7 Unforgettable Thanksgiving Day NFL Games


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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