Lowell Perry in 1957 became the FIRST African-American coach in modern NFL history when he coached receivers for the PITTSBURGH STEELERS! Later in 1966 he became the first African-American to broadcast an NFL game to a national audience.
One of the most famous plays in NFL history, Dwight Clark’s leaping, fingertip touchdown grab of a Joe Montana pass — forever known as “The Catch” — gave the 49ers a 28-27 lead over the Cowboys with just 51 seconds on the clock in the NFC Championship on Jan. 10, 1982. San Francisco would go on to win the game and the Super Bowl. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI) GALLERY: NFL’s Best Conference Championship Games
Dan Marino is considered by many to be the greatest quarterback in NFL history, recording the most fourth-quarter comebacks of anybody during his career in Miami (1983-1999). (National Football League)