There have been times when I've wanted to search some football topics, only to find out, after starting to read the article, that it is about soccer.
So I was thinking WHAT IF...
...way back when Rugby was evolving into Football here in North America, the people of Europe found out we were going to call our new sport 'Football'. They objected, and we decided to call this new sport something else.
What would it be??
In keeping with it's Rugby roots, I was thinking something like Ruckball, or Ruckers. How about Scrummers?
Based on the original rules, it might have been called carry ball, push ball, run ball - something along those lines. The forward pass and first down were introduced much later, and I'm guessing the lines on the field (i.e. gridiron) were probably added around the same time as first downs.
Rugger is a nickname for Rugby (derived from "Rugby" using the "Oxford -er" in the same way that the word "soccer" is derived from "association" ("association football" being the full name for soccer)).
I don't know when people stopped using Rugby to refer to Canadian football in informal conversation, but the name persisted officially at least until 1967 in the name Canadian Rugby Football Union, precursor to today's Football Canada.