Concussions are a big deal in football at the moment — arguably an even bigger deal than the fact that this is Tom Brady's seventh Super Bowl. Researchers have made a lot of progress on diagnosing, treating and preventing concussions, but they still have questions about how concussions happen. What they discover might change the game for good. Over the past few years, scientists have learned a lot about concussions. But before that, progress was slow. There wasn't enough funding to do the kind of research that was needed, and the NFL likely suppressed concussion research, according to investigations after the fact. In 2015 there were 217 concussions diagnosed in the nfl the highest number on record. But concussions happen in other sports, too, especially contact sports such as soccer, hockey and boxing. Studies show that people who get one concussion are several times more likely to get another.
(1)The Decatur Staleys (now the Chicago Bears) The Bears were originally formed as the Decatur Staleys, established by the Staley food starch company as a company team in 1919, but then became an independent professional organization in 1920 moved to Chicago in 1921 to become the Chicago Staleys. The team changed their name to the Bears in 1922. (2)The Chicago Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals) The oldest football team in the NFL, the Cardinals are now in their third century of existence. The team started off as the Morgan Athletic Club in Chicago’s South Side, and gained the nickname Cardinals in 1901. They spent the majority of their existence in Chicago, before moving to St. Louis in 1959 and to Arizona for the 1988 season. Along with the Bears, they are one of the two original founding members of the NFL remaining.
William (pudge) heffelfinger was the first pro football player. During his four-year college career at Yale University, he was a guard on the first ever All-American team in 1889, and named to the team again in 1890 and 1891. Ray Lewis was born in Bartow, Florida, in 1975. The oldest of five children, Lewis became a football star at Kathleen High School and was recruited to play at the University of Miami. In 1996, Lewis was a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens. He led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2000, and was named Defensive Player of the Year that same season. In 2013, Lewis led the Ravens to another Super Bowl victory. He retired in 2013.
On November 6, 1869, Rutgers and Princeton played what was billed as the first college football game. However, it wasn't until the 1880s that a great rugby player from Yale, Walter Camp, pioneered rules changes that slowly transformed rugby into the new game of American football.