Everyone has a favorite sport, but not many are aware of the history behind their favorite one. In this series we try to present history of some of the major sports in the world. We will continue from our previous article. Today we cover a game which has captured America’s imagination: Football.
Many might find it hard to believe but the history of American football is rooted in the European football or “soccer” as it is popular called. The roots can be traced to rugby football or association football both of which were varieties of football where the ball is kicked at a goal and/or run over the line.
“Father of American Football” was Walter Camp who introduced several rule changes which led to American Football being divergent from the rugby football. These included “line of scrimmage” and “down and พนันออนไลน์ distance” rules.
During the early 20th centuries, gameplay developed by several collage coaches (those including Glenn Warner, Eddie Cochems et al) helped take advantage of the “forward pass” rule.
Collegiate football over the course of time became popular and dominant version of the sports. The bowl games organized as a part of college tradition attracted national interest. Given the fierce rivalries college football has become quite the popular sport in America.
Arguably, the first professional footballer was William “Pudge” Heffelfinger’s,who was paid $500 to represent Allegheny Athletic Association against Pittsburgh Athletic Club.
NFL (National Football League) was formed as American Professional Football Association in 1920. The name change came in 1922.
“The Greatest Game Ever Played” is said to be the reason for the rising popularity in football. This game was NFL championship game of 1958 between Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants. This was the first ever NFL game to go in to sudden death over time.
AFL (America Football League) a rival of NFL started in 1960. Both leagues merged in 1969 which led to creation of the Superbowl.