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American Football by Year

Answer these questions about american football. One per year since 1974.
Quiz by Quizmaster
First submittedNovember 13, 2012
Last updatedJanuary 9, 2019
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This rookie quarterback leads the Cleveland Browns to seven wins after they
had won none the year before
Baker Mayfield
This quarterback wins an unprecedented 5th Super Bowl
Tom Brady
This Cowboys rookie leads the NFL with 1,631 yards rushing
Ezekiel Elliott
The Seahawks lose the Super Bowl after NOT handing the ball off
to this star runnning back
Marshawn Lynch
This outspoken cornerback helps lead the Seahawks to a 43-8 Super Bowl victory
Richard Sherman
This QB throws for 5,477 yards, 55 touchdowns, and wins his 5th MVP award
Peyton Manning
This NFL defensive end has one of the most dominant seasons ever,
with 20.5 sacks and 16 passes deflected
J.J. Watt
This QB retires for the third and final time
Brett Favre
Cam Newton leads this college to an undefeated season
This pious quarterback leads Florida to a BCS championship
Tim Tebow
This formation, with a running back receiving the snap,
becomes briefly popular in the NFL
This team finishes the regular season 16-0
New England Patriots
This NFL player rushes for 28 touchdowns, catches 3, and throws 2
LaDainian Tomlinson
This semi-professional USC player wins the Heisman
Reggie Bush
The Toronto Argonauts win this CFL championship
Grey Cup
In overtime, this team beats Miami in to win the BCS championship
Ohio State
This running back breaks Walter Payton's record for career rushing yards
Emmitt Smith
This Virginia Tech quarterback is the first pick in the NFL draft
Michael Vick
The St. Louis Rams earn this nickname
The Greatest Show
on Turf
This elusive running back suddenly retires
Barry Sanders
After losing three times before, this quarterback finally wins the Super Bowl
John Elway
The Oilers move from Houston to this state
The Cleveland Browns move to this city
This Hall of Famer is tried for murder, but acquitted
O.J. Simpson
This team loses its 4th consecutive Super Bowl
Buffalo Bills
This team becomes the 11th team in the Big Ten conference
Penn State
This player attempts to play an NFL and Major League game on the same day
Deion Sanders
This Heisman-winning player makes the Heisman pose after scoring a touchdown
Desmond Howard
This team scores 55 points in the Super Bowl
San Francisco 49ers
Andre Ware wins the Heisman using this offense
Run and Shoot
Ickey Woods popularizes this touchdown dance
Ickey Shuffle
In just 12 games, this receiver has 22 touchdown receptions
Jerry Rice
This coach leads the Chicago Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX
Mike Ditka
Joe Theismann's career is ended by this linebacker
Lawrence Taylor
This quarterback completes a "Hail Mary" pass to lead Boston College over Miami
Doug Flutie
This short-lived professional football league begins
The Oakland Raiders move to this city
Los Angeles
This Chargers quarterback throws for a then-record 4,802 yards
Dan Fouts
This quarterback wins his 4th Super Bowl
Terry Bradshaw
This legendary coach wins his 6th and final NCAA championship
Bear Bryant
This Oilers rookie rushes for 1,450 yards
Earl Campbell
This coach, namesake to a famous video game series, wins the Super Bowl
John Madden
This expansion team begins a 26 game losing streak
Tampa Bay
This undersized Notre Dame walk-on gets to play – and records a sack!
Rudy Ruettiger
This "mean" player is the NFL Defensive Player of the Year
Joe Greene
level 83
Jan 11, 2013
Very cool quiz. I got them all with 2:18 remaining, but had to think hard on many of them. I love the mix of pro and college, and I laughed out loud at your characterization of Reggie Bush as "semi-pro". Nice work!
level 71
Jan 11, 2013
Great Quiz...nice work!
level 21
Aug 28, 2013
1984 how could you have the "Hail Flutie" over Marino's record breaking year?
level 39
Dec 18, 2014
clearly one of the more iconic plays in all of sports is far overrated
level 57
Nov 23, 2013
i watch too much football
level 66
Apr 28, 2014
100% with 4:30 left. Think I loves me some football? :D
level 80
Sep 3, 2014
100%, 4:11 left, surprised myself a bit actually. 1988 must have been a quiet year for QM to choose the Icky Shuffle. :-)
level 66
Dec 18, 2014
Or he just saw the Geico commercial where Ickey's getting some cold cuts. :D
level 80
Apr 17, 2018
Weird. 3 1/2 years later, got them all again (with a few new ones for recent years of course) but had the same exact time remaining: 4:11.
level 58
Dec 18, 2014
There's an issue with your college football question of 2009 and 2010. ... Technically, it was the 2008-2009 season that Tebow led Florida to a championship. But Cam Newton completed Auburns undefeated season in 2010-2011. ... Basically, Newton's question should be listed for 2011. Alabama beat Texas for the BCS Championship in 2010.
level ∞
Dec 9, 2015
I'm happy with my choice of dates.
level 72
Dec 26, 2015
missed watt and tomlinson
level 30
Jan 1, 2017
Should accept Deflatriots or Tom Deflatry
level 71
Jan 2, 2017
Let me guess: Jets fan?
level 30
Jan 23, 2017
NOT AT ALL! I just hate them because they cheat
level 51
Feb 3, 2017
I hate them because they cheat and they beat my Seahawks in the Super Bowl...
level 73
Feb 9, 2017
I'd say Steelers but that's just a wild guess.
level 30
Mar 22, 2017
How'd you guess?
level 70
Apr 2, 2017
You hate the Patriots because they cheat? And you're a Steelers fan? I suggest you research the path Pittsburgh's offensive line blazed in the 1970s. Worst-kept secret in the NFL at the time.
level 30
Apr 3, 2017
Let me reword my statement. I hate the Patriots, but not because they cheat. Yes, cheating is part of it, but I also hate them because they are an overrated team that gets way too much attention.
level 80
Apr 17, 2018
So overrated that they've played in 8 SuperBowls and won 5 of them just in the last 17 years. Yeah, really sounds like they better get their act together! (I'm not a Pats fan, nor really am I an NFL fan anymore, but tune in for the playoffs.)
level 33
Feb 3, 2018
level 51
Jan 17, 2017
Got em all with 4:24 left, good quiz!
level 69
Mar 28, 2017
In the question where Ditka is the answer: is "leaders" being used as a verb?
level ∞
Dec 6, 2017
level 73
Dec 7, 2017
Another typo:
"This teams scores 55 points in the Super Bowl"
level ∞
Dec 8, 2017
level 66
Jan 15, 2018
Buckeyes should be accepted for Ohio State
level 20
Jan 16, 2018
"Ohio St" is shorter
level 80
Apr 17, 2018
Where are all the Buckeye fans demanding that everyone enters "THE Ohio State University" in its entirety?
level 62
Jan 25, 2018
Well, that was a zero.
level 73
Mar 6, 2018
Suprized no one has yet commented on the CFL question not being about American football... Or does "American football" simply mean "not soccer"?
level 47
Feb 20, 2019
Rudy was offside