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

Justin Ekstrom
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Nov 20, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (29) returns an interception 100 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 20, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (29) returns an interception 100 yards for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully everyone spent this weekend watching some magnificent NCAA basketball to take their minds off the fact the NFL draft is another month away. If not, you missed out on some of the best last-second heroics in quite some time.

Okay, Okay; on to the task at hand. How did everyone do with this week’s quiz? Were the questions too easy or not easy enough? Hopefully the questions sparked some curiosity among readers otherwise what the hell are we doing this for?

For readers new to this article; cover32 comes up with five trivia questions on each Friday, then on Monday the answers are revealed in a separate article. Should someone be fortuitous enough to know the answers and tell them to us, they shall receive a prize from our writers. 

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Here are the answers to the Trivia Blitz from Friday, March 24th:

Question One

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? 

Minnesota Vikings’ cornerback, Xavier Rhodes had six interceptions in the 2016 season, one of which he housed 100 yards for a pick-six. Rhodes also went to Florida State University; they were ousted by Xavier earlier in the tournament.

Question Two

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

That fantastic HOF player is none other than Bears’ great Gale Sayers, formerly of the University of Kansas.

Question Three

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

That is the former University of Kansas great, John “The Diesel” Riggins. Riggins still holds the single playoff records for attempts with 136 for another record of 610 yards in 1982.

Question Four

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

Former “Great Ghost of Gonzaga”, Tony Canadeo’s number 3 was the second number to be retired after Don Hutson’s number 14. Canadeo was a freak of sorts for the early Packers and their running attack. He also added nine interceptions to his many offensive stats.

Question Five

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

Former Oregon quarterback, Dan Fouts passed for 4,802 yards in the 1981 season. That record stood only for a couple years until Marino broke it in 1984.

Finish

Only Gonzaga and Oregon remain in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament now but the players above will forever live on in their school’s history.

Who ends up winning it all this year? It seems very much up for grabs between all four schools. Again, we are a bit off the NFL topic, but what you want from us, it is that time of the year where we are allowed to deviate some.

Do you have any questions you want us to test everyone’s knowledge with? Submit them below or on Twitter. We will try to use them in a future version of the Trivia Blitz, with full credit given to you, of course.

— 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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