In "Bottomless Pit!," Footbot makes his first appearance in Stan's story, "Grunkle Stan Wins the Football Bowl," in which he helps Stan win the football bowl. He then thanks Stan for building him and joins Stan as he, the football team and the unnamed beautiful woman laugh while planes fly by.
The Footbot in the Stan's story appears to have been based on a project Stan made for the New Jersey Science Fair while he was in school. This can be seen in "A Tale of Two Stans" when Stan's brother, Ford, is presenting his invention to the judges, what looks like a prototype of Footbot is on the table next to him.
The proto-Footbot from "A Tale of Two Stans" appears to be a toaster with a football taped to the top.
- Alex Hirsch stated in "Between The Pines" that Stanley has had the dream of building Footbot for a long time.