The American Football has its roots that arise from rugby. The different universities had been playing football in the 1800s. The first football match between the Rutgers University and Princeton University was played on November 6, 1869. In that match Rutgers University won the first game 6-4. From the year 1820 to 1890, the students of Dartsmouth College played football that was known then by the name of Old Division Football and they published the rules in 1871. Since American Football was more or like rugby, Yale University’s Walter Camp encouraged that the schools adopt more standardized rules so that the game would differentiate from Rugby, which was in 1882.
It was in the early 1900s that there were about 18 college football players who died and then the rules changed and required the players to not form the deadly formations such as the flying wedge and it required the players to wear protective equipment such as helmets, chest guard, shoulder guard etc. It was in the year 1912 that the game got its form of the modern game and the changes that were introduced included a change in the size of the field, which is the current size, the touchdown points were increased to 6. The football is considered second to the baseball in United States.
It was in 1920 that the National Football League also known as NFL was founded. The football saw a downtime during the World War II and then with the television broadcast, the professional football got a kick again and gained a great deal of popularity at a national level. It was in the 1960s that the professional game crossed both the college football and the baseball in popularity. In 1967, the first Super Bowl was played between the champions of NFL and the American Football League and then the two leagues were merged together. It would not be wrong to say that millions of people watch the matches when the teams are at war in the field.
By: Gail Leino
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