Rutgers marks 150th anniversary of 1st-ever college football game

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Anthony Johnson reports on the anniversary of the first college football game.

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (WABC) -- A year-long celebration of the "Birthplace of College Football" culminated Wednesday with Rutgers University commemorating the site of the first-ever college football game.

Rutgers Athletics began the celebration with the Ringing of the Bells at Old Queens on the College Avenue campus.

The bell, gifted to the University from Colonel Henry Rutgers in 1826, is used to mark significant occasions university-wide.

A Rutgers drumline then led a procession of Rutgers Athletics representatives, fans and guests to the College Avenue Gym for the unveil of a new plaque to commemorate the first game.

It was donated by Devco and the City of New Brunswick and marks the site where Rutgers defeated Princeton on November 6, 1869.

The day-long festivities is wrapping up with a special event to highlight the growth of college football from its inception in 1869 through present day.

The event was hosted by BTN's Dave Revsine and featured a panel of speakers who shared the stories and experiences around college football.

In addition to Revsine, noted college football historian Ron A. Smith was on hand to discuss the early years of college football.

The panels included appearances by former Scarlet Knights Marco Battaglia, Brian Leonard and Mike Teel, in addition to Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez.

Fans are also encouraged to visit the Alexander Library to view "Rutgers Football from the Vault: Celebrating 150 Years," an exhibition that celebrates Rutgers' legacy as the birthplace of the first intercollegiate football game and covers the entirety of Rutgers' football history.


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