“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” ~ America’s Greatest Football Coach, Vince Lombardi on success and sacrifice.
Gridiron football, or American football is the #1 sport played by two teams of 11 players, in the United State and Canada. Developed in the late 19th century, gridiron evolved from rugby and soccer with the first game played in 1869 and its name given to the sport in reference to the characteristics of its playing field; a field marked with a series of parallel lines that resemble a gridiron.
Distinguished from other football codes by its use of helmets, shoulder pads, pass movements and many other unique play characteristics, the name itself – gridiron – is used particularly outside of the USA and Canada.
A set of rule changes drawn up from 1880 by Walter Camp saw the introduction of the snap, 11-aside teams and downs. Later rule changes legalised the forward pass, created the neutral zone and specified the width of the football.