A Short History of Football

The history of the most famous competitive game in the United States called football began in 1863 in England. Early on, it wasn’t called football. It was called rugby football. Rugby football and association football branched off on their different courses and the Football Association in England were formed. It became the first governing body of the sport.

On November 6, 1869, Rutgers and Princeton played what was billed as the first college football game. Most notably it involved the rule changes instituted by Walter Camp, a Yale University and Hopkins School graduate who is considered to be the "Father of American Football.” In 1920, the American Professional Football Association was formed. At the 1933 World’s Fair, led to the first College all-star game in 1934. The all-star games are organized like regular games, but are often played with less emphasis on victory. The NFL began playing games in 1960.

The first Super Bowl game was held on January 15, 1967. The first Super Bowl game was between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The score was 35-10 and the Green Bay Packers won. In 2016, it was a special year because it was the 50th year of the Super Bowl. In that game, the Denver Broncos won, 24-10 against Carolina Panthers.

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