The Beginnings of Football

Wilbur's early ambitions of attending Yale may have had something to do with his new-found interest in football. Football was a brand new sport in the 1880s , a marriage of soccer and rugby. Walter Camp, the coach at Yale, had written the first rulebook that defined this American pastime and in 1883 he had fielded a football team that would remain undefeated for nine years. He lectured tirelessly on the virtues of the sport, extolling its value in building character. Wilbur Wright, who was then an accomplished athlete, had certainly heard of Walter Camp and may have dreamed of attending Yale and playing with this legendary team.

Walter Camp and an early Yale football team.

Walter Camp, Yale, and the Beginnings of Football