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Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 07/03/2012

Andy Griffith: “What It Was, Was Football” was only the start

Andy Griffith (with Ron Howard) began his career with a little comedy bit about football. (AP)
Before there was Opie or Matlock, there was a career as a standup comedian for Andy Griffith, who has died at the age of 86.

And that career began with “What It Was, Was Football,” a bit recorded in 1953 about a rube attending his first football game.

(Listen after the jump.)

Griffith’s recording sold more than 800,000 copies and sent him on his way to stardom. All these years later, it’s still kinda funny.

Here's the bit, set to George Woodbridge’s 1958 Mad magazine cartoons:

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