On November 6, 1869, Rutgers and Princeton played what is commonly held to be the first college football game. Played on the site where the current Rutgers gymnasium sits, Rutgers prevailed 6-4.
As a graduate of Rutgers and Florida, college football has always been a huge part of my life. I feel fortunate to have attended schools which are historically connected to college football.
Rutgers from an historical standpoint and Florida from a winning perspective.
Most of my awareness as a living person has involved college football.
It's always been there for me. It's all the things you've heard used to try to explain it.
But it's meant even something more to me. Something intangible; something I can't always put my finger on.
How do I explain that as a 46-year old man, married with three wonderful children; a teacher by profession; I spent most of my Saturday writing, talking about, and thinking about college football?
Or about spending an hour on the telephone with a friend of over 30 years talking about which Florida Gator head coach each of us thinks was most instrumental to the current state of Florida football.
And I'm not just talking about wins and losses. I'm talking about in-depth stuff.
My wife asks, "Why do you talk about that stuff? How do you remember all those things? Who cares?"
My answer, "Because it matters to me. It's important. That's why."
(I say to myself)
I put together this factual list with my thoughts in the hope that some of my passion for the game will come across to you and hopefully inspire you to think about the game as I do.
If nothing else, perhaps you'll realize that you're not alone.
It works for me.