Year: 1999

Who is Michael Taylor? Just a guy playing in a softball league trying to come up with a way to hide his team's slow quarterback. Taylor shared his dilemma with a buddy (and softball teammate) who also happened to be a Division III coach named Tom Kaczkowski, and he suggested lining up the quarterback halfway between the traditional shotgun distance and directly under center. University of Nevada coach Chris Ault soon saw the success of the formation at the lower levels, and with quarterback Colin Kaepernick leading the way made the pistol a staple of modern football.