Football Facts: In its inception during
the late 19th century, players used soccer balls to play football. Soon, they
were replaced with rugby-type balls that were slightly oblong which allowed the
carrier to better grasp the ball while running. The modern-day football emerged
around 1906 to make it more aerodynamic when American football rules were
changed to allow the forward pass. Contrary to popular belief, footballs in
general were never made of pigskin leather. However, earlier football models
contained inner bladders which were made from pigs' stomach.
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