The game of football has been around for a long time. There are even reports that early settlers at Jamestown, Va., played a game similar to football with inflated balls in the early 17th century. Now, in the several hundred years since that time, the game has changed in nearly every way. The rules are different, the equipment is different, and the players are different. In its early days, football used to be a very violent sport with some games being stopped because of varieties of very serious injuries.