Re: Football board games from the past; Paydirt! and BowlBound!
I made up a dice football game based on player stats when I was in high school. We had a lot of fun with it.
Tecmo Bowl was good too--cartoonish, but the gameplay wasn't bad. There are emulators out there that let you play old video games on your PC. Temco enthusiasts hacked the game so you can use current players instead of the originals.