Artificial turf: Some artificial surfaces are made from synthetic nylon fibers that resemble very short blades of grass; other artificial surfaces have tightly woven fibers that give the feel of a cushioned carpet. Artificial surfaces are cheaper to maintain than natural grass. Plus, many football stadiums are multipurpose facilities that …Continue Reading
The main reason the Super Bowl is so popular is that pro football is the only major professional team sport with a single-elimination playoff system. The other major sports declare their champions after a team wins four games in a best-of-seven series. The Super Bowl is do-or-die; that’s what makes …Continue Reading
The heart of the football season is during the fall months. However, training camps, practices, and preseason games often begin in the summer, and playoffs and bowl games are staged after Christmas and into February. Here’s how the season breaks down for each level of play.…Continue Reading
Amos Alonzo Stagg: Stagg was a famous University of Chicago coach who developed the “Statue of Liberty” play, in which a halfback takes the ball from the quarterback who has his hands raised as if to throw a forward pass. (I explain offensive positions in Part II.) He was also …Continue Reading
Fritz Pollard: Pollard starred for Brown University in 1915 and 1916 and was the first African American player to appear in the Rose Bowl. He’s also considered the first African American football player to turn professional, the first to be selected to the college Ail-American team, and the first African …Continue Reading
With every sport comes a list of immortals — those great players who nurtured the game and made it what it is today. Following are some of the early legends of American football:
Z John W. Heisman: The annual award given to the nation’s best college player — …Continue Reading
Grange helps spread the popularity of pro halt
Americans started playing football in colleges and on club teams in the 1870s. Football became a source of identity for collegians and a regular Saturday afternoon activity by the turn of the century.
In the first 90 years of football, college football …Continue Reading
Camp detines the rules
Walter Camp, a sensational player at Yale University and a driving force behind many football rules, is known as the father of American football.
Around 1876, when football was already being played in universities on the East Coast and in Canada, Camp helped write the game’s …Continue Reading
Here’s what I，m assuming about you: You’re interested in football and want
to get familiar with the sport, including its history, so you can watch games in person and on television, follow all the action, and enjoy football games to the hilt. You may not know much about …Continue Reading