The legendary Harold "Red" Grange made his professional debut on Thanksgiving Day 1925. The Bears and Cardinals played to a scoreless tie.
The tradition of Thanksgiving in Detroit began in 1934. Here's the game program from that game.
The Lions hosted the Bears in 1934. Unfortunately for the hometown fans, Chicago defeated Detroit.
Lions owner G.A. Richards is credited with starting the Thanksgiving tradition in Detroit.
This is the sideline coat of Hall of Fame QB Arnie Herber who starred in many Thanksgiving Day games with the Packers.
QB "Dutch" Clark guided the Lions during the 1930s. This is the jacket he wore during his Hall of Fame career.
Hall of Famer Ernie Nevers scored a record 40 points in the Cardinals win over the Bears on Thanksgiving Day, 1929. That mark is the oldest standing NFL record.
Cowboys QB Roger Staubach supplied his fair share of Thanksgiving Day heroics. This helmet was worn by the Hall of Famer during his career with Dallas.
Hall of Famer Joe Schmidt played in many Thanksgiving Day games during his career with the Lions. This is the helmet he wore during his days in Detroit.
The helmet, jersey, pants, gloves, socks, and shoes that Taylor donated to the Hall of Fame were the ones he wore during the Dolphins win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day 2006.
11/27/97 Chicago Bears 20 at Detroit Lions 55 - Lions running back Barry Sanders ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns. In the process, Sanders passed Eric Dickerson for second on the all-time rushing list.
11/22/90 Washington Redskins 17 at Dallas Cowboys 27 - Rookie running back Emmitt Smith carried 23 times for 132 yards, including two second-half touchdown runs, as the Cowboys score the final 17 points in the game to defeat the Redskins.
11/27/80 Chicago Bears 23 at Detroit Lions 17 (OT) - Chicago kick returner Dave Williams returned the overtime kickoff for a touchdown, completing a Bears comeback from a 17-3 deficit. Williams’ return is one of only two overtime kickoff returns for touchdowns in history.
11/28/74 Washington Redskins 23 at Dallas Cowboys 24 - Trailing Washington 16-3 in the third quarter, Dallas rookie quarterback Clint Longley replaced an injured Roger Staubach and lifted the Cowboys to victory with a 50-yard touchdown pass to Drew Pearson with 0:28 remaining.