Sunday, February 17, 2013

Remember the offseason "NFL Quarterback Challenge?"

I know a lot of people are having NFL withdrawal this time of year, so here's a little tidbit for you.  First off I would like to say that there is a surprisingly small amount of information available online about these things (and hardly any photographic evidence of it in google images).  Here's what I remember:

I'd be flipping through the TV channels on a random weekend afternoon in the early 1990's, and then get really excited when CBS was airing the NFL QB Challenge.  I know there were a few different competitions involved; I think maybe a distance throw, and definitely something that had to do with scrambling.  But the one that sticks out in my mind was when the quarterbacks would all throw footballs with one end covered in blue chalk at a bunch of giant rolling bulls eyes.  The targets were attached to golf carts being driven across the field.  It was awesome.  Allegedly the event lasted from 1990 until 2007 (and was cancelled in part due to the Michael Vick dog fighting scandal happening after it was taped but before it was televised in 2007), but I don't remember ever watching it without Dan Marino.

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