Whether or not you watch the NFL, there's no denying that football has a power over America. Football decides presidential elections here, so it's good to have a working knowledge of the sport. Luckily, Cracked has a handy history of American Football here. You can skip the XFL chapters.

While there are many serious issues with how the NFL is evil and how NFL players get rewarded for atrocious behavior, we can't forget the silly stuff. Like when a fake high school football team conned ESPN, or how players pop viagra before games. Oh, and don't worry: we ran the numbers on a bear entering the NFL draft.

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