Starting September 2, Linked to Legends: The U.P. Teams that Played the Packers can be streamed at WNMU-TV's website for free. The Emmy-nominated documentary was produced by NMU Communications Professor Dwight Brady, and it documents the stories of five U.P. communities and their teams that played the Packers and other NFL teams in the early days of pro football. “It has been out for nearly three years, and I felt it was time to make it available to everyone as the Packers get ready for a new season and a new era in the team’s incredible history,” said Brady.
Linked to Legends debuted on WNMU-TV in November of 2020, and according to the station’s Broadcast & Production Manager Bob Thomson, this free access to Linked to Legends is a great way to help celebrate WNMU-TV’s 50th Anniversary. “WNMU is focused on bringing local programs to our viewers that tell a story about our region and its history. We are excited to bring "Linked to Legends" to our online viewers for free as a thank you for 50 years of support to keep Public TV alive and well in our area. Thanks also to producer Dr. Dwight Brady for making this possible."
To view Linked to Legends: The U.P. Teams that Played the Packers, go to wnmutv.nmu.edu.
Join Emmy Award-winning documentarian Dwight Brady on this deep dive into the century-old stories of the U.P. teams that played the Packers and other NFL teams from 1919-1926.
Dwight Brady is a professor at Northern Michigan University where he teaches courses in multimedia journalism. He has produced numerous documentaries from grey wolves to green energy, but this is his first historic documentary.
Between 1919-1926, the Packers played nine games against teams from five different communities in the U.P.
Teams like Bessemer and Ironwood (seen in this photo from 1922) also played other NFL teams like the Duluth Kelleys.
Rigney Dwyer was a member of the original Packers. He was born in Ontonagon, Michigan, but he never lived in the U.P. Find out more about his story by watching Linked to Legends: The U.P. Teams that Played the Packers.
The Packers' played their first two seasons at Hagemeister Park in Green Bay. It is the sandlot beyond the parking lot in this photo.
If you have questions about Linked to Legends, or if you have information on
U.P. players who were not included in this film, please let me know.