We'll be posting a new fun fact each week until Football Season Starts on September 7th
The first football game was played in 1869 between Rutgers and Princeton in New Jersey. Eleven years later, Walter Camp modified the game with a series of rules. He is widely considered the father of football, though his rules have since been modified.
How Popular is Football in the U.S.?
When asked by the Gallop poll, 41% of people said Football.
Football might have a short season of just 17 weeks, but that doesn’t stop people from watching in droves, tailgating at arenas and cheering for their favorite teams.
The original game of American Football looked like a mix of soccer and rugby.
The National Football League (NFL) began in 1920. The NFL is tasked with ensuring that the rules of the game are being followed. The NFL currently organizes 256 games over 17 weeks.
Every year, the winners of the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference face off in the NFL championship game, the Super Bowl.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have won 6 Super Bowl Championships. They’ve played in 8 Super Bowls and are 1 of 3 teams to have made it to the Super Bowl that many times.
Sarah Thomas will become the first full-time female official in NFL history when the 2015-2016 football season gets underway.
Every year the NFL holds a draft where teams select eligible college players and offer them contracts. The team with the most losses in the previous season gets the first pick, and the team with the most wins gets the last pick.