The Big Scrum - How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football - 37 Min Lecture
- On CSPAN - John Miller, author of "The Big Scrum - How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football," recounts President Theodore Roosevelt's involvement in the re-imagining of football, which saved the sport from being banned and ultimately led to the creation of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The author reports that football of the late 19th century was a violent game that incurred numerous deaths (18 people died playing the sport in 1905) and was the focus of a ban on play led by Harvard University president Charles Eliot. President Roosevelt, a fan of the sport, invited the coaches of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton to meet in 1905 to draft new rules that allowed the continuation of play. John Miller discussed his book at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He responded to questions from members of the audience.