Sports monologue launched Andy Griffith

July, 3, 2012
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Television legend Andy Griffith passed away Tuesday at the age of 86 at his home in Manteo, N.C., according to his close friend, former University of North Carolina president Bill Friday.

You might not have known that sports launched Griffith into the television stratosphere.

In 1953, Griffith recorded a monologue, "What it Was, Was Football," about a naive country preacher attending his first football game. The recording sold more than 800,000 copies and is one of the biggest-selling comedy records of all time.

Because of that, Griffith made an appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1954, then starred in his first movie, "A Face in the Crowd," in 1957 and "The Andy Griffith Show" from 1960 to 1968.

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