Walter Camp: The Founding Father Of American Football

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Football The history of American football can be traced back to rugby and association football. Walter Camp is known as the founding father of American football and he also introduced the line of scrimmage. Another thing Walter Camp wanted was an eleven man team. In 1882 Walter Camp presented the system of downs. There was three attempts to advance the ball 5 yards. In 1960 it was changed to ten yards. In 1912 the forth down was added. tackling below the waist was allowed in 1888. In 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt called upon Harvard, Princeton, and Yale to help save the sport from demise. the schools set up a committee that is known today as National Collegiate Athletic Association, or the NCAA. Ruff mass plays were banned. The length

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