January 23: This Date in American Football History

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. Then be sure to check out our Legends Library for historical profiles on…

January 23, 2017
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2017 Head-Coaching Hire Analysis: First-Year Head Coaches

So the head-coaching openings for the 2017 season are filled. There were 21 job changes in all, though we should acknowledge that in the past few years there have been changes well outside the traditional window for hiring and firing (Bobby Petrino at Arkansas, Tim Beckman at Illinois and Art Briles at Baylor, just to name a few). So we can’t rule out a job change before the season starts…

January 21, 2017
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The Heisman Top 25: November 3

Back to our College Football America Heisman Top 25 and we have clear separation as we enter November. I believe we have a dozen legitimate candidates for the award with a half-dozen weeks remaining. But let’s talk about the Top 2 for a bit. I still have Louisville’s Lamar Jackson as my No. 1 candidate, and statistically speaking he’s done nothing to really dissuade me from voting his way —…

November 3, 2016
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February 28: This Date in American Football History

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. Then be sure to check out our Legends Library for historical profiles on the game’s greats…

February 28, 2016
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February 12: Heisman winner Griffin born on this date

Consensus All-American Arthur Cumnock was born on this date in 1868. Cumnock starred for the Harvard Crimson in the late 1880’s and early 1890’s earning All-American honors as an end in 1889. As the team’s captain in 1890, he helped lead the Crimson to a 12-6 upset of the favored Yale Bulldogs in what is considered one of the greatest games in Harvard’s history. Cumnock passed away on June 8,…

February 12, 2016
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February 5: Celebrating college football’s history

William “Billy” Rhodes was a star player for Yale from 1887-1890 earning All-America honors during his final campaign. He later returned as the coach of the Elis in 1893-1894 compiling a 26-1 record while leading his alma mater. Rhodes was coached by the legendary Walter Camp in 1888 and he played alongside five players in addition to Camp who are enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Rhodes, however, was never…

February 5, 2016
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NFF Salutes the Black History Trailblazers

February is Black History Month, and there isn’t a sport where the contributions of our nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) are more evident than college football. To this day, black college classics are among the most well-attended games in college football’s lower divisions with crowds that would make an NCAA FBS program proud. It’s evident, too, in the proud tradition of marching bands at HBCU’s where the halftime shows…

February 4, 2016
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Heisman History: Alabama Crimson Tide

January 19, 2016

You don’t have to go back too far to find the Alabama Crimson Tide’s first Heisman Trophy winner. Prior to Nick Saban’s arrival in 2007, no Tide player had ever won college football’s top individual honor, but since 2009, the Tide have had two winners from among five finalists. Mark Ingram was the first Crimson Tide player to hoist the Heisman that year when he edged Stanford’s Toby Gerhart by a…

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