January 6: This Date in American Football History

Ndamukong Suh

Everyday RoadTripSports.com celebrates the past, present and future of American football including birthdays, deaths, and important games and events that have occurred in the past through our daily feature This Date in American Football History. Get to know the legends of American football – the sport’s greatest heroes including players and coaches, and relive some of the greatest plays and moments in the game’s history.

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1913 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1957 member John “Jac” Weller was born. Weller played guard for Princeton (1933-1935).

1937 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008 member Lou Holtz was born. Holtz played linebacker for Kent State (1956-1957) before moving on to a career in coaching. His first head coaching opportunity came at William & Mary (1969-1971) followed by a four-year stint at NC State (1972-1975). Holtz’s only attempt at coaching in the professional ranks came the following season when he took over as head coach of the New York Jets (1976). He resigned 13 games into the season, however, with the Jets languishing at 3-10, and returned to the college ranks the following year at Arkansas (1977-1983). Holtz then spent two years as the head coach at Minnesota (1984-1985) before moving on to the position for which he is best-remembered – head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (1986-1996). After a brief retirement, Holtz returned to the sideline as the head coach at South Carolina (1999-2004) before retiring for good.

1987 – Multiple major award winner Ndamukong Suh was born. Suh played defensive tackle for Nebraska (2005-2009). In his senior season in 2009, Suh was named the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy. Suh was then the No. 2 overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2010 NFL Draft playing for the Lions for five seasons (2010-2014). He then moved on to the Miami Dolphins where’s played since 2015.

1990 – College Football Hall of Fame member Gerald Mann died. Nicknamed the “Little Red Arrow,” Mann played quarterback for SMU (1925-1927).

1994 – Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was born. Winston played quarterback for Florida State (2012-2014) winning the Heisman Trophy during his redshirt freshman season in 2013.

Games, Plays and Events

2014 – The final BCS National Championship Game before the implementation of the College Football Playoff was staged on this date in 2014 at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. Led by the newest Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston playing on his 20th birthday, the Florida State Seminoles rallied from a 21-3 first-half deficit to win the national championship with a 34-31 win over the Auburn Tigers.


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