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"No one is certain how football came to America. There are those who say it has always been here in the guise of an Indian game like lacrosse; its resemblance to English Rugby is apparent. But the game we know today is uniquely American, its place on the American scene secures. From September until long after the snow falls, Saturday afternoon means the Big Game to millions; and to millions the names of Heffelfinger, Grange, Harmon, Kazmaier and other gridiron greats will never lose their luster. This year [1953], more than 15,000,000 Americans - old grads, subway alumni and just plain football fans - will turn out to see their favorites do battle in a game that bears little resemblance to the scrambling, uncoordinated melees of 50 years ago. This is the story of how football grew up, of its heroes, and of the great games of yesteryear."

Click here to read about one of the first football games to be played on Thanksgiving.

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Football's First Half-Century (Coronet Magazine, 1953)

Football's First Half-Century (Coronet Magazine, 1953)

Football's First Half-Century (Coronet Magazine, 1953)

Football's First Half-Century (Coronet Magazine, 1953)

Football's First Half-Century (Coronet Magazine, 1953)

Football's First Half-Century (Coronet Magazine, 1953)

Football's First Half-Century (Coronet Magazine, 1953)

Football's First Half-Century (Coronet Magazine, 1953)

Football's First Half-Century (Coronet Magazine, 1953)

Football's First Half-Century (Coronet Magazine, 1953)

Football's First Half-Century (Coronet Magazine, 1953)

Football's First Half-Century (Coronet Magazine, 1953)

Football's First Half-Century (Coronet Magazine, 1953)

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