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12 Amazing Football Facts You Never Knew

Guacamole? Unicorns? That's only the beginning. For an inside look at the beginning of football, check out Friday Night Tykes, premiering Jan. 14 at 9|8c on Esquire Network.

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1. Teddy Roosevelt added the forward pass to the rules of football in 1902...

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...to reduce the number of injuries that resulted from continual scrums.

2. The huddle was invented by a deaf quarterback so the opposing team could not read his hand signals.

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Looks like a fake hand off to the running cat.

3. Guess which pro football team's mascots are named Edgar, Allan, and Poe...

...until the franchise retired Edgar and Allan in 2008?

Hint: The team is named after Edgar Allan Poe's 1845 poem, not the bird.

4. Controversial wide receiver Terrell Owens wrote a children's book in 2006.

It teaches children the benefits of sharing. Buy it here.
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It teaches children the benefits of sharing. Buy it here.

5. The NERF football was invented by former pro football kicker Fred Cox in 1972.

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6. Americans are expected to consume 79 million pounds of guacamole during the Big Game this year.

That's roughly 158 millions avocados. Holy guacamole!

7. Since 1972, Concordia and St. Olaf have competed in a rivalry game to lay claim to a Troll trophy.

The trophy is made of tree moss and was purchased in Norway for $125. It has been called the ugliest trophy in college sports.
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The trophy is made of tree moss and was purchased in Norway for $125. It has been called the ugliest trophy in college sports.

8. The only pro football teams without cheerleaders are Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Green Bay, New York, and Pittsburgh.

This Cleveland pooch was pretty bummed when she found out.
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This Cleveland pooch was pretty bummed when she found out.

9. "Daaaaa Bears" are the only team to have the same name and city since the PFA became the current National League in 1922.

10. New Braunfels High School in New Braunfels, Texas is the only football team in the nation to have a unicorn as a mascot.

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It is unknown if the mascot imbues the team with mystical powers.

11. The odds of a cow making it into the Big Game (as the game ball) are roughly the same as your chances of catching the bubonic plague.

...which are approximately 1 in 17,420,000. Read the explanation here.

12. Yale University has won 18 National Championships — more than any other college team.

Their last title came in 1927.
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Their last title came in 1927.

Tune in to Friday Night Tykes for adorable fails, wins, and tough love.

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