- Sugar Bowl (2003 season):
- Rose Bowl (2003 season):
- February 1 – Super Bowl XXXVIII – New England Patriots 32, Carolina Panthers 29 at Houston, Texas
- August 8 – John Elway, Barry Sanders, Carl Eller and Bob Brown are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
- September 19 – Jerry Rice's record of 274 consecutive games with a pass reception comes to an end, although his Oakland Raiders defeat the Buffalo Bills, 13-10.
- September 27 – Morten Andersen appears in his 341st NFL game, breaking the record set by George Blanda.
- December 26 – Peyton Manning threw his 49th touchdown pass of the season in a game against the San Diego Chargers breaking Dan Marino's single season touchdown record
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