A Description of the History of the NFL

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The History of the NFL

The NFL has become the most popular sport in the United States. It is watched my millions every weekend. The NFL is only growing in popularity. With new fans joining the fun every day. The NFL has faced its share of problems too. With concussions scaring away many future players, the NFL is hoping to lower the possibility of concussions in the future. Each NFL team plays a total of 16 games over a span of 17 weeks. There are two conferences in the NFL, the AFC and the NFC. There are four divisions in each conference, each with 4 teams. The playoff teams are decided by the division rankings. The winner of each division makes the playoffs, with the two best 2nd place teams making it in as a wild card.

The NFL made its debut in 1922, but it was not the first professional football league. The American Professional Football Association was founded in 1920, it included ten teams from four different states. The APFA started out as the American Professional Football Conference. It originally consisted of only Ohio League teams. A month later, the league renamed itself to the American Professional Football Association and added the Buffalo All-Stars and the Rochester Jeffersons from the New York league, and the Detroit Heralds, Hammond Pros, and several other teams from surrounding local leagues. The rest of the leagues teams are as follows, the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Tigers, Cleveland Tigers, Columbus Panhandles, Dayton Triangles, Decatur Staleys, Kenosha Maroons, Muncie Flyers, Rock Island Independents, Toledo Maroons. Only four of the teams finished the 1920 schedule and the undefeated Akron Pros were awarded the first championship. Throughout the 1920s the league struggled to ...

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...Saints who beat the Indianapolis Colts. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers to capture Super Bowl XLV. The New York Giants went on to win Super Bowl XLVI over the New England Patriots. Last years Super Bowl was between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. The Ravens won in a nail biter, which included a blackout during the third quarter.

The NFL is continuing to grow in popularity and size. The NFL is continuing to improve in safety and innovations in the game. In the future the NFL will look to eliminate kickoffs and the extra point kick. It will also look to add a team in Los Angeles and Canada. The NFL has also looked at eliminated its “all-star” game, the Pro Bowl, because of players not performing at 100% for fear of injury. I do not see any sports league topping the NFL in the future, so it looks like the NFL is here to last.

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