cover32’s Trivia Blitz: NFL connections in the NCAA tournament

Justin Ekstrom
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Jan 23, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks mascot stand with Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota and Chicago Bears Center Hroniss Grasu at the end of the game against the UCLA Bruins at Matthew Knight Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 23, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks mascot stand with Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota and Chicago Bears Center Hroniss Grasu at the end of the game against the UCLA Bruins at Matthew Knight Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

How is everyone’s NCAA basketball bracket doing? Mine? Not well, at all. I rarely put much time into it and had Arizona won, I would have been sitting much prettier. As it sits, my bracket is pretty much dead in the water.

Oh well, life goes on and so does the Trivia Blitz. This week, we will pay homage to the four teams that won last night to advance to the Elite Eight. Just a little hint here; the answers will either be a player that played football for or has something to do with Xavier, Kansas, Gonzaga or Oregon.

Also this week’s prize will be a memento from one of the schools mentioned or something from the final four; the writers have yet to decide. We will have to see how many correct answers we receive this week first though.

For those of you new to this article — cover32 comes up with five questions for Friday’s question portion. Monday, the answers are then revealed and published with some of the best answers and responses from readers.

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Question One

This player did not play for any of the above mentioned schools; however, his Alma-Mater was defeated by one of these schools in order for them to advance in the tournament. Although this player has a different sort of connection to the above schools, he did finish fifth in the NFL with five interceptions.

1. Who was tied for fifth in the NFL in interceptions in 2016, went to a school that was defeated by one of the above schools and has a different sort of connection to one of the schools?

 

Questions Two and Three

The mentioned schools are rarely thought of as NFL-talent producers; however two of the greatest running backs in NFL history came from one of the above schools. The first of the two was the last player to score a rushing, receiving and return touchdown in the same game until Tyreek Hill did it in 2016. The next running back still hold the record for most rushing attempts and yards in a single postseason. Both running backs are in the NFL HOF as well; these two questions are gift-wrapped.

2. Who was the last player to score three separate ways until Hill did it this past season?

3. Which HOF running back still holds the record for most rushing attempts and yards in a single NFL postseason?

 

Question Four

Few franchises have a storied past like the Green Bay Packers; yet, only six Packers have their numbers retired by the franchise. The certain player in question attended one of the colleges in question and was the second number to be retired by the Green Bay Packers.

4. Who was the second player in Green Bay Packers’ history to have their number retired by the franchise?

 

Question Five

For the readers interested, Notre Dame has produced the most NFL Hall of Famers with 13, USC is next with 12, followed by Ohio State with 10. The next player comes from a college that has produced six HOF players total; one of which is the player in question. This player held the passing yardage record in a season with 4,802 yards until Dan Marino broke it in 1984.

5. Which HOF player held the NFL passing yardage record until Dan Marino broke it in 1984?

 

Finish

When players are selected in the 2017 NFL draft, they come from schools that have helped in their development to get them to where they are now. Although the collegiate rules come with much scrutiny, the players develop the skills they need to succeed in the NFL.

The schools mentioned above have produced their fare-share of great players and will continue to do so as time progresses. The NFL may have current players from the schools mentioned that will be eventual HOF inductees as well.

How was this week’s blitz? Did anyone know the answers to all five questions? If so, answer in the comments section below for your chance to win a NCAA basketball themed prize.

— Justin Ekstrom covers the NFL, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers for cover32 and can be reached on Twitter @thesportscrib21. Be sure to follow and comment on Facebook and Twitter.

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