During the mid-nineteenth century, several schools played a game they called “football.” But the game we know today was inspired by Rugby, the intense pad-less sport that originated in England. Though it is believed Rugby dates back to the Greek and Roman times, England popularized it.
In truth, it wasn’t the states, but Canada that started playing what is known as Rugby Football. And it was Canada that brought it to the US. One of the first known public matches occurred at a college of the University of Toronto, November 9, 1861. After that, other universities began creating their own games. Princeton University students played a game called "ballown, " but this could have started in 1820. Harvard played one known as "Bloody Monday" began in 1827. Yale was one college that didn’t have their own version for they banned the game early on.
The first “official game” likely happened on November 6, 1869, when Rutgers University faced Princeton University. Rutgers came out on top with a 6-4, making them the first winner of a college football game. Since then, hundreds of colleges have adopted the game, and have merged their rules by creating one single game known as “American Football.”
After the colleges, the students decided to keep playing and created the NFL, the league of pros! Now today, the Super Bowl gathers more viewers than any other primetime event in the world!