American football or NFL is well known as the most favorited and popular sport in the USA. It is not only developed in this nation but also famous for many international fans.
In this article, we will discuss some major events in history of American football.
Origins of American football
In the late 19thcentury, some students in North American universities created a new game under inspiration from rugby and soccer which was called as “gridiron football”. This game was played at the rectangular pitch where there were vertical yard lines around.
However, in the first period, American football was a little brutal and chaotic to challenge young students in colleges. It happened serious injury rate after the match. Furthermore, it was also a mix and match rules in soccer and rugby so it looked disorder and un-organized.
The first match in American football
According to documents, the firstly official match was accepted between Princeton and Rutgers in 1896. Both college teams were from the north-eastern. Finally, Rutgers became winners.
However, spectators can’t realize the first match in American football because the rule was completely different from nowadays. They used hands to kick or throw ball to the scoring zone.
Through leagues and times, rules in American football has been dramatically improved and changed to become perfect as nowadays.
When American football turned into profession
During growth of the society, some American football matches were organized at some colleges in the North, then spreading to other areas in the USA.
In 1892, there was a significant event to remark the professional era of football. William was paid $500 to play a match against Allegheny Athletic Association. It was considered as the birth certificate of pro football.
Then American football teams focused on practicing and playing to earn money more.
In 1895, the first professional game between Latrobe Athletic Association and Jeannette Athletic Club met under pro method. Furthermore, players also were paid salary as if they worked official jobs.