14. Respect The Game

What: Charity game vs. Notre Dame All-Stars
Date: 12/14/1930

In 1930, there were plenty of people out there—football fans included—who didn't think professional football was going to last. They thought college football was superior and they didn't think that the pros played as hard as the college kids. So a charity game was arranged between the Giants and a team of all-stars from Notre Dame with ND reuniting its legendary "Four Horsemen" for the game. ND coach Knute Rockne reportedly thought his squad would have no trouble handling the Giants. And then, they failed to score a single point and got manhandled. The game helped legitimize pro football in a way that the first decade of the NFL hadn't.