76th GAME – DETROIT LIONS THANKSGIVING TRADITION
Happy Thanksgiving from the Detroit Lions! The Lions Thanksgiving tradition started in 1934 and no other team in professional sports can claim to be as much a part of an American holiday as the Detroit Lions with Thanksgiving. The Lions have claimed wins on Thanksgiving for the past two seasons and have an overall Thanksgiving record of 35-38-2.
The Lions have played the Eagles only one time on Thanksgiving. They lost 12-0 to Philadelphia in 1968 at Tiger Stadium. This was also the lowest scoring Thanksgiving Day game in Lions history and has been referred to as “The Mud Bowl.”
TODAY’S GAME PRESENTED BY BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MICHIGAN
The Lions Thanksgiving Day Game is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as part of their #MIKidsCan campaign. Michigan kids need our help to lead healthy and active lives. So share the ways you’re encouraging kids to eat right and be physically active by using #MIKidsCan on social media. Fans will receive a rally towel courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
NFL PLAY 60
The National Football League and the Detroit Lions are highlighting their commitment to reverse the trend of childhood obesity by getting kids active for at least 60 minutes a day through the NFL Play 60 campaign. The campaign focuses on kids being active and healthy year round.
PRE-GAME AND HALFTIME ENTERTAINMENT
The National Anthem will be performed by 16-year-old actress, singer/songwriter Sabrina Carpenter. Sabrina is one of the stars of Disney Channel’s hit series, Girl Meets World. She will be accompanied by young Lions’ fans that make active play a part of their daily goals and 90 season ticket members holding the American Flag.
Our nationally televised halftime show will feature a performance by Detroit native, Big Sean. Big Sean has earned worldwide attention since 2011. He has sold over 15 million records, earned numerous music awards and nominations, and has also collaborated with Kanye West, Drake, Eminem and others. Earlier this month he wrapped up a worldwide tour with a sold out show in Detroit.
Big Sean will be accompanied by members of the Detroit PAL youth championship football team West 7 Rams, and first runner ups Motor City Wolverines. Big Sean’s foundation, The Sean Anderson Foundation, donated $5,000 to Detroit PAL on November 8 to support the organization’s character-building initiatives with Detroit youth.
Detroit PAL is a nonprofit organization positively impacting the lives of over 13,000 children each year through athletic, academic and leadership development programs with roots dating back to 1969. Detroit PAL boasts one of the largest football programs in the country with over 3,300 youth participants and 1,000 cheerleaders between the ages of 5-14. The youth football program is powered by the Detroit Lions.
VISIT SANTA CLAUS AND THE CHRISTMAS TREE
Happy Holidays! Be sure to visit Santa Claus at the “Real Michigan” Christmas tree, a locally grown 32-foot Concolor Fir from Dutchman Tree Farm. The tree is decorated in Honolulu Blue and silver and located on the concourse level at Gate G.