Written by:
Alex Windsor
Fact checked by:
Damjan Jugovic Spajic
Updated:
February 6, 2024

NFL Facts 2024: Key Stats to Watch Out For

NFL Facts 2024

The National Football League has been at the top of the US sports scene for over a century. From the iconic Super Bowl events to national championships, each game is a building block of American sports culture.

Die-hard fans know every NFL player’s stats, the exact timeline of each goal scored, and the outcome of each skirmish, but there are always a few nuggets of information hiding in plain sight that most people don’t know about.

For instance, did you know that the viewership of a regular season game eclipsed 17 million in 2023? This means that roughly one-fifth of the entire US population was behind their small screens, rooting for their favorite teams – this doesn’t even include people who paid tickets to watch the event live.

We’re here with a thorough review of 5 key NFL facts in 2024 that may surprise you, give you insights into what to expect from your favorite NFL teams, or provide a better understanding of why this sport is so wildly popular nationwide.

NFL Quick Facts

Global NFL Statistics

Statistic 1: Millennials Love the NFL Almost as Much as Boomers

Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence

The NFL demographics have been consistent throughout the 2020s, and according to S&P’s research, seniors adore this sport the most. What is surprising is that Gen Z, or young adults, haven’t picked up on this sport as much as Millennials.

US market surveys indicate that roughly 40% of the National Football League fans consist of “Boomers” (57+ years old adults), which is about the same percentage as Gen X (42-56 years old adults) and Gen Z (18-24 years old adults) combined.

This research was based on Kagan Consumer Insights surveys targeting 2,500 U.S. adults and 1,000 adults via online means across prominent European and Asian countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, China, India, and South Korea.

Statistic 2: NFL Television Viewership Peaked in 2015 and Reached an All-time Low in 2017

Source: Statista

According to data sourced from Statista.com, the regular season National Football League reached its peak viewership in 2015 with a whopping 18.1 million people watching the 96th season and the iconic 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl.

This season was spectacular for numerous reasons. Firstly, several pro players have retired out of the blue, with the most prominent mentions being Patrick Willis, Chris Borland, and Anthony Davis from the San Francisco 49ers, as well as Jason Worilds from the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Jake Locker. Secondly, the first-ever female coach stepped onto the NFL field – Jen Welter of the Arizona Cardinals. At any rate, both events contributed to increased viewership as most sports fans wanted to see how things would progress in the aftermath of these changes.

According to Statista’s sports viewership data, the average viewership plummeted from over 18 million by 3 million viewers on average merely two years later. The speculations regarding the reason behind the National Football League’s colder reception mainly point toward the protests of the national anthem combined with the rise of communal viewing trends (source: Vox).

Fortunately, the popularity and viewership of the NFL regular season gradually recovered in the years to come and almost reached their former glory in 2023 at 17.9 million viewers.

Statistic 3: The NFL’s Total Revenue Exceeds 15 Billion USD

Source: Statista

The National Football League is not just “one” of the biggest moneymakers in the American sports scene – it’s “the” largest and most profitable league across the nation, with estimated profits eclipsing 15 billion USD in 2022, according to Statista.

While all major sports are quite big in commercials, the National Football League is a cut above the rest. Sports industry revenue statistics tell us that the average annual value of NFL media packages in 2023 amounts to well over 10 billion USD.

The National Football League’s total revenue is calculated as the sum of earnings made via sponsorships, commercials, PPV deals, and other partnerships of all individual teams. However, some clubs have contributed considerably more than others. In 2022, the largest earners in the NFL were:

Statistic 4: The Highest NFL Game Score was Achieved in 1966 and Hasn’t Been Beaten Since

Source: Wikipedia

The National Football League was formed in 1920, but it would take decades for enough teams to join so that a real sense of competitiveness could be seen.

One of the fiercest matches in the league, as well as the 10th top-scoring game in NFL’s history, took place in 1950 when the Los Angeles Rams beat the Baltimore Colts 70-27; the total score was 97, which is significantly higher compared to most games we’ve seen in recent times.

National Football League teams were quite evenly matched for over a decade after; in 1963, the Oakland Raiders had a major comeback after a terrible record of 1 win and 12 losses the year before. They faced the Houston Oilers and won 52-49; the total score count was 101, making this match the 4th highest-scoring NFL game ever.

The current record for a match with the most points is 113, coming from the game between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants in 1963, which concluded at 72-41. This game was the 35th campaign of the WR, and even though the infamous Vince Lombardi refused to coach them, they snatched a majestic victory over the New York Giants by a whopping 21 points.

This record is yet to be broken over half a century later. The games that were close to achieving a similar score were as follows:

Statistic 5: NFL Seasons Have Been Consistently Followed by 170+ Injuries Since 2015

Source: nfl.com

American football is a very dynamic, but also a fairly dangerous sport. As we can see in the chart below, each NFL season (including preseasons) resulted in hundreds of injuries, most notably concussions:

Official NFL Injury Data Table 2023, compiled and analyzed by IQVIA

The largest number of sustained injuries on and off the field occurred in 2017, sitting at a whopping 281, combining 190 season and 91 preseason injuries. Judging from the official NFL injury data table, the following years have not been as turbulent, especially in 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic when both games and practice matches were canceled left and right.

The most logical explanation to why there are so many injuries in the National Football League would be, according to Wikipedia, is the simple fact that it’s a full-contact sport. However, experts also point to the number of games in each season expanding to 17.

With more events to participate in, players are more prone to suffering an injury, not even counting the fact that many players have reported sustaining an injury off the field.

The frequency of injuries in the National Football League isn’t as high compared to other mainstream full-contact sports, though. Namely, 38.8 injuries occur per 100 matches in the National Hockey League and a whopping 72.9 injuries occur per 100 games in the National Basketball League compared to merely 30.8 injuries per 100 games in the NHL, Wall Street Journal reports.

Unfortunately, the intensity of injuries sustained in NFL games is considerably higher relative to other action-packed sports. Namely, the National Football League risks do not only include concussions but also hamstring, shoulder, knee, and ACL injuries, as well as ankle sprains, achilles tendonitis, fractures, and collateral ligaments (source: fittoplay.org – most common injuries in American Football).

National Football League Top Events – Super Bowl Stats

The Super Bowl is one of the largest, as well as one of the most heavily advertised events in the global sports space.

The first Super Bowl was hosted decades after the NFL was founded; it took place in Los Angeles, CA in 1967, had an impressive live attendance of roughly 62,000 viewers, and concluded in a sweeping victory of the Green Bay Packers over the Kansas City Chiefs with a score 35-10.

Fast-forward to today, Super Bowl is advertised across all compass points, it’s hosted in the largest venues possible, the biggest names in the music industry are performing during the half-time break, and the theatrics are as big as the games themselves.

Below, we’ll list a few interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about the National Football League Super Bowl.

Statistic 1: Super Bowl Commercials Cost a Small Fortune

Source: NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth

Super Bowl ads and commercials are outstandingly popular. In fact, many people watch the Big Game solely because they want to see what innovation they’ll pull off next. According to Wikipedia’s article on Super Bowl Commercials, it is believed that over 50% of viewers love Super Bowl ads more than the event.

But what is it that makes Super Bowl commercials so successful? One and the most obvious reasons is the sheer money being pumped into creating them.

As per stats sourced from Forbes, the average budget spent on Super Bowl 30-second ads in 2023 sits at an all-time high of $7 million, which is nearly twice as much of what these commercials used to cost in 2015 ($4.25 million).

Even though these investments may seem huge, they pay themselves off a hundred times (and more) over in merely one night. It is estimated that these commercials return upwards of $500 million after the Big Game ends.

Statistic 2: Super Bowl LV is the Only One in History to Have a Half-empty Stadium

Source: Wikipedia

The Super Bowl was always as big as the NFL itself. The fact that people fought tooth and claw to grab their tickets before they ran out speaks volumes about the event’s popularity, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that each arena where Super Bowl games took place was packed to the brim 56 out of 57 times.

Source: Wikipedia – Table of Super Bowl Champions since 1967

That one time when Super Bowl attendance was lower than average was in February of 2021 – the second year of the global coronavirus pandemic. “Merely” 24,800+ spots were occupied at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers triumphed over the Kansas City Chiefs with a remarkable score of 31-9.

On virtually all other occasions, the stadiums and arenas were completely full. Some of the highest Super Bowl attendance rates can be prescribed to games held in larger venues, such as:

National Football League Legends – Player Facts

It’s impossible to imagine the National Football League without national heroes; the likes of Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady, and Jerry Rice. We’re committing this segment to some of the key facts and statistics about the biggest names in the NFL’s history.

Statistic 1: Tom Brady Won 251 Regular Season NFL Games and 7 out of 10 Super Bowls

Source: Wikipedia

There are team players and good leaders, outstanding supporters and ferocious quarterbacks, pitch-perfect shooters and stalwart defenders, and then there’s Tom Brady.

He will forever be included in the history of the National Football League as the most eclectic and successful player of all time, having scored a whopping 251 regular season wins and the holder of 7 Super Bowl winner titles. No one else can boast about such feats individually, let alone combined.

Source: statmuse.com

Brady won 219 matches with the New England Patriots between 2000 and 2019, and 32 with Tampa Bay Buccaneers between 2020 and 2022. His impressive win rate is mainly contested by Brett Favre, who won 186 NFL games with Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, and Minnesotta Vikings between 1992 and 2010, and Peyton Manning who also achieved 186 wins with Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos between 1998 and 2015.

As for Super Bowl wins, Brady is the one and only NFL player to ever achieve seven championship game wins: six with the New England Patriots in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, and 2018, and one with Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020.

Several NFL players came close with six championship wins, including Fuzzy Thurston, Forrest Gregg, and Herb Adderley, while 13 players won five championships, including Bart Starr, Jerry Kramer, Ray Nitschke, Henry Jordan, Willie Davis, Willie Wood, and several others.

Statistic 2: Jerry Rice Scored a Whopping 208 Touchdowns Throughout His Career

Source: ESPN.com

Any NFL fan knows that scoring a touchdown is immensely difficult. It takes superhuman strength, agility, endurance, and wits to trick, evade, and ultimately overcome the defenders while running those 17 yards to score one goal. How about over 200?

Jerry Rice is currently the only player in NFL’s history to have landed over two hundred touchdowns. Emmitt Smith, ranked second, managed to score 175; LaDainian Tomlinson scored 162, and Randy Moss managed to score 162. Jerry scored 208 throughout his tenure at San Francisco, Oakland, and Seattle NFL teams.

Final Thoughts

Will 2024 be the year when the 1966’s record of the highest-scoring game be broken? Will new generations manage to usurp Brady’s throne as the most successful quarterback of all time? Will Super Bowl commercials continue to soar in costs as they did in the past 9 years?

The stats and facts we listed are good teachers – they show us what to look for in future NFL trends and prove that history tends to repeat itself. Check out our FAQs if you want to learn more about the National Football League.

FAQs

  • National Football League is the trendiest US sport nationally, but it’s also broadcasted and enjoyed by millions of viewers across Europe and Asia-Pacific territories.
  • Who is the most important NFL player of all time?
    Tom Brady holds the record for most career wins, most Super Bowl wins, and highest net worth in the National Football League.
  • When did the NFL start?
    The National Football League (NFL) was founded in 1920, but it was originally named the American Professional Football Conference. It was renamed to the American Professional Football Association in 1921 before finally evolving into the National Football League in 1922.
  • How many teams does the NFL have?
    The National Football League consists of 32 teams.

Sources

  1. ESPN
  2. Forbes
  3. Nfl.com
  4. NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth
  5. Statista
  6. Statmuse
  7. S&P Global Market Intelligence Research
  8. Vox
  9. Wall Street Journal
  10. Wikipedia
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