By James Stangeland,Richard Flannigan
The tale starts with football’s first 3 fatality crises and President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous try and make the sport more secure in 1905-06. however it used to be Ray, now not Roosevelt, who stored American soccer. He begun by way of making leading edge principles feedback to the NCAA. due to this good fortune, the highschool Federation employed Ray in 1929 to write down a brand new algorithm for its video game. at the moment, the excessive colleges have been having difficulty acquiring team damage assurance as a result of the excessive fracture charges incurred enjoying below the damaging NCAA principles.
Around this time, George Halas, the mythical proprietor and trainer of the Chicago Bears requested Ray to do an identical for the violent, slow NFL video game. From 1933-52 Ray rewrote the NFL principles, stressing pace, defense and pleasure. In 1938 Ray was once formally appointed the NFL’s first Technical consultant at the principles, and manager of officers. He wrote the principles that created the fashionable passing online game. He additionally invented hashmarks that unfolded the sector, the 30 moment rule, penalty flags, the 2 minute caution, unfastened substitution, and such a lot of different hallmarks of today’s online game. His ideas decreased severe accidents through over 70% on the highschool point, and tripled scoring within the NFL. strangely, on the grounds that Ray retired commonplace NFL rankings have slightly replaced.
Ray accomplished those momentous accomplishments via his intuitive genius and the 1st clinical reports of soccer. He and his crew of observers measured each point of an NFL game's time and house. by way of examining the consequences, he was once capable of convert quarter-hour of wasted taking part in time into 25% extra performs according to video game. Ray’s excellent ideas revolutionized the NFL .
Ray retired from the NFL in 1952, and died in 1956. He was once posthumously inducted into the professional soccer corridor of popularity in 1966. yet given that then, a few of his closest former affiliates and their corporations have ravaged his legacy within the identify of cash, copyright matters, and a few very huge egos.
Hugh Ray used to be my grandfather. The latter a part of this booklet recounts my makes an attempt to re-establish his right position in soccer heritage. in the course of my trip of discovery, I encountered frequent deception at each point of the soccer institution. I faced their historic revisionism and duplicity head-on. In doing so, I aroused the anger of the NFL, which introduced down its wrath on my long-dead grandfather.
For a decade after Ray’s loss of life, NFL and the corridor of reputation either said him because the writer of the principles and the NFL principles ebook. yet starting in 1966, either enterprises started deleting all references to Ray’s principles paintings and his position as writer of the foundations that made the sport such a success. i've got many times mentioned this revisionist heritage to either businesses, yet either have refused to provide Ray the credits he justly merits.
I wrote this e-book to set the checklist instantly. In doing so, I dispel a few extensively held notions and myths approximately soccer. I additionally shed a few much-needed mild in this unknown activities hero, and his profound contributions to the NFL and American soccer.
This is a booklet for someone who loves soccer and desires to benefit extra approximately its evolution and background. with a purpose to enhance your soccer IQ or your myth group, learn this ebook. It features a reproduction of Ray’s first-ever clinical examine of soccer, and his final variation of NFL, soccer brand new, 1951, which summarizes the sport in accordance with his statistical indexes and unprecedented considering. I additionally clarify how and why the NFL stumbled after Ray left the foundations degree and what should be performed to extend NFL scoring. solid Reading!
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