Former NFL Players Explain Why Tackle Football Is Unhealthy

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3. Football Derives From The British Game Of Rugby

Rugby is a ball game that has long been popular in the United Kingdom, along with the UK’s own version of “football,” what Americans know as soccer. American football emerged as a hybrid of soccer and rugby towards the end of the nineteenth century.

One early version was known as the “Boston Game,” played by colleges in the Boston area. McGill University, located in Montreal, had a team that played its own version of the rugby-soccer hybrid, which became more beloved by American teams than the “Boston Game.”