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Game Day Guru: Why Walter Camp is the father of American football

Camp was a coach at Yale College back in 1876 and helped produce the game's first rules, many of which still apply to how it is played in 2020.

WASHINGTON — Football is a great sport, and we at WUSA9 want you to know all you can about the game during the 2021 season.

But did you know who the real father of American Football is? 

According to the book Football by James Buckley Jr., and many others that follow the sport, it's Walter Camp.

Camp was a coach at Yale College back in 1876 and helped produce the game's first rules, many of which still apply to how it is played in 2020.

Camp even created the line of scrimmage, as well as the system of downs, and literally wrote the book on football. In fact, he wrote 30 of them.

Whether it's covering the Washington Football Team, Maryland Terps games in College Park or your local high school, WUSA9 has you covered this football season.

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