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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.
The National Football League is composed of 32 teams. The teams are then divided into the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). Each conference has one champion each year. Those two championship teams then play each other in the Super Bowl.
To ensure fair play, the NFL uses seven different officials.
The back judge
The head linesman
The side judge
The line judge
The field judge.
The Denver Broncos played hard to earn their spot in seven different Super Bowls. Unfortunately, they lost five, giving them the unenviable title of the team with the most Super Bowl losses.
Out of the 32 NFL teams, just 4 have never made it to the big game. The Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans have not yet been successful enough to go to the Super Bowl.
Peyton Manning has been named the Associated Press’s Most Valuable Player in the NFL five times. He was awarded this honor in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2013.
Brett Favre holds the record for most regular season wins, with 186 wins and most pass yards, 71,838. He is also the only quarterback to win a playoff game after turning 40.
Jerry Rice holds the record for the most touchdowns in the NFL. The wide receiver had 208 touchdowns from 1985 to 2004. He also holds records for the most receiving yards, 22,895 yards, and most receptions, 1,549. Jerry Rice holds over 100 NFL records, which is a record!
Don Shula coached the Baltimore Colts and the Miami Dolphins to a combined 328 regular season wins, a record for any head coach. He was the coach of the Miami Dolphins during their perfect season and led the team to two Super Bowl wins. Shula also holds the record for six Super Bowls as a Head Coach.
In 1972, Don Shula lead the Miami Dolphins to the league’s only complete perfect season. They won every game they played in both the regular season and the post season. The Dolphins were 14-0 during regular season play and 17-0 after postseason.
Wilson, a sports equipment company, has an exclusive contract to provide the footballs for NFL games. Their firm has provided the sports league with footballs since 1941. Wilson currently produce an astonishing 4,000 footballs every day.
Each football team must have 11 players on the field.
Offensive positions include:
Defense positions include: