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Walter Camp

The Father of American Football. Walter Camp might be the most influential people in the early development of football played on the Gridiron. Camp proposed at the US College Football 1880 rules convention rules and systems for the line of scrimmage downs and yardage, the snap, an 11-man team with a seven-man line and four-man backfield that included a signal-calling quarterback, and the introduction of the safety. Those changed effectively created modern football from its rugby origins. Having played a huge part in the creation of the sport, Camp became the head coach of the Yale and in a short stint from 1888 to 1892 the Bulldogs went 67-2 and won three national championships. He also had undefeated seasons at Stanford as their head coach. Camp was a member of the Intercollegiate Football Rules Committee for 48 years and was the editor of the official guide.

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