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The first football game on TV was played on September 30, 1939. The Fordham Rams beat the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets 34–7 at Triborough Stadium in New York City. The game was broadcast by NBC. It is estimated that the game reached 1,000 television sets. For contrast, Super Bowl LIII in 2019 had an estimated average viewership in the United States of 98.2 million.
Less than one month after the Fordham-Waynesburg game, the first professional football game appeared on television when the (now defunct) Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 24–14 at Ebbets field.
The all-time NFL passing leader is Drew Brees. Brees broke Peyton Manning’s record of 71,940 career passing yards in Week 5 of the 2018 season, when he completed 26 of 29 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns in a 43–19 win over the Washington Redskins.
Only three quarterbacks in NFL history have beaten all 32 teams: Manning, Brett Favre and Brees. There are only four quarterbacks who have thrown 500 touchdowns in their careers: Manning, Favre, Brees and Tom Brady.
Favre once held the record for career passing yards, with 71,838. The 16-year-NFL veteran still holds two records that are not even close to illustrious. Favre holds the NFL record for most career interceptions, with 336. The second place quarterback—George Blanda, who played from 1949-75—has 277.
Favre also has the most fumbles (166) in the history of the NFL. While running backs often take the heat for fumbling, you have to go to No. 28 on the all-time list before you get to a non-quarterback. Tony Dorsett and Franco Harris are tied with 90 fumbles a piece. (Both are Hall of Famers.)
One of the primary ways to evaluate a quarterback is by looking at his passer rating, a statistic that was developed in 1971. A mark of 158.3 is considered perfect. To reach that threshold, the QB must, in one game, attempt at least 10 passes, have no interceptions, complete at least 77.5% of his passes and have at least 11.88% of his passes be caught for touchdowns. The Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger is the only quarterback who has had more than one perfect rating in a single season. (He did it twice in 2007.) Seven quarterbacks have achieved the feat more than once in their careers.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has the most Super Bowl wins of any player (6) and also the most MVP awards (4). Brady and the Pats have won Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI and LIII and have appeared in nine overall.
Jerry Rice, a receiver who won three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers and one with the Oakland Raiders, holds the all-time record for most points scored, with 48.