Something I recently learned

2 Nov

Football-old time

In the early days of football, a touchdown was worth zero points.

A touchdown, however, gave you the right to kick the ball between two poles that were connected by a string. If the ball sailed over the string, the kicking team scored one point.

In those days, most of the rules were negotiated before each game – included how many players would take the field. In early football, there were no quarterbacks, wide receivers, first downs or forward passes.

By the way, 18 people died playing old-time football in a single year, 1905.

Read this and more in a book by John J. Miller called, “The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football.”

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