Moments of Heartbreak: Chicago Bears – The Death of Walter Payton

Walter Payton was one of the top running back prospects in Mississippi coming out of high school but was not offered any scholarships by any teams in the SEC as they offered very few African Americans scholarships during that time. He was offered a scholarship with Kansas State and had accepted but ultimately decided to stay in Mississippi and attend the primarily black Jackson State University.

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Moments of Heartbreak: Carolina Panthers – Super Bowl 50

The Carolina Panthers are an expansion team that was founded in 1993 and played their first season in 1995. The Panthers are just one of 13 teams that have not won a Super Bowl. However, they have made the playoffs 7 times since their debut and in just their 2nd year of existence, the Panthers managed to make it to the NFC Championship where they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers. They did not have another winning season until 2003, where the Panthers reached the Super Bowl and lost to the Patriots 32-29. The Panthers did not reach the Super Bowl again until Super Bowl 50 in 2015, which is this weeks topic of discussion.

Moments of Heartbreak: Buffalo Bills – Music City Miracle

The Buffalo Bills were founded in 1960 and were a member of the American Football League where they won back to back AFL championships in 1964 and 1965. The Bills joined the NFL in 1970 during the AFL-NFL merger. Since the merger, the Bills have made the playoffs 13 times and are the only team in the NFL to win four conference championships in a row, which is a great record. They are also the only team in the NFL to lose 4 Super Bowls in a row, not such a great record. The Bills have not made the playoffs in the 21st century. The 90s were by far the most successful decade for the Bills, with only 2 seasons without a playoff appearances (1994, 1997). Their last playoff appearance was in 1999, where they lost in the Wild Card round to the Tennessee Titans in a game that would come to be known as the Music City Miracle and this weeks topic of discussion.