Monday Night Football: 50 Years Of Facts And Trivia

By Kellar Ellsworth
Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford, and Don Meredith in 1971. Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

On September 21, 1970, ABC's Monday Night Football aired for the first time, bringing NFL fans something they'd never seen before: football... on a Monday night. Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and Keith Jackson called the game between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. The broadcast became a tremendously popular American sports institution, one more game to give fans a reason to make it through the Monday workday.

The Jets' Joe Namath threw three interceptions that night, and the Browns won 31-21.