Football Quiz: NFL Players
Match each nickname with the team whose defense it was applied to.
  1. Doomsday Defense
  2. Grits Blitz
  3. Monsters of the Midway
  4. People Eaters
  1. Atlanta Falcons
  2. Chicago Bears
  3. Dallas Cowboys
  4. Denver Broncos
  5. Los Angeles Rams
  6. Miami Dolphins
  7. Minnesota Vikings
  8. New York Jets

All questions refer to the NFL.
  1. The Colts found Johnny Unitas playing for a semipro team called the Bluefield Rams after he had been cut in training camp by the team that selected him in the ninth round of the 1955 draft. What was the team that had Unitas and let him go?

  2. Before Super Bowl XIII, a Dallas LB made headlines when he claimed that the opposing QB was so dumb that he "couldn't spell cat if you spotted him the C and the A." The QB had the last laugh, passing for 318y to win the game's MVP award. Identify the QB and his Dallas detractor.

  3. What current NFL franchise was once known as the "Boston Braves"?

Match each Super Bowl MVP with his team.
  1. Desmond Howard
  2. Chuck Howley
  3. Jim Plunkett
  4. Jake Scott
  5. Doug Williams
  1. Dallas Cowboys
  2. Denver Broncos
  3. Green Bay Packers
  4. Miami Dolphins
  5. Oakland Raiders
  6. San Francisco 49ers
  7. Washington Redskins

Identify the player who had each nickname.
  1. Bambi
  2. The Lion King
  3. Captain Comeback
  4. Kansas Comet
  5. The Bus
  6. The Mad Stork
  7. The Fridge
  8. The Honey Badger
Which two of these TEs are the only players at that position (as of September 2016) who lead their franchises in career receiving yards? Also give the teams for which the two hold the record.
  1. Dave Casper
  2. Tony Gonzalez
  3. John Mackey
  4. Ozzie Newsome
  5. Shannon Sharpe
  6. Kellen Winslow

Rank the following receivers from 1 to 5 in career NFL receptions.
  1. Tim Brown
  2. Cris Carter
  3. Tony Gonzalez
  4. Marvin Harrison
  5. Jerry Rice

L-R: Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Tony Gonzalez, Marvin Harrison,Tony Gonzalez

Troy Aikman

Don Meredith

Who is the only Dallas Cowboys QB to pass for four touchdowns in a game four times in a single season?

(A) Troy Aikman
(B) Don Meredith
(C) Tony Romo
(D) Roger Staubach

Tony Romo

Roger Staubach
Rank these Top Five NFL all-time rushing yardage leaders in order of their total yards.

A. Curtis Martin
B. Walter Payton
C. Barry Sanders
D. Emmitt Smith
E. LaDainian Tomlinson

Curtis Martin

Walter Payton

Barry Sanders

Emmitt Smith

LaDainian Tomlinson

What player did original Kansas City owner Lamar Hunt describe as "the all-time luckiest thing that ever happened to the Chiefs"?

Which of these NFL QBs threw left-handed?

      1. Sammy Baugh
      2. Boomer Esiason
      3. Joe Theisman
      4. Norm Van Brocklin
      5. Steve Young
      6. Jim Zorn

During the 1992 NFL season, the records for career receptions, receiving yardage, and receiving TDs were all broken. In the list below, which receiver held those three records going into 1992, and which one broke each of the records?
  1. Steve Largent
  2. James Lofton
  3. Art Monk
  4. Jerry Rice

Steve Largent

James Lofton

Art Monk

Jerry Rice

David Croudip

Don Rogers

What do these three former NFL players have in common besides all being cornerbacks?

Dave Waymer

Danny Abramowicz

One of the receivers below led the Saints in receptions six years in a row and two others each led five years in a row. Identify the receivers in question.

(A) Danny Abramowicz
(B) Marques Colston
(C) Michael Haynes
(D) Joe Horn
(E) Eric Martin

Marques Colston
Who is the only player to catch a TD pass in a Rose Bowl game and in a Super Bowl played at the Rose Bowl?
  1. Fred Biletnikoff
  2. Michael Irvin
  3. O. J. Simpson
  4. Lynn Swann

Match these NFL Hall of Famers with their colleges.

  1. Sammy Baugh
  2. Marshall Faulk
  3. Michael Irvin
  4. Ronnie Lott
  5. Randy White
(A) Maryland
(B) Miami (FL)
(C) San Diego State

Sammy Baugh

Marshall Faulk

Michael Irvin

Ronnie Lott

Randy White

Which one of these Heisman Trophy winners is not a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  1. Earl Campbell
  2. Tony Dorsett
  3. Bo Jackson
  4. Roger Staubach
  5. Doak Walker

Match each NFL Hall of Famer of the Class of 2013 with his college.
  1. Cris Carter
  2. Jonathan Ogden
  3. Dave Robinson
  4. Warren Sapp

(A) Miami
(B) Ohio State
(C) Penn State

One of Vince Lombardi's key decisions as coach of the Packers was to turn this former Michigan star into the first true tight end. An outstanding blocker, he served as a "third tackle" but still had the ability to get open in the secondary. The move worked so well that he was an all-pro selectin in 1961 and '62. Who is this pioneer?

First Tight End
Super Bowl QB - 1

The four colleges listed below are tied for producing the most starting Super Bowl QBs with three each. Identify the three QBs from each school

  1. Purdue
  2. Alabama
  3. Notre Dame
  4. California
Super Bowl QB - 2
  • Identify the four Super Bowl starting QBs who played for colleges in Louisiana. Also give his college and the team he led in the Super Bowl and the number of years he played in the Super Bowl.

  • One of the most controversial games in NFL history was the "Tuck Rule" playoff game in 2002 when Patriots QB Tom Brady fumbled while being sacked in the final minute of play. Oakland recovered to seemingly ice the game. However, upon review, the referee ruled it an incomplete pass, allowing New England to kick the tying FG and win in OT.

    Identify the Raider who hit Brady on the controversial play.

    (A) Eric Allen (B) Greg Biekert (C) Tony Bryant (D) Charles Woodson

  • Each QB appeared in multiple Super Bowls with the same coach. Match each QB with his coach.

    1. Terry Bradshaw, Steelers
    2. Bob Griese, Dolphins
    3. Joe Montana, 49ers
    4. Jim Kelly, Bills

    (A) Don Shula
    (B) Marv Levy
    (C) Bill Walsh
    (D) Chuck Noll

  • Which one of the following QBs is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

    (A) Fran Tarkenton (B) Roger Staubach (C) Ken Stabler (D) Dan Fouts

  • The same player was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls. Who was he and what team did he play for?

  • Identify the two Heisman-winning QBs who are in the pro football Hall of Fame. Note: One of them did not play QB in the NFL.

  • What QB led the NFL with a 105.5 passer rating in 2008?
  • (A) Eli Manning
    (B) Peyton Manning
    (C) Philip Rivers
    (D) Ben Roethlisberger

  • Which one of these NFL stars is not in the College Football Hall of Fame?

    (A) Joe Montana (B) O. J. Simpson (C) Ronnie Lott (D) Reggie White

  • Match each NFL QB with his college.

    1. Jay Cutler
    2. Aaron Rodgers
    3. Drew Brees
    4. Jake Delhomme

    (A) Purdue
    (B) ULL
    (C) Vanderbilt
    (D) California

  • In 2008, Philip Rivers threw 34 TD passes to break the San Diego Chargers' single-season record. Whose record did Rivers break? ANSWER

  • What college did each of these winning Super Bowl quarterbacks attend?
    1. Bart Starr 2. Len Dawson 3. Terry Bradshaw 4. Steve Young
  • This NFL Hall of Fame DT played a supporting part on the TV show Little House on the Prairie. Later, he played the title role in the series Father Murphy. Identify him.

Father Murphy TV Show
  • The winning quarterback in each of the first three Super Bowls wore the same uniform number. What number?

  • From 1920-1932, professional football employed some African-American players. However, there were none in the NFL after that until 1946, when a team moving its franchise was required by its contract with its new stadium to integrate the team. So the franchise signed two college teammates, Woody Strode and Kenny Washington. (a) What NFL team signed these players? (b) What cities was the team moving from and to? (c) What college did Strode and Washington play for?

  • No one in NFL history has ever gained 300y passing and 100 rushing in the same game. However, in 1950, a Hall of Fame QB missed doing so by only 3 yards when he passed for 298 and ran for 99. And this impressive feat occurred in the championship game. Who is this all-time great?

  • Match each of these players who played in the 1947 NFL Championship Game between the Chicago Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles with their colleges.
    1. Steve Van Buren
    2. Paul Christman
    3. Pat Harder
    4. Elmer Angsman
    5. Charlie Trippi

    (A) Missouri
    (B) Georgia
    (C) LSU
    (D) Wisconsin
    (E) Notre Dame


  • What QB leads the NFL in lifetime interceptions?

  • Only two NFL QBs have at least 20 TD passes in each of their first ten seasons. One of the two is still active. Identify them.

    The "Fearsome Foursome" was the defensive line of the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s. Which one of the following players was never a member of the Fearsome Foursome?

    (A) Merlin Olsen
    (B) Lamar Lundy
    (C) Alex Karras
    (D) Roosevelt Grier
    (E) Deacon Jones

    The Fearsome Foursome
  • Only one NFL player has ever gained 1,000y rushing and 1,000y receiving in the same season. He did it with the 49ers in 1985. He also led the league that year in receptions with 92. Name the Nebraska alumnus who accomplished these feats.
Record-holder for most yards rushing by QB
  • The NFL record for yards gained rushing by a QB is 968 set in 1972 for the Chicago Bears. Name the Kansas alumnus, pictured at the left, who holds that record.

  • In 1992, Brett Favre came to Green Bay via a trade from what team that drafted him?

  • Match each of these NFL stars with his college.
  1. RB Walter Payton
  2. QB Sonny Jurgensen
  3. LB Sam Huff
  4. DE Willie Davis

(A) Jackson State
(B) West Virginia
(C) Grambling
(D) Duke