Walter Camp

Indroducing Walter Camp

Born April 7, 1859 in New Braitan Conneticut. Walter Camp invented modern American Football.He was also a player at Yale College from 1876 to 1882 and coached Yale from 1888 to 1892 before moving to Stanford. Camps Yale teams 1888,1891,and1892 teams were reconized as national champions. Camp's overall coaching record was 79-5-3

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His Invention
Walter Camp invented the well-known sport called football. Walter camp invented football in 1890. It didn't take him long to actually create. Camp played football at Yale and helped evolve the rules of the game away from Rugby and Soccer rules into the rules of American Football as we know it today. One precursor to Walter Camp's influence was William Ebb Ellis, a student at the Rugby School in England. In 1823, Ellis was the first person noted for picking up the ball during the soccer game and running with it, thereby breaking and changing the rules. In 1876, at the Massosoit convention, the the first attempts at writing down the rules of American football were made. Walter Camp edited every American Football rulebook until his death in 1925.

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Additional Facts:
Walter Camp was Yale's first football coach and from 1876 until 1910 he played an important role in the direction of the
technique and strategy of Yale football. He was a member of every rules convention or committee until 1911. His All-America teams for the
year’s 1898 through 1924, were recognized as official. But most of all, his fame rests upon the fact that he, above all others, was responsible for thinking and bringing into being the game of football which typifies the American competitive spirit in its extra amount upon imagination, speed, It is for his qualities as a human being, his unselfishness, his sincerity, his leadership in the interests of sportsmanship and fair play, these are the details of Walter Camp that made him respected and admired in whatever group he gathered strategy and daring, as well as upon sheer physical ability and durability.
Camp would write around 30 books and 250 magazine articles on the sportof football, with his stories appearing in national periodicals of the day and in major city newspapers.

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