Friday football factoids
9/7/12 / Kevin Raines
- With five more interceptions, Peyton Manning will tie Sammy Baugh for 24th place on the career interceptions list (203).
- Ed Reed needs only 1 interception to move into the top 10 all time, and he needs to play five more years at his current pace to achieve the #1 spot.
- Of the 50 players with the most career pass interceptions, 32 began their careers before 1980.
- In contrast, of the 50 players with the most career pass receptions, only 6 began their careers before 1980 (Steve Largent, James Lofton, Charlie Joiner, Ozzie Newsome, Charley Taylor, and Drew Hill).
- The above makes this statistic even more amazing. Don Hutson, who played from 1935 to 1945, remains 8th all time in career touchdown receptions. No other player who played before 1950 ranks in the top 50.
- With five touchdown receptions this season, Tony Gonzalez will pass Don Hutson to move into 8th place. Tony currently has 1,145 total receptions compared to Don Hutson’s 488.
- On the throwing end of touchdowns, did you know that Brett Favre threw for more touchdown passes (508) than Joe Montana and Steve Young combined (505)?
- In terms of single-season passing yards, four of the six best performances in NFL history occurred in 2011. And Aaron Rodgers, the NFL MVP, was not one of those performances.
- And now let’s return to Sammy Baugh. He ranks 9th in NFL history on average career punting yards. Of the 8 players ranked ahead of him, 7 are currently in the league.
- So if you like passing and catching, this is a golden era for you. But the true golden era is for the more niched market that really likes watching good punts. Remember that when Tony Gonzalez is moving past Don Hutson on the touchdown list.
- If he is sacked 8 more times, Aaron Rodgers will be in the top 100 most-sacked quarterbacks in NFL history.
We’ll see what fun stats this season produces.