‘Tis the season for lots of sports! The NFL playoffs are heating up, the NBA is getting into full swing, and the NHL Winter Classic is just a few days away. We can’t forget the Winter Olympics. We’ll be watching the Opening Ceremonies on February 7 and cheering on Team USA from our comfy couches (cozily wrapped up in Russell Athletic fleece, of course).
Clearly we think about sports all of the time. All of these memorable moments got us wondering: What happened on this day in sports history? Here are five sports trivia nuggets we found worthy for December 27.
Did you know?
December 27, 1974
Ohio State running back Archie Griffin won the Heisman Trophy for the first time. He would win it again in 1975, earning him the honor of being the only player to win the coveted college football award twice.
December 27, 1981
In just his 38th game, Wayne Gretzky scored his 100th goal, making him the fastest NHL player in history to reach 100 goals.
December 27, 1987
Seattle Seahawk and NFL Hall of Famer Steve Largent caught his 752nd reception of his career, setting the league record for the category.
Today, Jerry Rice holds the record with 1,549 career catches.
December 27, 1991
Seattle Seahawks head coach, Chuck Knox, announced his retirement. He had been the head coach for nine years. He returned to the NFL in 1992 and retired again in 1995.
December 27, 2004
Future NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning broke the record for touchdowns in a season when he threw his 49th against the San Diego Chargers. Manning surpassed the old record of 48, set in 1984 by Dan Marino.
New England quarterback Tom Brady, another sure fire Hall of Famer, broke the record again in 2007.