Thanksgiving Tradition: Turkey, Pumpkin Pie and Football

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Thanksgiving Tradition: Turkey, Pumpkin Pie and Football

Football has become an integral part of Thanksgiving tradition as much as turkey and pumpkin pie.

The first football game played on Thanksgiving was the Intercollegiate Football Association championship in 1876.  The game and the holiday became so connected that by 1893, the New York Herald called Thanksgiving the official holiday for watching football.

The NFL played its first game on Thanksgiving in 1920. The Akron Pros defeated the Canton Bulldogs by a score of 7-0.  Except for the years during World War II, the Detroit Lions have hosted a game every year since 1934. The Dallas Cowboys have hosted a game most years since 1966.

So let's take a look at this part of American culture. We'll look at some high school rivalries, one traditional college game, and some of the more memorable NFL games.

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