American Football: Written by 3 Hall of Fame Coaches, Updated for Today's Game

American Football: Written by 3 Hall of Fame Coaches, Updated for Today's Game

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Three legendary Hall of Fame football coaches with over 100 years of combined experience can help make you a better football player, a more effective football coach, and a well-informed football fan.

This volume contains the complete original text of two classic football books, “American Football” by Walter Camp, written in 1891, and “A Scientific and Practical Treatise on American Football for Schools and Colleges” written by Amos Alonzo Stagg and Henry L. Williams in 1893. All three football coaches were inducted into the Hall of Fame inaugural class in 1951.

This is the first publication that combines the wisdom in the first two founding books of football into one comprehensive volume, and reorganizes the original material into three platoons to fit the modern game.

The original books were published during an era when football players played the entire game, both offense and defense, without substitution. As a result, the descriptions of player positions mingled the responsibilities of what are now three separate and specialized offensive, defensive, and special teams platoons. The offensive backs were also the defensive backs, punters, place-kickers, and kick-returners. The fullback was the primary kicker and also played defensive safety. The quarterback played a linebacker position on defense. The offensive tackle also played defensive tackle and was sometimes a ball-carrier.

This confusion is clarified in this updated volume, as the original material is reorganized by subject and updated to fit today’s game. To accomplish this, much of the text has been moved from its original order and inserted into new locations as warranted by specific reference. One entirely new chapter heading in this volume, “Kicking and Special Teams,” would have been unimaginable to the authors in the 1890s.

The chapters are further subdivided by aspects of ball carrying, handing-off, dodging, passing, receiving, punting, drop-kicking, kick coverage, injuries, diet, sleep, and other categories.

For coaches this volume is full of classic coaching tips and motivational techniques by the masters of the game. Players can learn tricks and tools from the men who invented their positions. Fans will gain added respect for the history and heritage of the great American game.

Walter Camp’s book describes the origin of football, its evolution from rugby and Association football (soccer) into an American sport. Walter Camp was the first football coach, before the job title even existed, and is the man most responsible for the development of football as we know it today. Every football coach today, whether in Pop Warner league, high school football, college football or pro football, owes his heritage to Walter Camp and his classic book “American Football.”

Far more than just a history of football, Camp’s great book remains a relevant collection of wisdom about coaching and dealing with young men on the football field.

Amos Alonzo Stagg, also known as “the Grand Old Man of Football” and co-writer Henry L. Williams added more details about the inner workings of a team, the individual positions, and other fundamentals of the game. Specific chapters cover all positions, including the often overlooked linemen. In this book, the positions of center, guards, tackles and ends are meticulously described.

This volume contains only the original text written by the 3 Hall of Fame coaches. The portrait photographs, diagrammed plays, and reprinted rules from the original publications are omitted in this ebook version.

These books are the most important early works on the new sport of football and were instructional guides for high school football coaches and college football coaches who were establishing new teams across the country.

Every coach today can trace his roots to these 3 legendary coaches and these two classic books about football.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012818065
Publisher: The Lost Century of Sports Collection
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Series: The Lost Century of Sports Collection , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 162 KB

About the Author

WALTER CAMP (1859-1925) was the first football coach and literally wrote the football rule book. He was Yale’s best player and captain in the 1870’s when the sport was played under Rugby rules. As the most prominent member of the football rules committee in the 1880’s, Camp introduced the line of scrimmage, the scoring system, the series of downs to retain the ball, and other fundamental features of the game. He was widely-known as “the Father of American Football” by the time his book was published. Many of his former players became pioneering coaches at colleges nationwide. Camp was a prolific writer and America’s most admired sports authority.

AMOS ALONZO STAGG (1862-1965) was a famous player for Walter Camp at Yale and was named to the first All-American team in 1889. In 1892 the University of Chicago hired Stagg as the nation’s first athletic director and football coach with faculty status. “The Grand Old Man of Football” was named Coach of the Year at age 81, and retired from coaching at age 97 with 314 career victories. Stagg was a standout pitcher in college and played in the first public basketball game in 1892. He is a member of both the football and basketball Hall of Fame.

HENRY L. WILLIAMS (1869-1931) was Stagg’s teammate on Walter Camp’s Yale squad. In 1891 he invented the “tackle-back” formation, coached West Point to its first victory against Annapolis, and set the world record in the 120 yard high hurdles. He later became the head football coach at the University of Minnesota for 22 years, during which he also maintained a medical practice. Dr. Williams was an influential member of the rules committee and an early proponent of the forward pass. Williams was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1951, along with Camp and Stagg.

The Lost Century of Sports Collection ( publishes anthologies of rare sports articles and illustrations from America's sporting heritage.

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