American Football on the Rise in Rio

By George Powell and Blake Sherman, Contributing Reporters

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Even in a country like Brazil, where football is traditionally played with the feet, American football has been enjoying a surge in popularity, from amateur beach games to the creation of a semi-professional national league. Since the late 1990's, new men and women's teams have been appearing all over the country, and the passion for the game is growing. 

From the bruising, full contact football you see on TV to more a more leisurely version of the game played without pads on the beach,

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