I was looking at the SI article with the iconic pictures and it reminded me of the old practice that ended in 1976 where the Super Bowl Champs from the previous year took on a team of college all-stars in the summer during the preseason. It was kind of a rookies vs. champions type game and obviously was usually won by the SB champs though there were some upsets over the fifty or so years they played it. The final game was in 1976 when the Steelers won 24-0 in a lightning and rain shortened game at Chicago's Soldier Field. The game was delayed (and eventually ended ) in the third quarter when a monsoon-like thunderstorm made it so you could not even see the field through the rain. Hundreds of fans swarmed the field and began to use it as a slip and slide and actually tore down the goalposts. Youtube has a video of the final ten minutes or so https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0lkHGKV44U and there are some decent articles about the series as a whole that you can find by googling "college football all stars vs nfl". Certainly in today's world this type game would NEVER happen but it WAS entertaining at times and I very much remember watching it on TV seeing the rain in that last game.
OT-Does anyone else remember when the reigning Super Bowl champs played a college football all-star team in an exhibition game?
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