I have often wondered how football came to be sport in America. Also, why do Americans call it football, when football is actually a different sport all together in every other country? If you have also pondered these things then this is the article for you! The truth is that the history of American football is extremely detailed, and complex (as it should be, can you believe the sport is almost 150 years old!?). Which to some, especially men, is interesting and fun to learn about, but for me, I just wanted to learn the important milestones. Just the main points of the history of this amazing sport that we have all come to know and love so much. SO, where most sites will give you an incredible, in depth history of this great sport, I decided to share what most women would want to know 😉 Here is a simple breakdown of the history of American football…
Football Is Born
On November 6, 1869, Rutgers and Princeton played the first college football game. But it wasn’t until the 1880s that a player from Yale, Walter Camp, made rule changes that slowly transformed rugby into the game of American football.
Football Becomes a Professional Sport
November 12, 1892, became a day that would forever remembered in American sports history. A player for the Allegheny Athletic Association, William Heffelfinger, was paid $500 to play a game against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. This event marked a start in the sport of playing professional football. Almost eighty years later the Pro Football Hall of Fame received and displayed a document that showed a game performance bonus being paid to W. Heffelfinger for playing. This event is rightfully referred to as “pro football’s birth certificate.” One hundred and twenty-six years ago I bet no one ever imagined how much American football would evolve, and to what great depths this American sport would be loved.
The NFL is Founded
The National Football League (NFL) was founded in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association (APFA) with ten teams from four states, all which already existed in some form as participants of their regional leagues. The NFL took on its current name in 1922. Only two teams in the NFL have been members since the founding of the Association. The Decatur Staleys (now the Chicago Bears) and the Chicago Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals). The Green Bay Packers are the oldest NFL franchise with a continuous operation in the same location. They were founded as the Green Bay Acme Packers in 1919, and joined the NFL in 1921.
How Professioal Football Spread Nationwide
The rival National Football League was founded in 1960. It was also successful, and eventually merged with the NFL. This not only greatly expanded the league, now at 32 teams, but also made the creation of the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl has become the most-watched annual sports event in the United States. American football has continued to grow in popularity throughout the last 150 years. Not only due to the fact that it is a sport filled with heart, loss, triumph, and obstacles to overcome, but also due to the evolution of technology. I am sure that the beginning players of the game could not have foreseen how loved, popular and lucrative the sport would become. Some things that catapulted the National Football League into the lucrative, well maintained, machine that it is today: In the 1970s and 1980s the NFL solidified its role as America’s top spectator sport. Monday night football dominated the television (first airing in 1970) bringing watchers sports and entertainment combined. Rule changes in the late 1970s created a fast-paced game with lots of passing and plays that kept fans highly entertained. A series of labor agreements during the 1990s has kept its players happy (not to mention VERY WELL paid). Also, increasingly large television contracts have kept the sport in homes of every American, week after week, month after month, and year after year.
The BIGGEST Reason for American Footballs Success…
In my opinion, the biggest reason for the incredible success of American football is the immense love and pride that each and every fan feels for their team. After all, what is a team, a sport, or league without their fans? American Football is such an amazing sport. And the power of each player, the diversity of each team, and the dedication of each die-hard fan all together as one- make it great. Considering all of this history no wonder football is such a huge part of American culture.