history of football

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In History
  • Standardization of rules

    Standardization of rules
    rulesOn October 19, 1873, representatives from Yale, Columbia, Princeton, and Rutgers met at the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City to codify the first set of intercollegiate football rules. Before this meeting, each school had its own set of rules and games were usually played using the home team's own particular code. At this meeting, a list of rules, based more on soccer than on rugby, was drawn up for intercollegiate football games.
  • rules

    rulesAt the Massasoit convention, the first rules for American football were written. Walter Camp, who would become known as the father of American football, first became involved with the game
  • football started

    football started
    American football American football Derived from the English game of rugby, American football was started in 1879 with rules instituted by Walter Camp, player and coach at Yale University
  • first professional football player

    first professional football player
    williamyale all-american guard william "pudge" heffelfinger was knows as the first professional football player
  • American Football vs Canadian Football

    American Football vs Canadian Football
    Canadian FootballOther codes of football share a common history with American football. Canadian football is a form of the game that evolved parallel to American football. While both games share a common history, there are some important differences between the two
  • touchdown

    touchdownA touchdown was increased from five points to six.
  • AFL-NFL

    AFL-NFL
    NFLIn 1920 the American Professional Football Association was formed. This league changed its name to the National Football League (NFL) two years later, and eventually became the major league of American football.
  • First Black Head Coach

    First Black Head Coach
    black coachAkron Pros star Fritz Pollard adds coaching responsibilities to his on-field duties, becoming the NFL's first black head coach.
  • Expansion Of AFL

    Expansion Of AFL
    AFLIn 1921, several more teams joined the league, increasing the membership to 22 teams.
  • Strongest Franchises Survive

    Strongest Franchises SurviveThe NFL, hoping to eliminate rampant turnover in financially weak franchises, decides to eliminate all but its most economically stable teams. The move cuts the number of franchises from 22 to 12, and permanently moves the league's center of gravity from small Midwestern towns to large Eastern cities.
  • In it to quit it!!

    In the NFL's first twelve years of existence, more than forty different teams will join the league, only to drop out almost right away or go out of business completely.
  • NFL Playoff Game, 1932

    NFL Playoff Game, 1932
    NFL Playoff Game, 1932At the end of the 1932 season, the Chicago Bears and the Portsmouth Spartans were tied with the best regular-season records. To determine the champion, the league voted to hold its first playoff game. Because of cold weather, the game was held indoors at Chicago Stadium, which forced some temporary rule changes
  • Football Segregates

    Football SegregatesAt the insistence of Washington Redskins owner George Preston Marshall, the NFL imposes a new de facto policy of total racial segregation. No more black athletes will play in the NFL until after World War II.
  • Heisman Trophy is introduced

    Heisman Trophy is introduced
    heismanIn 1935, New York City's Downtown Athletic Club awarded the first Heisman Trophy to Chicago halfback Jay Berwanger
  • First Draft

    first draftThe NFL holds its first annual draft of college players. The first player selected, Heisman Trophy winner Jay Berwanger
  • First Televised Game

    First Televised GameAn NFL game airs on television for the first time, with NBC producing a local broadcast of a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Eagles. Since fewer than 1,000 TV sets are known to exist in New York at the time, it is unclear whether anyone actually watches the broadcast.
  • National Titles for the Army

    National Titles for the Army
    army footballDuring World War II, college football players enlisted in the armed forces. As most of these players had eligibility left on their college careers, some of them returned to college at West Point, bringing Army back-to-back national titles in 1944 and 1945 under coach Red Blaik. Doc Blanchard (known as "Mr. Inside") and Glenn Davis (known as "Mr. Outside") both won the Heisman Trophy, in 1945 and 1946 respectively. On the coaching staff of those 1944–1946 Army teams was future Pro Football Hall o
  • First African-Americans

    First African-AmericansThe Los Angeles Rams sign former UCLA stars Kenny Washington and Woody Strode, who will become the first African-Americans to play in the NFL in the modern era, ending 13 years of whites-only football in the league.
  • First Helmet Logo

    first logoThe Los Angeles Rams become the first NFL team to wear a helmet logo, painting rams' horns onto their leather hats.
  • NFL Championship

    For the first time, the NFL Championship Game is televised nationwide.
  • First Black Quarterback

    First Black Quarterback
    black quarterbackThe Chicago Bears' Willie Thrower becomes the first black player to throw a pass as quarterback in the modern NFL
  • first supwe bowl

    first super bowlThe first super bowl played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and was then named the AFL-NFL World Championship.
  • The Greatest Game Ever Played

    The Greatest Game Ever Played
    overtimeAt the conclusion of the 1958 NFL season, the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants met at Yankee Stadium to determine the league champion. Tied after 60 minutes of play, it became the first NFL game to go into sudden death overtime. The final score was Baltimore Colts 23, New York Giants 17. The game has since become widely known as "the Greatest Game Ever Played".
  • Football Beats Baseball as Favorite Sport

    football over basketballFor the first time, more people polled in a national survey choose pro football than baseball as their favorite sport.
  • First Super Bowl

    First Super BowlThe NFL's Green Bay Packers easily defeat the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs to win the first Super Bowl. More than 32,000 tickets go unsold for the game, held in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, but the game draws more television viewers than any previous sporting event.
  • AFC is Out

    AFC is OutThe AFL-NFL merger takes full effect, therefore leaving the AFL completely out. The National Football Conference and The American Football Conference are formed.
  • Coke Ad

    coke adDuring the broadcast of Super Bowl XIII, Coca-Cola airs one of the most popular Super Bowl ads of all time, showing fearsome Pittsburgh linebacker "Mean" Joe Greene and a young fan "having a Coke and a smile" in a stadium tunnel after a game
  • First Halftime Concert

    First Halftime ConcertSuper Bowl XVI, held just outside Detroit in Pontiac, Michigan, includes the first Super Bowl musical performance by a major recording industry superstar: Motown's own Diana Ross. Ross's performance will kick off a new era in elaborately produced pregame and halftime entertainment.
  • Brett Favre Retires

    Brett Favre Retires
    Brett Favre Retires Green Bay Packers' Brett Favre announces his retirement from football after seventeen seasons. He was the only three time MVP in NFL history and started 253 consecutive games at quarterback. He left holding the league's all-time records in passing attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns, and wins as a starting quarterback. August 2008
  • Forty-Two Years Too Long

    New Orleans SaintsAfter forty-two long years, the New Orleans Saints are the 2010 National Football League Champions!!
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