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How the 2-point conversion made its way to the NFL

College football embraced the two-point conversion early, but the NFL wasn’t interested until kickers started dominating games.

When the NFL adopted the two-point conversion in 1994, kickers were pissed. Take Cardinals kicker Greg Davis, who had this to say:

The reason everybody is kicking more field goals is because they can't score inside the 10-yard line. What makes them think that this rule will help them do that?

Harsh words, Greg, but you can kind of understand where he’s coming from. Place kickers were dominating the game; in 1993, NFL teams attempted 879 field goals while scoring 821 offensive touchdowns. (Those numbers in 2016: 1,009 field goals and 1,229 touchdowns.)

Imagine how Greg felt when he saw how the first two-point conversion happened. This wasn’t a straight-up run or pass with the offense staying on the field. No, Browns coach Bill Belichick was too crafty for anything that straightforward. He sent his kicking unit out, seemingly to take the single point and move on. And then the kicker had to watch as Tom Tupa stole one of his brief moments in the sun.