Remember The College Football All-Star Game?

The police finally arrived, restored order and the game was called.

A few months later, it was announced that the ’76 contest was the last “College All-Star Game.”

It was inglorious end to Arch Ward’s great idea.

The 1965 game saw Gale Sayers, Roger Staubach and Dick Butkus mix-it-up with the champion Browns,

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When the NFL team began to dominate, attendance and the TV ratings took a dive. In 1976, the Steelers were leading the All-Stars 24-0 in a driving rainstorm late in the 3rd quarter when a time-out was called. Few wanted to see games like the ’66 blow-out by the Packers (38-0), another Pack shutout of the All-Stars in ’67 (27-0), and the Chiefs 24-3 win in ’70.

Defensive titan Bubba Smith (’67) and famed-headhunter Jack Tatum (’72) also played for the All-Stars before their noteworthy pro careers.

Some of the famous names to have played for the All-Stars over the years included former President Gerald Ford (’35) and Jackie Robinson (’41). At that point, hundreds of fans ran on to the field and began sliding on the slickened turf.

Inexplicably, there were no security guards and the rowdiness escalated, eventually leading to fights and the tearing down of the goal posts.

They didn’t even finish the last “Chicago College All-Star” game. Future pro greats Frank Gifford (’52), Sam Huff (’56), Alex Karras (’58), and Mike Ditka (’61).



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