The History Of American Football Essay

790 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
From the Crowd to the Sideline The history of American football comes from the roots of rugby football and association football. The origin of these games can be traced back to Britain, where they were prevalent in the mid-19th century. In 1869, the first American game was played in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the New Jersey Tigers vs the Rutgers Queensmen. The Tigers lost their stripes to the Queensmen 4-6 in a cage match. I was six years old when I went to my first football game with my uncle. The Robert F. Kennedy stadium was filled to the rafters, and it was tough to watch the players and coaches from where we were sat. I asked him if twenty-two guys had to be on the battlefield, but he just paused, and laughed at me in shock. I said “Excuse me, why are you so shocked?” He stated, “Because you have no clue.” I didn’t realize how he was so fascinated with two teams going after each other for a ball. Then he uttered a quote from Michael Singletary a defensive player for the Chicago Bears: “Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” This meant we all have choices in our life, and some choose to watch their lives, rather than participate in the game (Philosiblog). My first experience actually playing was at fourteen years old. I learned how to channel my anger and be a team player. My passion for football can be seen at the time I spend watching the games, the money I have spent on memorabilia, and the effort I have given to coaching Pee Wee…

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