10 Facts About Football You Might Not Know
Many Americans know the game of football like the back of their hand. But, here are 10 facts about football that I bet even the most enthused fans don’t know.
- In the early days of football, touchdowns were worth less than field goals. Scoring a touchdown was worth 4 points, while kicking a field goal earned 5.
- Football existed for nearly 40 years before forward passes were officially allowed.
- Paul Hubbard, a deaf quarterback in the 1890s, introduced the huddle for the first time in order to hide his hand signals from the other team.
- The longest field goal ever attempted in professional football was 76 yards. It was not successful.
- The Super Bowl trophy is worth about $50,000.
- The longest stretch without a postseason win in NFL history belongs to the Arizona Cardinals from 1947 to 1998.
- President Theodore Roosevelt threatened to ban football until proper safety precautions were taken, as many players were getting injured and even killed during games in the early 20th century.
- To hold a season ticket for the Green Bay Packers, you would need to wait about 1,000 years to move up the current waitlist.
- Over 200 sets of father-sons and over 300 sets of brothers have become NFL players.
- Footballs are actually made from cowhide, not pigskin.
Written by: Cameron Jones