21 mind-blowing facts you didn't know about the NFL

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With an approximate worldwide audience of 160 million tuning in to watch the Super Bowl, it seems that the NFL it seems is not only the most popular sport in America but gaining popularity around the world.

So if you’re one of the millions of devoted fans tuning in to ESPN via Fetch TV and our $80 Home Broadband Plan (min. cost 24 months $1,920), there’s probably a heap of random facts that even the most faithful fans don’t know. Check out these 25 facts you probably didn’t know about the NFL.

1. It takes Wilson around 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with leather for one year’s supply of footballs.

2. Are you a Green Bay Packers fan? Good luck getting tickets. Reports indicate that you’ll have to wait 955 years for tickets to one of their games as the waiting list has about 86,000 people on it.

3. According Forbes fans will chow down an estimated 1.33 billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday.

4. Games were played two days after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, based on advice from Robert F. Kennedy saying he would have wanted the games to go on. None of the games were aired and the commissioner of the National Football League, Alvin Ray "Pete" Rozelle would call playing those games his biggest regret.

5. The only official website that contains a word that is not associated with its team name is for the Tennessee Titans (titansonline.com).

6. The NFL’s Super Bowl Trophy is made by Tiffany's and Co. and costs around US$25,000.

7. The youngest ever player to start a Super Bowl was Bryan Bulaga from the Green Bay Packers who was 21 years old.

8. Oldest player? 42 year old Ravens kicker Matt Stover.

9. Like father, like son when it comes to the NFL. There have been 217 sets of fathers and sons to play.

10. It seems like matches go for hours but games are in fact quite short. Wall Street Journal reported that there is just 10 minutes and 43 seconds of actual play. The rest of the time is filled with commercials, commentary, replays, huddles and cheerleaders.

11. Cheerleaders are paid between US$75-$90 per game, earning just US$750 to $900 a season. Not the case for the NFL’s mascots however, who can earn between US$23,000 and $65,000 a year.

12. Ever wondered how much players get if their team wins the Super Bowl? They score a bonus of US$107,000. The losing team still walk away winners when you think about it, receiving a cool US$53,000 bonus.

13. Former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms was the first Super Bowl MVP to say he was “going to Disney World.” He went after Super Bowl XXI.

14. Five teams in the NFL haven’t had any players’ numbers retired.

15. There was a record US$132.5 million worth of bets made on Super Bowl 50, mainly on the Denver Broncos, who won the game 24-10.

16. It’s alleged that an NBC employee once ran onto the field during a game after a TV cable had become unplugged. Stan Rotkiewicz, a statistician, pretended to be drunk to disrupt the game and give NBC time to fix the cable.

17. Before he became Sylvester Stallone’s co-star in ‘Rocky’, actor Carl Weathers played with the Oakland Raiders in the ‘70s.

18. A total of 72 balls are used during the Super Bowl.

19. Marching bands had been used by the NFL during halftime show until 1991. Boy band New Kids On The Block were the first non-marching band to perform in 1991.

20. NFL was voted as the USA’s favourite sport after it officially surpassed baseball in the 1965 Harris Poll.

21. There has been a team every year that has gone from last on the NFL standings to first place since 2002.


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