2000 NFL season

The 2000 NFL season was the 81st regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with Super Bowl XXXV when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants 34–7 at the Raymond James Stadium.

Week 1 of the season reverted to Labor Day weekend in 2000. It would be the last NFL season to date to start on Labor Day weekend. It would also be the last time until 2015 that CBS televised the late afternoon games in Week 1. This was because both Week 1 of the NFL season and CBS’ coverage of the U.S. Open tennis finals would take place on the same day beginning next season.

2000 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 3 – December 25, 2000
Start dateDecember 30, 2000
AFC ChampionsBaltimore Ravens
NFC ChampionsNew York Giants
Super Bowl XXXV
DateJanuary 28, 2001
SiteRaymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
ChampionsBaltimore Ravens
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 4, 2001
SiteAloha Stadium

Major rule changes

  • In order to cut down on group celebrations, unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and fines will be assessed for celebrations by two or more players.
  • Anyone wearing an eligible number (1 to 49 or 80 to 89) can play quarterback without having to first report to the referee before a play.
    • This rule change resulted in the increase of trick plays teams can employ on offense.
  • The “Bert Emanuel” rule was implemented, stating that when making a catch and falling to the ground, the ball is allowed to touch the ground and still be considered a catch if the player maintains clear control of the ball.

Uniform and logo changes

  • New England Patriots – New uniforms. Shade of blue darkened considerably, blue pants introduced for road uniforms.
  • Baltimore Ravens – New Ravens Shield logo on sleeve ends.
  • Kansas City Chiefs – Red pants on road uniforms for first time since 1988.
  • New Orleans Saints – Updated logo and introduced alternative old gold logo. Returned to gold pants for road uniforms.
  • New York Giants – Re-adopted their 1960s logo. New uniforms; home uniforms feature blue jerseys with white block numbers while road jerseys feature red numbers with blue outlines (reversing previous design). Pants color changes to gray.
  • New York Jets & New York Giants – New grass field in Giants Stadium.
  • St. Louis Rams – New logo and new uniforms. Shades of blue and gold darkened to “New Century Blue” and “Millennium Gold.”

Coaching changes

Final regular season standings

AFC East
(3) Miami Dolphins 11 5 0 .688 323 226 W1
(6) Indianapolis Colts 10 6 0 .625 429 326 W3
New York Jets 9 7 0 .563 321 321 L3
Buffalo Bills 8 8 0 .500 315 350 W1
New England Patriots 5 11 0 .313 276 338 L1
AFC Central
(1) Tennessee Titans 13 3 0 .813 346 191 W4
(4) Baltimore Ravens 12 4 0 .750 333 165 W7
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 7 0 .563 321 255 W2
Jacksonville Jaguars 7 9 0 .438 367 327 L2
Cincinnati Bengals 4 12 0 .250 185 359 L1
Cleveland Browns 3 13 0 .188 161 419 L5
AFC West
(2) Oakland Raiders 12 4 0 .750 479 299 W1
(5) Denver Broncos 11 5 0 .688 485 369 W1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 355 354 L1
Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 .375 320 405 L1
San Diego Chargers 1 15 0 .063 269 440 L4
NFC East
(1) New York Giants 12 4 0 .750 328 246 W5
(4) Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 0 .688 351 245 W2
Washington Redskins 8 8 0 .500 281 269 W1
Dallas Cowboys 5 11 0 .313 294 361 L2
Arizona Cardinals 3 13 0 .188 210 443 L7
NFC Central
(2) Minnesota Vikings 11 5 0 .688 397 371 L3
(5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 6 0 .625 388 269 L1
Green Bay Packers 9 7 0 .563 353 323 W4
Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 307 307 L1
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 216 355 W1
NFC West
(3) New Orleans Saints 10 6 0 .625 354 305 L1
(6) St. Louis Rams 10 6 0 .625 540 471 W1
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 310 310 L1
San Francisco 49ers 6 10 0 .375 388 422 L1
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 252 413 W1


  • Green Bay finished ahead of Detroit in the NFC Central based on better division record (5–3 to Lions’ 3–5).
  • New Orleans finished ahead of St. Louis in the NFC West based on better division record (7–1 to Rams’ 5–3).
  • Tampa Bay was the second NFC Wild Card based on head-to-head victory over St. Louis (1–0).


Dec. 31 – PSINet Stadium   Jan. 7 – Adelphia Coliseum          
 5  Denver  3
 4  Baltimore  24
 4  Baltimore  21     Jan. 14 – Network Associates Coliseum
 1  Tennessee  10  
Dec. 30 – Pro Player Stadium  4  Baltimore  16
Jan. 6 – Network Associates Coliseum
   2  Oakland  3  
 6  Indianapolis  17 AFC Championship
 3  Miami  0
 3  Miami  23*   Jan. 28 – Raymond James Stadium
 2  Oakland  27  
Wild card playoffs  
Divisional playoffs
Dec. 30 – Louisiana Superdome  A4  Baltimore  34
Jan. 6 – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
   N1  NY Giants  7
 6  St. Louis  28 Super Bowl XXXV
 3  New Orleans  16
 3  New Orleans  31     Jan. 14 – Giants Stadium
 2  Minnesota  34  
Dec. 31 – Veterans Stadium  2  Minnesota  0
Jan. 7 – Giants Stadium
   1  NY Giants  41  
 5  Tampa Bay  3 NFC Championship
 4  Philadelphia  10
 4  Philadelphia  21  
 1  NY Giants  20  
* Indicates overtime victory


  • Wild-Card playoffs: Miami 23, Indianapolis 17 (OT); Baltimore 21, Denver 3
  • Divisional playoffs: Oakland 27, Miami 0; Baltimore 24, Tennessee 10
  • AFC Championship: Baltimore 16, Oakland 3 at Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, California, January 14, 2001


  • Wild-Card playoffs: New Orleans 31, St. Louis 28; Philadelphia 21, Tampa Bay 3
  • Divisional playoffs: Minnesota 34, New Orleans 16; N.Y. Giants 20, Philadelphia 10
  • NFC Championship: N.Y. Giants 41, Minnesota 0 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 14, 2001

Super Bowl


The following teams and players set all-time NFL records during the season:

Record Player/Team Date/Opponent Previous Record Holder[1]
Most Rushing Yards Gained, Game Corey Dillon, Cincinnati (278) October 22, vs. Denver Walter Payton, Chicago vs. Minnesota, November 20, 1977 (275)
Most Pass Receptions, Game Terrell Owens, San Francisco (20) December 17, vs. Chicago Tom Fears, L.A. Rams vs. Green Bay, December 3, 1950 (18)
Most Points, Career Gary Anderson, Minnesota October 22, vs. Buffalo George Blanda 1949–1975 (2,002)
Most Two-Point Conversions by a Team, Game St. Louis (4) October 15, vs. Atlanta Tied by 2 teams (3)
Most Yards Gained by a Team, Season St. Louis (7,075) N/A Miami, 1984 (6,936)
Most Passing Yards Gained by a Team, Season St. Louis (5,232) N/A Miami, 1984 (5,018)

Statistical leaders


Points scored St. Louis Rams (540)
Total yards gained St. Louis Rams (7,075)
Yards rushing Oakland Raiders (2,470)
Yards passing St. Louis Rams (5,232)
Fewest points allowed Baltimore Ravens (165)
Fewest total yards allowed Tennessee Titans (3,813)
Fewest rushing yards allowed Baltimore Ravens (970)
Fewest passing yards allowed Tennessee Titans (2,423)


Scoring Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (160 points)
Touchdowns Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (26 TDs)
Most field goals made Matt Stover, Baltimore (35 FGs)
Rushing Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (1,709 yards)
Passing Brian Griese, Denver (102.9 rating)
Passing touchdowns Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota and Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (33 TDs)
Pass receiving Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis and Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina (102 catches)
Pass receiving yards Torry Holt, St. Louis (1,635)
Pass receiving touchdowns Randy Moss, Minnesota (15 touchdowns)
Punt returns Jermaine Lewis, Baltimore (16.1 average yards)
Kickoff returns Darrick Vaughn, Atlanta (27.7 average yards)
Interceptions Darren Sharper, Green Bay (9)
Punting Darren Bennett, San Diego (46.2 average yards)
Sacks La'Roi Glover, New Orleans (17)


Most Valuable Player Marshall Faulk, Running back, St. Louis
Coach of the Year Jim Haslett, New Orleans
Offensive Player of the Year Marshall Faulk, Running back, St. Louis
Defensive Player of the Year Ray Lewis, Linebacker, Baltimore
Offensive Rookie of the Year Mike Anderson, Running Back, Denver
Defensive Rookie of the Year Brian Urlacher, Linebacker, Chicago
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Joe Johnson, Defensive End, New Orleans
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Jim Flanigan, Defensive Tackle, Chicago and Derrick Brooks, Linebacker, Tampa Bay
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Ray Lewis, Linebacker, Baltimore


The 2000 NFL Draft was held from April 15 to 16, 2000 at New York City's Theater at Madison Square Garden. With the first pick, the Cleveland Browns selected defensive end Courtney Brown from Pennsylvania State University.

External links


  1. ^ "Records". 2005 NFL Record and Fact Book. NFL. 2005. ISBN 978-1-932994-36-0.


2000 Seattle Seahawks season

The 2000 Seattle Seahawks season was the franchise's 25th season in the National Football League, The first of two seasons the Seahawks played at Husky Stadium while Qwest Field was being built and the second under head coach Mike Holmgren. The 2000 Seahawks' pass defense surrendered 7.63 yards-per-attempt (including quarterback sacks), one of the ten-worst totals in the history of the NFL. They failed to improve on their 9-7 record from 1999 and missed out on the playoffs since 1998.

Carl Cheffers

Carl Cheffers is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 2000 NFL season, who wears uniform number 51.

Chuck Evans (American football)

Charles "Chuck" Evans (April 16, 1967 – October 12, 2008) was an American football fullback who played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Baltimore Ravens. He retired at after the 2000 NFL season after playing in the NFL for eight years.

Damien Robinson

Damien Robinson (born December 22, 1973) is a former safety of the NFL. He played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, and Seattle Seahawks. He attended college at the University of Iowa.

During the 2000 NFL season, Robinson was one of the league's leading Free Safeties with 6 interceptions and 11 passes. Robinson was the starting free safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The number one defense in the NFL known for the Tampa 2 defense. Robinson was know for his ball hawking and hard hitting skills. Robinson signed to the N.Y. Jets in 2001 as one of the top free agents on the market. Robinson is best known for the November 4, 2001 event at the Louisiana Superdome. His Jets were leading the New Orleans Saints, 16-9, late in the ball game. After a routine offensive play, Robinson inexplicably grabbed the face mask of Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks and continually pulled at the mask, bending Brooks backwards. Saints offensive lineman Kyle Turley was furious, and attacked Robinson. It was a team scuffle as referees and players from both teams tried to separate them. Robinson knocked Turley's helmet off. Turley emerged from the ensuing scrum with Robinson's helmet and proceeded to fling it across the field before making an obscene gesture. Turley later was fined $20,000 by the NFL for his actions. Robinson stayed in the game and secured the victory for his team. Robinson had great career and did a lot of work in the communities in the cities in which he played. Robinson always worked with at risk youth. He helped hundreds of kids change their lives through his program.

Gary Lane (gridiron football)

Gary Owen Lane (December 21, 1942 – June 27, 2003) was an American football quarterback and American football official.

After graduating from East Alton-Wood River High School in Wood River, Illinois in 1961, Lane played college football at the University of Missouri from 1963 to 1966 and later in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons with the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants from 1966 to 1968. He also played one season in the Canadian Football League for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1970. Following his playing career, Lane was an official in the NFL for 18 seasons from 1982 to 1999, serving as a side judge (1982-1991, 1998-1999) and referee (1992-1997). He retired prior to the start of the 2000 NFL season after failing a physical. As an official, Lane was assigned to Super Bowl XXIII in 1989 and Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999 and wore the uniform number 120. He was also the referee of the famous "Fake Spike" game in 1994 where Dan Marino faked a spike against the New York Jets and threw the winning touchdown pass at the old Meadowlands.

During the last three years of his life, Gary returned to his alma mater of East Alton - Wood River High School in Wood River, Illinois, and donated many hours as an assistant football coach; contributed his own funds to a scholarship program in his name; and served as a mentor for many of the football players during those years. Lane died unexpectedly in 2003 due to a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Marcy, two children, and three stepchildren. The Gary Lane Foundation, a youth program, has been established in his honor.

Lane's son-in-law is former Major League Baseball catcher and former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.

James Hill (American football)

James Hill (born October 25, 1974) is a former professional American football tight end. He played ten games in the 2000 NFL season with the Seattle Seahawks and six games with the Amsterdam Admirals, before suffering a broken leg. Hill is an alumnus of Abilene Christian University. He played high school football for Riverhead High School in Riverhead, New York.

Kevin Mawae

Kevin James Mawae (; born January 23, 1971) is a former American football center who played in the National Football League (NFL) for sixteen seasons and is currently a member of the Arizona State University coaching staff. He played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU), where he was a four-year starter. He was picked by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1994 NFL Draft, and also played for the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans.

Mawae was selected for the Pro Bowl eight times, including six consecutive occasions (1999–2004), and was a seven-time All-Pro. He also served two terms as NFLPA president, which coincided with the 2011 NFL lockout. He later served as an assistant offensive line coach for the Chicago Bears. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

List of Monday Night Football results (1990–2009)

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List of Philadelphia Eagles seasons

This article is a list of seasons completed by the Philadelphia Eagles, a professional American football franchise based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles are a member of the National Football Conference (NFC) East division in the National Football League (NFL). This article documents the season-by-season records of the Eagles’ franchise from 1933 to present, including postseason records, as well as league awards for individual players or head coaches. The Philadelphia Eagles won their 500th game on Sunday, October 26, 2009 over the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 27–14. They were the seventh NFL team to accomplish this feat and the first since the San Francisco 49ers defeated the St. Louis Rams in week 16 of the 2005 NFL season. They are also the first team in the NFC East to accomplish this feat since the Washington Redskins defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8 of the 2000 NFL season. As of 2018, the Eagles have never lost a game to the New York Jets (10–0) or the Houston Texans (5–0).

The Eagles have won four league titles. Three of these were won prior to the start of the Super Bowl era (in 1948, 1949, and 1960). The fourth and most recent championship was won in Super Bowl LII.

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Mark Hittner

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Hittner played college football at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas from 1976 to 1979 where he was an all-conference quarterback in 1978-79 and is the school's second-leading career passer in yards (4,830).

Hittner was a college football official in the Big Eight/Big 12 Conference for 13 years prior to joining the NFL in 1997. He worked the first Big 12 championship game at the Trans World Dome in St. Louis in 1996, won by the Texas Longhorns over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 37-27.

In the NFL, Hittner has officiated eight post-season assignments including Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XL in addition to two wild-card, one divisional, and 2 conference championship games.

For the 2017 NFL season, Hittner is the down judge on the officiating crew headed by referee Craig Wrolstad and he has worked with referee Ed Hochuli from the 2000 NFL season to the 2013 NFL season.Outside of his NFL officiating duties, Hittner owns a financial services company in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

Hittner is married and has three sons.

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Born in Akron, Ohio, Simon grew up in El Paso, Texas. He attended Burges High School where he was a three-sport standout in football, track and wrestling. He earned four letters as a linebacker for the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds and was later inducted into the ENMU Hall of Honors. Immediately following his playing career, Simon began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater. After one year as an assistant at Borger High School, Simon coached the tight end and linebacker positions at the University of Texas at El Paso under head coach Bill Michael.

In 1982, he became running backs and placekickers coach at the University of Washington. The Huskies went to nine bowl games over a span of ten seasons. In 1991, the Huskies tied the Miami Hurricanes for the national championship. In 1997, Simon was inducted into the University of Washington's Hall of Fame. Simon left Washington in 1992 for the offensive coordinator position at New Mexico under head coach Dennis Franchione. The Lobos averaged 413 yards and 30.5 points per game during that span. They ranked 13th in the country in 1992 and improved to 8th the following year.

Simon succeeded Dennis Parker as head coach at North Texas in 1994, becoming only the 10th African American to lead a Division I-A football squad. In his first season, Simon guided North Texas to the Southland Conference Championship. He was named Southland Conference Coach of the Year, Black Coaches Association National Football Coach of the Year and AFCA Region 4 Coach of the Year. However, the Mean Green football program decline the next years, causing Simon to be fired in 1997.

After coaching at the Denver Broncos training camp in 1998, Simon began his pro coaching career with the Baltimore Ravens. Under his guidance, Baltimore rushed for an average of 1,985 yards per season and defeated the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV following the 2000 NFL season. In 2004, the Ravens’ ground attack produced 2,063 total yards and ranked 9th in the NFL. It was Jamal Lewis's fourth 1,000-yard rushing season under Simon. Baltimore rushed for at least 2,000 yards in three different seasons under Simon, including a team-record 2,674 yards in 2003 when Jamal Lewis was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year, Associated Press All-Pro and selected to the AFC Pro Bowl. He fell out of favor with the Ravens after he was suspected of leaking issues in the locker room to a local sports reporter. Branden Oliver broke James Starks' single season school rushing record at the University at Buffalo in 2011 with Simon as his coach.

Napoleon Kaufman

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Peter Boulware

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Boulware was a Republican candidate for the Florida House of Representatives in the 2008 general election.

Steve Everitt

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Tony Steratore

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Outside of his NFL officiating duties, Tony Steratore is the president of Steratore Sanitary Supplies in Washington, Pennsylvania; his younger brother Gene is vice-president.

Trent Miles

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