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July 31, 2012, 02:13 AM
The history of American football can be traced to early versions of rugby football and association football. Both games have their origin in varieties of football played in Britain in the mid-19th century, in which a football is kicked at a goal and/or run over a line. More info on this subject at http://www.sportsenthusists.com/category/history-of-footbal l/
August 2, 2012  11:10 AM ET

Very interesting.

August 2, 2012  12:27 PM ET

*rolls eyes*

August 2, 2012  12:49 PM ET

I didn't know that American football evolved from rugby.

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August 2, 2012  04:13 PM ET

Hopefully you embellished your site a little more than a direct copy and paste from Wiki...

August 2, 2012  04:20 PM ET

I can't wait to hear about the evolution of Pass Interference...

August 2, 2012  04:37 PM ET

What year was it that concussions were introduced?

August 2, 2012  04:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

What year was it that concussions were introduced?

I forget...

August 2, 2012  04:51 PM ET

Turf toe coincided with the introduction of artificial turf.

August 2, 2012  04:58 PM ET

In rugby, to score you must make it to the endzone and touch the ball to the ground. Touchdown...... That was free folks, next one will cost ya.

August 2, 2012  05:08 PM ET

I really miss Art Donovan's (old Baltimore Colt) appearances on the David Letterman show.
Nobody had quite the take on NFL history like ol' Art did.
He was one funny SOB.

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August 2, 2012  08:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I can't wait to hear about the evolution of Pass Interference...

You hang that one on Bill Polian when the Colts were losing to the Pats every post season.

August 2, 2012  08:30 PM ET
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Letterman should invite him back.

Art is like 87 years old...I'm guessing some health problems as I haven't seen him on tube in more than 10 years. But there is always this:

 
August 3, 2012  12:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I can't wait to hear about the evolution of Pass Interference...

I want to hear the evolution of encroachment. Did they ever find out what that was?

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