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History[ edit ] The concept of American football games being played on Thanksgiving Day dates back toshortly after the game had been invented, as it was a day that most people had off from work. In that year, the college football teams at Yale and Princeton began an annual tradition of playing each other on Thanksgiving Day.
By the time football had become a professional event, playing on Thanksgiving had already become an institution. Records of pro football being played on Thanksgiving date back to as early as the s, with the first pro—am team, the Allegheny Athletic Association of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Inthe "National" Football Leaguea Major League Baseball -backed organization based entirely in Pennsylvania and unrelated to the current NFL, attempted to settle its championship over Thanksgiving weekend; after the Backyard football on sundays ended in a tie, eventually all three teams in the league claimed to have won the title.
Members of the Ohio Leagueduring its early years, usually placed their marquee matchups on Thanksgiving Day. For instance, in and the Latrobe Athletic Association and Canton Bulldogsconsidered at the time to be two of the best teams in professional football along with the Massillon Tigersplayed on Thanksgiving.
A rigging scandal with the Tigers leading up to the game led to severe drops in attendance for the Bulldogs and ultimately led to their suspension of operations. During the s, the Ohio League stopped holding Thanksgiving games because many of its players coached high school teams and were unavailable.
This was not the case in other regional circuits: The game ended in a scoreless tie, leading to a rematch the next Sunday for the league championship.
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Several other NFL teams played regularly on Thanksgiving in the first eighteen years of the league, including the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cardinals —33; the Bears played the Lions from to while the Cardinals switched to the Green Bay Packers for andFrankford Yellow JacketsPottsville MaroonsBuffalo All-AmericansCanton Bulldogs even after the team moved to Cleveland they played the Thanksgiving game in Cantonand the New York Giants —38, who always played a crosstown rival.
The first owner of the Lions, George A. Richardsstarted the tradition of the Thanksgiving Day game as a gimmick to get people to go to Lions football games, and to continue a tradition begun by the city's previous NFL teams.
At the time, then-president Franklin Roosevelt wanted to move the holiday for economic reasons and many states were resistant to the move; half the states recognized the move and the other half did not. This complicated scheduling for Thanksgiving games.
Incidentally, the two teams were also exploring the possibility of a merger at the time. When the Thanksgiving games resumed inonly the Lions' annual home game would remain on the Thanksgiving holiday.
Inthe Packers began a thirteen-season run as the perpetual opponent to the Lions each year through The All-America Football Conference and American Football Leagueboth of which would later be absorbed into the NFL, also held Thanksgiving contests, although neither of those leagues had permanent hosts.
Likewise, the AFL of also played two Thanksgiving games in its lone season of existence, while the AFL of hosted one in its first season, which featured the Cleveland Ramsa future NFL team, and the —41 incarnation of the American Football League played two games in on the earlier "Franksgiving" date.
Inthe Dallas Cowboyswho had been founded six years earlier, adopted the practice of hosting Thanksgiving games. It is widely rumored that the Cowboys sought a guarantee that they would regularly host Thanksgiving games as a condition of their very first one since games on days other than Sunday were uncommon at the time and thus high attendance was not a certainty.
In andat the behest of then-Commissioner Pete Rozellethe St. Louis Cardinals replaced Dallas as a host team Dallas then hosted St.
Although the Cardinals, at the time known as the "Cardiac Cards" due to their propensity for winning very close games, were a modest success at the time, they were nowhere near as popular nationwide as the Cowboys, who were regular Super Bowl contenders during this era.
This, combined with St. Louis's consistently weak attendance, a series of ugly Cardinals losses in the three-game stretch, and opposition from the Kirkwood—Webster Groves Turkey Day Game a local high school football contest led to Dallas resuming regular hosting duties in ; it was then, after Rozelle asked Dallas to resume hosting Thanksgiving games, that the Cowboys requested and received an agreement guaranteeing the Cowboys a spot on Thanksgiving Day forever.
Sincea third NFL game on Thanksgiving has been played in primetime. The night game never had any conference tie-ins, meaning the league could place any game into the time slot.
Ina series of changes to the broadcast contracts freed CBS from its obligation to carry an AFC team; bythe last vestiges of conference ties to the Thanksgiving games were eliminated in practice, games on Fox remain all-NFC contests.
Throwback uniforms[ edit ] Since teams playing on Thanksgiving have worn throwback uniforms on numerous occasions. In some years namelyit extended to nearly all games of the weekend, and in some cases also involved classic field logos at the respective stadiums. In —, and again in, and the Detroit Lions have worn throwback uniforms based on their very early years.
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