Nfl '06

September 07, 2006

1934

THE SHAPE OF THE FOOTBALL WAS CHANGED, MAKING IT EASIER TO THROW

1935 - 1945

GREEN BAY'S DON HUTSON PLAYED 11 SEASONS AND BECAME THE LEAGUE'S FIRST GREAT RECEIVER. WHEN HE RETIRED AFTER THE 1945 SEASON, HE HELD 18 NFL RECORDS. HIS MARK FOR TDRECEPTIONS (99) STOOD FOR FOUR DECADES.

1945

WASHINGTON'S SAMMY BAUGH SET THE RECORD FOR HIGHEST SINGLE-SEASON COMPLETION PERCENTAGE (.703). CINCINNATI'S KEN ANDERSON BROKE THE RECORD IN 1982 (.706)

LATE 1950's

THE RUN-AND-SHOOT OFFENSE WAS CREATED BY AN OHIO HIGH SCHOOL COACH, GLENN ELLISON. IT WAS POPULARIZED BY MOUSE DAVISAT PORTLAND STAT IN THE 1970s AND EVENTUALLY EXPORTED TO THE NFL

1961

COACH SID GILLMAN MOVED WITH THE AFL's CHARGERS FROM LOS ANGELES TO SAN DIEGO. THE SAME YEAR, DON CORYELL BECAME COACH OF SAN DIEGO STATE. AS PASSING PROPONENTS, THEY CHANGED THE FACE OF NFL OFFENSES IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

1970

THE SO-CALLED WEST COAST OFFENSE WAS DESIGNED BY BILL WALSH, NOT WHEN HE WAS WITH THE 49ERS OR AT STANFORD, BUT WHEN HE WAS AN ASSISTANT COACH WITH THE BENGALS.

1977-1978

SEVERAL RULE CHANGES ENCOURAGED THE PASSING GAME. ONE ALLOWED DEFENDERS TO MAKE CONTACT TO WITHIN 5 YARDS OF THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE.

1983

SIX QUARTERBACKS WERE TAKEN IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE NFL DRAFT. THREE OF THEM -- JOHN ELWAY, DAN MARINO AND JIM KELLY -- ARE IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME.

1984

MIAMI'S DAN MARINO THREW FOR 5,084 YARDS AND 48 TOUCHDOWNS. HE'S THE ONLY QUARTERBACK WITH A 5,000-YARD SEASON.

1991

THE RUN-AND-SHOOT REACHED A HIGH-WATER MARK WHEN THREE NFL TEAMS -- DETRIOT, HOUSTON AND ATLANTA -- WENT TO THE PLAYOFFS USING THE WIDE-OPEN ATTACK.

2000

ST. LOUIS SET THE RECORD FOR MOST PASSING YARDS IN A SEASON (5,232) IN 2000, AND INDIANAPOLIS' PEYTON MANNING SET THE MARK FOR TOUCHDOWN PASSES WITH 49 IN 2004.

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