The origin of the Detroit Lions Annual Thanksgiving Game…. #VikingsLionsWeek

So it’s week 2 in the #NFL and it’s also Vikings-Lions Weeks here at Football Fan Rush Radio.  We had a ton of fun during Bears-Packers Week and we are looking for the same excitement again as these two teams meet to do battle in week 2.

With that being said, a question many have is, How did the Lions Thanksgiving game come about.  Well we’ll tell you.

Mr. G. A. Richards, the first owner of the Detroit Lions, took the team from Portsmouth, OH to Detroit, MI. Unfortunately this was Detroit TigersCountry and the newbies needed to make a name for themselves to keep from falling into the hometown baseballs shadow.

The Lions had lost only one game prior to Thanksgiving in 1934, the season’s largest crowd had been just 15,000.  Per Wikipedia, The opponent that day in 1934 was the undefeated, defending World Champion Chicago Bears of George Halas. The game would determine the champion of the Western Division. Richards had convinced the NBC Radio Network to carry the game coast-to-coast (94 stations) and, additionally, an estimated 26,000 fans jammed into the University of Detroit Stadium while thousands more disappointed fans were turned away.

The success of this game has lead to an annual football tradition has become as much of a Thanksgiving Day tradition as Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce.

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Photo Credit: Detroit Lions, NFL


Meet radio show host and blogger Kass. She loves all things NFL football and the amazing die hard fans of the sport. She has taken her background in PR and Journalism and turned into the grind iron one stop for fans. So stay tuned for 365 days of NFL Trivia, Prize Give-a-Ways, Live Tailgating and fan features on our radio shows.

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