American Football

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Jim Brown, 9 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Named greatest player ever by Sporting News magazine (2002).

American football is the most popular sport in the United States. The National Football League (NFL) is the most popular sports league in the U.S. based on average attendance and revenue generated. Football evolved from the sport of rugby. The first football game played was on November 6, 1869 between Rutgers University and Princeton University.

In 1876, the first rules for American football were written.  Walter Camp, known as the “father” of American Football first got involved in the game. In 1922, The American Professional Football Association changed its name to the National Football League. 18 teams played that year. The team in Canton, Ohio won the first two NFL championships.  In 1923 winning all 11 games and losing none.

Halfback Kenny Washington (March 21) and Woody Strode (May 7th) in 1946 were the first African-Americans to sign an NFL contracts. Later that year Bill Willis (August 6) and Marion Motley (August 9) joined the Cleveland Browns. However it is believed that Charles Follis in 1902 was the first black to play the sport.  He played for the Shelby Steamfitters of the Ohio League.

 

 

 

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Michigan Stadium, nicknamed “The Big House”, the largest stadium in the United States. Home of the University of Michigan Wolverines. Official capacity; 107,601.

William Henry Lewis is noted as one of the first African-American college football players in history. Lewis later became the first African-American Assistant U.S. Attorney. Noted by an article published by the College Football Hall of Fame, Lewis played center for the Harvard football team. Harper’s Weekly magazine’s writer Caspar Whitney wrote that “Lewis has proved himself to be not only the best center in football this year, but the best all-around center that has ever put on a football jacket”. Lewis was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

 

 

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Cowboys Stadium (AT&T Stadium) largest stadium in the National football League. Official capacity; 85,000 – Arlington, Texas.

 

 

 

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10 Trivia Questions about American Football.

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walter-paytonThe Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award – Payton (“sweetness”) died of a rare liver disease in 1999.  The award is given to honor players volunteer and charity work as well as excellence on the field. The NFL Man of the Year Award has been given annually since 1970, it was renamed in 1999 honoring Walter Payton.

Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999), born in Columbia, Mississippi played college football at Jackson State (Jackson, Mississippi). Payton played for the Chicago Bears (1975 – 1987) and was awarded two NFL Most Valuable Player awards. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

 

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