April 29, 2010
New York Giants punter Jeff Feagles has a news conference scheduled for tomorrow. At that conference, he's expected to announce his retirement from the National Football League.
Punter retirements normally aren't terribly significant events in NFL history, but Feagles is a walking football history archive. He's kind of like football's Andy Rooney. He's been around for just about everything.
So, with his retirement pending, let's mark the occasion with the following fun FeaglesFacts:
• In 1988, Feagles' rookie year, John Stephens was the Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Eric McMillan was the Defensive Rookie of the Year. They both retired 17 years ago.
• Feagles holds the following NFL career records: Most consecutive games played, most punts, most punts placed inside the 20-yard-line, most punting yards and most games played.
• Feagles was the last remaining player in the NFL who was in "Tecmo Super Bowl."
• Feagles was also the last remaining player who was active during the Reagan administration.
• In his career, Feagles was 0-for-8 as a passer, and finished with 19 carries for -11 yards.
• On September 4th, 1988, the day Feagles kicked his first punt in the NFL, the number one song in the United Stats was "Monkey," by George Michael. Gas was $1.08 a gallon.
• People who were not yet born when Feagles' first kicked in the NFL include Kevin Durant, Taylor Swift, Patrick Kane and Chris Brown.
• As Feagles hit his first punt in the NFL, the nation was falling in love with The California Raisins, a claymation marketing campaign for the California Raisin Advisory Board.
Enjoy retirement, sir. The world of punting owes you a debt of gratitude.
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