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  1. Patters

    Patters Moderator Staff Member PatsFans.com Supporter

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    The things we take for granted ...

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20060901/sc_space/100yearsagofootballsfirstforwardpass

    They called it the "projectile pass" back then.

    On Sept. 5, 1906, Saint Louis University's Bradbury Robinson tossed a pigskin to teammate Jack Schneider. It was a remarkably creative play for the era, one that ultimately became known as the forward pass.

    The game was scoreless. According to SLU archives, head coach Eddie Cochems was frustrated with the team's inability to move the ball. For weeks, they had been secretly practicing this new art of tossing the ball forward from a starting position behind the ear.

    And so the football's first air attack began.
     
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    I'm too lazy to look up a link right now, but wasn't the forward pass invented by Tedy Rosevelt in order to appease members of congress who were intent on illegalizing football because too many college kids (e.g. their kids) were getting hurt?

    edit: LOL I just noticed I spelled "Teddy" the Bruschi way.
     
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    You know your history. From the article,

    "The 1905 season saw several on-field football deaths and serious injuries around the country. President Theodore Roosevelt met with universities officials to find ways to make the game safer. That's when rules were modified to allow passing."
     
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    #87 Jersey

    We all know who called that pass.....






















    NEM! :D
     
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