I watched most of the amazing Michigan State vs. Wisconsin game last Saturday. The Badgers lost via a last second hail mary. I got to wondering, what was the original "Hail Mary"? As always, wiki provided the answer in seconds, and it was in a 1975 playoff game featuring Dallas vs. Minnesota. Staubach threw it, and while being asked about it in the locker room mentioned the term "Hail Mary" due to his Catholic faith.
I youtubed and quickly found the play. I also found the WHOLE GAME, that you can watch below if you have some spare time. It was so cool to watch this piece of historical football footage. Immediate things you will notice.
The turf was a mess at the old Met in Minneapolis.
Not a single one of these men could compete in today's NFL.
They had different equipment - from the facemasks to the pads.
The formations were a lot more like the college game. The shotgun and empty backfield was rarely used, and a lot of the time a two running back set was also used. The west coast offense was not discovered yet - it is clear that both teams based their offenses around the run.
It was great to see Landry and Bud Grant, along with a lot of other names from the past.
Clipping was called. That penalty I think is gone now, called an illegal block from behind or some nonsense.
The refs showed the penalty to both sides of the stadium.
There are a lot of other little things that you will look at and say - hey, I remember that. Just a cool little trip to the past.
As a side note, the Hail Mary was disputed, as the Vikings said that Pearson pushed off and they wanted offensive pass interference. At the end of the game the field was littered with trash and the head ref got nailed with a whiskey bottle and was knocked unconsious. Ah, the good 'ol days.