The National Football League (NFL) is a professional football league in the United States, consisting of 32 teams. The NFL was founded as the American Professional Football Conference (APFC) on August 20, 1920 by representatives from four teams including the Dayton Triangles, Cleveland Indians, the Canton Bulldogs, and Akron Pros. On 17 September 1920 the league was renamed the American Professional Football Association (APFA). The league has 14 teams. In 1922 the league was renamed the National Football League (NFL). Other leagues were formed and disbanded over the years and in 1960 the American Football League was formed. The league competed for popularity until 1966 when they agreed to join. The League is divided into two conferences, the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.
Interesting NFL Facts:
- The NFL is a non-profit, non-incorporated organization. Because it does not generate profits, there is no need to pay income tax. All teams except the Green Bay Packers pay taxes because they make a profit.
- The first televised NFL game was in 1939. About 500 TV shows the games in New York.
The NFL League is divided into NFC and AFC conferences. Each conference is divided into four divisions with four teams in each division.
- Each team in the NFL plays 16 games, and has one week off. At the end of 16 matches, the top six teams advance to the playoffs.
- The NFL season consists of four pre-season weeks, seventeen regular season weeks, and a single elimination playoff season between 12 teams. The championship tennis game is the Super Bowl.
- The Vince Lombardi trophy is awarded annually to the Super Bowl winning team. It is made of sterling silver and is valued at over $ 25,000.
- Most professional soccer players go bankrupt within a few years of retiring.
- The last separate team in the NFL is the Washington Redskins. At that time they were also the worst team in the league.
- Professional soccer players in the NFL were not required to wear helmets until 1943.
- The NFL season is the shortest professional sports season of all major American sports.
- In the United States more food is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day of the year, except Thanksgiving.
- On Super Bowl Sunday fewer people are married each year than any other day in the United States.
The Green Bay Packers joined the league in 1921 and they are the oldest longest-running franchise in NFL history.
- In 2011, a 30-second ad that was played during the Super Bowl cost advertisers an estimated $ 3 million.
- It is estimated that the Super Bowl attracts more than 100 million viewers every year.
- One of the most valuable NFL teams valued at an estimated $ 1.5 billion.
- The longest field goal in NFL history was kicked by Tom Dempsey in 1970. He is a 22 year old New Orleans Saints kicker. Tom was born without half of his right leg. He was also born without four fingers on his right hand.