History of Football

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The number of sites available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all available resources.  The following does provide some idea of what is available online and will hopefully be a good starting point for a more extensive search.


About Football - Football History __ "About Football's football history section includes the history of football at every level, along with accounts of the sports early days. Check out tons of historical information on the players, teams, equipment, records, annual award winners, and much, much more!"  You can even sign up for a newsletter. - From about.com - http://football.about.com/od/footballhistory/Football_History.htm

American Football History __ "Football historians, those who have studied the game and its origins, place the game's beginnings in rugby, an English game played with many similarities to football."  Learn about the beginnings of both college and pro football. - From essortment.com - http://www.essortment.com/american-football-history-43333.html

Black College Football Hall of Fame __ Saluting exceptional players and coaches from America's traditional Black colleges and universities. - illustrated - From blackcollegefootballhof.org - http://www.blackcollegefootballhof.org/  

Canadian Football Hall of Fame __ Travel through the "zones" of this website and read about history, great players and more.  This is a fairly interactive site with some excellent graphics. - illustrated - From Canadian Football Hall of Fame - http://www.footballhof.com/

Canadian Football League History __ A good general overview of the history of the Canadian Football League.  "The first Canadian football teams played under the auspices of the Canadian Rugby Football Union (CRFU), founded in 1884."  And the story gets more exciting from there. - From mmbolding.com - http://www.mmbolding.com/BSR/CFL_NFL_CFL_History.htm

Canadian Football History __ You can trace the history of Canadian Football with these resources, including a general history of the game, annual awards, championships, and much more. - From about.com - http://football.about.com/od/canadianfootballhistory/   

College Football Hall of Fame __ You will find a virtual tour of the Hall of Fame and learn about the membership.   You will find an inductee database searchable by name, college, date, position, or year of induction. - illustrated - From collegefootball.org - http://collegefootball.org/ 


College Football History __ You will find a lot of click-to-read information on the history of college football. - From John Midtgard - http://homepages.cae.wisc.edu/~dwilson/rsfc/history/index.shtml

College Football History __ "The history of college football, annual season reviews, bowl game history, and team bowl results" - From collegefootballpoll.com - http://www.collegefootballpoll.com/history.html  

Football History FAQ __ A series of interesting questions and answers in this growing FAQ site. - From faqfarm.com - http://www.faqfarm.com/Q/FAQ/2067 

The Helmet Project __ Gives the history of  how the helmets for each team have changed over the years, as well as interesting anecdotes about each. - illustrated - From nationalchamps.net - http://www.nationalchamps.net/Helmet_Project/


History of American football __ "The history of American football, a spectator sport in the United States, can be traced to early versions of rugby football. Both games have their origin in varieties of football played in the United Kingdom in the mid-19th century,..."  An encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - illustrated - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_American_football

History of American Football __ You will find an article about the history of American football Looking at how the games developed over time and the rival NFC and AFC leagues along with a lot of other information about American football on this British website. - From talkamericanfootball.co.uk - http://www.talkamericanfootball.co.uk/guides/history_of_american_football.html

History of American Football : Past and Present __ A brief overview of the history of American football. - From streetdirectory.com - http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/46390/recreation_and_sports/history_of_american_football__past_and_present.html

History: Birth of pro football __ "The date was November 12, 1892, a day that would forever be etched in sports history, although no one involved that day could possibly have recognized the importance of the occasion. It was the day that the Allegheny Athletic Association football team defeated the Pittsburgh Athletic Club."  Learn how this event was the debut of Professional Football and a lot more. - illustrated - From profootballhof.com - http://www.profootballhof.com/history/general/birth.jsp   

History of Football __ "Derived from the English game of rugby, American football was started in 1879 with rules instituted by Walter Camp, player and coach at Yale University."  You can learn about Walter Camp, view early football equipment, read a good history of the sport and much more. - illustrated - From About.com - http://inventors.about.com/od/fstartinventions/a/HistoryFootball.htm

History of Football __ "Football (as well as rugby and soccer) are believed to have descended from the ancient Greek game of harpaston. Harpaston is mentioned frequently in classical literature, where it is often referred to as a “very rough and brutal game“. "  A brief history of American style football. - illustrated - From hornetfootball.org - http://www.hornetfootball.org/documents/football-history.htm

History of Football - Page 1 of 4 __ An in-depth history of football. - From sportsknowhow.com - http://www.sportsknowhow.com/football/history/football-history.shtml

The History of the NFL __ "Most modern versions of football originated in England, where a form of the game was known in the 12th century. In subsequent centuries football became so popular that various English monarchs, including Edward II and Henry VI, forbade the game because it took interest away from the military sport of archery."  Use the links at the top of the page to make your way through NFL history. - illustrated - From nflfootballhistory.net - http://www.nflfootballhistory.net/index.htm

List of Canadian Football League records __ You will find a list of Canadian Football League regular season records that are to the end of the 2010 CFL season. - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadian_Football_League_records

NFL History - CBSSports.com __ Here is a complete history of each NFL team, awards, stats, standings and more - From cbssports.com - http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/history  

Pro Football __ You will find a good general site on the history of Pro Football.  Information begins with the 1909 season. - From infoplease.com - http://www.infoplease.com/ipsa/A0103717.html 


Pro Football Hall of Fame __ Whether you are looking for a general history of Pro Football or the specifics of a particular Hall of Fame inductee, you will find it here. - illustrated - From Pro Football Hall of Fame - http://www.profootballhof.com/

Pro-Football-Reference.com - Pro Football Statistics and History __ Just what the title says it is.  You will find a wealth of information. - From pro-football-reference.com - http://www.pro-football-reference.com/

Sports Illustrated College Football Statistics __ For statistics related to history of college football, this is the place to be. - From sports Illustrated/CNN - http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/stats/

Top 10 NFL Scandals of All Time __ "To make this list of all-time scandals, players, coaches and performers really had to stand out with something crazy–not just your run of the mill DUI or assault. Think big." - From electro-mech.com - http://www.electro-mech.com/team-sports/football/top-10-nfl-scandals-of-all-time/

The Top 20 Scandals in College Football History __ "College football has qualities beyond being in the public eye that propel it almost to the very top of the scandal scale...It is a multi-billion dollar business, and the main people involved in creating its value are broke 18 to 22-year-olds that by rule cannot be paid."  A slide show. - illustrated - From bleacherreport.com - http://bleacherreport.com/articles/627448-the-top-20-scandals-in-college-football-history  


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