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The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football

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The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football by Miller, John J., 9780061744525
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  • ISBN: 9780061744525 | 0061744522
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/17/2012
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Football's first golden age was characterized by incredible violence and life-threatening danger, and the new sport's popularity grew even as the casualties rose. After dozens of players were killed in brutal incidents that rattled the national consciousness, a proto-progressive movement attempted to abolish the game. At that critical moment, President Roosevelt, an outspoken advocate of "the strenuous life" and a longtime fan of the game, fought to preserve football's rugged essence. In 1905, Roosevelt summoned key football coaches to the White House for a historic meeting. The result was the establishment of the NCAA and a series of rule changes, including the advent of the forward pass, which not only saved the sport but transformed football into what it is today: the quintessential American game.

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