A brief history of the world, with a special focus on this blog

To explain the origins of The Pigskin Project, we present a history lesson.

History.

History.

The monument to the first American-style footballer is, of course, in England.

The monument to the first American-style footballer is, of course, in England.

1823: Webb Ellis becomes the father of football when he picks up a rugby ball and runs forward with it, probably out of fear. Current rules only allow running backward or kicking the ball forward. Why no one thought of this before 1823 is beyond us, but Ellis is either extremely precocious or too cowardly to handle the scrum.

1863: The Football Association meets at Freemason Hall and decides that an offensive player is allowed to run forward with the ball, while the defensive players are at liberty to kick him in the shins. Progress is, quite literally, painfully slow.

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