April 12-18; Patriots select Tom Brady No. 199 overall in the 2000 NFL Draft

Welcome to this week in NFL history! Each week the research team will spotlight the anniversaries of notable events and birthdays.

– The Buccaneers acquired WR Keyshawn Johnson from the Jets for two first round picks in 2000

  • Buccaneers re-signed Johnson with an 8-year contract for $ 56 million
  • 3-time Pro Bowl selection (2002 Pro Bowl selection with Buccaneers, had a career high of 1,266 rec yards in the 2001 season) and won Super Bowl XXXVII with the Buccaneers to complete the 2002 season
  • The Jets used the picks to draw DE John Abraham (3 Pro Bowl selections and 2001 All-Pro with NYJ) and TE Anthony Becht off-the-shelf with picks

– Notable Birthdays: WR Ted Ginn Jr., 36, and NYG T Nate Solder, 33

– NFL owners approved the Rams’ move from Los Angeles to St. Louis in 1995

  • 142-193-1 WL for 21 seasons in St. Louis from 1995-2015
  • 5 playoff appearances, 2 Super Bowl appearances and Super Bowl XXXIV championship (only self-service victory in franchise history)

– The Cowboys released WR Dez Bryant in 2018

  • Selected 24th overall selection in 2010 and played 8 seasons from 2010 to 2017
  • During this time led all WRs in the NFL in rec TD (73) and became Cowboys all-time leader in rec TD
  • Played the first soccer game of 2020 with Ravens after a 1,043 day hiatus between the last game with Cowboys (week 17, 2017) and the first game with Ravens (week 9, 2020) after tearing up Achilles in 2018

– The Dolphins signed QB Bernie Kosar in 1994

  • Played the last 3 seasons (1994-1996) of the 12 Seasons Career (1985-1996) and started 2 games instead of HOF Dan Marino

– Notable birthdays: DET HC Dan Campbell (45), WR Josh Gordon (30) and DEN RB Melvin Gordon (28)

– DE Jared Allen signed a 1-day contract with the Vikings and retired from football in 2016

  • The 5-time Pro Bowl selection (4 with MIN) and 4-time First Team All-Pro (3 with MIN) played 6 (2008-2013) of their 12 (2004-2015) NFL seasons with the Vikings
  • 1 in 7 players led the NFL in sacks for multiple seasons (all 7 did so twice)
  • 4 career certainties (t-most in NFL history)
  • 136.0 career bags are the twelfth most in NFL history

– Notable birthdays: BUF OC Brian Daboll (46), PIT CB Joe Haden (32), CLE QB Baker Mayfield (26), CAR WR DJ Moore (24) and WAS DE Chase Young (22))

– HOF Weeb Ewbank became the New York Titans’ new HC and the team’s name was changed to Jets in 1963

  • Ewbank: Won consecutive NFL titles with the Colts in 1958 and 1959, leading the Jets to their only Super Bowl win in franchise history to wrap up the 1968 season
  • Only coach to win both the NFL and AFL championships

– Notable Birthday: CB Antonio Cromartie (37)

– The Patriots voted Tom Brady 199th overall in Round 6 of the NFL Draft in 2000

  • 6-time Super Bowl champion with Patriots (most Super Bowl wins of all players)
  • While with the Patriots, Brady was three times AP NFL MVP, three times All-Pro of the 1st team, and 14 times Pro Bowl (T-Most in NFL history).

– Notable birthdays: HOF Dick “Night Train” Lane, NE HC Bill Belichick (69), LB Jonathan Vilma (39) and MIA WR Will Fuller (27)

– The Colts voted HOF RB Edgerrin James 4th overall in the NFL Draft in 1999

  • Colt’s all-time leader in Rush Yards (9,226) and Rush TD (64)
  • 4-time Pro Bowl selection, 1999 First Team All-Pro, HOF All-2000s team member and 1999 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year (Led NFL with 1,553 rush yards)
  • 1 of 3 players since 1970 to lead the NFL at Eilgärten in each of its first two seasons (HOF Earl Campbell & HOF Eric Dickerson)
  • 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame candidate

– Notable Birthdays: QB Boomer Esiason (60) & T Tony Boselli (49)

– HOF Jerry Jones acquired a majority stake in the Cowboys from HR “Bum” Bright in 1989

  • Cowboys in 32 seasons under Jones since 1989: 276-236 WL (11th best win in the NFL) & 3 Super Bowl titles
  • Cowboys in 29 seasons under Landry from 1960-1988: 250-162-6 WL (second-highest wins in this period only behind the Raiders) and 2 Super Bowl titles

– The Colts voted HOF QB Peyton Manning 1st overall in the 1998 NFL Draft

  • 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame candidate (1st ballot)
  • 14-time Pro Bowler (T-most in NFL history) & 5-time NFL MVP (most in NFL history)
  • 2-time Super Bowl champion (XLI (only SB since Colts switched to IND) & 50 with DEN)
    Hire a season pass (5,477) and TD pass (55) with Broncos in 2013 with Broncos
  • Member of the NFL 100 All-Time Team

– The Raiders voted HOF DB Charles Woodson 4th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft

  • 13 defensive TD (T-Most in NFL history)
  • 65 career interceptions (T-5 in NFL history)
  • 2009 AP Defensive Player of the Year (Co-Leader of the NFL with 9 INT & 3 INT TD returns)
  • 9-time Pro Bowl selection and 3-time all-pro team of the first team
  • Super Bowl XLV Champion with Packers

– The Vikings voted HOF WR Randy Moss 21st overall in the 1998 NFL Draft

  • Holds single season with 23 in 2007 with NE TD record
  • Leading NFL in 5 seasons TD (3 with MIN) (1998, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009)
  • 156 Career Rec TD ranks 2nd all-time
  • 6-fold Pro Bowl selection & 4-fold AP 1st-Team All-Pro
  • 1998 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year (Led NFL with 17 rec TD)
  • Member of the NFL 100 All-Time Team

– Notable birthdays: HOF Willie Roaf (51), HOF Derrick Brooks (48) and NYJ T Mekhi Becton (22)

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