The Beginning: pre-1901

 
 
Martin W Sampson
"Founding Father"
State University of Iowa Football 1889

Martin Sampson English Professor 1889
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Foot Ball, the game as we know it today, began at the State University of Iowa in 1889.  Professor Martin W Sampson, an english instructor at the University of Iowa, sponsored a meeting to organize Iowa's first football team.  He was unanimously elected both captin and coach of Iowa's first varsity eleven.   Martin W Sampson went on to score Iowa's first touchdown ever as well in 1890 when he blocked a Grinnell kick, scooped up the ball and raced it 70 yards to score.  

1890 Team Photo (earliest known to exist)
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Martin W Sampson close-up
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Martin W Sampson Autograph
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Below is an autograph of another one of the individuals who played on the 1st team of 1889.  His name is Edwin L Sabin and he was one of three committee members listed in the very first Program/Rule book in 1889.

Edwin L Sabin Autograph
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1889 1st Program/Rule Book
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Shows Edwin as one of 3 committee members in 1889
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