American Football League (1960–1969)
National Football League (1970–present)
The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league composed of 32 teams divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The highest level of professional football in the world, the NFL runs a 17-week regular season from the week after Labor Day to the week after Christmas, with each team playing sixteen games and having one bye week. Out of the league's 32 teams, six (four division winners and two wild-card teams) from each conference compete in the NFL playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, played between the champions of the NFC and AFC. The champions of the Super Bowl are awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy; various other awards exist to recognize individual players and coaches. Most games are played on Sunday afternoons; some games are also played on Mondays and Thursdays during the regular season. There are games on Saturdays during the last few weeks of the regular season and the first two playoff weekends.
The NFL was formed on August 20, 1920, as the American Professional Football Conference; the league changed its name to the American Professional Football Association (APFA) on September 17, 1920, and changed its name to the National Football League on June 24, 1922, after spending the 1920 and 1921 seasons as the APFA. In 1966, the NFL agreed to merge with the rival American Football League (AFL), effective 1970; the first Super Bowl was held at the end of that same season in January 1967. Today, the NFL has the highest average attendance (67,591) of any professional sports league in the world and is the most popular sports league in the United States. The Super Bowl is among the biggest club sporting events in the world and individual Super Bowl games account for many of the most-watched programs in American history. At the corporate level, the NFL is an nonprofit 501(c)(6) association. The NFL's executive officer is the commissioner, who has broad authority in governing the league.
National Football League (1961–present)
Purple, Gold, White
Tarvaris DeAndre Jackson (born April 21, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, Jackson played college football at Arkansas and Alabama State.
The Minnesota Vikings selected Jackson in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, and Jackson played for the Vikings from 2006 to 2010. A reserve quarterback for much of his time with the Vikings, Jackson was starting quarterback for the 2007 season and part of the 2008 season, after which Jackson started the Vikings' Wild Card playoff game. Jackson helped the Vikings to another playoff berth in 2009. In 2011, Jackson signed with the Seattle Seahawks and was starting quarterback for the season. Jackson was then traded to the Buffalo Bills before the 2012 NFL season but never played a game. Jackson returned to the Seahawks in 2013.
Kansas City (also referred to as KC) is a fifteen-county metropolitan area, anchored by Kansas City, Missouri, that spans the border between the U.S. states of Missouri and Kansas. With a population of 2.34 million, Kansas City ranks as the second largest metropolitan area in Missouri (after Greater St. Louis) and is the largest with territory in Kansas, ahead of Wichita. Alongside Kansas City, the area includes a number of other cities and suburbs, the largest being Overland Park, Kansas, Kansas City, Kansas, and Independence, Missouri all over 100,000 in population. The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) serves as the Council of Governments and the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the area.
Missouri and Kansas have a long history of conflict and distrust, best exemplified by the Bleeding Kansas conflict that presaged the American Civil War. Nevertheless, the Kansas City metropolitan area, which bridges the border, has grown into a major metropolitan area, with a population of 2,343,008 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Major sporting teams from both the Kansas and the Missouri sides play under the name "Kansas City" and receive widespread support across the metropolitan area.