Thomas Mark Harmon (born September 2, 1951) is an American actor. Since the mid-1970s, he has appeared in a variety of television, film and stage roles following a career as a two-year starter as a collegiate football player with the UCLA Bruins. Since 2003, Harmon has starred as Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the hit CBS series NCIS.
College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States.
American football (known as football in the United States and gridiron in some other countries) is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field 120 yards long by 53.33 yards wide with goalposts at each end. The offense attempts to advance an oval ball (the football) down the field by running with or passing it. They must advance it at least ten yards in four downs to receive a new set of four downs and continue the drive; if not, they turn over the football to the opposing team. Points are scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown, kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal or by the defense tackling the ball carrier in the offense's end zone for a safety. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.
American football evolved in the United States, originating from the sport of rugby football. The first game of American football was played on November 6, 1869 between two college teams, Rutgers and Princeton, under rules resembling rugby and soccer. A set of rule changes drawn up from 1880 onward by Walter Camp, the "Father of American Football", established the snap, eleven-player teams and the concept of downs, and later rule changes legalized the forward pass, created the neutral zone and specified the size and shape of the football.
The UCLA Bruins are the sports teams for University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The Bruin men's and women's teams participate in NCAA Division I as part of the Pacific-12 Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). For football, they are in the Football Bowl Subdivision of Division I (formerly Division I-A). UCLA has the most decorated athletic program in NCAA history, with 110 NCAA team championships. UCLA offers 10 varsity sports programs for men and 13 for women.
Thomas Dudley "Tom" Harmon (September 28, 1919 – March 15, 1990) was a star player in American college football, a sports broadcaster, and patriarch of a family of American actors. As a player, he won the Heisman Trophy in 1940 and is considered by some to be the greatest football player in Michigan Wolverines history.
This is a list of starting quarterbacks in the National Football League updated through week fourteen of the 2013 NFL season. The position of starting quarterback is regarded as the most visible and important role on the team. The position is the most influential due to the quarterback touching the ball on nearly every offensive play and the responsibility of both calling plays and making decisions during the play.
Brett Favre holds the record for most wins by a starting NFL quarterback with 186 wins total over his nineteen-year career. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has the most wins amongst active NFL quarterbacks with 155 wins. Favre also holds the record for most consecutive starts by an NFL quarterback. From September 27, 1992, to December 5, 2010, Favre started a total of 297 regular season games and twenty-four playoff games, totaling 321 consecutive games. The longest active streak of consecutive starts is held by New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning at 136 starts, with his first start coming on November 21, 2004.