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Old 01-23-2015, 06:52 PM   #1
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Actual Football (Fully Inflated) Thread - When Did You Fall in Love with the NFL?

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When did you first fall in love with the NFL? What age? Game moment? Experience?

For me it was the 1992 season (I was 15). I had watched the New England Patriots for many years, but come on, you know how bad they were in the 80's (for most of the later part) and 90's. Everyone in High School was a HUGE NFL fan and so I started watching preseason more serious that year. By week 4 after a rough loss at San Francisco, I really fell in love with the New Orleans Saints. The "DOME PATROL" with Jackson-Johnson-Swilling-Mills, man what a defense! I loved how they played D, it was just electric to watch.

Even managed to pester my Mom that year into getting game tickets here vs the Patriots! Got to see that team live!

It was great. From then on I loved the NFL.
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Old 01-23-2015, 06:57 PM   #2
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Actual Football (Fully Inflated) Thread - When Did You Fall in Love with the ...

1985-1986

I was 6, in kindergarten and doing the Super Bowl shuffle




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I was 6, in kindergarten and doing the Super Bowl shuffle




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The 46 defense of Buddy Ryan, now that was a ballsy D to play!

Of course they beat NE in the SB.....
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Old 01-23-2015, 07:13 PM   #4
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Liked it as a kid when we won the Championship !

Loved it as an adult when the team hired me.
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Liked it as a kid when we won the Championship !

Loved it as an adult when the team hired me.
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:05 PM   #6
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Ealry 80's when I started playing peewee football at 8 years old. Montana, Rice, Clark, Rothman, Marino, Clayton, Duper, Fouts, Elway, Walker, Dorsett, Payton, Dickerson, Allen, Riggins. For the pats it was Grogan, Fryar,Morgan.

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The 46 defense of Buddy Ryan, now that was a ballsy D to play!



Of course they beat NE in the SB.....

They didn't just beat them they dominated. 7 total rush yards I believe. I think at the half the had negative yards. That D was unbelievable


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Not sure you can find film or the year, but Buffalo played Denver in I think the AFC title game and won 10-7 or something. I forget the year, but what I do not forget was how brutal that game was. Not until NE vs Titans in divisional round in the 2000's did I see a game to match that intensity.
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:53 PM   #9
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Old 01-24-2015, 08:53 AM   #10
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My furthest memory goes back to the Dolphins Redskins Superbowl, 1972 season, remember the Yepremian missed punt, and I believe it was either Pat Fisher or Chris Hanburger int for 6.
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Old 01-24-2015, 09:17 AM   #11
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I collected baseball cards as a kid. Baseball was/is my favorite pro sport.

I used to go buy the cards in droves every time I got a couple bucks in my pocket. (Probably was that petrified piece of bubblegum was the hook). Anyway, I recall it was late in the baseball season and I went to the drug store to buy more baseball cards. I accidently picked up a pack of football cards in there and didn't know it until I got home. I remember feeling like "Aw crap, I hosed up getting that pack of football cards." I never felt the need to buy football cards.

This coming from a kid who used to trade or put nearly ANY non-St. Louis Cardinals baseball card in the spokes of his Stingray bike. (shut up, everyone did it back in those days) Even remember putting a Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays in there. Flap flap flap... who knew?

Interestingly, it could have been a zenith of a football card pack as at least 2 of those cards inside were pretty awesome players in the day (Ray Nitschke, Gale Sayers). Every local kid knew about Gale Sayers and Ray Nitschke, but Roman Gabriel of the Rams?

It was THIS particular card below that was in the pack that hooked me to the L.A. Rams, and has been my favorite team ever since. I was a STL Cardinal fan already, so when the Rams moved to St. Louis it was a fantastic day for me having both my favorite baseball/football teams in the same city even though I no longer lived near there. When I moved away from home, I gave away my card collection to my little cousin.

And THAT is how I got hooked into following the NFL.



I even remember saving up like 12 or 15 bucks and buying crap like this:

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1978 , dallas cowboys/ Denver broncos , hail mary pass. been a cowboys fan ever since
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Old 01-24-2015, 11:52 AM   #13
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1974 - elementary school friend introduces me to Larry Csonka, Paul Warfield and Bob Griese. Dynamite powerhouse football team. for the organization of that era. Patriots were a doormat for many seasons until the 80's with the likes of Steve Grogan, Stanley Morgan, John Hannah, and Steve Nelson, Andre Tippett.
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Superbowl XXIII, I was 9. Watching Rice get 215 yards through the air from Montana, we'd play in the back yard pretending to be them. I too grew up a Pats fan, what a tough time that was.
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I keep the place running year round. Heat-air-electric-life safety-plumbing

Best job in town.
Dude thats bassery!!!
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First game I went to was at Foxboro Stadium - I saw the Panthers beat the Patriots in their inaugural season.

I started out more a college fan - the 90's Gators with Danny Wuerffel, Ike Hilliard, Jacquez Green, and of course, the old ball coach, Steve Spurrier.

Started paying attention to the NFL in 96 with the Ravens, but wasn't in LOVE at the time. A fan for sure, but not in love.

Finally fell for it in college, when I went to school in Maryland and started going to games with my uncle regularly. The tailgating, the "asshole" chants, this one chick who flashed the section in 20 degree weather - all made it great. If only we didn't have Kyle Boller then...
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I was born in 1963, and my first memories of football were going to the Rose Bowl parade. Being a UCLA fan, the hated rival USC seemed to go to the Rose bowl a lot. UCLA was better at basketball though.

The NFL wasn't as huge as it is these days. It may have been different with some of the classic teams like the Bears, Packers, etc... however in L.A., no one really cared about the Rams. So, you kind of got games of the week. So as a young kid, I found myself liking winning teams like the Dolphins with Czonka (Still one of my favorite players of all time) and Steelers. Still, I really wasn't a true fan of the NFL. Most of my attention was on college football at the time.

It really wasn't until I started playing in high school that I started paying attention to pro football. I had just moved up to Washington state, and for some reason the Seahawks were a fun team to watch even though they lost often. I loved watching Largent & Zorn work wonders. They won their fair share of games, yet never could really work their way though the playoffs.

I've followed the Seahawks since that time and have loved every moment of it. Except for that whole Ken Behring incident. He can sit & spin on one of the goal posts for all I'm concerned.
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