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Highest level of professional American football in the United States

  • NFL is considered the top professional American football league in the world.
  • It was formed by eleven teams in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association.
  • The league changed its name to the National Football League in 1922.
  • The league currently consists of thirty-two teams from the United States.
  • The league is divided evenly into two conferences – the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC). Each conference has four divisions that have four teams each, for a total of 16 teams in each conference.
  • With almost $1 billion in yearly revenues, the NFL is the world’s richest professional sports league.
  • According to the official NFL rulebook, a forfeit occurs: '... when a game is not played because of the failure or refusal of one team to participate'.
  • The NFL is the most attended domestic sports league in the world by average attendance per game, with 66,960 fans per game in 2010–11.
  • Walter Payton only won the NFL rushing title once.
  • Art Monk only led the league in pass receptions once.
  • Jimmy Conzelman is the only hall of fame quarterback to coach a team to an NFL title.
  • The Indianapolis Colts are the first team in NFL history to win 12 or more games in five consecutive years.
  • The Chicago Bears scored more points in the 1940 NFL championship game than has ever been scored by both teams in a title game before or since.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles have never been able to claim sole possession of the title pro football champions of the world.
  • The Washington Redskins were the league's last all-white team, and whether it was coincidental or not, they were also the worst (from 1959 through 1961, their record was 5-30).
  • The average number of people at a Super Bowl party is 17.
  • The last NFL team to go out of business was the Dallas Texans in 1952.
  • For a year’s supply of footballs for the NFL, it takes 3,000 cows to supply the leather.
  • On Super Bowl Sunday, it is estimated that 14,500 tons of potato chips are consumed.
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