This is the true story of the Duluth Eskimos, from their early years to their infamous 1926-1927 season led by the legendary back Ernie Nevers. The hard-luck squad of future hall-of-famers inspired a movie starring George Clooney and Renee Zellweger.
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This story of the Duluth Eskimos was great! The rough and tumble barnstorming life of the early NFL and the stories of NFL Hall of Famer's Duluth Eskimo's Ernie Nevers (graduate of Superior Central High School and Stanford University) and Johnny "Blood" McNally (who attended St. John's University in Collegeville, MN) playing against Bronko Nagurski and Red Grange of the Chicago Bears, Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers, and Jim Thorpe of the New York Giants and Chicago Cardinals. Everyone played both ways in these games,14 players in all available to play at times for the Eskimos, with not much margin for error or injury. Passes with a football, that was shaped more like a water-melon than the footballs of our day, had to be from 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage and if a pass was made into the end zone failed, it was a turn over! Punting was the biggest offensive weapon (not passing) next to running in those days. Punting on third down was very common to surprise a team and set them back in a hole. Playing for field position was everything in this era. If a kick went out of bounds the ball had to be played from that side-line...not brought out into the center of the field...no hash marks existed in those days to do this. They put the "foot" back into "football" as a big part of the game. Players played with little or no protective equipment; useless leather helmets with no face protection that led to many broken noses and teeth knocked out. They would wrap the metal part of a washboard under their uniform jersey to protect their ribs. It is a great yarn of the the early days of the National Football League (NFL). Also, the portrayal of the life and times of Ole Haugsrud (the owner and manager of the Duluth Eskimos NFL team) was fantastic: From his boyhood at Superior Central High School in 1918 to the end of his life in 1976, as a part owner of the Minnesota Vikings. What a story and what a colorful and delightful character...bigger than life...and truly one of the forces who helped make the NFL great today.
In the 1920s the Duluth Eskimos saved the NFL! Hard to believe but true. This is an incredible tale.