Pro Football on Monday niight? Now that we have NFL football on Sundays. Mondays, and Thursdays, not to mention MAC football on Tuesdays, it doesn't seem very revolutionary, but back in 1970, this was a big deal.

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New York Jets at Cleveland Browns. September 21st, 1970. Frank Gifford recently passed away. Many people mistakenly remember him as the first play by play man on MNF, but it was Keith Jackson. Gifford didn't join the show until season two. But immediately a star was born. Howard Cosell. Love him. Hate him. He became a major cultural phenomenon.

Here's an article from three years ago about that first night..

ESPN tweeted this earlier today.


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