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History of Football

Football before the 19th century referred to any number of ball games played on foot. The rules of these games differed from one another, some allowing the use of hands running games, others forbidding it kicking games.

One legend has it that the football game rugby, American football’s ancestor, was invented when an Englishman grew tired of the no hands restriction, picked the ball up, and ran.

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The very first balls used in any kind of football gaming were crafted out of pig bladders; these balls were inflated. This is how the term pigskin came to refer to the modern day footballs made today.
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