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The Great Pro-Football Reference Play Index Rollout: Part II

Posted by Neil Paine on August 26, 2009

Yesterday, we began the much-anticipated unveiling of the new PFR Play Index by giving you a guided tour of the Player Game Logs, Splits, and Scoring Logs. As great as those new features are, though, I think today's is even more thrilling: the Player Season Finder.

If you're also a baseball fan, chances are you've seen this page at B-R -- after all, it's one of our most popular tools, in addition to being one of the most exciting ones on the site. And now you can execute similar database queries here at PFR as well. The only limit to the Season Finder is your own imagination.

For instance, say I wanted to find the top rookie seasons by a WR in the 2000s. Or the least valuable 3,000-yard passing seasons ever. Or the post-merger leaders in punt-return TD... The list goes on and on. In fact, the sheer number of options at your disposal here is staggering. You can choose single seasons or multiple seasons, the span of years you want the search to cover, the player's age or his level of experience (want to know who has the most INTs by a CB before his 25th birthday? We've got it.), you can search by league, team, active/inactive status in 2008, Hall of Fame status, position (the position finder is smart, too -- players have separate single-season and career positional designations), plus an insane number of possible criteria in 75 statistical categories. 75, people! You just can't get this kind of thing anywhere else!

My descriptions don't do this feature justice, though... You really have to try the Season Finder out for yourself to fully understand the degree of awesomeness we're dealing with here. Just a few minutes of tinkering around with it, and I know you'll feel the same way I do: namely, that this tool is going to occupy massive amounts of my time in the foreseeable future. And there's nothing wrong with that.

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