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“I don’t know what my future holds, but I do know who holds my future.” – Tim Tebow

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“When you win, nothing hurts.” – Joe Namath

Oct. 13, 1996 – Nick Lowery set the NFL record with his 374th field goal

The three-time NFL Pro Bowler would retire with 384 career field goals.

Nick Lowery of the New York Jets was all-pro 7 times during his career, and set several NFL records during his career:

  • most field goals all-time (384)
  • most accurate all-time (from 1984-1997 Lowery held the all-time accuracy mark for 10 of those 12 years)
  • most 50-yard field goals
  • most games with 2 or more 50 yard field goals
  • longest field goal in the first quarter (58 yards, tied with Greg Zuerlein)
  • Lowery also held the record for best PAT percentage since the goal posts were moved back 10 yards and PAT’s became 20 yard field goals
  • Lowery received the NFL Players Association’s most prestigious humanitarian award, the Byron “Whizzer” White Award, in 1993
  • Lowery kicked more than 15 game-winners during his career, including in 2 playoff games vs. the Raiders in 1992 and Steelers in 1994, and also kicked the game-winning points in all 3 Pro Bowls in 1982, 1991 and 1993
  • 2007 NFL Hall of Fame nominee

Oct. 10, 1977 – Joe Namath played final game of his career

In the twilight of his career, Joe Namath was waived by the New York Jets to facilitate his move to the Los Angeles Rams when a trade could not be worked out. He was signed by the Rams on May 12, 1977. Namath hoped to revitalize his career, but by this point his effectiveness as a quarterback was greatly reduced by his knee injuries, a bad hamstring, and the general ravages of a long period of time playing professional football, as well as his “hard and fast” lifestyle. After playing well in a 2–1 start, Namath took a beating on a cold, windy, and rainy Monday night game in a one-point loss at the Chicago Bears, throwing two interceptions, with another being nullified by a penalty, and was through for the regular season.

He did not play again, but redemption and a Hollywood ending was there for the taking. After a disastrous three quarters of turnovers and only trailing by seven points in the opening round of the play-offs, head coach Chuck Knox seemed ready to pull Pat Haden and insert Namath. Rams assistant coach Kay Stephenson said Namath looked great warming-up in the third quarter and advised Knox to put him in. The television audience was on the edge of their seats as it appeared Namath would replace Pat Haden and save the Rams’ season. But Knox hesitated. Haden’s problems continued and the Rams lost to the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 14–7 in a sea of mud at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Namath retired from the Rams after a single season.