Walter Camp, often called the “Father of American Football,” is considered the single most influential person in the development of traditional football, distinguishing the sport from its rugby and soccer origins. Camp grew up in New Britain, Conn. and enrolled at Yale College in 1876.Aug 16, 2019
1880 In 1880 Camp offered one of the most far-reaching rules changes in the history of the sport: establishing the line of scrimmage. Two years later he proposed the series of downs to gain a set number of yards (initially five), new styles of blocking, tackles below the waist, and the modern scoring system.Nov 2,…
Walter Camp is credited with altering the rules of rugby to create the game of modern North American football we are familiar with today. The line of scrimmage, use of downs, point system, the number of players per side, and the creation of the quarterback position all stemmed from Walter Camp’s influence.
For years, Camp and journalist Caspar Whitney selected the annual All-American team, known as Walter Camp’s All-American team. For 42 years he edited the yearly college football guide, and he wrote and spoke prolifically about the sport. By 1892, he had created the game we now know as football.