The Chicago Charities College All-Star Game was a preseason American football game played from 1934 to 1976 between the National Football League (NFL) champions and a team of star college seniors from the previous year. It was also known as the College All-Star Football Classic.
The game was contested annually — except for 1974, due to that year's NFL strike — and was played in July, August, or September. The second game, played in 1935, involved the hometown Chicago Bears, runner-up of the 1934 season, instead of the defending champion New York Giants. The New York Jets played in the 1969 edition, although still an American Football League (AFL) team, as once the AFL-NFL Championship was introduced (including for the two seasons before the "Super Bowl" designation was officially adopted and the remaining two seasons before the AFL–NFL merger) the Super Bowl winner was the professional team involved, regardless of which league the team represented.
|College All-Star Football Classic (defunct)|
|Chicago Charities College All-Star Game|
Program cover for 1941 game
|Stadium||Soldier Field (1934–42, 1945–76)|
Dyche Stadium (1943–44)
|Location||Chicago (1934–42, 1945–76)|
Evanston, Illinois (1943–44)
The game was the idea of Arch Ward, the sports editor of the Chicago Tribune and the driving force behind baseball's All-Star Game. The game originally was a benefit for Chicago-area charities and was always played at Soldier Field, with the exception of two years during World War II, 1943 and 1944, when it was held at Northwestern University's Dyche Stadium in Evanston.
The Chicago game was one of several "pro vs. rookie" college all-star games held across the United States in its early years (the 1939 season featured seven such games, all of which the NFL teams won in shutouts, and the season prior featured eight, with some of the collegiate players playing in multiple games). Chicago's game had the benefit of being the highest profile, with the NFL champions facing the best college graduates from across the country as opposed to the regional games that were held elsewhere. Because of this, the game survived far longer than its contemporaries.
The inaugural game in 1934, played before a crowd of 79,432 on August 31, was a scoreless tie between the all-stars and the Chicago Bears. The following year, in a game that included University of Michigan graduate and future president Gerald Ford, the Bears won 5–0. The first all-star team to win was the 1937 squad, coached by Gus Dorais, which won 6–0 over Curly Lambeau's Green Bay Packers. The only score came on a 47-yard touchdown pass from future Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh to Gaynell Tinsley. Baugh's Washington Redskins lost to the All-Stars the next year, but he did not play due to injury.
In the 1940s, the games were competitive affairs that attracted large crowds to Soldier Field. The college all-stars had the benefit of being fully integrated, since the NFL's league-wide color barrier did not apply to the squad, meaning black players such as Kenny Washington (who played in the 1940 contest) were allowed to play in the game. As the talent level of pro football improved (and the NFL itself integrated), the pros came to dominate the series.
The qualifying criteria for the College All-Star squad was loose, as the 1945 game featured Tom Harmon, who had begun his professional career in 1941 but had been interrupted by military service. The all-stars last won consecutive games in 1946 and 1947, and won only four of the final 29 games. The Philadelphia Eagles fell in 1950, the Cleveland Browns in 1955, and the Detroit Lions in 1958. The last all-star win came in 1963, when a college team coached by legendary quarterback Otto Graham beat Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers, 20–17.
In 1949, Ward, who by this time had founded the competing All-America Football Conference, attempted to have that league's champion - the perennially winning Browns - play that year's game instead of the NFL champion, but after the NFL threatened legal action, the Tribune board overruled Ward and renewed its agreement with the NFL.
By the late 1960s and early 1970s, enthusiasm for the game started to erode as NFL coaches had become increasingly reluctant to let their new draftees play in the exhibition due to their being forced miss part of training camp, and their draftees being at considerable risk for injury; as early as 1949, these concerns had been raised after Dick Rifenburg suffered a serious knee injury practicing for the game, effectively ending his professional career before it began, and prompting Rifenburg's move into broadcasting.
A player's strike forced the cancellation of the 1974 game: although the league went forward with the rest of its preseason, they needed access to as many rookies as possible for replacement players to replace striking players and players who defected to the World Football League, leaving them unable to spare players for a team to play the college all-stars.
Further, the NFL was also withdrawing from competition against teams that were not members of the league at this time; the College All-Star Game remains, as of 2018, the last time an NFL team played a team from outside the league. Only two other games, a 1969 split-squad match against a Continental Football League team and a 1972 split-squad match against a Seaboard Football League team, both major blowout wins for the NFL teams, were played in this time.
The final game took place in 1976 during a torrential downpour at Soldier Field on July 23. Despite featuring stars such as Chuck Muncie, Mike Pruitt, Lee Roy Selmon, and Jackie Slater, the all-stars were hopelessly outmatched by the Pittsburgh Steelers, winners of Super Bowl X. The star quarterback for the College All-Stars was Steeler draft pick Mike Kruczek out of Boston College.
With 1:22 remaining in the third quarter and the Steelers leading 24–0, high winds and lightning prompted all-stars coach Ara Parseghian to call for a time out. Fans subsequently invaded the field and began sliding on the turf, and with the rain continuing to fall heavily, the officials ordered both teams to their locker rooms.
Despite the efforts of officials, security and Chicago Police, all attempts to clear the field failed, and a group of drunk fans tore down the goalposts at the southern end of the stadium. However, by this time, the torrential rain had left parts of the field under 18 inches of water, meaning it would have been unplayable in any event.
At 11:01pm, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle and the Tribune announced that the game had been called. The news was greeted with jeers, and numerous brawls broke out on the flooded field before order was finally restored. Joe Washington of Oklahoma was selected MVP of the final College All-Star game.
While Chicago Tribune Charities had every intention of staging a 1977 game, a combination of NFL coaches being increasingly unwilling to let their high draft picks play, rising insurance costs and higher player salaries meant the game was no longer viable. The Tribune announced on December 21, 1976, that the game would be discontinued.
In the 42 College All-Star Games, the defending pro champions won 31, the All-Stars won nine, and two were ties, giving the collegians a .238 winning percentage.
One aspect of the College All-Star Game was later revived: the concept of the league champion playing in the first game of the season was adopted in 2004 with the National Football League Kickoff game. Since then, the first game of the regular season is hosted by the defending Super Bowl champion.
The game raised over $4 million for charity over the course of its 42-game run.
|Year||Date||Winning team||Losing team||Attendance||Series|
|1934||August 31||College All-Stars||0||Chicago Bears||0||79,432||Tied 0–0–1|
|1935||August 29||Chicago Bears||5||College All-Stars||0||77,450||NFL 1–0–1|
|1936||September 2||College All-Stars||7||Detroit Lions||7||76,000||NFL 1–0–2|
|1937||September 1||College All-Stars||6||Green Bay Packers||0||84,560||Tied 1–1–2|
|1938||August 31||College All-Stars||28||Washington Redskins||16||74,250||Colleges 2–1–2|
|1939||August 30||New York Giants||9||College All-Stars||0||81,456||Tied 2–2–2|
|1940||August 29||Green Bay Packers||45||College All-Stars||28||84,567||NFL 3–2–2|
|1941||August 28||Chicago Bears||37||College All-Stars||13||98,203||NFL 4–2–2|
|1942||August 28||Chicago Bears||21||College All-Stars||0||101,103||NFL 5–2–2|
|1943||August 28||College All-Stars||27||Washington Redskins||7||48,437||NFL 5–3–2|
|1944||August 30||Chicago Bears||24||College All-Stars||21||49,246||NFL 6–3–2|
|1945||August 30||Green Bay Packers||19||College All-Stars||7||92,753||NFL 7–3–2|
|1946||August 23||College All-Stars||16||Los Angeles Rams||0||97,380||NFL 7–4–2|
|1947||August 22||College All-Stars||16||Chicago Bears||0||105,840||NFL 7–5–2|
|1948||August 22||Chicago Cardinals||28||College All-Stars||0||101,220||NFL 8–5–2|
|1949||August 22||Philadelphia Eagles||38||College All-Stars||0||93,780||NFL 9–5–2|
|1950||August 11||College All-Stars||17||Philadelphia Eagles||7||88,885||NFL 9–6–2|
|1951||August 17||Cleveland Browns||33||College All-Stars||0||92,180||NFL 10–6–2|
|1952||August 15||Los Angeles Rams||10||College All-Stars||7||88,316||NFL 11–6–2|
|1953||August 14||Detroit Lions||24||College All-Stars||10||93,818||NFL 12–6–2|
|1954||August 13||Detroit Lions||31||College All-Stars||6||93,470||NFL 13–6–2|
|1955||August 12||College All-Stars||30||Cleveland Browns||27||75,000||NFL 13–7–2|
|1956||August 10||Cleveland Browns||26||College All-Stars||0||75,000||NFL 14–7–2|
|1957||August 9||New York Giants||22||College All-Stars||12||75,000||NFL 15–7–2|
|1958||August 15||College All-Stars||35||Detroit Lions||19||70,000||NFL 15–8–2|
|1959||August 14||Baltimore Colts||29||College All-Stars||0||70,000||NFL 16–8–2|
|1960||August 12||Baltimore Colts||32||College All-Stars||7||70,000||NFL 17–8–2|
|1961||August 4||Philadelphia Eagles||28||College All-Stars||14||66,000||NFL 18–8–2|
|1962||August 3||Green Bay Packers||42||College All-Stars||20||65,000||NFL 19–8–2|
|1963||August 2||College All-Stars||20||Green Bay Packers||17||65,000||NFL 19–9–2|
|1964||August 7||Chicago Bears||28||College All-Stars||17||65,000||NFL 20–9–2|
|1965||August 6||Cleveland Browns||24||College All-Stars||16||68,000||NFL 21–9–2|
|1966||August 5||Green Bay Packers||38||College All-Stars||0||72,000||NFL 22–9–2|
|1967||August 4||Green Bay Packers||27||College All-Stars||0||70,934||NFL 23–9–2|
|1968||August 2||Green Bay Packers||34||College All-Stars||17||69,917||NFL 24–9–2|
|1969||August 1||New York Jets||26||College All-Stars||24||74,208||NFL 25–9–2|
|1970||July 31||Kansas City Chiefs||24||College All-Stars||3||69,940||NFL 26–9–2|
|1971||July 30||Baltimore Colts||24||College All-Stars||17||52,289||NFL 27–9–2|
|1972||July 28||Dallas Cowboys||20||College All-Stars||7||54,162||NFL 28–9–2|
|1973||July 27||Miami Dolphins||14||College All-Stars||3||54,103||NFL 29–9–2|
|1974||July 26||Canceled due to 1974 NFL strike|
Game was originally scheduled between the Miami Dolphins and College All-Stars
|1975||August 1||Pittsburgh Steelers||21||College All-Stars||14||54,562||NFL 30–9–2|
|1976||July 23 1||Pittsburgh Steelers||24||College All-Stars||0||52,095||NFL 31–9–2|
Listed by number of appearances
|Green Bay Packers||8||6||2||0||.750||1940, 1945, 1962,
1966, 1967, 1968
|Chicago Bears||7||5||1||1||.786||1935, 1941,
1942, 1944, 1964
|Cleveland Browns||4||3||1||0||.750||1951, 1956, 1965||1955|
|Detroit Lions||4||2||1||1||.625||1953, 1954||1936, 1958|
|Baltimore Colts||3||3||0||0||1.000||1959, 1960, 1971|
|Philadelphia Eagles||3||2||1||0||.667||1949, 1961||1950|
|New York Giants||2||2||0||0||1.000||1939, 1957|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||2||2||0||0||1.000||1975, 1976|
|Los Angeles Rams||2||1||1||0||.500||1952||1946|
|Washington Redskins||2||0||2||0||.000||1938, 1943|
|New York Jets||1||1||0||0||1.000||1969|
|Kansas City Chiefs||1||1||0||0||1.000||1970|
The Most Valuable Player award was given from 1938 through 1973 and was always awarded to a player on the College All-Stars
|1938||Cecil Isbell||Running back||Purdue|
|1939||Bill Osmanski||Running back||Holy Cross|
|1940||Ambrose Schindler||Running back||USC|
|1941||George Franck||Running back||Minnesota|
|1942||Bruce Smith||Running back||Minnesota|
|1943||Pat Harder||Running back||Wisconsin|
|1944||Glenn Dobbs||Running back||Tulsa|
|1946||Elroy Hirsch||Running back||Wisconsin|
|1947||Claude Young||Running back||Illinois|
|1948||Jay Rodemeyer||Running back||Kentucky|
|1949||Bill Fischer||Offensive lineman||Notre Dame|
|1950||Charlie Justice||Running back||North Carolina|
|1954||Carlton Massey||Defensive end||Texas|
|1955||Ralph Guglielmi||Quarterback||Notre Dame|
|1958||Bobby Mitchell||Halfback/Wide receiver||Illinois|
|Jim Ninowski||Quarterback||Michigan State|
|1959||Bob Ptacek||Running back||Michigan|
|1963||Ron Vander Kelen||Quarterback||Wisconsin|
|1964||Charley Taylor||Wide receiver||Arizona State|
|1965||John Huarte||Quarterback||Notre Dame|
|1967||Charles "Bubba" Smith||Defensive end||Michigan State|
|1968||Larry Csonka||Running back||Syracuse|
|1970||Bruce Taylor||Defensive back||Boston University|
|1971||Richard Harris||Defensive end||Grambling State|
|1973||Ray Guy||Punter||Southern Mississippi|
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The undefeated Western Maryland Green Terror, who had shut out eight opponents, including Bucknell and Boston College, were originally selected to play in the game. In addition, the Green Terrors had national points leader running back Bill Shepherd, who started the East–West Shrine Game and the Chicago College All-Star Game. However, legendary Hall of Fame coach Dick Harlow, seeing it was not much of a challenge, declined so his players could play in the then more prestigious Shrine Game. The Shrine Game had over 55,000 fans in attendance, compared to the about 5,000 of the Orange Bowl, which had been called the Palm Festival for the previous two years.
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Edwin (Eddie) Bernard Kahn was born in New York City, November 9, 1911. He grew up in Roxbury, Massachusetts, attended Boston English High School, and played on the football team in his sophomore year with limited success.
He went to the University of North Carolina to study law, but after he put on enough weight, he tried football again, making the freshman football team as a fullback. He lettered for three years as a guard on the varsity team, and acquired the nickname "King Kong". The 1934 Tar Heels, coached by Carl Snavely, went 7–1–1, with the "ladies from hell" Kahn and George Barclay as guards, and Jim Tatum (later the coach of the 1953 University of Maryland national champion team) at tackle. Kahn was All-Southern Conference in 1933, and All-Southern Conference, All South Atlantic, Players All-America, and Jewish All America in 1934.
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Air Force: 1957-58
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He returned to professional football with the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League in 1959.Boston Patriots: 1960-1963
Sardisco returned to the states to help launch the AFL, and he played guard for the Patriots from 1960-63. He served as team captain for the inaugural Boston Patriots team. He was named All-AFL the 1961 season and played three seasons in all with the Patriots.Coaching- Jesuit High School: 1964-1967
Following his playing career, Sardisco turned to coaching. He served as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater. Note the school's name changes and history: St. John Berchmans College, a high school for boys, opened in Shreveport on Texas Avenue on November 2, 1902, by the Rev. John Francis O'Connor, S.J. (1848 - 1911), and it moved to Jordan Street in 1938 and was renamed St. John’s High School. In 1960 the school's name was changed to Jesuit High School. The Jesuits relinquished control of the school in 1982 to the Diocese of Alexandria-Shreveport, and the school took on its present name in honor of Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Girls were admitted to Loyola for the first time in 1987. St. Vincent's Academy, a Catholic high school for girls, closed in 1988. Loyola is still open today.
Coaching- Buffalo Bills: 1968
On February 7, 1968, it was announced that Sardisco was hired to coach defensive line for the Buffalo Bills. It was the first time the Bills had five full-time assistants since 1964. It was during Sardisco's tenure that Bob Kalsu, and offensive guard, won Buffalo Bills Rookie of the Year, and later fought in the Vietnam War.Coaching- Temple: 1969
Sardisco was an assistant coach at Temple under George Makris in 1969.Coaching- Jesuit High School: 1970-1974, Athletic Director 1973- 1985
In 1970, Sardisco became the head football coach at Jesuit High School (now Loyola College Prep) in Shreveport, Louisiana. He subsequently became their athletics director and a psychology teacher in 1973, and remained as the athletics director at Jesuit High School for twelve more years.
He was inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 1982 and to the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. He also was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.He died at age 73 from a myocardial infarction at his home in Shreveport.