Football History

BY: Jeffrey Belteton


Football in the beginning was not the same as it is today. I will let u travel through the information i have gathered about footballs history.

football in the beginning

According to Alameda High School CA, “ Football (as well as rugby and soccer) are believed to have descended from the ancient Greek game of harpaston. Harpaston is mentioned frequently in classical literature, where it is often referred to as a very rough and brutal game“(1). Alameda High School CA, is insisting that football was a dangerous sport. In my understanding of what Alameda High School claims was that football wasn’t organized (1). Football used to be very unorganized from the lack of rules in the game because there weren’t any limit to the amount of players there can be. There can be a team with twenty players and another with ten.

helmets in the beginning

According to Past Time Sports “The first helmet used was around 100 years ago by Admiral Joseph Mason Reeves and the helmet was created by a Annapolis shoemaker”(1). In my understanding it was made for a navy man along time ago. Past Time Sports claims that football back then was brutal because without pads must have left them with bruises, scars, injuries, etc… when the helmets came in it must have helped a lot to protect the head because it is still used today (1). Ever since the helmet was mandatory around the 30’s “the first helmet logo was the rams horns, painted on a pro football helmet” says Past Time Sports (1). From this I assume that Past Time Sports is saying that that the teams was getting into the competitiveness and next thing u know a few years after more logos were created based on the teams. Just like today, every team in high school, college, and in the NFL (National Football League) has helmets that has a logo of their team.

organizing the game

According to Alameda High School “Walter Camp, the coach from Yale and a dissenter from the IFA over his desire for an eleven man team” (12). In my understanding Alameda High School meant that the coach from Yale Walter Camp wanted football to be more organized. Based on the facts in my past paragraphs football was not the most organized sport out there. Alameda High School claims that the committee straightened up the rules by decreasing the amount of players, marking the amount of yards (110 yards), they then made a first down marker of three plays to get five yards but, later on they extended it to be ten yards, and lastly they added an extra play to make it fourth down (12).


"Past Time Sports: History of the Football Helmet." Past Time Sports: History of the Football Helmet. Past Time Sports, 1996. Web. 30 Oct. 2012. <>.

"A Brief History of the Game." History of Football. Alameda High School, n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2012. <>.