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People do not realize that once upon a time the defending Super Bowl champion played a college allstar team as part of the preseason

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Yeah, SOME people. The line between college and pros seems blurred today.

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This was the second to last game of the series, which was often called The Chicago All Star Game. It was held at Soldier Field annually long before the Bears made it their home effective the 1971 season. It was played in late July before the Hall of Fame Game and other preseason games. The 1974 game that would have pitted the Miami Dolphins against the College All Stars didn't take place due to an NFL players strike that was resolved without impacting the regular season. The 1976 game was called late in the third quarter, with the Steelers up 24-0, due to a severe thunderstorm which included lightning strikes nearby and water inundating the field.

Later in 1977, long time sponsor and organizer, the Chicago Tribune announced the game was being discontinued. NFL teams had long feared injury to their draft picks and disliked the delays in getting these players into training camp. Attendance and TV ratings had also been in decline because the defending NFL champs dominated the series, going 31-9-2 over the lifetime of the event, the College All Stars losing 16 of the last 17 meetings.

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I never knew about this game. It makes me think back to Jim McKay's comment after the US beat the USSR in the 1980 Olympics. He compared it to a team of college all-stars beating the Pittsburgh Steelers. I never knew there was an actual background to that comparison.



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beejmi wrote:
Did Youtube take this down already?

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tamalie wrote: This was the second to last game of the series, which was often called The Chicago All Star Game. It was held at Soldier Field annually long before the Bears made it their home effective the 1971 season. It was played in late July before the Hall of Fame Game and other preseason games. The 1974 game that would have pitted the Miami Dolphins against the College All Stars didn't take place due to an NFL players strike that was resolved without impacting the regular season. The 1976 game was called late in the third quarter, with the Steelers up 24-0, due to a severe thunderstorm which included lightning strikes nearby and water inundating the field.

Later in 1977, long time sponsor and organizer, the Chicago Tribune announced the game was being discontinued. NFL teams had long feared injury to their draft picks and disliked the delays in getting these players into training camp. Attendance and TV ratings had also been in decline because the defending NFL champs dominated the series, going 31-9-2 over the lifetime of the event, the College All Stars losing 16 of the last 17 meetings.

Tamalie,I'd have to look this up, but didn't one of the games end in a no-contest when the fans stormed the field and basically rioted?  That may have been during the 1976 game though.  The video used to be on Youtube, but it felt very much like a precursor to Disco Demolition night.



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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0lkHGKV44U



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Fans running wild on the field and ABC showing it on TV. It was truly a different era.

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This was three years before Disco Demolition. The 70s... a time before Twitter, when you had to blow off steam by going shirtless to sporting events and running onto the field any chance you got.

70s fan attire didn't include fitted New Era hats or Majestic $300 replica player jerseys. All you needed was a pair of faded Levis and your bare chest.



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I've heard about these games, but never saw footage of one until today. I assumed they weren't televised, so "thanks"!

Always thought they were exhibitions with scrubs and back-ups, too. So I was kinda' jazzed to see Jack frickin' Lambert in there, late in the 4th, breaking up a pass and celebrating.



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Erick Von Erich wrote: I've heard about these games, but never saw footage of one until today. I assumed they weren't televised, so "thanks"!

Always thought they were exhibitions with scrubs and back-ups, too. So I was kinda' jazzed to see Jack frickin' Lambert in there, late in the 4th, breaking up a pass and celebrating.
They were televised and were boring as hell.



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