The National Football League – The Game of Football in America
American football, otherwise called gridiron football in the United States and Canada, is an organized team sport usually played between two teams of fifteen players each on a forty-two square yard rectangular field with upright goalposts at both ends. The ball is played through a center line where it becomes airborne as it is tossed by the quarterback in attempt to touch either the center line or the end line of the playing surface. Touching the goalpost will result in a touchdown for the team. The game is played to conclude at the end of a fifty-five minute halftime.
Unlike some other sports, American football has professional, college and even Olympic status. It is played professionally in the United States by approximately sixty teams. Professional football is divided into three divisions, the Eastern and Western Conference, while the only Division one in the U.S.A. is the National Football Conference. The other six major conferences are the Central, Pacific and Atlantic divisions.
The National Football League or the NFL was formed in 1933 as a way for football leagues in United States to gain an international franchise. The first year the NFL was established, it was known simply as the NFL and was based in New York City. Today it is one of the most powerful and popular sports franchises in the world. Each year millions of people tune in to watch the different NFL matches and enjoy great sports entertainment.
The NFL is dedicated to providing high quality football to its viewers and to the individual players. It also tries to promote interest in football through television coverage, magazine promotions and stadium events. A wide variety of media are used by the NFL to promote football in this country.
The NFL makes sure that young Americans love the sport and wish to become professional football players when they grow up. Since the inception of the NFL, many young American football players have grown up to play pro football. Some of these players became very popular among fans and other Americans. The popularity of football has led to professional football players’ careers being lucrative and long lasting. Many top football players have had their own personal and professional careers which make football not only a sport for the rich but also for many ordinary football players.
There have been many football players who have become celebrities in their own right. Some of these football stars are: Emmitt Smith, John Elway, Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Warren Sapp, Frank Gore, Marion Barber, FedEx Field, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Superbowl XLIII champion Green Bay Packers. Some lesser known football players are tackles Emmitt Smith, John Elway, Jack Lambert, Tedy Coddle, and Emmitt Smith.