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Football as It Was Meant to Be

Robert97 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 8:50 AM
"When a generation of young men at Princeton, Harvard and Yale invented American football..." What about Rutgers? The famous first intercollegiate game was Princeton vs. Rutgers.
Pat5315 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 9:33 AM
True, but the game that eventually led to American Football was the one played between Harvard and McGill University in 1874. They played two games. The first was with Harvard's rules. The second was with McGill's rules, a variation of rugby. Harvard liked McGill's rules so much, they introduced them to other Ivy League schools. The concept of the touchdown evolved from these rules. Also, before this game, football was played with a round ball. This game introduced the oblong ball to American football.
Vernon42 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 10:05 AM
One should always mention Gallaudet School for the Deaf inventing the huddle to prevent the opponent from reading their hand signs in 1894.
Illbay Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 10:39 AM
And then came the Forward Pass...!
Jack2894 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 11:46 AM
When a generation of young men at Princeton, Harvard and Yale invented American football in the decades after the Civil War, they must have envisioned that someday there would be a game like the one Princeton played Saturday against Harvard. This was football as it was meant to be.

It was not the crystal blue October sky that made this game so nearly perfect, or the red leaves falling from the maples, or the yellow leaves clinging to the elms. Nor was it the gothic towers rising through the autumn colors beyond the stadium wall.

It was what happened on the...