Does anyone remember the old College All-Star game that used to be played between the defending NFL champions and the College All-Stars who had been drafted by the NFL? The last one was played in 1976 so you’d have to be at least 50 to have a memory of it.
On this date in 1968 the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers beat the All- Stars 34-17 before 69. 917 fans at Soldier Field in Chicago. The College All-Star game was started in 1934 by Arch Ward the sports editor of the Chicago Tribune- the same man who came up with the idea for the Baseball All-Star Game. The idea was to raise money for charities. The only year from 1934-76 that it wasn’t played was in 1974 due to the NFL players strike. In all the years the NFL champs won 31 times, the College All-Stars 9 times and there were two ties.
The last game in 1976 was a very memorable one- the Pittsburgh Steelers had a 24-0 lead late in the 3rd quarter when the college all-stars coach Ara Parseghian called time out due to the high winds-then the rain came pouring down it was a monsoon- fans started to run out onto the field running and sliding. The game was called at that point. After that the NFL got wise- coaches didn’t want their rookies playing in this meaningless game- they wanted them in camp- and also they didn’t want the players to risk injury. In the 42 years the game raised $4 million dollars for charity- which doesn’t really seem too much.