Early Football Leagues

Walter Camp was on the various collegiate football rules committees that developed the American game from his time as a player at Yale until his death. English rugby football rules at the time required a tackled player, when the ball was "fairly held," to put the ball down immediately for scrummage. Camp proposed at the U.S. College Football 1880 rules ... read more

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AAFC: 1946-1949 (4 seasons)

The All-America Football Conference (AAFC) was a professional American football league that challenged the established...

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AFL3: 1940-1941 (2 seasons)

Although the third American Football League was not directly connected to any previous American Football...

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APFL: 1938-1939 (2 seasons)

The league began as the Midwest Football League (MFL), a minor professional American football league...

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AFL2: 1936-1937 (2 seasons)

The second American Football League (AFL II) operated in 1936 and 1937. The brainchild...

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AFLG: 1926-1926 (1 season)

The first American Football League (AFL), sometimes called AFLG or the Grange League, was a...

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NYPFL: 1908-1919 (12 seasons)

The New York Pro Football League (NYPFL) was a professional American football league, active in...

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OL: 1902-1919 (18 seasons)

The Ohio League was an informal and loose association of American football clubs active between...

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NFL1: 1902-1902 (1 season)

Berry also helped form the first National Football League in 1902, with Ben Shibe and...

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William Walter "Pudge" Heffelfinger is considered the first athlete to play football professionally, having been...