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Interesting & Fun NFL Facts for Kids (2024 Updated!)

I bet at least some of you have watched the NFL games with your dad and mom. You might have noticed them getting so excited over the wins and disappointed over the losses. Well, sports, especially football, bring that competitive spirit to people. It is a community in itself. 

NFL Facts for Kids

Maybe after watching the NFL with your family, you might want to become a football player when you grow up! Good for you! Whether you love the NFL, want to be a football player, or simply want to surprise your mom and dad with a few facts, we’ve got you! 

Here are some NFL facts for you to learn and grow!

NFL – The basics

  1. The NFL was founded in 1920 with 10 teams. 
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  1. The decision to start the NFL was made in a car showroom called “Ralph Hay’s” in Canton, Ohio. 
  1. The first name of the NFL was the American Professional Football Association (APFA), which changed to the National Football League (NFL) in 1922. 
  1. The first official logo of the NFL was introduced in 1940. 
  1. The logo has had minor changes 4 times in 1960, 1970, 1984, and finally in 2008, and has been unchanged since. 

NFL today!

  1. They have 32 clubs, divided into 2 conferences: the National Football Conference(NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). 
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  1. The Green Bay Packers are the oldest team in the NFL with the same name since 1919. 
  1. The Seattle Seahawks name was chosen through a public competition in the 1970s. 20,000 people came forward with more than 1,700 names for the team. 
  1. Each NFL season has 256 games, with each team playing 16 games in 17 weeks. 
  1. The NFL season is from September to December, with the playoffs in January and the Super Bowl. 
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  1. The Super Bowl championship game of the NFL happens annually with the 2 best teams competing.  
  1. The Super Bowl has over 100 million viewers making it the most watched sporting event in the US. 

NFL – random facts about the game.

  1. A touchdown worth 6 points is like scoring a goal in soccer. Players celebrate by dancing in the end zone. 
  1. Each team in the NFL has their own colors and mascots. For example, the Miami Dolphins have teal and orange colors, with a dolphin named T.D. as the mascot. 
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  1. Helmets for players only became mandatory in 1943. 
  1. A quarterback is the most powerful member of the team, like a captain. They decide who to pass the ball and when to run. 
  1. Famous musicians are featured in the Super Bowl halftime show. 
  1. A field goal is worth 3 points and happens when the team is close but can’t score a touchdown. 
  1. The Super Bowl-winning team gets a massive trophy called the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after a famous coach.
NFL Player
  1. The regular NFL games last 3 hours, but the Super Bowl is much longer, with a halftime show and commercials. 
  1. The teams have unique traditions of their own. For example, the Green Bay Packers have a famous Lambeau Leap, where players jump into the crowd after a touchdown.
  1. Each player has a different jersey number for their team, and fans can recognize them easily. Some numbers are not used anymore to honor legendary players who retired. 

Some Weird NFL facts!

  1. Today there are specialized kicking shoes. But back in the day, the players used regular shoes and sometimes even went barefoot! 
  1. How to score just one point in the NFL? Well, if a team kicks off and the receiving team accidentally carries the ball into their own end zone and gets tackled, the other team gets a single point. It’s called “safety”. 
  1. Some NFL players known for being big and strong actually take ballet lessons! This helps them with balance and endurance on the field. 

FAQs

Why do NFL players celebrate by dancing in the end zone after scoring a touchdown?

Touchdown celebrations are a way for players to express their excitement and individuality. It adds fun and entertainment to the football game, and players often come up with creative dances or gestures to celebrate their success.

How did the Green Bay Packers come up with their unique Lambeau Leap tradition?

The Lambeau Leap originated in 1993 when Packers’ safety LeRoy Butler scored a touchdown and spontaneously jumped into the arms of fans in the Lambeau Field stands. It became a beloved tradition, and now players often leap into the crowd after scoring a touchdown.

Why is the Super Bowl halftime show such a big deal?

The Super Bowl halftime show is a massive entertainment spectacle featuring some of the biggest names in the music industry. It’s designed to captivate not only football fans but also a global audience. Many viewers who may not be football enthusiasts tune in just for the halftime show.

Why is the Super Bowl trophy called the Vince Lombardi Trophy?

The Vince Lombardi Trophy is named after legendary coach Vince Lombardi, who led the Green Bay Packers to victory in the first two Super Bowls. Lombardi is considered one of the greatest coaches in NFL history, and the trophy is a tribute to his contributions to the sport.

Final Thought

So, kids! Go ahead and surprise your parents with these facts you learned about their favorite game! The NFL is one of the biggest sporting events in the US and is a whole-spirited celebration. 

You might identify it with awesome snacks, soda, and food. It is fun for us all. 

So, have fun at the next game now that you know some great facts about the NFL!