He proposed a multitude of changes that would alter the game forever. For example, the line of scrimmage was originally the point when the ball carrier is tackled, and the ball is quickly recycled to a fellow teammate. Camp proposed that at that point of tackling, the play is stopped and then reset uncontested with only four attempts to further 10 yards on the pitch. He also introduced the legalization of blocking other players and forward passing, sparking huge strategic changes in the game.
With competition rising, teams were becoming desperate in obtaining the best athletes for their team. The first professional football player was the best player of that time, Pudge Heffelfinger who had played for Walter Camp at Yale University till 1888 – the best team of its time, undefeated and unscored upon. He was playing for the Chicago Athletic Association when two rival teams from Pittsburg, the Allegheny Athletic Association (3As) and the Pittsburgh Athletic Club (PAC) both offered him money to represent their team in 1892. Heffelfinger chose 3As when they doubled PAC’s offer with $500, scoring the only touchdown and taking them to victory. This caused huge controversy and massive strategy adjustments.
Introducing The NFL
In 1920, the American Professional Football Association was formed and changed its name in 1922 to the National Football League (NFL) which became the largest football league. Football took a new wave of change when the first indoor game was played since 1902 due to harsh weather at the Chicago Stadium for a tiebreaker at the 1932 NFL play-off. Due to the field being smaller, the gameplay adjusted, they moved the goal post from the end-line to the goal-line and all play would start between the hashmarks (which were 10 yards from the sideline). The NFL would adapt to these rules and over in 1932, further changes were made, including tapering the ball to be smaller and more aerodynamic.
Competition at an absolute high with cutthroat negation techniques to summon the best players. The NFL introduced the Draft concept in 1936 where in a rather impulsive decision they decided to allow the last team in the rank to select the players first and continue in reverse order over 9 rounds, which became 10 rounds in 1937. The popularity of the game exploded at the legendary 1958 NFL Championship Game, the first-time tiebreaker in extra time. Shortly after, the rivals to the NFL, the American Football League (AFL) were forced to merge, and the Super Bowl was born.