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10 American Football Facts for the Curious Mind

Since 1920, nearly every single American has fallen in love with football- American football, of course. At RankingFact, we believe fans shouldn’t just get used to the game, and it’s converted Super Bowl BUT American Football Facts. Hence, before we begin our articles, here are ten facts about the game.

  1. American Football was essentially rugby until 1882 when new rules established gave each team three tries to advance the ball up to five yards. This is why the game’s field looks like a gridiron. The truth is, Lines had to be established, so teams knew how far they had to go.
  2. Helmets weren’t mandatory for American Football Players until the year 1939. Back then, there were repeated concussion among its players— a development which raised the risk for chronic traumatic encephalopathy and mental health issues which includes dementia, Parkinson’s disease and depression.
  3. Since the year 1941, Wilson has been the exclusive maker of NFL footballs— producing 4,000 balls a day. The ball is produced with cowhide thanks to cows from the US states of Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. Also to note, there are 16 lace holes on a football, but just one lace.
  4. As of 2020, the Dallas Cowboys have been the wealthiest team in the NFL. The professional American football team has an estimated value of approximately $2.1 billion- generating almost $269 million in annual revenue. The NFL (National Football League) comprises 32 teams and have an average team value of approximately $1 billion. The MLB (Major League Baseball) has 30 teams, with an average team value of around $523 million- 2020 stats.
  5. The NFL (National Football League) has an annual revenue of $9 billion, with a profit reaching $1 billion. The Major League Baseball (MLB) on the other hand, has an annual revenue of $7.2 billion, with a profit reaching $49 million.
  6. American Football has one of the short seasons of just 17 weeks. This doesn’t stop fans from watching in droves, tailgating at arenas and cheering for their favourite teams to win.
  7. The Super Bowl is the one and only Championship NFL Football Game. It is one of the most popular sports events in the United States as it marks the end of the football postseason.
  8. American Football Facts reveal that the 2015 Super Bowl was the most-watched television event in United States history.
  9. The first televised American Football Game was back in the year 1939— with a total audience of 500 large. Did you know?… this is about 112,200,500 less than the number of people who watched the 2018 Super Bowl.
  10. As of 2020, the Pittsburgh Steelers have the Most Super Bowl wins—playing eight Super Bowls. The Cowboys total win is five while the Patriots have won four times.
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