78% of former NFL players are broke or under financial stress 2 years after retirement. 60% of former NBA players are broke 5 years after retirement.
NFL Hall of Famer, Terry Bradshaw, and Duck Dynasty cast member, Phil Robertson, played collegiate football together. He started over the future football legend for two years and eventually turned down an offer to play professionally in order to pursue hunting.
During WWII, the NFL lost a lot of players because they left for military service. As a result, by the 1943 NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers were forced to merge into one team called the Pennsylvania Steagles.
Only one NFL player has died on the field: Chuck Hughes in 1971. The game continued with a silent crowd.
NFL defensive tackle Amobi Okoye is the youngest player ever to play in the NFL. After testing into 9th grade at 12 and graduating at 16, he chose to play NCAA football at Louisville (though he was accepted to Harvard) before graduating early and being drafted by the Texans at the age of 19.
During the 1943 NFL season, both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers had lost so many players to military service during WW2, that they were forced to temporarily merge in to the Steagles.
Former NFL player Jason Brown walked away from football and a multimillion dollar contract to be a farmer – a skill he learned from YouTube.
Brett Farve and Peyton Manning are currently the only NFL Quarterbacks that have beaten all 32 teams.
The NFL is the most provincial American sport with 96.5% of the players born in the U.S.
The Cleveland Browns are one of the oldest and one of the newest teams in the NFL, because in 1995 the Browns became the the Baltimore Ravens, but in 1999 the Browns rebooted their franchise in Cleveland.