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.