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The 1962 Thanksgiving Day Game Was A Classic

The 1962 Thanksgiving Day Game Was A Classic

Thanksgiving Day games have been around quite a while. But few were so dramatic as the one in 1962, when the Detroit Lions carved up the Green Bay Packers 26-14 and feasted on Bart Starr...
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NFL Put The Game In The Fast Lane During The 1930s

NFL Put The Game In The Fast Lane During The 1930s

Editor's Note: This is Part II in a three-part series about the early days of professional football.  Modern football took shape during the 1930s, which was a pivotal period in the nation as well. The Depression hit and a new president took office...
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Jim Crow Cast A Shadow On Early Pro Football

Jim Crow Cast A Shadow On Early Pro Football

It was a fall evening in Ames, Iowa, home of Iowa State College, which became Iowa State University. The date was Oct. 6, 1923. The opponent: Minnesota. Jack Trice, born in 1902, was the son of a former slave and buffalo soldier...
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Pro Football In The 1920s

Pro Football In The 1920s

Editor's Note: This is Part I in a three-part series about the early days of professional football.  Professional football during the 1920s was barely recognizable as the forerunner of the modern NFL.  For one thing, there’s the name...
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Forgotten: Big Daddy Lipscomb

Forgotten: Big Daddy Lipscomb

Gene Lipscomb defines larger than life.  He was huge: 6 feet 6 inches and about 300 pounds. Like Babe Ruth, his appetites were as outsized as he was. Also liked Ruth, they included a prodigious amount of alcohol and busloads of women...
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Jocks, Legends, Tycoons and Actors

Jocks, Legends, Tycoons and Actors

Sports fans love athletes who excel in more than one sport. During recent decades, that included such pro football luminaries as Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders.  That was a while ago...
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