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1982 Dec 29
Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant ended his career with Alabama. He logged 323 wins (http://bryantmuseum.ua.edu/direction.cfm?dir=bio). In 1996 Keith Dunnavant authored “COACH: The Life of Paul "Bear" Bryant.”
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1982
The Oakland Raiders football team under Al Davis moved to Los Angeles.
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1982
"The Play," a five-lateral scramble was run by the Univ. of California football team against Stanford.
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1983 Jan 26
Paul Bryant (Bear Bryant), former Univ. of Alabama football coach, died at age 69. In 1975 he authored his autobiography “Bear.”
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1983
Concrete and steel from the press boxes in the old Gator Bowl stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., ended up as a reef in the Atlantic Ocean.
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1984 Mar 29
The NFL Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis.
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1984 Jun 27
The US Supreme Court ended the NCAA monopoly on college football telecasts, ruling such control violated antitrust law.
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1984 Sep 9
Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears broke Jim Brown's combined yardage record by reaching 15,517 yards.
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1984 Dec 14
Howard Cosell retired from Monday Night Football.
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1985 Jan 20
The SF 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-16 in the Super Bowl played at Stanford Stadium. This capped the winningest season in national Football League history, with 18 wins and only one loss.
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1985 Aug 1
It was reported that SF Mayor Diane Feinstein, currently on a visit to Ireland, has received a $10,000 gift from the SF 49ers, the largest gift to date to any city official. The gift came as the Feinstein administration was in touchy negotiations over renovations to Candlestick Park.
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1985 Nov 28
NBC's Ahmad Rashad heard the acceptance of his marriage proposal from Phylicia Ayers-Allen during halftime of the Detroit Lions-New York Jets football game.
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1986 Jan 26
The Super Bowl was won by the Chicago Bears led by Coach Mike Ditka. Lineman William "Refrigerator" Perry scored touchdowns and the team danced to their video "The Super Bowl Shuffle."
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1986 Jun 27
Don Rogers of the Cleveland Browns died of cocaine poisoning.
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1986 Jul 29
A federal jury in New York found that the National Football League had committed an antitrust violation against the rival United States Football League. But in a hollow victory for the USFL, the jury ordered the NFL to pay token damages of only $3.
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1986
The fledgling US Football League won an antitrust settlement against the NFL and was awarded $1 in damages.
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1986
In Florida Robert Rozier, a former NFL football player, changed his name to Neariah Israel and murdered 8 people to prove himself to a sect of Yahweh Ben Yahweh. He testified against the sect, which was blamed for at least 23 killings and a series of firebombings. He was freed after 10 years in prison. In 1999 he was arrested for bouncing check in California and subject to the "three strikes" sentencing law.
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1987 Sep 21
NFL players went on strike at midnight mainly over the issue of free agency.
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1987 Sep 27
Football fans suffered through their first Sunday without football since players went on strike. NFL owners soon organized games with replacement and nonstriking players.
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1987 Oct 4
National Football League owners staged their first games since the players union went on strike, with nonstriking and replacement personnel on the gridiron at sparsely attended stadiums.
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1987 Oct 7
In San Francisco eleven 49ers, including Joe Montana and Dwight Clark, went back to work in the biggest breach of the 17-day-old NFL strike. Of nearly 1,600 players on strike, only 145 have gone back to work.
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1987 Nov 29
Joe Montana of 49ers completed an NFL record 22 consecutive passes.
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1988 Jan 17
The Washington Redskins won the NFC championship by defeating the Minnesota Vikings 17-10; the Denver Broncos beat the Cleveland Browns 38-33 to win the AFC title.
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1988 Jan 31
The Washington Redskins beat the Denver Broncos, 42-10, to win Super Bowl XXII at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego.
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1988 Mar 15
NFL owners approved the move of the St Louis Cardinals to Phoenix.
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1988 Dec 3
Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State University won the Heisman Trophy.
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1989 Jan 22
In Super Bowl XXXIII, the San Francisco 49ers came from behind to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-to-16 in Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium. Joe Montana rifled a 10-yard touchdown pass to John Taylor with just 34 seconds left in the game to win.
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1989 Apr 23
Troy Aikman of UCLA became the first player chosen in the NFL draft in New York City as he was selected by the Dallas Cowboys.
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1989 May 22
In West Los Angeles football star O.J. Simpson (41) pleaded no contest to battering his wife, Nicole Simpson (29), during a New Years Day argument.
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1989 Oct 26
Washington, D.C. attorney Paul Tagliabue was tapped by NFL team owners to be the league's new commissioner, succeeding Pete Rozelle.
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1990 Jan 10
NCAA approved the random drug testing for college football players.
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1990 Jan 14
The Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers earned a trip to the Super Bowl by winning the American and National Football Conference championships.
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1990 Jan 28
The San Francisco 49ers routed the Denver Broncos, 55-10, in the 24th Super Bowl.
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1990 Dec 31
George Allen, US football coach (LA Rams, Wash Redskins), died.
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1990
Bill McCartney, Univ. of Colorado football coach, founded Promise Keepers, an all-male, all-Christian organization to bring men to God, to make them better husbands and fathers, and to further racial reconciliation. The first meeting in Boulder gathered 72 men. Its first rally in 1991 attracted 4,200 participants and by 1996 had a $115 million annual budget. In 1997 the book "Who Are the Promise Keepers" by Ken Abraham was published.
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1990
Buzz Bissinger authored “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream,” the story of a football team in the Texas oil town of Odessa. A film version was released in 2004.
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1991 Jan 27
The New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills, 20-to-19, in Super Bowl XXV, which was played amid extra-tight security at Tampa Stadium in Florida, because of fears of possible Iraqi-sponsored terrorism.
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1991 Jan 28
Harold "Red" Grange (b.1903), three-time All-American, died. He is credited with establishing professional football as a popular spectator sport. In 2009 Lars Anderson authored “Red Grange and the Barnstorming Tour That Launched the NFL.”
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1992 Jan 12
The Washington Redskins won the NFC championship, defeating the Detroit Lions 41 to 10; the Buffalo Bills won the AFC title, beating the Denver Broncos 10 to 7.
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1992 Jan 26
The Washington Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI, defeating the Buffalo Bills 37-24.
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1992 Mar 18
US National Football League owners voted to drop the use of instant videotape replays to settle disputed calls during games. Instant replay was brought back in 1999.
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1992 May 14
Lyle Alzado (43), former football player, died in Portland, Ore.
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1992 Sep 6
The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., officially opened and became America’s largest indoor sports arena as well as the home of the Atlanta Falcons.
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1993 Jan 31
The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
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1993 Oct 26
National Football League owners selected Carolina as the 29th NFL franchise.
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1993 Nov 14
Don Shula became the winningest coach in NFL history.
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1993 Dec 17
Fox Television outbid CBS for the National Football Conference TV package.
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1993
Professional football in the US first allowed unrestricted free-agency.
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1994 Jan 23
The Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills won their respective NFL conference playoffs to set up a Super Bowl rematch.
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1994 Jan 30
The Dallas Cowboys repeated as NFL champions as they defeated the Buffalo Bills, 30-13, in the Super Bowl. It was the fourth straight Super Bowl loss for the Bills.
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1994 Mar 29
Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson resigned, capping a longstanding feud with team owner Jerry Jones.
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1994
The Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars, expansion football teams, began playing. They benefited from a newly established salary cap.
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1995 Jan 15
The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 38-28 in the National Football Conference title game, while the San Diego Chargers upset the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-13 in the American Football Conference championship.
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1995 Jan 29
The San Francisco 49ers became the first team in NFL history to win five Super Bowl titles, beating the San Diego Chargers, 49-26.
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1995 Apr 18
Quarterback Joe Montana retired from professional football.
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1995 Nov 6
Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced plans to move his team to Baltimore.
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1995
The Los Angeles Rams and Raiders left LA for St. Louis and Oakland. In 2016 the St Louis Rams were allowed to return to Los Angeles.
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1996 Jan 14
The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Indianapolis Colts, 20-to-16, to win the AFC championship. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Green Bay Packers, 38-to-27, to win the NFC championship.
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1996 Jan 28
In Super Bowl XXX the Dallas Cowboys captured their third Super Bowl victory in four years, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-to-17.
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1996 Feb 8
NFL and Cleveland allowed Art Modell to move his NFL franchise to Baltimore but he had to leave the Browns' name behind.
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