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This Day in Sports History: August 28

Recapping events that took place in the sports world on this day

The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.

 

With that in mind, August 28 is a day one of the most famous quotes in NFL history was made and when a college football dynasty handed out its first beatdown.

 

1830: The "Tom Thumb," a steam-powered locomotive, easily outran a horse-drawn wagon in Maryland. This helped usher in the era of train travel and westward expansion.

 

1971: The Chicago Cubs honored beloved third baseman Ron Santo with "Ron Santo Day" at Wrigley Field. Santo batted 1-for-3 and scored a run, but Chicago lost to the Atlanta Braves 4-3. On that day, Santo also shared for the first time his struggles with type 1 diabetes.

 

1983: Detroit Tigers outfielder Chet Lemon hit a three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 at Tiger Stadium.

 

1994: Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier ran for 130 yards on 12 carries, scoring three touchdowns and passing for another in a 31-0 beating of No. 24 West Virginia in the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium. The Huskers would go 13-0 and win head coach Tom Osborne's first national championship.

 

1999: St. Louis Rams starting quarterback Trent Green suffered a gruesome knee injury after a hit from Rodney Harrison in a 24-21 preseason win over the San Diego Chargers at the Trans World Dome. When discussing Green's backup at the postgame press conference, an emotional Dick Vermeil said, "We will rally around Kurt Warner and will play good football." The rest is history. In Bristol, Tennessee, Dale Earnhardt pushed Terry Labonte out of the way to win the Goody's Headache Powder 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

 

2004: Reggie Bush caught five passes for 127 yards and scored three touchdowns as USC beat Virginia Tech 24-13 in the Black Coaches Association Football Classic at FedExField in Landover, Md.

 

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

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