Still, a side of me realizes that without the dark, primal forces, the game of football becomes less beautiful.
The network might be able to brag about Sunday Night football, but it can't rely on the sports franchise all year for ratings.
Suppose the “best” football player was an offensive lineman for Youngstown State?
These sentences are still perhaps the most famous ever written about football.
Her sin: dating a high school classmate, a Morgantown High School football player, who happened to be a white Christian boy.
But, to tell you the truth, I like football better than baseball.
In his youth he had overtaxed his strength on the football field.
Chrysanthemums, which are considered a necessary accompaniment of a football game, were everywhere.
When I had finished, I was as hot and dirty as if it were half-time at a football match.
In less than a month football will be taking up most of the time and attention that school athletes can devote to sport.
open-air game, first recorded c.1400; see foot (n.) + ball (n.1). Forbidden in a Scottish statute of 1424. The first reference to the ball itself is late 15c. Figurative sense of "something idly kicked around" is first recorded 1530s. Ball-kicking games date back to the Roman legions, at least, but the sport seems to have risen to a national obsession in England, c.1630. Rules first regularized at Cambridge, 1848; soccer (q.v.) split off in 1863.
The U.S. style (known to some in England as "stop-start rugby with padding") evolved gradually 19c.; the first true collegiate game is considered to have been played Nov. 6, 1869, between Princeton and Rutgers, at Rutgers, but the rules there were more like soccer. A rematch at Princeton Nov. 13, with the home team's rules, was true U.S. football. The earliest recorded application of the word football to this is from 1881.