Did you know that American football was played similarly to rugby until Walter Camp's proposal of a set of new rules? Camp, considered to be the father of the sport, made plenty of changes to what was essentially rugby and transformed it into the sport which became well-known as American football. Among his many contributions to the sport, the most well-known and significant improvement that he had made was the snap from center to quarterback, next to the establishment of the line of scrimmage. Additionally, in 1883, the scoring rules were changed. At 1888, another rule was altered to legalize tackling below the waist.
Although football was only originally popular in Midwestern industrial towns, its popularity grew all throughout the United States thanks to the 1958 NFL Championship game, effectively being dubbed as "The Greatest Game Ever Played". Presently, more than 50 years later, The Super Bowl, the annual championship game of the NFL, is now the most watched television event in the United States. With the Super Bowl XLIX alone achieving 114.4 million views. With the rise of the internet, though, most fans are now opting to watch NFL games online. Moreover, plenty of NFL-related media, like video games, apps, and action figures, have also gained popularity amongst its fanbase.
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