Robots playing soccer is nothing new. We have seen a number of humanoid robots capable of doing that. Playing American football can be a bit more challenging though. As the below video explains, Robotic Football began in 2011 as a senior design project for engineering students in Notre Dame. It has turned into an annual tournament with 6 mid-western universities participating.
These robots are controlled by human players. The quarterback is capable of handing the ball to running backs or throwing them to wide receivers. The receivers are in different colors, which allows the quarterback to use its camera to tell which receiver to look for. Pretty promising, don’t you think?