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Behind the Scenes in Canton
Storytelling is really one of the major functions of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There are so many great stories about this awesome game that we all love. Yet, only the major ones make their way into our exhibits or are made into stories on our website. This blog will help tell some of the others.
“…that the rule covering the use of the forward pass, whereby it is necessary for the passer to be at least five yards behind the line of scrimmage before he can pass the ball, be changed permitting the passer to pass the ball from any point behind the line of scrimmage.”
The 1899 Official Football Rules Book expanded the definition of the football to include a description of its shape. It read, "the football used shall be of leather, enclosing an inflated rubber bladder. The ball shall have the shape of a prolate spheroid."
As the rules around the forward pass changed so too did the shape of the football. See our photo gallery of the evolution of the football.