels to southern California to get his unusual bowl haircut.
The longest recorded field goals in college football (69 yards) and high school football (68 yards) are each longer than the NFL's professional record (64 yards).
To supplement his income while playing in the NFL, Terry Crews would paint his fellow teammates' portraits.
In 1982 an icy field caused an NFL game to be scoreless into the 4th quarter. With less than 5 minutes left, the home team called a timeout so that a snowplow could clear a small section of field for their kicker. They won 3-0 and snow plows were subsequently banned from NFL games.
NFL official Ed Hochuli is actually a lawyer who referees football games as a side gig.
Former NFL player Al Cowlings, who drove OJ Simpson in the Ford Bronco chase, held a press conference during the murder trial where he announced a $2/minute 900 phone number where he would answer questions on everything other than the murder and trial. He reportedly made over $1 million.
Former NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich left the league due to his drug problems. He didn't play football for the next eight years until he signed with the Arena Football League. He threw ten touchdowns in his first game back while withdrawing from heroin.
There are no white cornerbacks on any NFL roster and there haven't been any for the past 10 years.
As of September 2015, 96% of NFL players had Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) based on postmortem brain studies.
Deion Sanders is the only player to hit a major league home run and score a touchdown in the NFL in the same week (1989 season). Sanders is also the only man to play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series.
The NFL only has one female official, Sarah Thomas.
Brett Favre played for so long in the NFL that he began publicly talking about retiring in 2002, nine years before officially doing so in 2011. Favre, who entered the league in 1991, became the only active player with a grandchild in 2010.
When Darren Sproles played peewee football, his league instituted a rule that he was not allowed to run sweeps anymore because he literally scored every single time he ran a sweep.
The NFL stopped a $16 million study into the football and brain damage connection because they didn't approve of the doctor conducting it, despite giving an unrestricted $30 million to the NIH to fund the research.
Hypothetically, if every NFL team finishes in a tie, the playoffs would be determined by a coin flip.
Bill Belichick is the only head coach in the NFL who refuses to have his likeness and name represented in any John Madden Football game.
NFL is considered a not-for-profit organization and does not pay any taxes.
NFL commentator John Madden has a fear of flying and instead uses coach buses to travel the country. He once loaned his personal bus to former ice skating champion Peggy Fleming, whose flight from NYC to her home in Los Gatos, CA had been grounded after the 9/11 attacks.
The Green Bay Packers are the only non-profit, community-owned NFL team. The owners are its 112,000 fans.
The NFL cannot host games on Fridays or Saturdays until late December as federal law prohibits professional football leagues from competing with college or high school football, which typically host games on those days.
The NFL will hold a 'disaster draft' should a disaster or near-disaster occur to a team. The NFL defines the word 'near-disaster' as less than 15 player casualties; the word 'disaster' as greater than 15 player casualties. There are similar provisions for other sports leagues.
The first African American NFL player (Kenny Washington) and the first African American MLB player (Jackie Robinson), were on the same college football team at the same time.
NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder in 2011 and is an advocate for the mentally ill.
There were an ESPN show Playmakers. It was their first original drama series depicting the lives of an American football team. Despite its high ratings, the show had to be canceled after 11 episodes due to the pressure from NFL, who thought the show negatively portrayed pro football players.
The NFL requires football fields to be built either facing north/south or in the shade so the sun doesn't interfere with play.
Darrell Green, one of the fastest men in the history of the NFL used to stuff tootsie rolls into his socks before games, claiming that it made him run fast.
NFL player Brian Bosworth outraged Denver Broncos fans, then sold 10,000 of them 15$ T-shirts that said "Ban the Boz", without them knowing that he was selling them.
During the 1958 NFL Championship Game, an NBC Employee posing as a fan ran onto the field to delay the game because the national television feed went dead.
The NFL gives only about 5% of proceeds from its Breast Cancer Awareness month to charity.
The last starting white cornerback in the NFL was Jason Sehorn who retired in 2003.
David Carr admitted in 2006 of deflated footballs and the NFL did nothing.
The Centurylink Field of Seattle Seahawks is so loud that NFL investigated whether the team was broadcasting artificial crowd noise to disrupt the visiting teams.
Terry Bradshaw (NFL QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers) only got to start in college when the incumbent starter, Phil Robertson, decided to forgo his senior season in order to pursue other interests. Robertson would go on to create the Duck Commander Company and later star on Duck Dynasty.
It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.
Cincinnati Bengals punter Pat McInally was the only player to ever score a perfect 50 on the NFL's Wonderlic Cognitive Ability test. His score actually hurt his draft stock because it was believed that players who were intelligent would "challenge authority too much".
In 1999, NFL player Orlando Brown was hit in the eye by an errant penalty flag and then threw the guilty referee to the ground. He missed 3 seasons due to partial blindness and sued the NFL, settling for a reported $15-20 million.
NFL wide receiver Steve Smith leaves his cleats on the field after every game to raise awareness about homeless people without shoes.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins are the only team to win the Super Bowl with a perfect season. There's an urban legend that every season, whenever the last remaining undefeated NFL team loses its first game, all surviving members of the '72 Dolphins open bottles of champagne in celebration.
If some NFL teams don't sell enough tickets for a home game, they won’t broadcast the game within a certain radius of the stadium, thereby forcing people nearby to buy tickets to see the game.
After Pat Tillman turned down a $3.9 million contract in the NFL to join the Army and dying in action, a fellow Ranger did the "Walk for Pat" to raise exactly that amount for his foundation.
NFL Players have been fined up to $5000 for giving a game ball to a fan.
The NFL sued over three dozen insurance companies in an attempt to cover the claims that players made against the league for failing to protect players from brain injury.
Men from American Samoan ethnicity are estimated to be 56 times more likely to become NFL players than other Americans.
It is rumored that Minnesota Vikings are supposedly "cursed" for losing the NFL Championship trophy by the spirit of Ed Thorp.
The NFL split $7.24 billion in revenue with 32 teams last season, and the one reason we know that is because the Green Bay Packers put out an annual financial report. They are the only non-profit team.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were the first NFL team to have cheerleaders.
The NFL making more than $9 billion annually, projected to make more than $25 billion a year by 2027, pays its CEO more than $30 million a year, 68% of NFL stadium construction costs since 1923 coming from taxpayer money.