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Dec. 1, 2002 – Michael Vick ran for 173 yards to set a then NFL single-game record for quarterbacks

Michael Vick, in his second NFL season with theĀ Atlanta Falcons, made 15 starts, missing one game against the New York Giants on October 13 with a sprained shoulder. He completed 231 of 421 passes for 2,936 yards and 16 touchdowns. He had 113 carries for 777 yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Vick also set a then-NFL record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single a game with 173, in a 30-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings on December 1, broken by Colin Kaepernick (181) in 2013. Vick capped the win against the Vikings game with his second rushing touchdown that came on an incredible 46-yard run in the sudden-death period. That was the longest TD run ever by a quarterback in overtime.

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Nov. 26, 1995 – Dan Marino set a new NFL record with his 343rd career TD pass

The 1995 season is a year full of milestones for Dan Marino as he breaks the NFL record for pass completions on October 8th against the Indianapolis Colts with 3,686. Then on November 12th against the New England Patriots Marino breaks the NFL record of yards passing of 47,003. Then two weeks later in Indianapolis Dan Marino throws his 343rd career Touchdowns pass breaking Fran Tarkenton‘s record. However, the Miami Dolphins lose all three games and finish with a 9-7 record barely squeezing in to the playoffs as the 6th seed. In the Wild Card round against the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo Dan Marino passes for 422 in a 37-22 loss. The game would prove to be the final one coached by Don Shula who is forced to retire by new owner H. Wayne Huizenga who wants to bring in Jimmy Johnson to run the team. Despite the way his career ended Shula would remain in the Dolphins front office. In Shula’s 33 years as coach he collects a record of 347-173-6. During his 26 years at the helm of the Dolphins the team only suffers two losing season and wins two Super Bowls in five trips to the big game.

Nov. 12, 1995 – Dan Marino became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards

Dan Marino, 34, came into game against the New England Patriots needing 38 yards to move past Fran Tarkenton and become the NFL‘s all-time leader in passing yards.

Although the Miami Dolphins lost to the Patriots 34-17, Marino connected on a 9-yard completion to wide receiver Irving Fryar and threw for 333 yards breaking Tarkenton’s NFL record for career passing yards (47,003).

By the end of 1995 season, Marino was in a class by himself. He broke Tarkenton’s all-time NFL marks for completions, passing yardage, touchdowns and pass attempts. Six-yard pass to Keith Byars on Oct. 8 gave him record-setting 3,687th completion. Nine-yard completion to Irving Fryar on Nov. 12 moved him past Tarkenton’s 47,003 career yards. Six-yard pass to Byars on Nov. 26 gave him record-setting 343rd TD. Threw 6,468th career attempt (which fell incomplete to Randal Hill) to top Tarkenton on Dec. 11. Missed two games due to knee and hip injuries. Tied NFL playoff mark with 64 attempts in 37-22 AFC first-round playoff loss to Buffalo.

Nov. 11, 1990 – Derrick Thomas set a single game NFL record with seven quarterback sacks

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Derrick Thomas was selected in the first round of the 1989 NFL Draft, fourth overall, and was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs. He would remain with the Chiefs for his entire career. Thomas’s rookie year was very successful, earning him Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Sporting News, and was the first Chiefs’ linebacker to be elected to the Pro Bowl in his first season since Hall of Fame player Bobby Bell.

Thomas was perhaps most well known for his ability to sack the quarterback and was named an All-Pro 9 times and was voted to 9 Pro Bowls in his 10 year career. He totaled 126.5 sacks in his career, ranking 12th all-time in NFL history, and still holds the single game record of 7 quarterback sacks, a feat which occurred against Seattle SeahawksDave Krieg on Veterans Day, 1990. Ironically, it was a sack that Thomas didn’t get that decided the game: on the final play, Krieg eluded a blitzing Thomas and threw a touchdown pass to give the Seahawks a 17-16 win. The next player to come close to breaking this record was Thomas himself, recording 6 sacks against the Oakland Raiders in the regular season opener in 1998.

He is one of only 25 NFL players to achieve 100 or more sacks, and ranks fifth all-time in Chiefs’ history with 649 career tackles. During his career, he also recorded 1 interception and recovered 19 fumbles, returning them for 161 yards and 4 touchdowns. Thomas established Chiefs career records for sacks, safeties, fumble recoveries, and forced fumbles. Off the field, Thomas established the Third and Long Foundation in 1990, which helps inner city youth learn to read and teaches life skills through educational and cultural programs.

On January 31, 2009, Thomas was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his fifth year of eligibility.

“Resilience is what I’m all about. I run angry. Football allows me to take out some of my pain on the field.” – Adrian Peterson

RIP to Peterson’s 2-year-old son who passed away this Friday due to injuries sustained during an alleged assault by the boyfriend of the child’s mother.