Cornell v. Penn Football Program 1946 - Chuck Bednarik

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Cornell v. Penn Football Program 1946, Franklin Field Illustrated, Thanksgiving Day game. Program is in very good condition, with some minor soiling and a very small tear to the front cover. This game was played on Thanksgiving Day at Franklin Field, as was the tradition, as the weather at Cornell was not as predictable.

Cornell and Penn have played the game in Philadelphia 68 consecutive times. Since 1964 games have been held at both Ithaca and Philadelphia. Penn's rivalry with Cornell is the fifth most played college football rivalry of all time. Their first game was in 1893 and they have played every year since, except in 1918. Since 1995, the winner of the Cornell-Penn football game has been awarded the Trustees' Cup.

There is a full page picture of Chuck Bednarik in the program, who served as the captain of the Penn team in 1946. Bednarik joined Penn in the middle of 1945 after serving in the Air Force. He served as an aerial gunner and participated in 30 missions over Germany. He would go on play pro football for the Philadelphia Eagles for 13 years and he played in 8 pro bowls. He is a member of the college football Hall of Fame and the NFL Hall of Fame. He was also the last "60 minute" man to play in the NFL, meaning he played the entire 60 minute game, something that you don't see anymore.