Thursday, 10 November 2011
Elvis - The all American Boy!
Elvis Presley playing touch football at the Dave Wells Community Center December 27, 1956. Several hundred people watched the singer pass, kick and run a touchdown. Presley joined the rough game shortly after lunch and played until dark, taking turn in line and backfield. Though spilled often by crisp blocking, this million dollar entertainment package came through with but a few bruises and contusions – his manager - Colonel Tom Parker - will be happy to hear. Commercial Appeal, December 28, 1956
Elvis Presley fades back and heaves a pass during a sandlot touch football game
It connected for one of the many touchdowns.
Elvis' first movie, 'Love Me Tender', in which he performed several songs, had premiered November 15th in New York City. The movie opened Thanksgiving Eve (Nov. 21, 1956) at Loew's State Theatre in Memphis. On Sunday January 6, 1957, Elvis would make his third and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. In between the football game and the Sullivan appearance, he reported for his pre-induction Army physical January 4th.