Who Invented Football?

Written by Henry Young. Posted in Football

American football represents one of the most popular sports that people seem to enjoy these days. Those who are fans of certain teams wouldn’t miss a game for anything in the world and some of them would travel the entire world just to support their favorites when they are on tour. For example, even people in the UK are more interested in American football than we might think. They even have specialized stores like http://www.nfl-store.uk that distribute official NFL merchandise, like hats, jerseys and T-shirts.But who invented football? Who do we have to thank for creating such a captivating game?

The history of American football involves taking a look back in time, and see how rugby influenced the appearance of this game. Rugby and association football had their origins in the football that English people used to play in the mid-19th century which involved playing the game until someone kicked a goal or run over a line.

The person who invented football used rugby as a source of inspiration. Rugby is now separated into two forms: rugby league and rugby union, but before it was split into these union codes it was believed to have developed at England’s Rugby school. Although the general rules which imply getting the ball over the line to score are the same for both forms of rugby, the specific ones are different.

Walter Camp, who graduated at Yale University, adapted some early versions of rugby into American football. He changed some important rules and introduced new ones such as adding a line of scrimmage and down and distance rules. This was the first step that the man who invented football had to make in order to develop one of the most beloved games.

Walter Chauncey Camp was born on April 7, 1859 and lived until March 14, 1925. He had a life filled with accomplishments as he was names the “Father of American Football”. This innovator was born in New Britain, Connecticut and he started his studies at the Hopkins Grammar School and continued with other prestigious institutes such as Yale College and Yale Medical School. Since he formed part from many fraternities and organizations, he was a very active and alive person.

During his studies, the coach and sports writer was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, the Skull and Bones group and the Linonian Society. Later, he worked for the New Haven Clock Company where he did all that he could to gain a better position in the board of directors. Furthermore, he managed to convince the representative of Princeton, Rutgers, and Yale Universities to attend a meeting where they created the intercollegiate football association (IFA).

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