Oldest football footage ever (American football/Gridiron)

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OLDEST genuine archive footage of football known to exist! This amazing film shows a game between Princeton and Yale, way back in 1903, plus footage of another university game in the same year. American football in it's infancy.

Additionally, the video features a short clip of President Roosevelt and his entourage crossing the field in 1901. There doesn' appear to be any other footage of the game from that year.

The first game of football was played on November 6, 1869, between Rutgers and Princeton, two college teams. The game was played with rules resembling a mix of rugby and soccer.

Walter Camp later refined the rules to include eleven players and the idea of 'downs'.

It is now the most popular sport in the United States.


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