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NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle announces that the NFL and AFL have reached an agreement to merge into a single league by 1970. The Chicago Bears' Willie Thrower becomes the first Black player to throw a pass as quarterback in the modern NFL. The Rams' high-octane offense outgains the Pats in total yardage, 427 to 267, but three untimely St. Louis turnovers lead to 17 of New England 20 points in the Patriots' narrow 20–17 victory. The NFL's Green Bay Packers easily defeat the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs to win the first Super Bowl. and Sheffield F.C. The New York Giants capture their first NFL championship in more than 30 years by defeating the Denver Broncos 39–20 to win Super Bowl XXI. 1890: Amos Alonzo Stagg, a former star end at Yale, is hired as football coach at Springfield College in Massachusetts. The San Francisco 49ers become the first franchise to win five Super Bowls by routing the San Diego Chargers, 49–26. Heal After 9/11 (2001) As far as stirring or touching moments go, you would be hard …
The strike will last nearly a month, during which the league will play three weeks' worth of games, as scheduled, with teams made up of amateur "replacement players" while the regular pros march picket lines outside half-full stadiums.

49ers coach Bill Walsh, whose innovative passing game revolutionized NFL offenses in the 1980s, announces his retirement following the game. The next year Harvard introduces the game to Yale. Playing in their third consecutive Super Bowl, the Miami Dolphins crush the Minnesota Vikings to win their second of back-to-back championships. The first moment in our list is the creation of football's oldest club -... 2. Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, whose career began in the less-than-prestigious Arena Football League, wins MVP honors by throwing for a Super Bowl record 414 yards and two touchdowns. Playing on a waterlogged field in monsoon-like conditions in Miami's Dolphin Stadium, the Indianapolis Colts defeat the Chicago Bears, 29–17, to win Super Bowl XLI. Playing in his final game before retirement, quarterback John Elway wins MVP honors after leading his Denver Broncos to a 34–19 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII. September 2004: De La Salle High School of Compton, California, has its record high school football winning streak ended at 151 games. After the network leaves the game, the Raiders score two touchdowns in a 42-second span to win 43–32. Doom', named 1975's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Mike Varty, born in Detroit, Michigan, athlete, American football linebacker for the National Football League, 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) Los Angeles Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game, 1st color telecast of football game on network, Philadelphia (CBS), 3 months as National-American Football League takes back NFL name, Clarence Ellis, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, football player, safety, played with National Football League's Atlanta Falcons, drafted in first round of 1972 NFL Draft, Rich Glover, born in Bayonne, New Jersey, athlete, American football player, played in the NFL's New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Barry Pearson, born in Geneseo, Illinois, born Barry Lynn Pearson, American professional football player, attended Northwestern University, played position of wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Jack Youngblood, born in Jacksonville, Florida, professional football player, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, voted into College Football Hall of Fame, Dan Dierdorf, NFLer, sportscaster, Monday Night Football, Joe Lavender, born in Rayville, Louisiana, football cornerback, played for National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, All-American Football Conference plays 1st game (Clev 44, Miami 0), Al Michaels, Brooklyn, sportscaster, ABC Monday Night Baseball/Football, College football's #1 Army beats #2 Notre Dame 48-0, Canadian football's Calgary Bronks changes its name to Stampeders, Bill Bergey, born in South Dayton, New York, American collegiate and professional football player, played for American Football League's Cincinnati Bengals and NFL Philadelphia Eagles, Army defeats Navy 10-7 in football "Arab Bowl," Oran, North Africa, Lawrence Elkins, football player Florida for the Houston Oilers, Football Writers Association of America organized, Joe Gibbs, born in Enka, North Carolina, football coach, owner, NASCAR Championship team, Pro Football Hall of Fame, coached Washington Redskins for 12 seasons, producing 8 playoff appearances, 4 NFC Championship titles, 3 Superbowl Titles, 3rd American Football League plays 1st game (Milw 14, Columbus 2), 1st televised college football game (Fordham vs Waynesburg at New York City), Don Meredith, born in Mount Vernon, Texas, NFL quarterback, Cowboys, and Monday Night Football, 2nd American Football League plays 1st game (LA 21, Pittsburgh 0), William Cannon, football player, Heisman-1959, Lou Holtz, U.S., football coach, New Jersey Jets, John David Crow, football player, Heisman Trophy 1957, 1st Sunday football game in Philadelphia (previously illegal), Stafford Heginbotham, toymaker/Football Club Chairman, Peter John Swales, football club chairman, Joe Kershalla scores 71 points in a college football game, Alex Webster, football coach for the New York Giants, Knute Rockne, football player and coach, dies in a plane crash at 43, 1st U.S. football game broadcast to England (Harvard 13, Yale 0), 1st football game in Atlantic City Convention Center, 1st Canadian football game played under lights, Hamilton-UBC, Winnipeg Rugby Football Club 1st game, loses to St. John's Rugby, 7-3, Chicago Cardinals become 1st pro football team to train out of town, Notre Dame finally lost a football game after nearly 25 years, Keith Jackson, Carrolton, Georgia, sportscaster, ABC Monday Night Football, Tri-City Rugby Football Union forms consisting of Moose Jaw, Regina and Winnipeg, Dave Bowen, born in Maesteg, Glamorgan, Wales, Welsh football player, manager, captain, led country to win 1958 World Cup finals, British Columbia Rugby Football Union forms, 1st East West football game at Ewing Park before 25,000 fans, Pro football a hit in New York City; Grange and Bears beat Giants before 73,000, Walter Camp, father of American football, dies at 65, Joe Paterno, football coach, Penn State, SI Sportsman of 1986, 57,000 watch a High School football game (LA and Polytechnic tie 7-7), Cleveland Bulldogs lose to Frankford Yellowjackets, ends 31-game undefeated streak (NFL and major-league football record), Harold "Red" Grange, finest collegiate football game (4 long TD runs), Darrell Royal, born in Hollis, Oklahoma, football coach, in 20 years as head coach, University of Texas Longhorn never lost a season, elected to College Football Hall of Fame, 1983, O A "Bum" Phillips, football coach, Houston Oilers/New Orlean Saints, John McKay, West Virginia, football coach, USC, Tampa Bay, 5 time Rose Bowl champ, Jack Hayward, British financier, Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, Ara Parseghian, football coach, Northwestern, Notre Dame, 1st coast-to-coast radio broadcast of a football game, Curly Lambeau and Green Bay Football Club granted NFL franchise, George Allen, football coach, Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins, American Pro Football Association renamed "National Football League", American Professional Football Association reorganizes in Akron, Pro football playoff game Akron and Buffalo 0-0 tie, title undecided, 1st Pro football playoff game Buffalo-7, Canton-3 at Polo Grounds, WTAW of College Station, Tx, broadcast 1st football play-by-play, American Pro Football League's Chicago Tiger Joe Guyon punts 95 yards, NFL (then American Pro Football Association) plays 1st games, National Football League organizes in Canton Ohio 12 teams pay $100 each to join American Professional Football Association, Preliminary meeting in Akron to form American Pro Football League, American Professional Football Association forms (NFL), Eddie Robinson, winningest college football coach, Grambling, Howard Cosell, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, sportscaster, Monday Night Football, 222 points are scored in a football game between Georgia Tech and Cumberland University of Lebanon, Tennessee, Bud Wilkinson, college football coach, Oklahoma, 1st football game in Rose Bowl, Washington State vs. Brown, Sammy Baugh, born in Texas, American football player, coach, inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame, Paul "Bear" Bryant, U.S. football coach, Alabama Crimson Tide, Woody Hayes, Wayne, college football coach, Ohio, 1968 coach of yr, Cissie Elizabeth Charlton, football matriarch, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta Unions form Western Canada Rugby Football Union, Saskatchewan (then Regina) Roughrider football club formed, Canadian Football exhibition game played in Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, Hamilton Tigers beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 11-6 before 15,000, 1st football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh), Caledonia and Hillhurst Football Clubs play for Central Alberta Rugby Football League championship, Frank Leahy, O'Neill Nebraska, football coach, Notre Dame, Albie Booth, collegiate Hall of Fame football star, Yale, English Professional Football Player's Association forms, Interprovincial Rugby Football Union plays 1st game (Mtl 17 Tor 8), Interprovincial Rugby Football union (Big Four) forms with Hamilton Tigers, Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders and Montreal Foot Ball, Ralph F. Marston, born in Malden, Massachusetts, Ralph Fulsom Marston, professional football player, played with National Football League's Boston Bulldogs, 1929, Football rules committee legalizes forward pass, 1st stadium built specifically for football (Harvard Stadium), Charles Follis is 1st black to play pro football, Federation Internationale de Football Association (Soccer) forms in Paris, 1st athletic letters given (University of Chicago football team), 1st college sports letters given to Seniors who played on University of Chicago's football team are awarded blankets with letter "C" on them, Harold "Red" Grange, "Galloping Ghost" of football, Illinois Bears, 1st indoor pro football game, Syracuse beats Philadelphia 6-0 (MSG, New York City), 1st night football game, Philadelphia Athletics beats Kanaweola AC, 39-0, Baseball's Philadelphia Athletics and Phillies form pro football teams, joining Pitts Stars in 1st attempt at a National Football League, Carl Hubbard, Missouri, baseball and football Hall of Famer, Walter Camp publishes his 1st All-American football team in Collier's, 1st Canadian Intercollegiate football game: McGill beats Queen's, 3-2, Ottawa Football Club re-organizes into the Rough Riders, Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union forms in Kingston, Earl H Blaik, Det, college football hall of fame coach, elected 1965, 1st football game between black colleges-Atlanta U 10, Tuskegee 0, 1st large indoor football game, University of Chicago beats University of Michigan 7-6, A.
A. Stagg of U Chicago creates football huddle, 1st pro football game played, Latrobe beats Jeanette 12-0 (Penn), 1st pro football game (quarterback John Brallier paid $10 and won 12-0), George "The Gipper" Gipp, football star, Notre Dame, 1st midwestern football team to play on west coast, University of Chicago defeats Stanford 24-4 at Palo Alto, California in football, Lou Little, college football hall of fame coach, elected 1960, N C Biddle beats Livingston 4-0 in 1st black college football game, Pudge Heffelfinger receives $500, becomes 1st pro football player, Allegheny Athletic Association beats Pitts Athletic CLub, 4-0 in football, 1st Army-Navy football game, Score: Navy 24, Army 0 at West Point, Jack Cusack, pro football pioneer, Canton Bulldogs, USC Trojans (then Methodists) play their 1st football game, Knute Rockne, Norwegian/U.S. The Broncos, led by quarterback John Elway, suffer their second straight crushing Super Bowl defeat. After 29 years in office, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle announces his retirement.

Player-coach George Halas buys his team, the Decatur Staleys, moving them to Chicago where the franchise is reborn as the Chicago Bears.

The broadcast for Super Bowl XVIII includes the debut of one of the most famous television commercials ever: Apple Computer's "1984" ad. 1860-05-17 German football club TSV 1860 München is founded.