Oct. 13, 1996 - Nick Lowery kicked his 374 career field goal to set the NFL record

Nick Lowery was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and when he retired was ranked first in field goal percentage and also had the most field goals in NFL history (384).

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"I never dreamed about being a millionaire, I dreamed about being a football player." - Victor Cruz

A dream come true.

Oct. 12, 1992 - Art Monk set an NFL record with 820 career receptions

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Art Monk finished his career with 940 receptions for 12,721 yards and 68 touchdowns, along with 332 rushing yards. He was the first player in NFL history to record over 102 receptions in a season and over 900 receptions in a career. His most noteworthy NFL accomplishment was his record for career receptions (940), which was broken by Jerry Rice in the final week of the 1995 during Monk’s last season in the league.

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"I’m married to football, baseball is my girlfriend." - Deion Sanders

Married to the game.

Oct. 11, 1992 - Deion Sanders suited up for Falcons and Braves on the same day

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Deion Sanders played in a Atlanta Falcons game at Miami and then flew to Pittsburgh, to suit up for the Atlanta Braves' Game 5 League Championship Series against the Pirates that evening hoping to become the first athlete to play in two professional leagues in the same day.

However, that’s all he did - suit up. Sanders never got to play in the game. So while he certainly tried to make sports history, Sanders was not able to play an NFL game the same day as an MLB game. No player has managed to do it in sports history. But the story has been “rounded up” over the years to go from “Sanders is the only player to suit up for an NFL game the same day as an MLB game” to “Sanders is the only player to play in an NFL game the same day as an MLB game,” and that is simply not true.

"To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he is going." - Joe Namath

Lead them to the promise land.

Oct. 10, 1977 - Joe Namath played final game of his career

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In the twilight of his career, Joe Namath was waived by the New York Jets to facilitate his move to the Los Angeles Rams when a trade could not be worked out. He was signed by the Rams on May 12, 1977. Namath hoped to revitalize his career, but by this point his effectiveness as a quarterback was greatly reduced by his knee injuries, a bad hamstring, and the general ravages of a long period of time playing professional football, as well as his “hard and fast” lifestyle. After playing well in a 2–1 start, Namath took a beating on a cold, windy, and rainy Monday night game in a one-point loss at the Chicago Bears, throwing two interceptions, with another being nullified by a penalty, and was through for the regular season.

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"Never die easy. Why run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It’s okay to lose, to die, but don’t die without trying, without giving it your best." - Walter Payton

Sweetness!

Oct. 7, 1984 - Walter Payton passed Jim Brown to become the NFL leading rusher

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Walter Payton finished Chicago Bears' victory over the New Orleans Saints with 154 yards on 32 carries, giving him a career total of 12,400 yards, 88 more than Brown. Many modern NFL running backs have cited Payton as a source of inspiration. Emmitt Smith tearfully paid homage to Payton after breaking Payton’s rushing record. LaDainian Tomlinson, who set numerous records during the 2006 NFL season, named Payton as one of his foremost mentors and inspirations.

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"When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things." - Joe Namath

Broadway Joe wants you to believe in yourself, and so do we!

You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat.” - Paul Brown

Learn along the way.

Oct. 4, 1987 - NFL owners used replacement players to play games, as the regular players were on strike

The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. A 24-day players’ strike reduced the 16-game season to 15. The games that were scheduled for the third week of the season were canceled, but the games for weeks 4–6 were played with replacement players, after which the union voted to end the strike. Approximately 15% of the NFLPA’s players chose to cross picket lines to play during the strike.

The replacement player teams were given mock names like “Chicago Spare Bears”, “San Francisco Phoney Niners”, “New Orleans Saint Elsewheres”, “Washington ScabSkins”, and “Seattle Sea-scabs”. Final television revenues were down by about 20%, a smaller drop than the networks had expected. The defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants went 0-3 in replacement games, ultimately costing them a chance to make the playoffs and repeat their championship.

"I’m a Raider. Die hard Raider." - Art Shell

Raider Nation.

Oct. 3, 1989 - Art Shell became the first African-American head coach in the modern NFL

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After starting the 1989 season with a 1–3 record, Mike Shanahan was fired by Al Davis, which began a long-standing feud between the two. He was replaced by former Raiders offensive lineman Art Shell, who had been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier in the year. With the hiring, Shell became the first African American head coach in the modern NFL era, but the team still finished a middling 8-8.

In 1990, Shell led Raiders to a 12–4 record. They beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the divisional round of the playoffs, but Bo Jackson had his left femur ripped from the socket after a tackle. Without him, the Raiders were crushed in the AFC Championship by the Buffalo Bills. Jackson was forced to quit football as a result, although surgery allowed him to continue playing baseball until he retired in 1994.

"Always persevere, always have a great perspective, and always have great purpose in your life." - Russell Wilson

Always.

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