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Where did the term touchdown come from?


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2010-10-18 16:02:05
2010-10-18 16:02:05

In the first days of football when a ball carrier crossed the goal line he would touch the ball to the ground. The touching of the ball to the ground for the score was called a "TOUCHDOWN".

This rule still applies in rugby, where a player doesn't score unless he touches the ball to the ground.

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I've never heard that term, but I would assume it means a touchdown scored from a play that originated at the line of scrimmage, as opposed to a touchdown scored on a kickoff return.

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football is the child of rugby. When you score in rugby you would have to touch the ball down to the ground, hence the word touchdown.

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