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On June 15, 2012, I launched Football Perspective. Since that day, Football Perspective has posted a new article every single day. This the site’s 445th post, so I won’t blame you if you’ve missed an article here or there. At the top of every page is a link to the Historical Archive, a page that is updated after each post is published. To get in on the celebration, you can enter the Football Perspective Birthday Contest.

A couple of weeks ago, I thanked many of my friends and colleagues who helped mold me into the writer and person I am today. All of those people are responsible for this site getting to see its first birthday, so I thank them again right now. I also want to give an added thank you to Neil, who occasionally adds another voice to this site and is a wonderful sounding board. And I want to thank you, the reader: without you, there wouldn’t be a site. It means a lot to me that you’ve chosen to come here and stop by every day, once or week, or whenever you like.

I checked the stats, and the five most viewed posts in Football Perspective history were:

If you’ve been to this site, there’s a good chance you’ve read at least one of those posts. But to the newer readers, I thought I’d take a quick a stroll through the Historical Archive and point out some of my more memorable (at least, for me) articles.

If you had a favorite post or two from this year, let me know in the comments. One of my goals for Year Two is to get comments section to become a little more active.

  • mike

    thanks chase. this is one of the few national nfl sites I make a point of reading. my favorite post was the one where you advocated going for two on the first TD when down 15 and not ‘sticking your head in the sand’. it really made me think differently about a lot of other football things. thanks again

  • Chase Stuart

    Thanks for stopping by, mike.


    That’s the post you’re talking about (I love the Archive. Have I mentioned that yet?).

  • Sunrise089

    The post that comes to mind is your ranking of Tebow was the greatest QB of all time, just ahead of Kurt Warner.

    You had better hope I don’t get second place in the anniversary contest. Otherwise it’s more Tebow for you…

    • Chase Stuart

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  • OCC

    Congrats, Chase. I drop by here almost every day, and almost always find something that holds my interest.

    Keep it up.

    • Chase Stuart

      Thanks OCC. Appreciate it and glad you’ve enjoyed.

  • Congrats to the “James Brown” of football analytics!


    • Chase Stuart

      Thanks David. I guess that makes me the Godfather of Soul of Football Analytics? And I thought corporations gave out long titles.

  • George

    Congrats on making it to the first birthday. Due to work I’m stopping by here less, but I try and check it daily on my mobile at the very least whilst waiting to get lunch. I love sports analytics generally and I just like the fact that you have a lot of intelligent commentary in one place about one of the sports that I enjoy (and the fact that you do the rating sports teams and making predictions kind of thing as well.. which is one of my favourite things). All the very best and keep it up.

    • Chase Stuart

      Thanks George. Glad you’ve been a part of this for the last year with some great comments.

  • Neil

    Thank YOU, Chase, for keeping the PFR Blog alive & as good as ever. Thanks for giving me the chance to keep writing about football analytics, and for being a great resource for Mike & me whenever we have a question. And most importantly, thanks for being a great friend. Here’s to many more years of Football Perspective!!!

    • Chase Stuart


  • Shattenjager

    I really loved the introduction of Game Scripts and Pass Identity, and I always love updates to your “Greatest of All Time” series.

    However, if I had to pick one favorite post from the first year, it’s probably either “The Definitive Analysis of Offensive Fumbles” or the Joe Namath Post (“Joe Namath Has Become Football’s Most Misunderstood Quarterback”). The former was a great, informative read that really adds to my understanding of the game and provides some wonderful statistics that have many uses. The latter was really the prototypical Football Perspective post, because it was a great example of some of the things you do best: historical analysis, telling the full story of a player’s career, and debunking popular mythology.

    • Chase Stuart

      Awesome. Thanks for always being a great commenter.

  • Bob

    Congrats, Chase. Thank you for the excellent and always interesting content.

    Favorite writing/story: How the Steelers traded Roy Jefferson and won four Super Bowls

    Favorite data analysis: Analyzing Interceptions: 2000 to 2012


    The Greatest QB of All-Time
    Random Perspective On: The 2012 _____________
    Running back aging patterns
    The definitive analysis of offensive fumbles (and the follow-up article the next day)
    Jimmy Smith is one of the best wide receivers in NFL history
    Quarterback age curves
    Game Scripts

    • Chase Stuart

      Thanks Bob. Those were some of my favorites as well. Thanks for the comment!

  • Tim Truemper

    The series on when the AFL reached parity with the NFL was a great combination of quanitative and qualitative analysis. Fit right in with my interests in Pro football history. And the HOF posts are a big favorite too. Happy Birthday!

    • Chase Stuart

      Thanks, Tim – but JKL was the one with that AFL series. It was terrific, though.

  • Jim A

    Two suggestions for encouraging comments:

    1) An RSS feed for comments or at least an easy way to find the posts with recent comments.

    2) Numbering the comments so we can refer to a specific comment when posting a response.

    • Chase Stuart

      Thanks Jim A. Those are good ideas. I’m no tech savant, but I’ll see what I can do.

      I’ll add this: on the top right of each page, the recent posts and recent comments are listed.

  • Quinton

    I’m a Jags fan and loved the Jimmy Smith article.

    Game scripts are super cool and I’d second the go for two mentioned above.

    I love the historical tidbits (always sending me down a rabbit hole of interesting) and the trivia was always fun (even though I rarely got it right)

    The work you’re doing here is top notch and I hope you know how enjoyable it is to read. Thanks for putting in the time.

    Chase, what’s the best way to support you? Did you get a MacArthur genius grant? How does this site stay open?

    • Chase Stuart

      Thanks Quinton. I’m glad to hear that you love the site.

      There are several ways to support me.

      1. Stop by and read every day.

      2. Tell your friends about the site.

      3. Enter my lame contests.

      And while this wouldn’t directly support me, it would be a smart idea for many folks out there: sign up for a Footballguys subscription: http://footballguys.com/whysubscribe.php