College football is generally considered to be the second tier of American football in the United States and Canadian football in Canada. It is in college football where a player’s performance directly impacts his chances of playing professional football. In some areas of the country, college football is more popular than professional football, and for much of the early 20th century,College football was seen as more prestigious than pro football.
About College football in brief
College football is gridiron football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the U.S. Unlike most other sports in North America, no official minor league farm organizations exist in American or Canadian football. College football is generally considered to be the second tier of American football in the United States and Canadian football in Canada. It is in college football where a player’s performance directly impacts his chances of playing professional football. The best collegiate players will typically declare for the professional draft after three to four years of collegiate competition, with the NFL holding its annual NFL draft every spring in which 256 players are selected annually. Those not selected can still attempt to land an NFL roster spot as an undrafted free agent. In some areas of the country, college football is more popular than professional football, and for much of the early 20th century,College football was seen as more prestigious than pro football. Although the college game has a much larger margin for talent than its pro counterpart, the sheer number of fans following major colleges provides a financial equalizer for the game. Division I programs — the highest level — playing in huge stadiums, six of which have seating capacity exceeding 100,000 people. Modern Canadian football is widely regarded as having originated with a game played in Montreal, in 1865, when British Army officers played local civilians. The game gradually gained a following, and the Montreal Football Club was formed in 1868, the first recorded non-university football club in Canadian.
Modern North American football has its origins in various games, all known as \”football\”, played at public schools in Great Britain in the mid-19th century. By the 1840s, students at Rugby School were playing a game in which players were able to pick up the ball and run with it, a sport later known as rugby football. In 1864, at Trinity College, also a college of the University of Toronto, F. Barlow Cumberland and Frederick A. Bethune devised rules based on rugby football, which was soon being played at Canadian colleges. Early games appear to have had much in common with the traditional ‘mob football’ played in Great British. The games remained largely unorganized until the 19th century when intramural games of football began to be played on college campuses. Princeton University students played a game called ‘ballown’ as early as 1820. A Harvard tradition known as ‘Bloody Monday’ began in 1827, which consisted of a mass ballgame between the freshman and sophomore classes. In 1860, both the town police and the college authorities agreed the Bloody Monday had to go. The Harvard students responded by going into mourning for a mock figure called “Football Fightum’ for whom they conducted funeral rites. The authorities held firm and it was a dozen years before football was once again played at Harvard. All of these games and others, shared certain commonalities, with players attempting to advance the ball into a goal by any means necessary.