Fall Days and American Football

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Fall is right around the corner, which also means college football season is here in Hokie Nation.  My dad, my sister, and 3 out of 4 of my uncles are die-hard Hokie football fans, and while I’m not into football so much myself, I can appreciate it as a Victorian sport.

The first documented game of American football was a combination of soccer and rugby, played in the 1860s.  It wasn’t until the early 1880s that clubs were forced to abide by a certain set of identified rules, and from then, it became a popular sporting event.  The photo above, from 1908, depicts Columbia University’s team in practice, with several onlookers (Columbia created a football team in 1876, a year after Harvard and Yale played their first game).

These days, American football is a force to be reckoned with.  High school, college, and NFL each have dedicated followers, almost all of which are very vocal about the love of their team!

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