The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football

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  • Copyright: 4/17/2012
  • Publisher: Harpercollins

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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.

Author Biography

John J. Miller is director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College, national correspondent for National Review, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and the author of five books, including the novel The First Assassin.

Table of Contents

Introduction: America's Gamep. ix
The Killing Fieldsp. 1
Creation Storiesp. 19
Game Timep. 47
Camp Daysp. 65
The Capacity to Inflict Painp. 91
The Virile Virtuesp. 111
Let Them Be Men Firstp. 135
Rough Riding.p. 155
Football Is a Fightp. 175
The Air Warp. 205
Appendixp. 223
Acknowledgmentsp. 225
Notesp. 227
Indexp. 247
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