Welcome to another installment of the sports trivia column by Jeff Figler. Here are 16 football questions that will test even the most grizzled gridiron fan. If you answer most of these, perhaps CBS will add you to the on-air personality lineup.
The questions are separated by difficulty. Answers are located on the bottom of the page.
1. What nickname did NFL great Lance Alworth share with a Disney movie title character?
2. What yard line must a football team reach to be in the “red zone”?
3. How many teams were there in the Arena Football League when it debuted in 1987?
4. Who said life’s three important things were “family, religion and the Green Bay Packers”?
5. In what year did the Los Angeles Chargers become the San Diego Chargers?
6. Whose NFL playing career began in 1949 and ended in 1975?
7. When were the first college football games played?
8. In what year did the NFL require headgear to be worn?
9. When did the Boston Patriots become the New England Patriots?
10. Which teams have played in the most Super Bowls?
11. Who was the only Super Bowl MVP from a losing team?
12. What was the first college bowl game ever played?
13. Who was the first person inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame?
14. In what year did the NFL add a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer to the rule book?
15. Which NFL team did Joe Namath turn down in order to join the AFL’s New York Jets?
Which franchise has lost the most regular season games in NFL history?
2. 20-yard line
3. 4: Chicago Bruisers, Washington Commandos, Pittsburgh Gladiators, Denver Dynamite
4. Vince Lombardi
6. George Blanda.
7. Nov. 6, 1869. Rutgers College (now Rutgers University) vs. the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
10. Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers – 8
11. Chuck Howley – Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowl V
12. 1902 Pasadena Bowl. Michigan beat Stanford 49-0. In 1917, the game’s name was changed to the Rose Bowl.
13. Amos Alonzo Stagg
15. St. Louis Cardinals
Bonus answer: The Cardinals (Chicago, St. Louis and Phoenix).
Jeff Figler is a noted trivia expert, collector and author. His recent book, “Collecting for Beginners,” can be ordered from www.collectingwithjeff.com.