American Football Worldwide President Jim Barnes will play an important role during a “Vintage NFL” game that will take place in Rock Island, Illinois on Saturday, April 27 during the National Football League’s Draft Weekend. Jim Barnes will serve as the the vintage game’s lead official which will be played as much as possible in accordance with the rules – and the ‘pigskin’ – that was in place when the league started in 1920. In celebration an NFL draft choice during the 6th round of this year’s draft, and possibly more, will be announced and televised during ceremonies surrounding the game event this Saturday.
The game is being played as part of the upcoming 100 year anniversary of the NFL. Rock Island is a site because this community played a pivotal role in the birth of the NFL. It is here where the Rock Island Independents were the very first NFL team to participate in a game after the National Football League was formed back in 1920. On September 26, 1920 the Independents defeated the St. Paul Ideals 48-0 at Douglas Park in Rock Island, Illinois. The NFL was born and now the league and the game of football are integral, if not premier, to American sports and culture.
The Vintage Game in 2019 will pit the two teams ‘in name’ together again – just under 100 years from the date of the first game. Players on both teams have gathered annually to play a ‘vintage game’ for several years now with the game typically taking place in the fall. All are regathering for this special celebration.
This year’s game will be hosted at Augustana College in Rock Island. As part of the festivities there will be a youth football clinic with the assistance of student-athletes at Augustana and Alleman High School.
For more information on the Vintage American Football view the following videos: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgxwCgLldzgZhSBQjBVMqlDkNmpsz?projector=1 or . https://youtu.be/w3SBEwN0VWs