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“Linked to Legends” documentary film to air Friday on WNMU-TV

NMU Film Maker Dwight Brady looks back 100 years
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 11:03 PM EST
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - A documentary film discussing how the Upper Peninsula competed against the Green Bay Packers in the early days of the franchise will make its debut Friday on WNMU-TV in Marquette.

NMU Broadcasting Professor Dwight Brady is in charge of “Linked to Legends.” It can be seen this Friday at 9:30 pm. It can also be watched Thursday, December 3 at 9 pm and Monday, December 7 at 2:30 pm.

In the introduction of the film Brady narrates, “We explore the century old stories of five Upper Peninsula communities, and trying within the hallowed history of the NFL’s most successful and oldest franchise to continue under one name, the Green Bay Packers.

“Ishpeming, Menominee, Iron Mountain were part of the early story in the Packer’s history,” Brady said in an interview. “And as you get into some of thosae interactions with the Stambaugh team out of Iron County, they were tough. They played the Packers 3-0 in one game with just a Curly Lambeau dropkick that beat them. So they were right on par with the Packers in the early years. One of the biggest surprises was Ironwood. Of course Ironwood was the largest city in th eU.P>at that time. Ironwood played them to several 0-0 ties in the 1924 season.

Brady is a Manistique native and watched “The Ice Bowl” game between the Packers and Dallas Cowboys as an eight year old in 1967, beginning his love for the Packers. In his research Brady learned how two future U.P. Sports Hall of Famers from Calumet accidently could have put the Packer’s franchise in jeopardy.

“Of course we all know about George Gipp (win one for the Gipper),” Brady said. “But there also were two other players that joined him down at Notre Dame in 1918.
It was Heartley “Hunk” Anderson and Fred “O’Jay” Larson. In 1921 Larson and Anderson were signed by the Packers under assumed names to play illegally in the final game of the season. Of course the Packers got caught using these players that still had college eligibility. So the Packers were tossed out of the league. Imagine if that had stayed true that the Packers would have never gotten back into pro football.”

To learn more about the film go to: linkedtolegends.com

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