What is American Football Day?
American Football Day timeline
That’s the estimated worth of the Dallas Cowboys — football’s most valuable team — ranking first in revenue from suites, club seats, sponsorships, and non-NFL stadium events.
Super Bowl I
Los Angeles hosts the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game (now known as Super Bowl I) on January 15. Game MVP quarterback Bart Starr leads the Packers to a 35-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
- June 24, 1922
The NFL Is Born
The APFL is official renamed the NFL
First Black Head Coach
Fritz Pollard, star of the Akron Pros, becomes the NFL's first African American head coach
- August 20, 1920
The American Professional Football League, which will eventually be renamed as the National Football League, is formed
American Football Day FAQs
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American Football Day Activities
Join a league
Just because high school is over doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the sport anymore. There are plenty of local leagues that need good, strong-bodied players to join their ranks. In fact, there are probably a lot of leagues that need even mediocre, soft-bodied players to round out their team. The whole reason is to have fun so why not check out the local league and see if you make the cut?
Start a football pool
Nothing brings the office together like a little friendly wager, and there’s no better way to get everyone involved than by centering it around America’s favorite sport. If there are three things everyone thinks they’re an expert on, it’s music, movies, and football. Instead of having to put up listening to Justin in Customer Service talk about his playoff predictions, why not get him to put his money where his mouth is.
Call over your friends on game nights
What better way to celebrate than to experience two teams battling it out on the turf? You know what to do. Get a few six-packs, fire up the crock pot, and turn on the flat screen because nothing brings friends together than a good game, a hot bowl of chili, and countless hours of trash talking.
Why We Love American Football Day
It’s a game of strategy
People who are not fans of the sport like to paint the game as simple minded and barbaric, but they clearly have no idea how much strategy is involved in making a winning team. You can have as many star players on your team as you can afford, but without the brains to back it up, you’ll be eating dirt.
It brings people together
In America, the two biggest holidays that bring family and friends together are Christmas and Super Bowl Sunday. Even people who never watch a single regular-season game will head on over to a neighbor’s house to watch the Super Bowl and have a wing or two. Even Super Bowl commercials are now an event.
It’s a true team sport
There are a few sports out there (we’re not naming names, but we’re looking at you basketball) where one star player can really define a whole team. Football is a sport which relies heavily on a team working together. Each play is designed with a desired outcome in mind and if one player is sleeping at the wheel, the whole plan falls apart. This is one reason why football is such a popular sport. It requires unity to achieve a desired goal (or in this case, touchdown).