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Gridiron (American football) bases alot of it principles on Rugby. one cannot however say union as there alot of similarities with rugby league. the similarities are somewhat due to Americas independence and wanting to be different. when people emigrated to America they brought with them rugby however along the way some of the rules were forgotten and so new ones made up. a vague answer but a difficult question

Yes Gridiron did originate from Rugby Union.

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