HOW IT BEGAN
The first ever game was Rutgers and Princeton, they played a college soccer football game on November 6 1869. November 12 1892, Allegheny Athletic Association defeated the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. The game itself was not very momentous event. But one of the circumstances of the game was a never forgotten moment. On of the players William (Pudge) Heffelfinger was paid $500 to play in the game.
William (Pudge) Heffelfinger
The first professional football player. William Walter Heffelfinger was born on December 20, 1876 in Minneapolis, Minn. At 6'3" 200 pounds, Heffelfinger was especially large for that era, also his size allowed him to wreck havoc on the opposing team. Later in life Heffelfinger began a career in coaching where he made many stops at universities. He also was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 195. His fame as the first paid player was not surfaced until he died on April 2, 1954.
The National Football League is the highest money making sport. In the 2013 season the National Football League brought in a record setting $1.07 Billion for sponsorship revenue. Another big money maker for the NFL is the 4 year 4 Billion dollar contract with DirecTV (1 billion per season). But the NFL wants much more money, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell went on to say that he expects the NFL to reach $25 billion in annual revenue by 2027.
Roger Goodell is the commissioner of the National Football League. He was born in Jamestown, New York. He graduated from Bronxville High School where he stared in 3 sports, Football, Basketball, and Baseball.
Since 1973, The National Football League has contributed nearly $370 million to charities and youth football programs. Football has just been a life saving game for many people in this world. There is football for everyone, youth players, middle schoolers, high schoolers, and there is even flag football for non contact. The NFL also has breast cancer awareness games and many other games that raise money for a good cause.
Many years ago people said that football will never become famous, and they thought it was a joke. Many decades later football has become the biggest sport is the world. Many people say that football is a criminal sport but it brings in people from all different cultures and people from around the world.