Football season is here! We love this time of year, especially cheering for our favorite college teams. But do you know much about the history of American football? I consulted dailyhistory.com to find these tidbits about the game.
Throwing the football first occurred in 1895 and the forward pass was formally adopted as a legal play in 1906.
In 1905, more than 432 U.S. cities had some form of an American football team.
The halftime show emerged in 1907 in Champaign, Illinois.
In 1909, a touchdown worth 6 points and a field goal worth 3 points was adopted.
Some 350 schools suspended football entirely for the duration of World War II. These included Harvard, Princeton, Oregon, Stanford, Florida, and Mississippi State.
Twenty-three NFL players would lose their lives during World War II. Two professional football players—Maurice Britt and Jack Lummus (of Baylor)—both earned the Medal of Honor.
John Hill Westbrook was first African American student to play varsity football in the Southwest Conference when he entered the fourth quarter during the Baylor vs. Syracuse game on September 10, 1966.
Alabama has won the most national championships since 1935, with 10. Notre Dame is second with 8.