The sport of American football was invented in New Brunswick, N.J., on Nov. 6, 1869. Players from Princeton and Rutgers Universities participated in an intercollegiate contest that closely resembled a soccer-style game, according to the History Channel.
Walter Camp is the man who was most responsible for the transition from a rugby-like game to the football that is played today. He is fondly remembered as the "Father of American Football." He attended Yale from 1876 to 1881, during which time he played halfback and was the team's captain. He also helped to establish the official rules of the game by serving in the Intercollegiate Football Association.