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Jay Berwanger was the top selection in the first-ever NFL draft (1936). Originally drafted by Philadelphia, his rights were sold to Bears coach George Halas. But his asking price of $25,000 for two seasons was too high, and he never signed a contract--instead taking a job as a foam-rubber salesman. He died of lung cancer in 2002.
New York's original AFL team was called the Titans. When Sonny Werblin took over the franchise in 1963, he changed the team name to the New York Jets to reflect the modern approach of his team and the star-studded performances he hoped his team would produce.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only NFL team to display their logo on only one side of the helmet. In 1962, the team was not sure how their new logo would look on the then-solid gold helmets. They decided to test out the logo on just one side of the helmet. The attention that decision attained, as well as the record-setting 9-5 season, made the logo's placement permanent, even after the team switched to solid black helmets.
During Week 12 of his rookie season, Odell Beckham came to national attention when he made a one-handed touchdown catch while falling backwards in a Sunday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys. Numerous pundits called it the greatest catch ever made, and Beckham went on to win the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Baseball's Philadelphia Athletics, managed by Connie Mack, and the Philadelphia Phillies formed professional football teams in 1902, joining the Pittsburgh Stars in the first attempt at a pro football league, named the National Football League. The Athletics won the first night football game ever played, 39-0 over the Kanaweola Athletic Club at Elmira, New York, November 21, 1902.