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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BRIDGE AT ARGENTEUIL, 1874

Friday Night Lions: 1952

Friday Night Lions: 1952

November 1952. A pep talk from Coach. "Hamlet (North Carolina) High School football team in locker room at away game." From photos by Douglas Jones for the Look magazine assignment "Football Weekend." View full size.

 

When Only Real Men Played Football

Back in that day you played both offense and defense. No specialists on special teams, no players who only kicked, quarterbacks who only quarterbacked. If they threw an interception they stayed on the field as maybe a middle line backer and hoped he would have a chance to tackle the guy who intercepted.

Going both ways had an entirely different meaning then.

Fall Friday nights in America

are some of the best times of the year. Nothing brings people and communities together like their high school sports teams.

It's Halftime

and they're getting whipped.

 
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