2006 NFL season

The 2006 NFL season was the 87th regular season of the National Football League. Regular season play was held from September 7 to December 31, 2006.

The NFL title was eventually won by the Indianapolis Colts, when they defeated the Chicago Bears 29–17 in Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium at Miami Gardens, Florida on February 4.

2006 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 7 – December 31, 2006
Start dateJanuary 6, 2007
AFC ChampionsIndianapolis Colts
NFC ChampionsChicago Bears
Super Bowl XLI
DateFebruary 4, 2007
SiteDolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
ChampionsIndianapolis Colts
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 10, 2007
SiteAloha Stadium

Major rule changes

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The Seattle Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers in snow at Qwest Field, November 26, 2006
  • End zone celebrations became more restricted. Players cannot celebrate by using any type of prop, or do any act in which they are on the ground. Players may still spike, spin the ball, or (until 2014), dunk it over the goal posts. Dancing in the end zone is also permitted as long as it is not a prolonged or group celebration. The Lambeau Leap, though, is still legal.[1]
  • Defenders were prohibited from hitting a passer in the knee or below unless they are blocked into him. This rule was enacted in response to the previous season's injuries to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Brian Griese.
  • Down-by-contact calls could now be reviewed by instant replay to determine if a player fumbled the ball before he was down, and who recovered it. Previously, these plays could not be reversed once officials blew the whistle.
  • The "horse-collar tackle" rule enacted during the previous 2005 season was expanded. Players are now prohibited from tackling a ball carrier from the rear by tugging inside his jersey. Previously, it was only illegal if the tackler's hand got inside the player's shoulder pads.
  • To reduce injuries, defensive players cannot line up directly over the long snapper during field goal and extra point attempts.

Officials’ uniform makeover

The 2006 season marked the debut of new officiating uniforms which are supposed to be more comfortable for officials to wear in extreme weather over the old polyester uniforms. The uniforms were designed by Reebok using a proprietary material technology to keep officials both warm and dry during the winter months of the season. On the shirt, the position and number are removed from the front pocket and the lettering and numbers on the back side were black-on-white and are smaller print and the sleeve shows the uniform number. Officials also wore full-length black pants with white stripe during the winter months to stay warm, which was criticized by media. This was the first major design overhaul since 1979, when the position name was added to the shirt, but later abbreviated in 1982.

Return of “The Duke” football

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A Philadelphia fumble is recovered by Washington's Ade Jimoh, week 14

For the first time since Super Bowl IV at the conclusion of the 1969 season, the official NFL game ball was known as "The Duke" in honor of Wellington Mara, whose family owns the New York Giants. Son John is the current CEO of the team. The NFL first used "The Duke" ball in honor of Mara in 1941 after then-Chicago Bears owner George Halas and then-Giants owner Tim Mara (Wellington's father) made a deal with Wilson Sporting Goods to become the league's official supplier of game balls, a relationship that continued into its sixty-fifth year in 2006.[2]

“The Duke” ball was discontinued after the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger, and the merged league began using a different standardized ball made by Wilson. The only other time that "The Duke" ball name was used was during the two "Thanksgiving Classic" games in 2004.

One side of the new 2006 "Duke" football featured the NFL shield logo in gold, the words "The Duke", and the NFL commissioner’s signature. The obverse side has a small NFL logo above the needle bladder hole, the conference names between the hole, and the words "National Football League" in gold. As per the custom, specially branded balls were used for the first week of the 2006 season (the "Opening Kickoff") as well as for the Thanksgiving Day, conference championships, Super Bowl XLI and Pro Bowl games.

Broadcasting and ticket sales


Through week 11 of the season, all NFL games had been sold out, and for the 24th time, all blackout restrictions had been lifted.[3] The streak was ended by the Jacksonville at Buffalo game in Week 12.[4]


This was the first season that NBC held the rights to televise Sunday Night Football, becoming the beneficiaries by negotiating the new flexible-scheduling system (it also marked the network's return to carrying NFL games since the end of the 1997 season).[5] ESPN became the new home of Monday Night Football, replacing sister network American Broadcasting Company, who chose to opt out of broadcasting league games.[5] Meanwhile, CBS and Fox renewed their television contracts to the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference packages, respectively.[6]

Flexible scheduling

This was the first season that the NFL used a “flexible-scheduling” for the last few weeks of the season, allowing the league flexibility in selecting games to air on Sunday night, in order to feature the current hottest, streaking teams. This was implemented to prevent games featuring losing teams from airing during primetime late in the season, while at the same time allowing NBC to rake in more money off of the higher ratings from surprise, playoff-potential teams that more fans would enjoy watching.

Under the flexible-scheduling system, all Sunday games in the affected weeks tentatively had the start times of 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, except those played in the Pacific or Mountain time zones, which will have a tentative start time of 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT (or 4:15 p.m. ET/1:15 p.m. PT if it is a doubleheader weekend). On the Tuesday 12 days before the games, the league moved one game to the primetime slot, and possibly one or more 1 p.m. slotted games to the 4 p.m. slots. During the last week of the season, the league could re-schedule games as late as six days before the contests so that all of the television networks will be able to broadcast a game that has playoff implications.

Super Bowl XLI pre-game show in Miami
CBS's The NFL Today, Super Bowl XLI

Game highlights on iTunes

Starting September 18, fans were able to download highlights of their teams' games through Apple's iTunes Store. Each video costs US$1.99 each but fans have the chance of buying a "Follow Your Team season ticket" which brings every game of that team to the fan for $24.99.[7]

Also available will be NFL GameDay, the NFL Network's comprehensive Sunday night review which features post-game reactions and game analysis, all for $1.99 a show or $19.99 for the full season.

Stadium changes

The New Orleans Saints go back home

The New Orleans Saints returned to their home at the Louisiana Superdome in Week Three. The Saints played home games during the 2005 NFL Season in San Antonio, TX, Baton Rouge, LA, and East Rutherford, NJ, due to the damage to the Superdome caused by Hurricane Katrina. The Saints finished the 2006 regular season 10–6, clinched a 1st Round Bye, and beat the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. The Chicago Bears defeated the Saints in the NFC Championship, 39–14.

Coaching changes

Final regular season standings

AFC East
(4) New England Patriots 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 385 237 W3
(5) New York Jets 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 316 295 W3
Buffalo Bills 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 300 311 L2
Miami Dolphins 6 10 0 .375 1–5 3–9 260 283 L3
AFC North
(2) Baltimore Ravens 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 353 201 W4
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 4–2 6–6 373 331 L3
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 353 315 W1
Cleveland Browns 4 12 0 .250 0–6 3–9 238 356 L4
AFC South
(3) Indianapolis Colts 12 4 0 .750 3–3 9–3 427 360 W1
Tennessee Titans 8 8 0 .500 4–2 5–7 324 400 L1
Jacksonville Jaguars 8 8 0 .500 2–4 5–7 371 274 L3
Houston Texans 6 10 0 .375 3–3 6–6 267 366 W2
AFC West
(1) San Diego Chargers 14 2 0 .875 5–1 10–2 492 303 W10
(6) Kansas City Chiefs 9 7 0 .563 4–2 5–7 331 315 W2
Denver Broncos 9 7 0 .563 3–3 8–4 319 305 L1
Oakland Raiders 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 168 332 L9
NFC East
(3) Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 5–1 9–3 398 328 W5
(5) Dallas Cowboys 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 425 350 L2
(6) New York Giants 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 355 362 W1
Washington Redskins 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 307 376 L2
NFC North
(1) Chicago Bears 13 3 0 .812 5–1 11–1 427 255 L1
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 301 336 W4
Minnesota Vikings 6 10 0 .375 2–4 6–6 282 387 L3
Detroit Lions 3 13 0 .188 0–6 2–10 305 398 W1
NFC South
(2) New Orleans Saints 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 413 322 L1
Carolina Panthers 8 8 0 .500 5–1 6–6 270 305 W2
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 292 328 L3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 12 0 .250 0–6 2–10 211 353 L1
NFC West
(4) Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 335 341 W1
St. Louis Rams 8 8 0 .500 2–4 6–6 367 381 W3
San Francisco 49ers 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 298 412 W1
Arizona Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 4–2 5–7 314 389 L1


Source: 2007 NFL Record and Fact Book (ISBN 978-1-933821-85-6)
  • Cincinnati finished ahead of Pittsburgh in the AFC North based on division record (4–2 to 3–3).
  • Tennessee finished ahead of Jacksonville in the AFC South based on division record (4–2 to 2–4).
  • Kansas City finished ahead of Denver in the AFC West based on division record (4–2 to 3–3).
  • Indianapolis clinched the AFC #3 seed based on their head-to-head victory over New England (Week 9).
  • New Orleans clinched the NFC #2 seed based on their head-to-head victory over Philadelphia (Week 6).
  • N.Y. Giants clinched the NFC #6 seed based on better strength of victory than Green Bay (.422 to .383), while Carolina and St. Louis both were eliminated from playoff contention because the N.Y. Giants and Green Bay had better conference records (7–5 to 6–6).


Within each conference, the four division winners and the two wild card teams (the top two non-division winners with the best overall regular season records) qualified for the playoffs. The four division winners are seeded 1 through 4 based on their overall won-lost-tied record, and the wild card teams are seeded 5 and 6. The NFL does not use a fixed bracket playoff system, and there are no restrictions regarding teams from the same division matching up in any round. In the first round, dubbed the wild-card playoffs or wild-card weekend, the third-seeded division winner hosts the sixth seed wild card, and the fourth seed hosts the fifth. The 1 and 2 seeds from each conference then receive a bye in the first round. In the second round, the divisional playoffs, the number 1 seed hosts the worst surviving seed from the first round (seed 4, 5 or 6), while the number 2 seed will play the other team (seed 3, 4 or 5). The two surviving teams from each conference's divisional playoff games then meet in the respective AFC and NFC Conference Championship games, hosted by the higher seed. Although the Super Bowl, the fourth and final round of the playoffs, is played at a neutral site, the designated home team is based on an annual rotation by conference.

Playoff seeds
1 San Diego Chargers (West winner) Chicago Bears (North winner)
2 Baltimore Ravens (North winner) New Orleans Saints (South winner)
3 Indianapolis Colts (South winner) Philadelphia Eagles (East winner)
4 New England Patriots (East winner) Seattle Seahawks (West winner)
5 New York Jets (wild card) Dallas Cowboys (wild card)
6 Kansas City Chiefs (wild card) New York Giants (wild card)


Jan. 7 – Gillette Stadium   Jan. 14 – Qualcomm Stadium          
  5   NY Jets   16
  4   New England   24
  4   New England   37     Jan. 21 – RCA Dome
  1   San Diego   21  
Jan. 6 – RCA Dome   4   New England   34
Jan. 13 – M&T Bank Stadium
    3   Indianapolis   38  
  6   Kansas City   8 AFC Championship
  3   Indianapolis   15
  3   Indianapolis   23   Feb. 4 – Dolphin Stadium
  2   Baltimore   6  
Wild card playoffs  
Divisional playoffs
Jan. 7 – Lincoln Financial Field  A3    Indianapolis   29
Jan. 13 – Louisiana Superdome
   N1    Chicago   17
  6   NY Giants   20 Super Bowl XLI
  3   Philadelphia   24
  3   Philadelphia   23     Jan. 21 – Soldier Field
  2   New Orleans   27  
Jan. 6 – Qwest Field   2   New Orleans   14
Jan. 14 – Soldier Field
    1   Chicago   39  
  5   Dallas   20 NFC Championship
  4   Seattle   24
  4   Seattle   21  
  1   Chicago   27*  
* Indicates overtime victory

Pro Bowl


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

Record Player/Team Date/Opponent Previous Record Holder[8]
Most Points, Career Morten Andersen, Atlanta December 16 vs. Dallas Gary Anderson, 1982–2004 (2,434)
Most Field Goals, Career Morten Andersen, Atlanta December 24 vs. Carolina Gary Anderson, 1982–2004 (538)
Most Passes Completed, Career Brett Favre, Green Bay December 17 vs. Detroit Dan Marino, 1983–1999 (4,967)
Most Touchdowns, Season LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (31) December 10 vs. Denver Shaun Alexander, Seattle, 2005 (28)
Most Rushing Touchdowns, Season LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (28) December 10 vs. Denver Shaun Alexander, 2005
Priest Holmes, 2003 (27)
Most Points, Season LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (186) December 17 vs. Kansas City Paul Hornung, 1960 (176)
Most Rushing Attempts, Season Larry Johnson, Kansas City (416) December 31 vs. Jacksonville Jamal Anderson, Atlanta, 1998 (410)
Most Kick Returns for a Touchdown, Season Devin Hester, Chicago (5; 3 punts and 2 kickoffs) December 11 at St. Louis Tied by 9 players (4)

Regular season statistical leaders

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najeh Davenport against the Baltimore Ravens in week 12 of the 2006 season


Points scored San Diego Chargers (492)
Total yards gained New Orleans Saints (6,264)
Yards rushing Atlanta Falcons (2,939)
Yards passing New Orleans Saints (4,503)
Fewest points allowed Baltimore Ravens (201)
Fewest total yards allowed Baltimore Ravens (4,225)
Fewest rushing yards allowed Minnesota Vikings (985)
Fewest passing yards allowed Oakland Raiders (2,413)


Scoring LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (186 points)
Touchdowns LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (31 TDs)
Most field goals made Robbie Gould, Chicago and Jeff Wilkins, St. Louis (32 FGs)
Rushing LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (1,815 yards)
Passer rating Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (101.0 rating)
Passing touchdowns Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (31 TDs)
Passing yards Drew Brees, New Orleans (4,418 yards)
Pass receptions Andre Johnson, Houston (103 catches)
Pass receiving yards Chad Johnson, Cincinnati (1,369 yards)
Punt returns Adam "Pacman" Jones, Tennessee (12.9 average yards)
Kickoff returns Justin Miller, New York Jets (28.3 average yards)
Interceptions Asante Samuel, New England and Champ Bailey, Denver (10)
Punting Mat McBriar, Dallas (48.2 average yards)
Sacks Shawne Merriman, San Diego (17)


Most Valuable Player LaDainian Tomlinson, Running Back, San Diego Chargers
Coach of the Year Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
Offensive Player of the Year LaDainian Tomlinson, Running Back, San Diego Chargers
Defensive Player of the Year Jason Taylor, Defensive End, Miami Dolphins
Offensive Rookie of the Year Vince Young, Quarterback, Tennessee Titans
Defensive Rookie of the Year DeMeco Ryans, Linebacker, Houston Texans
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Chad Pennington, Quarterback, New York Jets
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year LaDainian Tomlinson, Running Back, San Diego Chargers and Drew Brees, Quarterback, New Orleans Saints
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts
All-Pro Team
Quarterback Drew Brees, New Orleans
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego
Larry Johnson, Kansas City
Fullback Lorenzo Neal, San Diego
Wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis
Chad Johnson, Cincinnati
Tight end Antonio Gates, San Diego
Offensive tackle Willie Anderson, Cincinnati
Jammal Brown, New Orleans
Offensive guard Alan Faneca, Pittsburgh
Shawn Andrews, Philadelphia
Center Olin Kreutz, Chicago
Defensive end Jason Taylor, Miami
Julius Peppers, Carolina
Defensive tackle Jamal Williams, San Diego
Kevin Williams, Minnesota
Outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, San Diego
Adalius Thomas, Baltimore
Inside linebacker Brian Urlacher, Chicago
Zach Thomas, Miami
Cornerback Champ Bailey, Denver
Rashean Mathis, Jacksonville
Safety Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia
Ed Reed, Baltimore
Special teams
Kicker Robbie Gould, Chicago
Punter Brian Moorman, Buffalo
Kick returner Devin Hester, Chicago

Team Superlatives


  • Most points scored: San Diego, 492
  • Fewest points scored: Oakland, 168
  • Most total offensive yards: New Orleans, 6,264
  • Fewest total offensive yards: Oakland, 3,939
  • Most total passing yards: New Orleans, 4,503
  • Fewest total passing yards: Atlanta, 2,371
  • Most rushing yards: Atlanta, 2,939
  • Fewest rushing yards: Detroit, 1,129



  • Fewest points allowed: Baltimore, 201
  • Most points allowed: San Francisco, 412
  • Fewest total yards allowed: Baltimore, 4,225
  • Most total yards allowed: Tennessee, 5,915
  • Fewest passing yards allowed: Oakland, 2,413
  • Most passing yards allowed: Cincinnati / Minnesota (tie), 3,818
  • Fewest rushing yards allowed: Minnesota, 985
  • Most rushing yards allowed: Indianapolis, 2,768


News and notes

New NFL commissioner

On March 20, 2006, Paul Tagliabue announced his plans to retire as NFL commissioner. During an NFL meeting in Northbrook, Illinois, on August 8, league team owners selected Roger Goodell, the NFL's then-current chief operating officer, as the new commissioner. Tagliabue continued to serve as commissioner until Goodell officially replaced him on Friday September 1.

Tagliabue became NFL commissioner on October 26, 1989. During his tenure, the league has added four new teams; saw four franchises move (including two franchises—the Rams and Raiders—from Los Angeles, the second-largest television market in the U.S.); the construction of seventeen new stadiums; began its own in-house television specialty cable network, the NFL Network; has greatly increased television rights fees with its broadcasters, including the addition of the Fox network and its NFL programming; and has maintained labor peace with the players' union.

Death of Lamar Hunt

Lamar Hunt died in Dallas, Texas on December 13 from complications from prostate cancer at the age of 74. He is credited with challenging the NFL with the formation of the American Football League, which led to the subsequent merger of the two leagues.

Death of two Broncos

At 3 a.m. on January 1, 2007, Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot and killed in Denver, within hours after the last regular season game against the San Francisco 49ers. Less than two months after, on February 24, 2007, Broncos running back Damien Nash collapsed and died after a charity basketball game at a high school. Both players died at the age of 24.


The 2006 NFL Draft was held from April 29 to 30, 2006 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. With the first pick, the Houston Texans selected defensive end Mario Williams from North Carolina State University.


American Football Conference

National Football Conference

External links


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  4. ^ "In depth: Frustration in Buffalo shows how NFL's television policies irking fan base". USA Today. November 26, 2006. Retrieved November 27, 2006.
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  6. ^ "NFL to remain on broadcast TV". NFL.com. Archived from the original on December 4, 2005. Retrieved December 13, 2005.
  7. ^ "NFL and Apple offer highlights on iTunes". NFL. September 12, 2006. Archived from the original on October 14, 2006. Retrieved September 13, 2006.
  8. ^ "NFL.com – NFL Record and Fact Book". Archived from the original on December 27, 2007. Retrieved December 18, 2007.
  9. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: 2006 NFL Standings, Team & Offensive Statistics
  10. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: 2006 NFL Opposition & Defensive Statistics
Bob Hallen

Robert Joseph Hallen (born March 9, 1975) is a former American football player.

Hallen played high school football at Mentor High School, where he was honorable mention all-state his senior season after serving as team captain. Hallen was a four-year starter at Kent State University while starting 44 consecutive games. In the Spring of 1997, Hallen was awarded the Don Nottingham Cup as the team's top offensive player at the conclusion of Spring practice. He was a first-team All-Mid-American Conference choice in 1997 after switching to right tackle after three seasons at center. Hallen also served as team captain during the senior year.

Following his senior season, Hallen was chosen to play in the 1998 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, marking the first time a Kent State player participated in this bowl game. Hallen was selected in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round (53rd overall) and went on to play in Super Bowl XXXIII. He played from 1998 to 2001 for the Falcons. He also played for the San Diego Chargers from 2002 to 2005. He signed with the Cleveland Browns prior to the 2006 NFL season.

Hallen's career came to an end on August 11, 2006 when he announced his retirement due to ongoing problems with his back, which he first injured in the 2001 season while playing for the Falcons.

Hallen announced his retirement shortly after he was named the Browns' starting center in place of injured LeCharles Bentley. Hallen had left practice several days earlier complaining of back spasms. Hallen notified the Browns of his retirement in a letter.

Hallen was inducted into Mentor High School's Sports Hall Of Fame in 2005 and the Kent State University's Varsity "K" Hall Of Fame in 2014.

Hallen currently works for a fire department in the Greater Cleveland area.

Claus Elming

Claus Elming (born 20 March 1969 in Herning, Denmark) is a former Danish American football player and current TV host and commentator on TV 2 Sport.Elming first experienced American football when he went to Minnesota as an exchange student. Learning from host brother Chuck Schrope (reference to page 5 in Claus's book bogen on Super Bowl) he quickly became a fan of the sport. Claus sent his little brother, Jesper Elming, a National Football League ball for Christmas.

Upon returning to Denmark after a year in the U.S., Claus started the Herning Hawks American football club with some other interested players. Some years later, Claus moved to Århus to study at the university, where he helped starting the Århus Tigers. Claus later moved to Copenhagen after he took a job as an NFL commentator on TV 2 Zulu. Elming then started coaching the Avedøre Monarchs, which he did until 2002.

In 2006, Elming was inducted in the Danish American Football Federation Hall of Fame.

Until the 2006 NFL season, Elming was a color commentator for TV 2 Zulu in Denmark, providing NFL-coverage alongside Jimmy Bøjgaard, who provided play-by-play-commentary. The Zulu-coverage of NFL ended thereafter, when Viasat acquired the Scandinavian NFL-rights. However, Elming will continue as commentator at TV 2 Sport, who air a portion of the NFL matches in Denmark.

Elming's favorite team is the Minnesota Vikings.

Curtis Martin

Curtis James Martin Jr. (born May 1, 1973) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the New England Patriots and New York Jets. He is considered one of the greatest running backs of all time. Martin began his professional career with the Patriots, who selected him in the third round of the 1995 NFL Draft. As a free agent in 1998, he joined the Jets where he finished his career in 2007 due to a career-ending knee injury in the 2006 NFL season. He retired as the fourth leading rusher in NFL history. He was selected as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Dick Hantak

Dick Hantak (born c. 1938) was an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) for 25 years between 1978 and 2003. He began his NFL officiating career as a back judge and became a referee eight years later. During his career, he officiated in two Super Bowls, Super Bowl XVII in 1983 as a back judge and later as a referee in Super Bowl XXVII in 1993, both at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and selected as an alternate for Super Bowl XXXII in 1998. He was one of the first officials to wear a three-digit uniform number, wearing number 105 except for 1979-81, when officials were numbered separately by position.

Hantak was most notable for being involved in a game that would result in the elimination of the excessive crowd noise rule from the NFL because of the actions during an exhibition game preceding the 1989 NFL season between the Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome. Prior to the snap to begin a play, Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason constantly complained to Hantak about the loud crowd noise inside of the dome and would embellish his reactions in protest over the newly created rule. Esiason would later admit that he was put up to the task by then head coach Sam Wyche.Hantak was also involved in a humorous incident during a 1996 game between Pittsburgh and Carolina. On a punt the ball landed in the endzone and the Carolina mascot Sir Purr downed it, unaware the ball was live. While Steelers coach Bill Cowher was laughing, Hantak told Sir Purr not to do it again.

Dick ended his distinguished officiating career with a playoff game on January 11, 2003 between the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets.

As of the 2006 NFL season, Hantak serves as an NFL replay official, working on-site in the video officiating booth.

Hantak is a 1960 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma.

Joey Goodspeed

Joseph Allen Goodspeed (born February 22, 1978) is a former NFL fullback who last played for the Minnesota Vikings. In the Vikings' 2006 mini-camp, he tore his ACL and was on injured reserve for the 2006 NFL season. After the 2006 season he was cut by the Vikings and has yet to be signed by any team in the NFL.

Justin Kurpeikis

Justin William Kurpeikis (July 17, 1977) is an American football player whose played for four NFL teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, and the Hamburg Sea Devils of Germany.

Kurpeikis played collegiately at Penn State University, finishing his career with 172 tackles, 17 sacks and 43 stops for losses. He also twice earned Academic All-Big Ten honors and was a 2000 All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice.

He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001, and played sparingly the next 3 seasons, [1] but did see action in the 2001 AFC Championship Game. Kurpeikis spent the 2004 and 2005 NFL seasons with the New England Patriots, appearing in 5 games where his number aptly was Zero (0). He spent the 2006 NFL season as a member of the Cleveland Browns practice squad. Kurpeikis began 2007 as a member of NFL Europa's Hamburg Sea Devils, before signing as a free agent with the Detroit Lions on August 9, 2007.

Kurpeikis attended Pittsburgh’s Central Catholic High School where he was a high-school All-America linebacker selection. He was also a standout sprinter and shot putter on the track team. Kurpeikis recently finished an assistant coaching job with the State College 9th Grade Little Lions Football Team in State College, Pennsylvania, leading the team to a 6-2 record overall. In a 2005 interview with Mark Harrington, Justin exclaims: The advice I want to give to everyone out there, "No matter up or down, you have to constantly strive for more and more and never be satisfied. People have their backs against the wall and in tough situations and they have two choices: cower or come out swinging... I would advise you all to come out swinging!"


KRMD (1340 AM, "100.7 FM & 1340 AM The Ticket") is a sports formatted radio station licensed to Shreveport, Louisiana and serving the Ark-La-Tex region. The station is owned by Cumulus Media and based at the Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier City, Louisiana. The station's transmitter is just southwest of the I-20/I-49 interchange in Shreveport, coincidentally across the street from a separate transmitter housing its sister stations, its FM partner, KMJJ, KVMA-FM and KQHN-FM.

Kerry Rhodes

Kerry Rhodes (born August 2, 1982) is an American actor and former American football safety in the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and most recently played for the Arizona Cardinals in 2012. Rhodes was named to All-Pro teams by three publications after the 2006 NFL season. He played college football at Louisville.

Mark Kelso

Mark Alan Kelso (born July 23, 1963 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former American football player and current broadcaster. He was a member of the Bills teams that appeared in four consecutive Super Bowls from 1990-1993, and currently serves as the color commentator for the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.

NBC Sunday Night Football results

The following is a detailed list of results and scores from National Football League games aired on NBC under the game package NBC Sunday Night Football. The list includes both regular season and post-season game results, both produced by NBC Sports, from the 2006 NFL season to the present.

The NFL instated a new "flex-scheduling" policy in which the NFL could choose a game to be aired in primetime on NBC based on the team's current performance and record. Previously, Sunday night NFL games were televised by ESPN, from 1987–2005, and TNT, from 1990–1997.

Starting with the 2006 NFL season, NBC was awarded the rights to air Sunday night primetime American football games, as well as the rights to air two games of the NFL playoffs. In February 2009, NBC concluded their third season of the game package by broadcasting Super Bowl XLIII and the 2009 Pro Bowl from Honolulu, Hawai'i. The game package also includes broadcast rights to the NFL Kickoff Game, the late-night Thanksgiving game, and Pro Football Hall of Fame Game.

Pro Football Focus

Pro Football Focus (also written as ProFootballFocus, and often referred to by its initials, PFF) is a website that focuses on thorough analysis of the National Football League (NFL) and NCAA Division-I football in the United States. PFF produces 0-100 Player Grades and a range of advanced statistics for teams and players by watching, charting and grading every player on every play in every game both at the NFL and FBS level.

Robbie Tobeck

Robert Lee Tobeck (; born March 6, 1970) is a former American football center who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Tobeck played seven seasons for the Seattle Seahawks after being acquired as a free agent from the Atlanta Falcons after signing as a rookie in 1993.

Tobeck started his college career after accepting a scholarship to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, but was redshirted as a freshman. He transferred to Kilgore College, a junior college in Kilgore, Texas for two years and then went on to play big league college football at Washington State University.

During high school, Tobeck attended New Port Richey (FL) Christian, which, until his senior year, only offered a flag football program. However, the basketball program was a standout and Tobeck was a major part of its program.

Tobeck retired at the end of the 2006 NFL season, on January 15, 2007 after a playoff loss to the Chicago Bears. [1] He played in two Super Bowls, Super Bowl XXXIII as a member of the Falcons and Super Bowl XL as a member of the Seahawks. Tobeck also made the NFC Pro Bowl Team in 2005.

Roger Goodell

Roger Stokoe Goodell (born February 19, 1959) is an American businessman who is currently the Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL). On August 8, 2006, Goodell was chosen to succeed retiring commissioner Paul Tagliabue. He was chosen for the position over four finalists; he won a close vote on the fifth ballot before being unanimously approved by acclamation of the owners. He officially began his tenure on September 1, 2006, just prior to the beginning of the 2006 NFL season. On December 6, 2017, the NFL announced that Goodell signed a new contract that will start in 2019. Commentators have described him as "the most powerful man in sports."

Saleem Rasheed

Saleem Abdul Rasheed (born June 15, 1981) is a former American and Canadian football linebacker.

Rasheed formerly played for the San Francisco 49ers for four seasons in the National Football League. He also played for the Houston Texans during the 2006 NFL season, though was cut during the preseason.

Rasheed played college football for the University of Alabama between 1999–2001.

The Calgary Stampeders signed him on May 7, 2008. He helped the Stampeders win the 2008 Grey Cup.

On May 4, 2009, he was released.From 2009–11 he worked as a teacher and coach at Erwin High School.In February 2012, Rasheed was charged with food stamp fraud and falsifying documents in Birmingham, Alabama. He pleaded guilty to receiving $5,551 dollars in food stamps while falsely claiming to be unemployed and, in July 2012, he was sentenced to eight months in prison. Rasheed also pleaded guilty to immigration fraud arising from his allegedly marrying a Moroccan woman and subsequently marrying an American woman without divorcing his first wife.

Spencer Havner

Spencer Rhett Havner [HAY-vner] (February 2, 1983) is a former American football tight end. He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at UCLA.

Havner was also a member of the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions. He won Super Bowl XLV with the Packers over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tom Sifferman

Tom Sifferman (born September 27, 1943) is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) from the 1986 NFL season to the 2008 NFL season. Sifferman is notable for being the only official in NFL history assigned to three consecutive Super Bowls, which include Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003, Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, and Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. He served as a field judge and wore uniform number 118. Sifferman is now a Replay Official, a duty he performed at Super Bowl LI.

Sifferman is a native of Seattle, Washington and is a 1961 graduate of Seattle Preparatory School. He is a retired manufacturer representative for a steel and aluminum products company. Sifferman resides in Bend, Oregon.

Sifferman was the field judge during a 1988 NFL season game on December 31 between the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field played under heavy fog. This game would become known in NFL lore as the "Fog Bowl".During the 2006 NFL season, Sifferman was a field judge on the officiating crew headed by referee Ed Hochuli.

Sifferman goes by the nickname "Jungle Boy" as replay official, a nickname discovered when Hochuli accidentally turned on his microphone to the crowd during a game.

Tube Tops 2000

Tube Tops 2000 is a punk rock supergroup that covered Gary Glitter's classic rock hit "Rock and Roll, Part 2".

The band comprises Eric Erlandson (Hole), Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, The Smashing Pumpkins), Clem Burke (Blondie), Pat Fear (White Flag), Rodney Bingenheimer (KROQ DJ) and Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go's). The band only released the one song, recorded for a glam rock tribute compilation Blockbuster: A 70's Glitter Glam Rock Experience, released in January 2001. Since 2006, it has been the replacement for the Kansas City Chiefs' touchdown celebration after the NFL asked teams to stop playing Glitter's version following his conviction on child molestation charges.The version of the song was introduced in Chiefs' games in the 2006 NFL season following a vote on the "new Chiefs touchdown song". The vote originally ended with P.O.D.'s "Boom" as the winner, but fans protested at the result and requested a new band to play "Rock and Roll, Part 2" so that the tradition of their "We're gonna beat the hell outta you!" chant could continue.

Tyoka Jackson

Tyoka Jackson (born November 22, 1971, in Washington, D.C.) is a former professional American football player. He played 12 seasons in the NFL as a defensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, and Detroit Lions. He retired from football following the 2006 NFL season.

Walter Young (American football)

Walter Lee Young, Jr. (born December 7, 1979) is an American football wide receiver formerly on the practice squad of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was originally a seventh round pick (226th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft out of the University of Illinois by the Carolina Panthers.

Born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, USA, Young attended Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois, where he earned all-state honors as a quarterback.

Originally a quarterback, Young switched to wide receiver as a redshirt sophomore at the University of Illinois in 2000. Starting seven games that year, Young finished the season with 27 receptions for 403 yards. As a junior, Young started 11 games and finished second on the team with 50 catches for 890 yards and eight touchdowns, while averaging a team-leading 17.8 yards per catch. In his senior year of 2002, Young started 12 games and again ranked second on the team with 56 catches for 822 yards and six touchdowns. Young finished his college career ranking third on the Illini all-time list with 2,382 receiving yards and 15 touchdown receptions, and sixth with 147 receptions.

As a college player at Illinois, Young also played on the Fighting Illini basketball team. As a junior (2001–02), Young played in two games for the basketball team, managing to score two points in a game against Wisconsin. Young became the first Fighting Illini athlete since 1973 to appear in games for both the football and basketball teams in the same season.

In 2006, Young played for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe. Young finished the regular season as the team's second-leading receiver, with 31 receptions for 370 yards and 3 touchdowns in 10 games.

In the 2006 NFL season, Young played in two games with the Steelers and recorded his first career NFL catch (17 yards from Ben Roethlisberger). He was cut from the Pittsburgh Steelers roster on September 1, 2007.

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