2000 National Football League season
The 2000 NFL season was the 81st regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with Super Bowl XXXV when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants, 34–7, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Week 1 of the season reverted to Labor Day weekend in 2000. It would be the last NFL season to date to start on Labor Day weekend. It would also be the last time until 2015 that CBS televised the late afternoon games in Week 1, because both Week 1 of the NFL season and CBS's coverage of the U.S. Open tennis finals would take place on the same day beginning next season.
- July 24: The Carolina Panthers sign defensive end Reggie White.
- July 21: The Baltimore Ravens sign tight end Ben Coates.
- July 24: The San Diego Chargers sign linebacker Steve Tovar.
- July 25: The Carolina Panthers sign defensive end Eric Swann.
- July 26: The Seattle Seahawks sign wide receiver Sean Dawkins.
- July 28: The Chicago Bears sign kicker Michael Husted.
- July 11: The Green Bay Packers trade tight end Lawrence Hart to the New Orleans Saints for running back Marvin Powell.
- July 31: The Green Bay Packers trade quarterback Aaron Brooks and tight end Lamont Hall to the New Orleans Saints for linebacker K.D. Williams.
The 2000 NFL draft was held from April 15 to 16, 2000 at New York City's Theater at Madison Square Garden. With the first pick, the Cleveland Browns selected defensive end Courtney Brown from Pennsylvania State University. Taken by the New England Patriots with the 199th pick in the sixth round was Michigan quarterback Tom Brady. Tom Brady went on to win 3 NFL MVP awards, a record 7 Super Bowl titles and 5 Super Bowl MVP awards.
Major rule changes
- In order to cut down on group celebrations, unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and fines will be assessed for celebrations by two or more players.
- Anyone wearing an eligible number (1 to 49 or 80 to 89) can play quarterback without having to first report to the referee before a play.
- This rule change resulted in the increase of trick plays teams can employ on offense.
- The “Bert Emanuel” rule was implemented, stating that when making a catch and falling to the ground, the ball is allowed to touch the ground and still be considered a catch if the player maintains clear control of the ball.
- Tom Fears
- Fears played 9 seasons as an end for the Los Angeles Rams and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1970. He was a 3-time NFL champion (1951, 1962, 1965), he was named First-team All-Pro in 1950, and was a member of the 1950s All-Decade Team. He was the first Mexican born player inducted into the Hall of Fame. He died January 4, aged 77
- Derrick Thomas
- Thomas played 11 seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a 6-time All-Pro selection (1st team 1990–1992, 2nd team 1993, 1994, 1996) and a 9-time Pro Bowl selection (1989–1997). He was named to the 1990s All-Decade Team. He owns NFL record for sacks in a game with 7, which he achieved in 1990. He was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. He died February 8, aged 33.
- Tom Landry
- Landry was the first head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. He won 2 Super Bowls VI and XII. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. He died February 12, aged 75.
Highlights of the 2000 season included:
Final regular season standings
- Green Bay finished ahead of Detroit in the NFC Central based on better division record (5–3 to Lions' 3–5).
- New Orleans finished ahead of St. Louis in the NFC West based on better division record (7–1 to Rams' 5–3).
- Tampa Bay was the second NFC Wild Card based on head-to-head victory over St. Louis (1–0).
- * Indicates overtime victory
- Wild-Card playoffs: Miami 23, Indianapolis 17 (OT); Baltimore 21, Denver 3
- Divisional playoffs: Oakland 27, Miami 0; Baltimore 24, Tennessee 10
- AFC Championship: Baltimore 16, Oakland 3 at Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, California, January 14, 2001
- Wild-Card playoffs: New Orleans 31, St. Louis 28; Philadelphia 21, Tampa Bay 3
- Divisional playoffs: Minnesota 34, New Orleans 16; N.Y. Giants 20, Philadelphia 10
- NFC Championship: N.Y. Giants 41, Minnesota 0 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 14, 2001
The following teams and players set all-time NFL records during the season:
|Record ||Player/team ||Date/opponent ||Previous record holder |
|Most rushing yards gained, game ||Corey Dillon, Cincinnati (278) ||October 22, vs. Denver ||Walter Payton, Chicago vs. Minnesota, November 20, 1977 (275) |
|Most pass receptions, game ||Terrell Owens, San Francisco (20) ||December 17, vs. Chicago ||Tom Fears, L.A. Rams vs. Green Bay, December 3, 1950 (18) |
|Most points, career ||Gary Anderson, Minnesota ||October 22, vs. Buffalo ||George Blanda 1949–1975 (2,002) |
|Most two-point conversions by a team, game ||St. Louis (4) ||October 15, vs. Atlanta ||Tied by 2 teams (3) |
|Most yards gained by a team, season ||St. Louis (7,075) ||N/A ||Miami, 1984 (6,936) |
|Most passing yards gained by a team, season ||St. Louis (5,232) ||N/A ||Miami, 1984 (5,018) |
|Points scored ||St. Louis Rams (540) |
|Total yards gained ||St. Louis Rams (7,075) |
|Yards rushing ||Oakland Raiders (2,470) |
|Yards passing ||St. Louis Rams (5,232) |
|Fewest points allowed ||Baltimore Ravens (165) |
|Fewest total yards allowed ||Tennessee Titans (3,813) |
|Fewest rushing yards allowed ||Baltimore Ravens (970) |
|Fewest passing yards allowed ||Tennessee Titans (2,423) |
|Scoring ||Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (160 points) |
|Touchdowns ||Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (26 TDs) |
|Most field goals made ||Matt Stover, Baltimore (35 FGs) |
|Rushing ||Edgerrin James, Indianapolis (1,709 yards) |
|Passing ||Brian Griese, Denver (102.9 rating) |
|Passing touchdowns ||Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota and Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (33 TDs) |
|Receptions ||Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis and Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina (102 catches) |
|Receiving yards ||Torry Holt, St. Louis (1,635) |
|Receiving touchdowns ||Randy Moss, Minnesota (15 touchdowns) |
|Punt returns ||Jermaine Lewis, Baltimore (16.1 average yards) |
|Kickoff returns ||Darrick Vaughn, Atlanta (27.7 average yards) |
|Interceptions ||Darren Sharper, Green Bay (9) |
|Punting ||Darren Bennett, San Diego (46.2 average yards) |
|Sacks ||La'Roi Glover, New Orleans (17) |
|Most Valuable Player ||Marshall Faulk, running back, St. Louis |
|Coach of the Year ||Jim Haslett, New Orleans |
|Offensive Player of the Year ||Marshall Faulk, running back, St. Louis |
|Defensive Player of the Year ||Ray Lewis, linebacker, Baltimore |
|Offensive Rookie of the Year ||Mike Anderson, running back, Denver |
|Defensive Rookie of the Year ||Brian Urlacher, linebacker, Chicago |
|NFL Comeback Player of the Year ||Joe Johnson, defensive end, New Orleans |
|Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year ||Jim Flanigan, defensive tackle, Chicago and Derrick Brooks, linebacker, Tampa Bay |
|Super Bowl most valuable player ||Ray Lewis, linebacker, Baltimore |
Uniform and logo changes
- The Baltimore Ravens introduced a new Ravens wordmark logo, a new Ravens shield logo was placed on the sleeve ends, and there was new pants stripping with the "B" logo on hips.
- The Kansas City Chiefs began wearing red pants with their white jerseys for first time since 1988.
- The New England Patriots introduced new uniforms, changing their primary color from royal to nautical blue. The new white jerseys were worn with blue block numbers and blue pants.
- The New Orleans Saints updated their fleur-de-lis helmet logo to be a bit smaller but with a wider white and black outline. Also introduced was an alternative old gold logo. They also returned to wearing old gold pants with their white jerseys.
- The New York Giants unveiled new uniforms. The blue jerseys were a modernized version of the team's design used in the 1950s. The white jerseys still retained elements of the 1980s design (such as the 1980s' blue collars and nameplates, and missing the 1950s' red sleeve stripes) but with red numbers like the 1950s version. Gray pants were worn with both the blue and white jerseys. The helmet also returned to featuring the lowercase "ny" logo.
- The St. Louis Rams introduced new uniforms, darkening the shades of blue and gold to "New Century Blue" and "Millennium Gold". Among other modifications, the curling rams horns on the sleeves were replaced by a new logo featuring charging ram's head.
This was the third year under the league's eight-year broadcast contracts with ABC, CBS, Fox, and ESPN to televise Monday Night Football, the AFC package, the NFC package, and Sunday Night Football, respectively.
ABC fired Boomer Esiason, reportedly because he and Al Michaels never got along in the MNF booth. The network decided to go in a radical direction by hiring comedian Dennis Miller, along with Dan Fouts, to join Michaels.
Dick Enberg joined CBS, becoming the #2 play-by-play commentator, alongside Dan Dierdorf, while Verne Lundquist returned to call college football for the network. Also, Mike Ditka joined The NFL Today as an analyst.
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