Teddy Roosevelt suffered a detached retina in 1908 after becoming blind in one eye due to a boxing injury in the White House. He later switched to jiu-jitsu and became a black belt.
On average, the center of gravity is about three percent higher in blacks than whites. This partially explains why blacks are better sprinters and whites are better swimmers.
A Soviet soccer player was so popular that when he was sent to the Siberian gulags during Stalin’s Great Purge in the 1930s, he was treated rather well as the gulag commanders were also his fans, who gave him better quarters and food rations, and was even asked to coach the local teams.
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.
Former president Gerald Ford turned down contract offers from both the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions so he could attend law school at Yale.
In 1994, an American figure skater hired a hitman to smash the leg of her main rival.
Because Brazil couldn’t afford to send its athletes to the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, they loaded their ship with coffee and sold it along the way.
There is a stadium in Brazil in which the midfield line supposedly lies exactly on the Equator, making each team defend one hemisphere.
Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race is the world’s longest certified footrace. Runners have 52 days to complete 5649 laps around a .55mi block in Queens, NY.
Only one NFL player has died on the field: Chuck Hughes in 1971. The game continued with a silent crowd.