This Week in NFL History: Aug. 10-16; Green Bay Packers founded

Welcome to This Week in NFL History! Every week, the NFL Research team will spotlight the anniversaries of notable events and birthdays.

  • Seahawks Stadium (now CenturyLink Field) opened and the Colts defeated the Seahawks 28-10 in a 2002 preseason game.

-59,902 fans in attendance

-Colts head coach was Hall of Famer Tony Dungy, quarterback was Peyton Manning, running back was HOFer Edgerrin James and top wide receiver was HOFer Marvin Harrison

-Seahawks head coach was Mike Holmgren, quarterback was Matt Hasselbeck and running back was Shaun Alexander

  • Notable Birthday: Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (25)
  • HOFer Curly Lambeau and newspaperman George Calhoun founded the Green Bay Packers in 1919

-Won 13 NFL Championships (nine NFL Championships and four Super Bowls; most combined championships in NFL history)

  • First Hall of Fame Game is played and it is between the Giants and Cardinals, who tied 21-21, in 1962

-14,000 fans in attendance

-HOFer Y.A. Tittle scored the first touchdown on a QB sneak and later a 28-yard passing touchdown to Giants running back Joe Morrison

-Cardinals head coach was Wally Lemm, QB was Charley Johnson and running back was John David Crow

  • First preseason game is played in Canada (Ottawa) and the Giants defeated the Ottawa Rough Riders, 27-6 in 1950

     – 11,025 fans in attendance

– NYG HC was HOF Steve Owen, QB was Charley Conerly & RB was Gene Roberts

  • Notable Birthday: WR Plaxico Burress (43)
  • The Eagles signed QB Michael Vick to a two-year, $1.6 million contract after not playing football in consecutive seasons (2007-2008) in 2009

– Vick went on to record an 8-3 record and make the Pro Bowl with the Eagles in his first season returning as a starter in 2010

  • Notable Birthdays: HOFer Chris Hanburger (79), NE S Devin McCourty (33) and NE CB Jason McCourty (33)
  • Vikings defeated the Bears, 28-21, in the NFL’s only preseason game played in Sweden in 1988

     – First NFL game played in continental Europe

– 33,115 fans in attendance

– Vikings head coach was Jerry Burns, QB was Wade Wilson and wide receiver was Anthony Carter, who had a 73-yard receiving touchdown)

– Bears head coach was HOFer Mike Ditka, QB was Jim McMahon and running back was Neal Anderson

  • NFL donated $2.5 million to UW Medicine to establish a Sports Health and Safety Institute in 2015

– Created to advance research, education and advocacy for the prevention and treatment of sports-related concussions

  • Notable Birthdays: HOFer Wellington Mara, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel (45) and quarterback Tim Tebow (33)
  • All-time record crowd of 112,376 attended the American Bowl game (Oilers defeated the Cowboys ,6-0) in Mexico City in 1994

     – The American Bowl was a series of preseason games held outside of the United States from 1986-2005

– Oilers head coach was Jack Pardee, quarterback was Billy Joe Tolliver and wide receiver was Webster Slaughter

– Cowboys head coach was Barry Switzer (first season), quarterback was HOFer Troy Aikman, running back was HOFer Emmitt Smith and wide receiver was HOFer Michael Irvin

  • Notable Birthdays: HOFer Gene Upshaw, Vikings offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak (59) and Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy (51)
  • Miami was awarded an AFL franchise for the 1966 season in 1965

– Won two Super Bowls (one of 13 franchises with multiple Super Bowl victories)

     – 457-371-4 record (.552) ranks as the seventh-best in the Super Bowl era

  • The Cardinals defeated the Chargers 20-10 in a preseason game in Tokyo in 1976

     – First NFL game outside of North America

– 38,000 fans in attendance

– Cardinals head coach was Don Coryell, quarterback was Jim Hart and wide receiver was Mel Gray

– Chargers head coach was Tommy Prothro, quarterback was HOFer Dan Fouts and HOF wide receiver Charlie Joiner

  • New Meadowlands Stadium (now MetLife Stadiun) opened and the Giants defeated the Jets, 31-16, in a 2010 preseason game

– Giants head coach was Tom Coughlin, quarterback was Eli Manning, running back was Ahmad Bradshaw and top wide receiver was rookie Victor Cruz, who had three touchdowns in the game

– Jets head coach was Rex Ryan, QB was Mark Sanchez, RB was HOFer LaDainian Tomlinson and wide receiver was Braylon Edwards

  • Notable Birthdays: HOFer Frank Gifford, WAS DE Ryan Kerrigan (32), Broncos CB A.J. Bouye (29) and Lions DE Trey Flowers (27)

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