7 Unforgettable Thanksgiving Day NFL Games

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Thanksgiving Day professional football games date to 1920. But the modern iteration of the tradition dates to 1934, when Detroit Lions owner George Richards made the holiday game a bonafide institution. Richards, a radio executive, helped line up a 94-station radio network to broadcast nationally a showdown in Detroit between the 10-1 Lions and 11-0 Chicago Bears, the defending NFL champion.

“That was a close, good game, and certainly helped capture the nation’s attention as to how exciting the NFL could be,” says Pro Football Hall of Fame historian Jon Kendle about the Bears’ 19-16 win.



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