Last year, the NFL started uploading classic games to YouTube. Now you can watch the game in which Barry Sanders eclipsed 2,000 rushing yards, Matthew Stafford’s “fake spike” game against the Dallas Cowboys or Detroit’s one and only playoff win in the Super Bowl era.
While that is a nice stroll down memory lane, YouTube user classicsportsvids one-upped the NFL in a huge way. The user uploaded on Saturday over 10 minutes of mind-blowingly clear footage of the 1939 game between the Detroit Lions and Brooklyn Dodgers. Check it out:
It’s hard to believe that this footage is not only real but captured as clearly as it was. However, everything checks out. This footage only contains highlights from the half, which ends in a 0-0 tie in the video. According to Pro Football Reference, this game did indeed go to halftime tied 0-0, but ended with the Lions winning 27-7. Additionally, the Lions’ quarterback at the time, Johnny Pingel (who also served as the team’s punter and running back), wore the number 37, as it clearly shows in the video above.
The video itself is a thing to behold. It’s amazing to see how the game was played eight decades ago, and sometimes you’ll find something amazing, like this jump-pass:
The 1939 Lions would start out the season 6-1, only to lose their final four games and finish behind the eventual NFL Champions: the Green Bay Packers. I guess not much has changed in nearly 80 years.