Mob football is the name given to some varieties of Medieval football, which emerged in Europe during the Middle Ages. Mob football distinguished itself from other codes by typically having an unlimited number of players and fairly vague rules. By some accounts, any means could be used to move the ball to a goal, as long as it did not lead to manslaughter or murder.  These early codes of football were forerunners of modern codes of football such as rugby football and association football. The uncertain origins of these games have attracted explanation by myth and legend. For example, in the United Kingdom, some claim that the games started as a celebration during the 3rd century of the defeat of the Romans. The claim also exists that it was first played with the severed head of a Danish ruler of England who had been deposed. Whatever their exact origins may have been, by the Middle Ages these games had generally become annual celebrations and had a tendency to get quite out of hand. Mob football would have more resembled a riot than any of its descendants. The sport usually involved groups of men from two connecting villages (or two groups from either end of a single village) fighting to move a ball from one side to the other. The games were so unruly that royal bans were often placed on the playing of such sport. On 13 April 1314, Edward II of England issued what is believed to be the first royal decree. He prohibited the "hustling over large balls" because of the impact the sport had on the local merchants. His ban was followed by decrees from Edward III of England, Henry IV of England, Henry VI of England and James III of Scotland. The sport was considered to be "un-Christian" for its lack of order.
NFL teams are allowed to keep 53 players on their roster of which 45 can suit up for a game. These 45 players are called the 'active roster'. The other 8 are called the 'practice squad' as they are allowed to practice with the team but don't suit up for games. To deactivate a player is to take him off the active roster and place him on the practice squad.
Yes, They get paid a predetermined amount for each playoff game that they are in. They get more money the farther they go in the playoffs.
The Dallas Cowboys do not officially retire numbers. However, no one has worn 74 since Bob Lilly retired and no one has worn 12 since Roger Staubach retired. It is unlikely any future player will wear #8. Correct, the Cowboys do not retire numbers, but no one has warn those numbers in the regular playing season. Numbers worn in pre-season are by rookies are not always their assigned numbers, but those numbers have been worn in summer camp, but not assigned in regular season. As there are only 98 numbers, they might be assigned in regular season in about 20 years.
To remind the world of the gold ruch of California in 1849.