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!