In 2019, Kyler was the first “Murray” ever selected with the top overall pick in the NFL Draft. Do you know which players with the same last name went No. 1 in 1980 and 1982?
In 2019, Kyler was the first “Murray” ever selected with the top overall pick in the NFL Draft. Do you know which players with the same last name went No. 1 in 1980 and 1982?|Ross D. Franklin (Associated Press)
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Thursday Quickie Quiz & Vintage Digits - Kyler Murray, George Rogers, Donovan McNabb, Wilt Chamberlain, Troy Aikman, Mike Ditka, Rick Mirer

No. 2, Vol. 14

Bob Vetrone

Bob Vetrone

QUICKIE QUIZ

>>> Running back George Rogers was the overall No. 1 pick by the Saints in 1981. The top picks in the draft before (1980) and after him (1982) had identical last names. Who were they?

(Answer Below)

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VINTAGE DIGITS

>>> EAGLES

In 1999, the Eagles selected quarterback Donovan McNabb with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft, one slot ahead of fellow QB Akili Smith, who went to the Cincinnati Bengals.

McNabb would finish his NFL career with more rushing yards (3,459) than Akili Smith would have passing yards (2,212).

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>>> NBA

The first season in which Wilt Chamberlain did not lead the NBA in scoring was 1966-67, the season he won his first NBA Championship.

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>>> PHILLY

On the morning of Sunday, Nov. 30, 1980, the Eagles, Flyers and Sixers were a combined 51-9-4:

> Eagles 11-1

> Flyers 17-5-4

> Sixers 23-3

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>>> NHL

Seven of the eight first-round series in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs had at least one overtime game. The one that didn’t (Flyers-Rangers) did have two one-goal games.

They were 48 total games played in the round. More than half (25) were one-goal games.

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>>> NFL

We can not decide which First Round Fact is more amazing:

> That the Washington Redskins have not drafted a running back in the first round since 1967;

> That the Minnesota Vikings (around since 1961) have never picked a tight end in the first round;

> Or that the New York Jets have taken neither a running back nor a wide receiver in the first round since 2001!

Here are the teams that have gone the longest without drafting a player in the first round at one of the skill positions:

> Quarterback

1971: Saints (Archie Manning)

1989: Cowboys (Troy Aikman)

1993: Patriots (Drew Bledsoe/No. 1)

1993: Seahawks (Rick Mirer/No. 2)

> Running Back

1967: Redskins (Ray McDonald)

1986: Eagles (Keith Byars)

1990: Jets (Blair Thomas/No. 2)

1990: Packers (Darrell Thompson/No. 19)

> Wide Receivers

2001: Seahawks (Koren Robinson/No. 9)

2001: Jets (Santana Moss/No. 16)

2002: Packers (Javon Walker)

> Tight End

Never: Vikings (1961-2019)

1961: Titans/Oilers (Mike Ditka)

1963: Redskins (Pat Richter)

Never: Dolphins (1966-2019)

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QUICKIE QUIZ ANSWER

>>> Running back George Rogers was the overall No. 1 pick by the Saints in 1981. The top picks in the draft before (1980) and after him (1982) had identical last names. Who were they?

Answer:

> 1980: Billy Sims, RB, Lions

> 1982: Kenneth Sims, DE, Patriots

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