Super Bowl fever has set in for most of America and many of the world-wide fans of the National Football League (NFL). The big game this year will be played on Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Houston, TX. The American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots will play the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Atlanta Falcons. There are lots of pre-game events with on-air coverage, however, kick-off time is 6:30 p.m. EST.
Tom Brady, quarterback for the Patriots, will be seeking his fifth Super Bowl ring. He has made more Super Bowl appearances (six) than any other player, and we expect him to show up on this coming Sunday for No. 7. Matt Ryan, quarterback for the Falcons, is making his first Super Bowl debut. The last time the Falcons played in the Super Bowl was 1999.
Other Football Stats:
In previous and related post, we found out that:
- 1.3 million children and youth between the ages of 5 and 17 play football in the United States (Numbers: Football in America – Youth Sports Participation Rates)
- 1,088,158 high school student athletes play the game and 5% of high school players are recruited by National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) schools (Numbers: Football in America – Friday Night Lights and High School Teams)
- 6.5% or 70,147 high school seniors go on to play on NCAA football teams (Numbers: Football in America – Collegiate Level Has Fewer But More Competitive Players)
Here’s some additional NCAA and NFL stats:
- 15,588 (average) college seniors play on NCAA teams
- 6,500 players are scouted by the NFL each year
- 350 players are invited to combine*
- 256 players are drafted by the NFL each year
- 300 rookies play in the NFL each year
- 1.6% of college seniors are drafted into the NFL
* The NFL scouting combine is a week-long showcase occurring every February at Lucas Oil Stadium (and formerly at the RCA Dome until 2008) in Indianapolis, where college football players perform physical and mental tests in front of league coaches, general managers, and scouts.
For players who are talented enough to make it to the pros, here are some league stats:
32 – number of NFL teams
53 – players per team (plus a ten-player practice squad).
1,696 – total players in the league
1 – Commissioner – currently Roger Goodell occupies this post
2 – Conferences: National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC)
NFL Regular Schedule:
- 17-week regular season runs from the week after Labor Day to the week after Christmas
- Each team plays 16 games and has one bye week.
NFL Post-Season Schedule:
- Six (6) teams from each conference (four division winners and two wild card teams) advance to the play off. This is a single elimination tournament.
- The Super Bowl is played by the winners of the NFC and AFC.
And here are some stats for Super Bowl LI:
140,000 – visitors expected in Houston for the big game.
1 million – visitors to Super Bowl-related events. These visitors may come from local cities like Baytown and Galveston, and out-of-state visitors from Boston and other places.
1 – Half-time show. Lady Gaga will headline the half-time show for 2017.
12 – minutes Lady Gaga will perform during the half-time show.
100 million+ – persons expected to watch the big game on this Sunday. More reliable numbers will be captured after the event airs.
$5 million – average cost of 30 second ad for Super Bowl LI.
71,795 – Seating at NRG Stadium
11.2 million – pounds of potato chips will be eaten
1.3 billion – chicken wings will be devoured
In closing, Super Bowl LI is setting up to be the most connected games ever. Whether you are actually in one of those coveted seats at NRG Stadium, or on a bar-stool half-way around the world, game watchers will be able to enhance their experience through social media and mobile and immersive technologies.
Scott Cutler, president of StubHub, writes in Recode: AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon have already increased their network capacity with temporary cell towers in the Houston area so that fans can share their experiences online and connect with friends back home.
Go Falcons! Go Patriots! May the best team win!
This post was updated at 6:32 a.m. on February 4, 2017.