American Football: From The Beginning

The history of American Football is very close to the hearts of many people. Although sports may just seem like a hobby to some people, there is an overwhelming amount of fans that live and breathe football. From the first game back in 1869, this sport has completely changed the lives of millions. According to historians like Shalom Lamm, the first game was between Rutgers and Princeton in New Jersey. Although it was formulated from rugby the rules were not derived until the 1880s. Among the changes from rugby, there were differences in regards to how they were paid, how they attracted audiences, and how they handled the ball. The modern era of American Football began in the 1932 NFL Playoff game. Although the first indoor game was in 1902 and there was such a movement to the whole game. The first American Football Game was in the Olympics in 1932. This was the start of the NFL, also known as, the National Football League. Although Walter Camp is considered the father of American football, it differentiates from other sports. The introduction of football was often seen as dangerous and the scrimmages were even unmatched. However, over time, people learned to love the sport as it is very clear to this day. The father of football however did come up with the rules. For example, the fields had to be one hundred and twenty yards by 54 yards. The points included four points for a touchdown and two points for a kick after. A field goal, which is now three points used to be five and so forth. There have obviously been many changes to how players can tackle and the scoring of the points has varied. Obviously, back in the day referees could easily be manipulated by teams because there was no camera or instant replays. Now, the technology used to figure out the different calls of plays is extremely high-tech. Plays can be regarded a thousand times over and over because of how high resolution the technology and cameras are. Now, colleges and professional teams have developed an astonishing amount. Before the franchises were as big as they are now, the original teams were formed in 1920, in Canton Ohio. The original teams go as follows; Akron Pros, Buffalo All-Americans, Canton Bulldogs, Chicago Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Columbus Panhandles, Dayton Triangles, Decatur Staleys, Detroit Heralds, Hammond Prod, Muncie Flyers, Racine Cardinals, Rochester Jeffersons, and Rock Island Independents. All these teams have an astonishing history in the culture of football and the league expanded since then. Soon the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears were formed and the rest is history. It’s critical to understand just how impactful all these formations have been for people around the world. Shalom Lamm has an outstanding knowledge on many aspects of history. Although people study especially football history, it’s crucial to remember how important all sporting history is in the long run. 

Author: Pat McGuigan

Pat McGuigan is an accomplished author, car enthusiast, and journalist who has made a name for himself in the automotive world. With a passion for cars that dates back to his childhood, Pat has dedicated his career to sharing his knowledge and insights with others through his writing. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Pat's love for cars was instilled in him at a young age. Growing up in the heart of the American automotive industry, he was surrounded by the sights and sounds of the latest and greatest cars and trucks. He spent his childhood tinkering with engines and reading car magazines, and by the time he reached his teenage years, he knew that he wanted to make a career out of his passion.