Can you solve these 'Jeopardy!' clues about the NFL?
There are a lot of similarities between players in the National Football League and “Jeopardy!” contestants. Ken Jennings is like the Tom Brady of the buzzer, racking up wins like no one before him. Alex Trebek is the Roger Goodell of the “Jeopardy!” set, keeping control of the show and laying down the rules when necessary. A Patrick Mahomes drive for a game-winning touchdown with under 2 minutes left is just like the pressure of Final Jeopardy, when the last notes theme song are playing and a contestant needs to come up with the right answer for the victory.
OK, maybe America’s beloved quiz show and pro football aren’t too much alike, but that doesn’t mean “Jeopardy!” and NFL aficionados can’t have their cake and eat it too. That’s why Stacker created 25 questions based on real “Jeopardy!” clues about the NFL. Clues and answers were pulled from J-Archive, the Jeopardy database, as of October 2020. Each “clue” slide includes the clue, category, value, and date the episode aired, while each “answer” slide provides the correct response in standard “Jeopardy!” format—a question.
Do you remember the American Football League roots of the team now known as the New England Patriots? Can you name the gargantuan, Super Bowl-winning quarterback who actually played wide receiver in high school? What about the team for whom “Broadway” Joe Namath finished his NFL career? Those questions and many more are included in this quiz, which spans NFL history from the era of leather helmets to today’s record-setting superstars.
Click through to see if you can ace this quiz and prove you are a true Monday morning quarterback or just a bench warmer. However, we cannot recommend downloading the song mentioned in one of the questions, sung by a former quarterback from Louisiana. Then be sure to check out other Stacker quizzes like “Jeopardy!” questions about the economy.
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- Clue: This record-setting athlete is a member of the halls of fame for college football, pro football and lacrosse, too
- Category: THE BROWNS
- Value: $800
- Date episode aired: April 18, 2011
Answer #1: Who is Jim Brown?
Although Jim Brown is largely recognized for his accomplishments on the gridiron from 1957 through 1965, the Hall of Famer believes he may have been a better lacrosse player. A tenacious midfielder, Brown once scored 43 goals in 10 games at Syracuse University, which was good enough for second in the nation.
- Clue: Peyton Manning
- Category: WHAT'S THE NAME OF YOUR UNION?
- Value: $2000
- Date episode aired: Feb. 11, 2011
Answer #2: What is the NFL Players Association?
The National Football League Players Association was founded in 1956 and is the recognized union for NFL players. DeMaurice Smith is the executive director of the NFLPA and previously worked as a lawyer in Washington D.C. Currently, Zach Ertz and Geno Atkins are among the player representatives for the NFLPA.
- Clue: This team with Matt Hasselbeck at QB won a 2006 playoff game 20-10 en route to its first Super Bowl appearance
- Category: FOOTBALL: 20-10
- Value: $800
- Date episode aired: Dec. 24, 2010
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Answer #3: Who are the Seattle Seahawks?
The Seahawks lost Super Bowl XL, 21-10, to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but won Super Bowl XLVIII. Hasselbeck’s brother, Tim, also played quarterback and now works as a TV football analyst.
- Clue: Football fans know it sits at the mouth of Wisconsin’s Fox River
- Category: COLORFUL CITIES
- Value: $400
- Date episode aired: June 12, 2020
Answer #4: What is Green Bay?
The home of the NFL’s Packers, Green Bay is the league’s smallest city, with a population of just more than 104,000. Despite their small-town background, the Packers have won four Super Bowls and have had a run of excellence with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Green Bay is also home to the National Railroad Museum.
- Clue: The Boston Patriots were among the teams that moved out of this defunct league in a 1970 merger
- Category: OUT OF THEIR LEAGUE
- Value: $400
- Date episode aired: May 20, 2020
Answer #5: What is the AFL (American Football League)?
The AFL’s first season was in 1960, and over the next 10 years the new league built a successful brand of fast-paced football to rival the NFL. The New York Jets won the 1968 AFL championship and beat the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, legitimizing the upstart league.
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