NFL A quarterback has been transformed from a star to the most valuable person in America Sports. Here’s how it happened.
The midfielder gains the right to throw the ball away without being flagged due to deliberate grounding, avoiding bags and artificial intelligence, which helps with stats and a backbone.
Low kicks are prohibited “when the hurried defender has had an opportunity to avoid such contact”. The shoulders, hands and ankles are still the most commonly affected parts of the body in the middle.
The defender “cannot initiate a roll or lunge and hit the pass with force in or below the knee area, even if contacted by another player” —AKA, Brady base, after TP12 missed the 2008 season due to an ACL injury. Don’t worry, it bounced.
Defenders were prohibited from throwing midfielders “unnecessarily and violently” and “landing over him with all or most of the defender’s weight”.
The NFL prohibits helmet-to-helmet collision with rear players after a turn. In general, this is the time to get out of the way.
Outliers: Six Kings in Any Age.
Johnny Unita 1956-1973
290 TDs, 40,239 yards. Not bad for a guy who started playing in 1956.
Fran Tarkinton 1961-1978
Going 0-3 in the Super Bowls smothered his representative, but TD’s 130 passes and nearly 20,000 more yards than his ’70s rival Terry Bradshaw.
Dan Marino 1983-1999
He had over 400 TDs and 60,000 yards in an era that made you 250 and 40,000 Hall of Fame locks.
Respect the recipient
2007: Illegal chopping block becomes a 15-yard penalty, instead of just 5.
2009: 15-yard penalty for hitting an unarmed receiver in the head or neck.
It’s much easier to complete passes when your best recipients are about to catch up.
As a debutante in 1969, Cowboy Roger Staubach made $25,000. He retired after 11 seasons to become a real estate mogul now worth $600 million. Meanwhile, Joe Flacco has a good chance of making $200 million in career earnings – not Staubach’s money but very good.
In November 2020, Bengals QB junior season Joe Burrow ended when he tore his ACL, MCL, PCL and meniscus in a game against Washington. The following season, he nearly won the Super Bowl. Joe Thiesman is very jealous.
Blindside makes the bank
Not only have tons of QBs been paid, so are the guys who keep them upright — watch San Francisco left tackle Trent Williams averaging $23 million per season.
We all know Tom Brady’s avocado ice cream. While in the 1970s, Hall of Fame QBs like Lenny Dawson were puffing on the sidelines and Kenny Stabler happily discussed spending his time drinking off-season at the “Redneck Riviera.”
I wasn’t made for these times: NFL legends whose numbers now seem trivial.
Bart Star 1956-1971
152 TD career passes. Brady threw an 83 in his first two seasons as a Buck.
Roger Staubach 1969-1979
153 career TD assists. Manning has 366. Eli, that is. Peyton has 539.
Joe Namath 1965-1977
173 TD passes, 220 interceptions. Fur coats, bold predictions, and cool nicknames are sometimes more important than numbers.
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