Why NFL didn’t cancel games after JFK’s assassination: Revisiting controversial decision, fan anger at Cowboys in 1963….

Sixty years ago today, Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Forty-eight hours later, the NFL played its regularly scheduled games.

It’s hard to describe the shock the nation felt. It’s hard, too, to grasp today the league’s rationale then.

This much is clear: Sadness and confusion, anger and anguish gripped the nation — and, in turn, the National Football League.

Commissioner Pete Rozelle had a decision to make.


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