Year: 1997

While the Wildcat formation was invented by Billy Ford and Ryan Wilson, it was Kansas State coach Bill Synder who made it popular in the late 1990s as he utilized the many talents of quarterback Michael Bishop to confound opposing defenses. It became the blueprint on the college level for quarterbacks like Tim Tebow, and in the NFL it came into vogue after the Miami Dolphins used it to dismantle the New England Patriots in Week 3 of the 2008 season.

The Dolphins scored five touchdowns on six plays using the wildcat, starting a trend that is still popular on all levels today.