Bears blown out in Nevers, Nevers land

Updated: October 14, 2005, 5:09 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Nov. 28, 1929

The final score is Chicago Bears 6, Ernie Nevers 40. That's right. The 26-year-old Nevers, who had been coaxed out of retirement before the season, gives one of the great NFL performances. The 205-pound fullback rushes for six touchdowns and kicks four extra points in leading the Chicago Cardinals to a Thanksgiving Day victory before some 7,000 fans at Comiskey Park.

Nevers' 40 points is the NFL's oldest standing record. He is the only NFL player to ever run for six touchdowns in a game, though two others (Cleveland's Dub Jones in 1951 and the Bears' Gale Sayers in 1965) will also score six TDs.