National Football League (Irish Players) 1976-1987

NFL Super Bowl XXII 1988 Official Match Programme Washington Redskins v Denver Broncos Jack Murphy Stadium San Diego
NFL Super Bowl XXII 1988 Official Match Programme Washington Redskins v Denver Broncos Jack Murphy Stadium San Diego [References: 1][Photo Credit: Enda Mulcahy – Author’s Personal Collection]

In 1976 the National Football League expanded to 28 teams with the addition of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks. In between this expansion and the relocation of the St. Louis Cardinals to Phoenix, Arizona in 1988, two Irish-born players, Neil O’Donoghue from Dublin, and John Sinnott from Wexford played in the National Football League. O’Donoghue was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1977, and went on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1978 to 1979 and St. Louis Cardinals from 1980 to 1985. Sinnott was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1978, but cut from the roster in Training Camp, and picked up by the New York Giants, where he was on the Roster from 1980 to 1981, before playing for the Baltimore Colts in 1982.

The Standings and Playoff Results of the NFL (1976-1987) are followed by the Career Statistics and Biographies of the two Irish-born Players in this period, as well as a Video Highlights reel of Neil O’Donoghue playing for the Cardinals and Buccaneers.

NFL 1976

NFL 1976PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
AFC East
Baltimore Colts (D)141130417246.786
New England Patriots (P)141130376236.786
Miami Dolphins14680263264.429
New York Jets143110169383.214
Buffalo Bills142120245363.143
AFC Central
Pittsburgh Steelers (D)141040342138.714
Cincinnati Bengals141040335210.714
Cleveland Browns14950267287.643
Houston Oilers14590222273.357
AFC West
Oakland Raiders (D)141310350237.929
Denver Broncos14950315206.643
San Diego Chargers14680248285.429
Kansas City Chiefs14590290376.357
Tampa Bay Buccaneers140140125412.000
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
NFC East
Dallas Cowboys (D)141130296194.786
Washington Redskins (P)141040291217.714
St. Louis Cardinals141040309267.714
Philadelphia Eagles144100165286.286
New York Giants143110170250.214
NFC Central
Minnesota Vikings (D)141121305176.821
Chicago Bears14770253216.500
Detroit Lions14680262220.429
Green Bay Packers14590218299.357
NFC West
Los Angeles Rams (D)141031351190.750
San Francisco 49ers14860270190.571
Atlanta Falcons144100172312.286
New Orleans Saints144100253346.286
Seattle Seahawks142120229429.143
[Reference: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC Divisional Playoffs
1976Oakland Raiders24New England Patriots21
1976Baltimore Colts14Pittsburgh Steelers40
AFC Championship
1976Oakland Raiders24Pittsburgh Steelers7
NFC Divisional Playoffs
1976Minnesota Vikings35Washington Redskins20
1976Dallas Cowboys12Los Angeles Rams14
NFC Championship
1976Minnesota Vikings24Los Angeles Rams13
Super Bowl XIAt Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Ca.
1976Oakland Raiders (AFC)32Minnesota Vikings (NFC)14
[Reference: 1]

NFL 1977

NFL 1977PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
AFC East
Baltimore Colts (D)141040295221.714
Miami Dolphins141040313197.714
New England Patriots14950278217.643
New York Jets143110191300.214
Buffalo Bills143110160313.214
AFC Central
Pittsburgh Steelers (D)14950283243.643
Houston Oilers14860299230.571
Cincinnati Bengals14860238235.571
Cleveland Browns14680269267.429
AFC West
Denver Broncos (D)141220274148.857
Oakland Raiders (P)141130351230.786
San Diego Chargers14770222205.500
Seattle Seahawks14590282373.357
Kansas City Chiefs142120225349.143
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
NFC East
Dallas Cowboys (D)141220345212.857
Washington Redskins14950196189.643
St. Louis Cardinals14770272287.500
Philadelphia Eagles14590220207.357
New York Giants14590181265.357
NFC Central
Minnesota Vikings (D)14950231227.643
Chicago Bears (P)14950255253.643
Detroit Lions14680183252.429
Green Bay Packers144100134219.286
Tampa Bay Buccaneers142120103223.143
NFC West
Los Angeles Rams (D)141040302146.714
Atlanta Falcons14770179129.500
San Francisco 49ers14590220260.357
New Orleans Saints143110232336.214
[Reference: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC Divisional playoff
1977Denver Broncos34Pittsburgh Steelers21
1977Baltimore Colts31Oakland Raiders37 ot
AFC Championship
1977Denver Broncos20Oakland Raiders17
NFC Divisional Playoff
1977Dallas Cowboys37Chicago Bears7
1977Los Angeles Rams7Minnesota Vikings14
NFC Championship
1977Dallas Cowboys23Minnesota Vikings6
Super Bowl XIIAt Superdome, New Orleans, La.
1977Dallas Cowboys (NFC)27Denver Broncos (AFC)10
[Reference: 1]

Neil O’Donoghue who was born in Dublin played Kicker for the Buffalo Bills in 1977.

NFL 1978

NFL 1978PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
AFC East
New England Patriots (D)161150358286.688
Miami Dolphins (P)161150372254.688
New York Jets16880359364.500
Buffalo Bills165110302354.313
Baltimore Colts165110239421.313
AFC Central
Pittsburgh Steelers (D)161420356195.875
Houston Oilers (P)161060283298.625
Cleveland Browns16880334356.500
Cincinnati Bengals164120252284.250
AFC West
Denver Broncos (D)161060282198.625
Oakland Raiders16970311283.563
Seattle Seahawks16970345358.563
San Diego Chargers16970355309.563
Kansas City Chiefs164120243327.250
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
NFC East
Dallas Cowboys (D)161240384208.750
Philadelphia Eagles (P)16970270250.563
Washington Redskins16880273283.500
St. Louis Cardinals166100248296.375
New York Giants166100264298.375
NFC Central
Minnesota Vikings (D)16871294306.531
Green Bay Packers16871249269.531
Detroit Lions16790290300.438
Chicago Bears16790253274.438
Tampa Bay Buccaneers165110241259.313
NFC West
Los Angeles Rams (C) 161240316245.750
Atlanta Falcons (P)16970240290.563
New Orleans Saints16790281298.438
San Francisco 49ers162140219350.125
[Reference: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC First Round Playoff
1978Miami Dolphins9Houston Oilers17
AFC Divisional playoff
1978New England Patriots14Houston Oilers31
1978Pittsburgh Steelers33Denver Broncos10
AFC Championship
1978Pittsburgh Steelers34Houston Oilers5
NFC First Round Playoff
1978Atlanta Falcons14Philadelphia Eagles13
NFC Divisional Playoff
1978Dallas Cowboys27Atlanta Falcons10
1978Los Angeles Rams34Minnesota Vikings10
NFC Championship
1978Los Angeles Rams0Dallas Cowboys28
Super Bowl XIIIAt Orange Bowl, Miami, Fla.
1978Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)35Dallas Cowboys (NFC)31
[Reference: 1]

Neil O’Donoghue who was born in Dublin played Kicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1978.

NFL 1979

NFL 1979PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
AFC East
Miami Dolphins (D)161060341257.625
New England Patriots16970411326.563
New York Jets16880337383.500
Buffalo Bills16790268279.438
Baltimore Colts165110271351.313
AFC Central
Pittsburgh Steelers (D)161240416262.750
Houston Oilers (P)161150362331.688
Cleveland Browns16970359352.563
Cincinnati Bengals164120337421.250
AFC West
San Diego Chargers (D)161240411246.750
Denver Broncos (P)161060289262.625
Seattle Seahawks16970378372.563
Oakland Raiders16970365337.563
Kansas City Chiefs16790238262.438
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
NFC East
Dallas Cowboys (D)161150371313.688
Philadelphia Eagles (P)161150339282.688
Washington Redskins161060348295.625
New York Giants166100237323.375
St. Louis Cardinals165110307358.313
NFC Central
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (D)161060273237.625
Chicago Bears (P)161060306249.625
Minnesota Vikings16790259337.438
Green Bay Packers165110246316.313
Detroit Lions162140219365.125
NFC West
Los Angeles Rams (D)16970323309.563
New Orleans Saints16880370360.500
Atlanta Falcons166100300388.375
San Francisco 49ers162140308416.125
[Reference: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC First Round Playoff
1979Houston Oilers13Denver Broncos7
AFC Divisional playoff
1979San Diego Chargers14Houston Oilers17
1979Pittsburgh Steelers34Miami Dolphins14
AFC Championship
1979Pittsburgh Steelers27Houston Oilers13
NFC First Round Playoff
1979Philadelphia Eagles27Chicago Bears17
NFC Divisional Playoff
1979Tampa Bay Buccaneers24Philadelphia Eagles17
1979Dallas Cowboys19Los Angeles Rams21
NFC Championship
1979Tampa Bay Buccaneers0Los Angeles Rams9
Super Bowl XIVAT Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Ca.
1979Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)31Los Angeles Rams (NFC)19
[Reference: 1]

Neil O’Donoghue who was born in Dublin played Kicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1979.

NFL 1980

NFL 1980PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
AFC East
Buffalo Bills (D)161150320260.688
New England Patriots161060441325.625
Miami Dolphins16880266305.500
Baltimore Colts16790355387.438
New York Jets164120302395.250
AFC Central
Cleveland Browns (D)161150357310.688
Houston Oilers (P)161150295251.688
Pittsburgh Steelers16970352313.438
Cincinnati Bengals166100244312.375
AFC West
San Diego Chargers (D)161150418327.688
Oakland Raiders (P)161150364306.688
Kansas City Chiefs16880319336.500
Denver Broncos16880310323.500
Seattle Seahawks164120291408.250
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
NFC East
Philadelphia Eagles (D)161240384222.750
Dallas Cowboys (P)161240454311.750
Washington Redskins166100261293.375
St. Louis Cardinals 165110299350.313
New York Giants164120249425.250
NFC Central
Minnesota Vikings (D)16970317308.563
Detroit Lions16970334272.563
Chicago Bears16790304264.438
Tampa Bay Buccaneers165101271341.344
Green Bay Packers165101231371.344
NFC West
Atlanta Falcons (D)161240405272.750
Los Angeles Rams (P)161150424289.688
San Francisco 49ers166100320415.375
New Orleans Saints161150291487.063
[References: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC First Round Playoff
1980Oakland Raiders27Houston Oilers7
AFC Divisional Playoffs
1980San Diego Chargers20Buffalo Bills14
1980Cleveland Browns12Oakland Raiders14
AFC Championship
1980San Diego Chargers27Oakland Raiders34
NFC First Round Playoffs
1980Dallas Cowboys34Los Angeles Rams13
NFC Divisional Playoffs
1980Philadelphia Eagles31Minnesota Vikings16
1980Atlanta Falcons27Dallas Cowboys30
NFC Championship
1980Philadelphia Eagles20Dallas Cowboys7
Super Bowl XVAt SuperDome, New Orleans
1980Oakland Raiders (AFC)27Philadelphia Eagles (NFC)10
[Reference: 1]

Neil O’Donoghue who was born in Dublin played Kicker for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980.

John Sinnott, who was born in Wexford, was on the New York Giants Roster in 1980.

NFL 1981

NFL 1981PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
AFC East
Miami Dolphins (D)161141345275.719
New York Jets (P)161051355287.656
Buffalo Bills (P)161060311276.688
Baltimore Colts162140259533.188
New England Patriots162140322370.188
AFC Central
Cincinnati Bengals (D)161240421304.750
Pittsburgh Steelers16880356297.500
Houston Oilers16790281355.438
Cleveland Browns165110276375.313
AFC West
San Diego Chargers (D)161060478390.625
Denver Broncos161060321289.625
Kansas City Chiefs16970343290.563
Oakland Raiders16790273343.438
Seattle Seahawks166100322388.375
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
NFC East
Dallas Cowboys (D)161240367277.625
Philadelphia Eagles (P)161060368221.625
New York Giants (P)16970295257.563
Washington Redskins16880347349.500
St. Louis Cardinals16790315408.438
NFC Central
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (D)16970315268.563
Detroit Lions16880397322.500
Green Bay Packers16880324361.500
Minnesota Vikings16790325369.438
Chicago Bears166100253324.375
NFC West
San Francisco 49ers161330357250.813
Atlanta Falcons16790426356.438
Los Angeles Rams166100303351.375
New Orleans Saints164120207378.250
[References: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC First Round Playoff
181New York Jets27Buffalo Bills31
AFC Divisional Playoffs
1981Miami Dolphins38San Diego Chargers41 ot
1981Cincinnati Bengals28Buffalo Bills21
AFC Championship
1981Cincinnati Bengals27San Diego Chargers7
NFC First Round Playoffs
1981Philadelphia Eagles21New York Giants27
NFC Divisional Playoffs
1981Dallas Cowboys38Tampa Bay Buccaneers0
1981San Francisco 49ers38New York Giants24
NFC Championship
1981San Francisco 49ers28Dallas Cowboys27
Super Bowl XVIAt Silverdome, Pontiac, Mich.
1981San Francisco 49ers (NFC)26Cincinnati Bengals (AFC)21
[Reference: 1]

Neil O’Donoghue who was born in Dublin played Kicker for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1981.

John Sinnott, who was born in Wexford, was on the New York Giants Roster in 1981.

NFL 1982

NFL 1982PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
Los Angeles Raiders (P)9810260200.889
Miami Dolphins (P)9720198131.778
Cincinnati Bengals (P)9720232172.778
Pittsburgh Steelers (P)9630204146.667
San Diego Chargers (P)9630288221.667
New York Jets (P)9630245166.667
New England Patriots (P)9540143157.556
Cleveland Browns (P)9450140182.444
Buffalo Bills9450150154.444
Seattle Seahawks9450127147.444
Kansas City Chiefs9360178184.333
Denver Broncos9270148226.222
Houston Oilers9180136245.111
Baltimore Colts9081113236.056
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
Washington Redskins (P)9810190128.889
Dallas Cowboys (P)9630226145.667
Green Bay Packers (P)9531226169.611
Minnesota Vikings (P)9540187198.556
Atlanta Falcons (P)9540183199.556
St. Louis Cardinals (P)9540135170.556
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (P)9540158178.556
Detroit Lions (P)9450181176.444
New Orleans Saints9450129180.444
New York Giants9450164160.444
San Francisco 49ers9360209208.333
Chicago Bears9360141174.333
Philadelphia Eagles9360191195.333
Los Angeles Rams9270200250.222
[References: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC First Round Playoff
1982Miami Dolphins28New England Patriots13
1982Los Angeles Raiders27Cleveland Browns10
1982Cincinnati Bengals10Los Angeles Raiders27
1982Pittsburgh Steelers28San Diego Chargers31
AFC Divisional Playoffs
1982Los Angeles Raiders14New York Jets17
1982Miami Dolphins34San Diego Chargers13
AFC Championship
1982Miami Dolphins14New York Jets0
NFC First Round Playoffs
1982Washington Redskins31Detroit Lions7
1982Green Bay Packers41St. Louis Cardinals16
1982Minnesota Vikings30Atlanta Falcons24
1982Dallas Cowboys30Tampa Bay Buccaneers17
NFC Divisional Playoffs
1982Washington Redskins21Minnesota Vikings7
1982Dallas Cowboys37Green Bay Packers26
NFC Championship
1982Washington Redskins31Dallas Cowboys17
Super Bowl XVIIAt Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Ca.
1982Washington Redskins (NFC)27Miami Dolphins (AFC)17
[Reference: 1]

Note: Regular Season reduced from 16 games to 9 due to Players Strike.

Neil O’Donoghue who was born in Dublin played Kicker for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982.

John Sinnott, who was born in Wexford, played for the Baltimore Colts in 1982.

NFL 1983

NFL 1983PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
AFC East
Miami Dolphins (C)161240389250.750
New England Patriots16880274289.500
Buffalo Bills16880283351.500
Baltimore Colts16790264354.438
New York Jets16790313331.438
AFC Central
Pittsburgh Steelers (D)161060355303.625
Cleveland Browns16970356342.563
Cincinnati Bengals16790346302.438
Houston Oilers162140288460.125
AFC West
Los Angeles Raiders (D)161240442338.750
Seattle Seahawks (P)16970403397.563
Denver Broncos (P)16970302327.563
San Diego Chargers166100358462.375
Kansas City Chiefs166100386367.375
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
NFC East
Washington Redskins (D)161420541332.875
Dallas Cowboys (P)161240479360.750
St. Louis Cardinals16871374428.531
Philadelphia Eagles165110233322.313
New York Giants163121267347.219
NFC Central
Detroit Lions (D)16970347286.563
Green Bay Packers16880429439.500
Chicago Bears16880311301.500
Minnesota Vikings16880316348.500
Tampa Bay Buccaneers162140241360.125
NFC West
San Francisco 49ers (D)161060432293.625
Los Angeles Rams (P)16970361344.563
New Orleans Saints16880319337.500
Atlanta Falcons16790370389.438
[Reference: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC First Round Playoff
1983Seattle Seahawks31Denver Broncos7
AFC Divisional playoff
1983Miami Dolphins20Seattle Seahawks27
1983Los Angeles Raiders38Pittsburgh Steelers10
AFC Championship
1983Los Angeles Raiders30Seattle Seahawks14
NFC First Round Playoff
1983Dallas Cowboys17Los Angeles Rams24
NFC Divisional Playoff
1983San Francisco 49ers24Detroit Lions23
1983Washington Redskins51Los Angeles Rams7
NFC Championship
1983Washington Redskins24San Francisco 49ers21
Super Bowl XVIIIAt Tampa Stadium, Fla.
1983Los Angeles Raiders (AFC)38Washington Redskins (NFC)9
[Reference: 1]

Neil O’Donoghue who was born in Dublin played Kicker for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1983.

NFL 1984

NFL 1984PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
AFC East
Miami Dolphins (D)161420513298.875
New England Patriots16970362352.563
New York Jets16790332364.438
Indianapolis Colts164120239414.250
Buffalo Bills162140250454.125
AFC Central
Pittsburgh Steelers (D)16970387310.563
Cincinnati Bengals16880339339.500
Cleveland Browns165110250297.313
Houston Oilers163130240437.188
AFC West
Denver Broncos (D)161330353241.813
Seattle Seahawks (P)161240418282.750
Los Angeles Raiders (P)161150368278.688
Kansas City Chiefs16880314324.500
San Diego Chargers16790394413.438
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
NFC East
Washington Redskins (D)161150426310.688
New York Giants (P)16970299301.563
St. Louis Cardinals16970423345.563
Dallas Cowboys16970306308.563
Philadelphia Eagles16691278380.406
NFC Central
Chicago Bears (D)161060325246.625
Green Bay Packers16880390309.500
Tampa Bay Buccaneers166100335380.375
Detroit Lions164111283408.281
Minnesota Vikings163130276484.188
NFC West
San Francisco 49ers (D)161510475227.938
Los Angeles Rams (P)161060346315.625
New Orleans Saints16790298361.438
Atlanta Falcons164120281382.250
[Reference: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC First Round Playoff
1984Seattle Seahawks13Los Angeles Raiders7
AFC Divisional playoff
1984Miami Dolphins31Seattle Seahawks10
1984Denver Broncos17Pittsburgh Steelers24
AFC Championship
1984Miami Dophins45Pittsburgh Steelers28
NFC First Round Playoff
1984Los Angeles Rams13New York Giants16
NFC Divisional Playoff
1984San Francisco 49ers21New York Giants10
1984Washington Redskins19Chicago Bears23
NFC Championship
1984San Francisco 49ers38Chicago Bears0
Super Bowl XIXAt Stanford Stadium, Ca.
1984San Francisco 49ers (NFC)38Miami Dolphins (AFC)16
[Reference: 1]

Neil O’Donoghue who was born in Dublin played Kicker for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1984.

NFL 1985

NFL 1985PWLTPFPAPct
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
AFC East
Miami Dolphins (D)161240428320.750
New York Jets(P)161150393264.688
New England Patriots161150362290.688
Indianapolis Colts165110320386.313
Buffalo Bills162140200381.125
AFC Central
Cleveland Browns (D)16880287294.500
Cincinnati Bengals16790441437.438
Pittsburgh Steelers16790379355.438
Houston Oilers165110284412.313
AFC West
Los Angeles Raiders (D)161240354308.750
Denver Broncos161150380329.688
Seattle Seahawks16880349303.500
San Diego Chargers16880467435.500
Kansas City Chiefs166100317360.375
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
NFC East
Dallas Cowboys (D)161060357333.625
New York Giants (P)161060399283.625
Washington Redskins161060297312.625
Philadelphia Eagles16790286310.438
St. Louis Cardinals165110278414.313
NFC Central
Chicago Bears161510456198.938
Green Bay Packers16880337355.500
Minnesota Vikings16790346359.438
Detroit Lions16790307366.438
Tampa Bay Buccaneers162140294448.125
NFC West
Los Angeles Rams (D)161150340277.688
San Francisco 49ers (P)161060411263.625
New Orleans Saints165110294401.313
Atlanta Falcons164120282452.250
[Reference: 1]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC First Round Playoff
1985New York Jets14New England Patriots26
AFC Divisional playoff
1985Miami Dolphins24Cleveland Browns21
1985Los Angeles Raiders20New England Patriots27
AFC Championship
1985Miami Dolphins14New England Patriots21
NFC First Round Playoff
1985New York Giants17San Francisco 49ers3
NFC Divisional Playoff
1985Los Angeles Rams20Dallas Cowboys0
1985Chicago Bears24Los Angeles Rams0
NFC Championship
1985Chicago Bears24Los Angeles Rams0
Super Bowl XIIAt Superdome, New Orleans, La.
1985Chicago Bears (NFC)46New England Patriots (AFC)10
[Reference: 1]

Neil O’Donoghue who was born in Dublin played Kicker for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985.

NFL 1986

NFL 1986PWLTPFPA Pct
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
AFC East
New England Patriots (D)161150412307.688
New York Jets (P)161060364386.625
Miami Dolphins16880430405.500
Buffalo Bils164120287348.250
Indianapolis Colts163130229400.188
AFC Central
Cleveland Browns (D)161240391310.750
Cincinnati Bengals161060409394.625
P:ittsburgh Steelers166100307336.375
Houston Oilers165110274329.313
AFC West
Denver Broncos (D)161150378327.688
Kansas City Chiefs (P)161060358326.625
Seattle Seahawks161060366293.625
Los Angeles Raiders16880323346.500
San Diego Chargers164120335396.250
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
NFC East
New York Giants (D)161420371236.875
Washington Redskins (P)161240368296.750
Dallas Cowboys16790346337.438
Philadelphia Eagles165101256312.344
St. Louis Cardinals164111218351.281
NFC Central
Chicago Bears (D)161420352187.875
Minnesota Vikings16970398273.563
Detroit Lions165110277326.313
Green Bay Packers164120254418.250
Tampa Bay Buccaneers162140239473.125
NFC West
San Francisco 49ers161051374247.656
Los Angeles Rams161060309267.625
Atlanta Falcons16781280280.469
New Orleands Saints16790288287.438
[Reference: 2]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC Wild-Card Playoff
1986New York Jets35Kansas City Chiefs15
AFC Divisional Playoffs
1986Cleveland Browns23New York Jets20 ot
1986Denver Broncos22New England Patriots17
AFC Championship
1986Cleveland Browns20Denver Broncos23 ot
NFC Wild-Card Playoff
1986Washington Redskins19Los Angees Rams7
NFC Divisional Playoffs
1986Chicago Bears13Washington Redskins27
1986New York Giants49San Francisco 49ers3
NFC Championship
1986New York Giants17Washington Redskins0
Super Bowl XXIAt Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Ca.
1986New York Giants (NFC)39Denver Broncos (AFC)20
[Reference: 2]

NFL 1987

NFL 1987PWLTPFPA Pct
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
AFC East
Indianapolis Colts (D)15960300238.600
New England Patriots15870320293.533
Miami Dolphins15870362335.533
Bufalo Bills15780270305.467
New York Jets156903334360.400
AFC Central
Ceveland Browns (D)151050390239.667
Houston Oilers (P)15960345349.600
Pittsburgh Steelers15870285299.533
Cincinnati Bengals154110285370.267
AFC West
Denver Broncos (D)151041379288.700
Seattle Seahawks (P)15960371314.600
San Diego Chargers15870253317.533
Los Angeles Raiders155100301289.333
Kansas City Chiefs154110273388.267
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
NFC East
Washington Redskins (D)151140379285.733
Dallas Cowboys15780340348.467
St. Louis Cardinals15780362368.467
Philadelphia Eagles15780337380.467
New York Giants15690280312.400
NFC Central
Chicago Bears (D)151140356282.733
Minnesota Vikings (P)15870336335.533
Green Bay Packers15591255300.367
Tampa Bay Buccaneers154110286360.267
Detroit Lions154110269384.267
NFC West
San Francisco 49ers (D)151320459253.867
New Orleans Saints (P)151230422283.800
Los Angeles Rams15690317361.400
Atlanta Falcons153120205436.200
[Reference: 2]
DateHome TeamAway Team
AFC Wild-Card Playoff
1987Houston Oilers23Seattle Seahawks20 ot
AFC Divisional Playoffs
1987Cleveland Browns38Indianapolis Colts21
1987Denver Broncos34Houston Oilers10
AFC Championship
1987Denver Broncos38Cleveland Browns33
NFC Wild-Card Playoff
1987New Orleans Saints10Minnesota Vikings44
NFC Divisional Playoffs
1987San Francisco 49ers24Minnesota Vikings36
1987Chicago Bears17Washington Redskins21
NFC Championship
1987Washington Redskins17Minnesota Vikings10
Super Bowl XXIAt Jack Murphy Stm, San Diego, Ca,
1987Washington Redskins (NFC)42Denver Broncos (AFC)10
[Reference: 2]

Note: Regular Season reduced from 16 games to 15 due to Players Strike.

Neil O’Donoghue (Buffalo Bills 1977; Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1978-1979; St. Louis Cardinals 1980-1985)

Factfile

O’Donoghue, Cornelius Joseph Dennis

Height: 6’6″ Weight: 210lb

Born: 18 June 1953, Dublin, Ireland

High School:

National Amateur: Dublin Minors [GAA Football][1970]

Semi-Pro: Shamrock Rovers[Soccer][1971-72][1972-73][1973-74]

College: St. Bernard College, Auburn [Soccer 1974] Auburn Tigers [1975][1976]

Pro Football: Buffalo Bills [1977] Tampa Bay Buccaneers [1978][[1979] St. Louis Cardinals [1980][1981][1982][1983][1984][1985]

Draft: 5th Round (127th Overall) 1977 Buffalo Bills

Honours: All-American (Auburn 1976).

Biography

Neil O’Donoghue was born in Dublin in 1953 and grew up in Clondalkin, where at the age of 12 he started playing Gaelic Football (GAA) where he excelled, being selected for the Dublin Minor Team which reached the All Ireland Final in 1970, losing to Cork. He switched codes to Soccer, scoring on his debut for Shamrock Rovers in the League of Ireland when he was 18. He played 16 games for Rovers, scoring two goals, and gaining a soccer Scholarship to St. Bernard’s College, in Alabama, the first Irishman ever to gain a Soccer Scholarship to the USA.

After the College Soccer Programme closed down he transfered to Auburn University, winning the starting Kicker position for the Tigers. In 1976 he won All-American Honours for Auburn, who play in the SEC (South Eastern Conference – traditionally the best in US College Football). He was drafted to the NFL (National Football League) in 1977 by the Buffalo Bills, playing five games before being cut from the roster and picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he played two year, turning around a 2-26 record in the first two years of the expansion franchise to a 15-17 record.

He then signed for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980, where he managed to set the record for points scored in a season for the team which stood for 21 years, but will probably be best remembered by the Cardinals (now Arizona Cardinals) fans for lacking clutch kicking skills, most notably missing three Field Goals in a Playoff match against the New York Giants in 1983, including a 19-yard attempt in overtime which would have won the game for St. Louis. On the last day of the season in 1984 he missed what would have been a game-winning Field Goal in the dying seconds which would have secured a Playoff place. After the 1985 season he retired. He continued to play Senior Football Championship Football for Round Towers GAA in Clondalkin during the NFL off-season.

Video

[Reference: 10]

General Statistics

YearTeam (League) No.PosGPGSPGS
1970Dublin Minors & Round Towers (GAA Football)
1971-72Shamrock Rovers (League of Ireland Soccer)
1972-73Shamrock Rovers (League of Ireland Soccer)
1973-74Shamrock Rovers (League of Ireland Soccer)
1974St. Bernard (NCAA Soccer)
1975Auburn Tigers (NCAAF SEC)
1976Auburn Tigers (NCAAF SEC)
1977Buffalo Bills (NFL)8K5010
1978Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)6P-K15064
1979Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)6K16063
1980St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)11K10051
1981St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)11K16093
1982St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)11K8039
1983St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)11K16090
1984St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)11K160117
1985St. Louis Cardinals (NFL)11K8049
3 YearsLeague of Ireland162
9 YearsNFL1100576
[Reference: 4]

Legend: No = Jersey Number, Pos = Position, GP = Games Played, GS = Games Started. K = Kicker, P = Punter. PGS= Points (NFL) or Goals (LoI) Scored.

John Sinnott (New York Giants 1980-1981; Baltimore Colts 1982)

Factfile

Sinnott, John Desmond

Height: 6-4 Weight: 279

Born: 18/04/1958 Wexford, Ireland

High School: Dedham (MA)

College: Brown [1976, 1977, 1978, 1979]

Professional: New York Giants NFL [1980, 1981] Baltimore Colts NFL [1982]

Draft: 3rd Round (60th Overall) 1980 St. Louis Cardinals.

Biography

John Sinnott was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1958, and played High School Football in Denham, Massachusetts, where he was recruited for Brown University Bears of the Ivy League in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). His High School Football Coach told hm that he might get injured in his first few weeks playing Football, so he should not concentrate on just Football, as his College Academic Achievement was as important, something which is not all that common these days. [Reference: 2] While at Brown, he played in the most successful Brown University Football Team in 50 years, in 1976 emulating the Iron Men of 1926 in winning their first Ivy League Chamoionship in half a century. [Reference: 8]

After College he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was cut from the roster during training camp. John was subsequently picked up by the New York Giants, and after two years on the squad, he was traded to the Baltimore Colts. There he played in 9 games in 1982, before injuring his back, an injury which still bothers him to this day, and retired from Football. [Reference: 11-12]

Career Statistics

General

YearTeamNoPosGPGS
1976Brown University Bears (NCAA)
1977Brown University Bears (NCAA)
1978Brown University Bears (NCAA)
1979Brown University Bears (NCAA)
1980New York Giants (NFL)
1981New York Giants (NFL)
1982Baltimore Colts (NFL)79LOT97
[Reference: 12-17]

Legend: No = Jersey Number, Pos = Position, GP = Games Played, GS = Games Started. LOT = Left Offensive Tackle.

Fumbles

YearTeamNoLostOwnOppRecYdsTD
1982Baltimore Colts (NFL)0010100
CareerNFL0010100
[Reference: 3]

Legend: No = Number of Fumbles, Lost = Fumbles Lost, Own = Own Fumbles, Opp = Opposition Fumbles, Rec = Fumbles Recovered, Yds = Yards, TD = Fumbles Returned for a Touchdown.

References

Bibliography

[1] NFL (1987) “Past Standings” 1987 NFL Record & Factbook . pg. 226-228. Workman Publishing Company, New York.

Websites

[2] NFL Ireland (2011) Irish Players – Neil O’Donoghue – Kicker (1978-1985) [Internet] Available from: nfl-ireland.com/irish-players/70-irish-players-neil-odonoghue-kicker-1978-1985 [Accessed 25 February 2018][Broken Link – Available Online At the Wayback Machine Internet Archive at: https://web.archive.org/web/20130124024113/http://nfl-ireland.com/irish-players/70-irish-players-neil-odonoghue-kicker-1978-1985/[Accessed 30 December 2020]

[3] Round Towers GAA / Andrew Cronin (2012) The Last Irishman to Play in the NFL was a Towers man ! [Internet] Available from: http://roundtower.ie/news-2/last-irishman-play-nfl-was-towers-man-1797/ [Accessed 7 May 2018]

[4] Pro Football Archives (2020) Neil O’Donoghue [Internet] Available from:  https://www.profootballarchives.com/playero/odon01000.html [Accessed 2 April 2020]

[5] Sports Reference (2020) College Football Standings 1975 [Internet] Available from: https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/years/1975-standings.html  [Accessed 30 December 2020]

[6] Sports Reference (2020) College Football Standings 1976 [Internet] Available from: https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/years/1976-standings.html [Accessed 30 December 2020]

Newspapers

[7] Anon. (1972) “Soccer Summary” Irish Independent. Monday, April 17, 1972. [pg. 14 Irish Newspaper Archive: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]

[8] Anon. (1973) “Soccer Summary” Irish Independent. Monday, April 16, 1973. [pg. 12-13 Irish Newspaper Archive: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]

[9] Anon. (1974) “Soccer Summary” Irish Independent. Monday, April 15, 1974. [pg. 10 Irish Newspaper Archive: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]

Videos

[10] You Tube Highlight MaekR Channel (2018) October 1, 2018 Neil O’Donoghue – Tallest Kicker in NFL History [Internet] Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEqIIkS-sgc [Accessed 30 December 2020]

Websites

[11] The 42.ie / Steve O’Rourke (2016) One of the last Irish-born NFL players says we’re ‘not too far away’ from another [Internet] Available from: https://www.the42.ie/john-sinnott-wexford-irish-nfl-player-3058766-Nov2016/ [Accessed 7 August 2018]

[12] Pro Football Archives (2020) John Sinnott [Internet] Available from: http://www.profootballarchives.com/players/sinn00400.html [Accessed 2 April 2020]

[13] Sports Reference (2020) College Football Standings 1976 [Internet] Available from: https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/years/1976-standings.html [Accessed 30 December 2020]

[14] Sports Reference (2020) College Football Standings 1977 [Internet] Available from: https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/years/1977-standings.html [Accessed 30 December 2020]

[15] Sports Reference (2020) College Football Standings 1978 [Internet] Available from: https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/years/1978-standings.html [Accessed 30 December 2020]

[16] Sports Reference (2020) College Football Standings 1979 [Internet] Available from: https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/years/1979-standings.html [Accessed 30 December 2020]

[17] Brown University Athletics (2020) Brown Bears 1976 [Internet] Available from: https://brownbears.com/sports/2018/5/8/ivy-league-championships-1976-football [Accessed 30 December 2020]

[18] Brown University Athletics (2020) image_handler [Internet] Available from: https://brownbears.com/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_id=0&image_path=/images/2018/5/8/viox1eg8koyhw2ms.jpg [Accessed 30 December 2020]

Logos

[1] Photo Credit: Enda Mulcahy: NFL Super Bowl XXII 1988 Official Match Programme Washington Redskins v Denver Broncos Jack Murphy Stadium San Diego – Author’s Personal Collection

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Kevin Smyth, John Malone, Tony Meenaghan, Jim Naughton, Robert Gorby, Brian Bird, Paul Hynes.

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Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 30 December 2020

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