“What it Was, Was Football” is a monologue by North Carolina native son, Andy Griffith. “Deacon Andy Griffith” tells the story of a college football game, as seen by a naive country preacher who attends the game by accident and is perplexed by it.
“What it Was, Was Football “ was recorded in Raleigh, North Carolina for the Colonial label in 1953 and sold nearly 50,000 copies of the record. The master recording was eventually sold to Capitol Records. Capitol released the record in the same year, which soon had sold nearly 800,000 copies and was instrumental in launching Griffith’s career in television, stage, and film. The record is still one of the biggest selling comedy records of all time. On the original single, the monologue is credited to “Deacon Andy Griffith.”
WRAL Sports Photographer Jay Jennings shows us an updated version (circa 1995) using video from various college football games in eastern North Carolina.