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As we continue to recognize the 100th anniversary of WWI, learn more about the NFL's connections during that time of American History. 

Football was used as a “technique” for US soldiers to get ready for combat, for team bonding and a way to release tension

  • Football training camps as we know them today, were introduced to football following that exact practice of using football to train for combat, but in reverse – using the mindset of “training camp” to get ready for a game
  • The NFL was founded in 1920 – a year after the war ended and when many Americans who served returned home
  • Terms like”draft”, “training camp” all find roots in military, tracing it all the way back to WWI

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