About American Football

About American Football

Football is considered to be confusing and entertaining and a sport that epitomized the pride of a nation and the strength of an athlete.

In the history of England, it is believed that by the 19th century, this game was split into two games: soccer and rugby. As a matter of fact, the American football is the rugby while football in Europe and other parts of the world means soccer.

To be simple, American football, similar to rugby in England, is where the quarterback throws the ball to a receiver and everybody is running around the gridiron. But the football in other places or soccer in England is where guys run around the field tossing a ball around their knees and head. That is really a little confusing, isn’t it?

The father of American football is Walter Camp. He instituted the rules of American football in 1879. He was a head adversary football coach and general athletic director in Yale. Actually there is really a major role in the evolution of American Football from the game of soccer and rugby. Inspired by one student, who picked up the soccer ball during a game and running with it towards the goal, Walter Camp edited the rulebook until his last days in 1925.

He borrowed term from the rugby game and applied it to football. He changed the scrum in rugby, which means five guys lined-up into seven guys forming the offensive line, which is called the line of scrimmage.

As the football competition attracted a national audience, the American Professional Football Association was soon formed in 1920 and two years later changed to the National Football League, known as NFL. Today the NFL football season is the major league of American football. During NFL season, there are thousands of people enjoying themselves in the stands or around the TV. Football becomes the pastime of the whole nation.