NEW HAVEN, Ct. — With college football set to start in a less than a week and the NFL not to far behind, it’s a good time for BASN’s Second Annual Great American Football Trivia Quiz. We’ll try to jar some great memories for all you old timers out there and educate some of the youngsters along the way. All in all, it gets us all ready for football.
We’ll deal with the NFL, black colleges, and all that’s in between. So let’s get it started.
Which NFL team was the last to have two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season?
Answer: The 1985 Cleveland Browns. Kevin Mack’s 1,104 yards led the team, but teammate Earnest Byner also added 1,022 that season as well. The Browns finished 8-8, but still won the AFC Central.
Which player holds the Denver Broncos’ record for the most TD passes by a rookie QB?
Answer: Marlin Briscoe. Known more for his years as a wide receiver for various teams, Briscoe tossed 15 scoring passes for Lou Saban’s 5-9 squad in 1968.
True of False. Hall of Famer Walter Payton of Jackson State holds the SWAC’s record for the most rushing yards in a single season.
Answer: False. The single-season mark is held by Alabama State’s Brad Baxter. In 1986, the future New York Jet ran for a SWAC record 1,705 yards for the Hornets that season.
Since 1997, only three Cincinnati Bengals backs have rushed for over 100 yards in a game. One is Corey Dillon and the other is Rudi Johnson. Who is the third?
Answer: Ki-Jana Carter. The No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft, Carter ran 104 yards on 13 carries in a 38-20 loss at Denver’s Mile High Stadium.
Tony Dorsett’s NFL record 99-yard TD run in 1983 is the longest in the history of “Monday Night Football”. Which player previously held the mark?
Answer: James Lofton. Earlier that season, the longtime Hall of Fame receiver had an 83-yard scoring run against the New York Giants on September 20, 1982. It was the last game before the NFL players strike of that year.
Who is the only NFL receiver whose lone career reception was a touchdown in the Super Bowl?
Answer: Dallas’ Percy Howard. In Super Bowl X against the Steelers, Howard caught a 34-yard scoring pass from Roger Staubach. It was his only catch of the season. A product of Austin Peay University, Percy was cut the following season and never played again in the NFL.
What team did Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson end his career with?
Answer: Atlanta Falcons. 10 years after running for 2,105 yards with the Los Angeles Rams, the six-time Pro Bowler’s career ended in 1993. In four games with Atlanta, Dickerson ran for a meager 91 yards on 26 carries.
Who is the winningiest active head coach in black college football?
Answer: Willard Bailey. The current head coach of Saint Paul’s College and former mentor for Virginia Union and Norfolk State has 211 career victories. Hampton’s Joe Taylor is second with 170 wins followed by Southern’s Pete Richardson with 147 wins.
Before Ahman Green turned the trick in 2003, who was the last Green Bay Packer to lead the NFC in rushing?
Answer: John Brockington. The Ohio State standout led in the NFC with 1,144 yards in 1973. A year earlier as a rookie, he also led the conference with 1,105 yards.