1. Sports

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:

http://football.about.com/popular.htm

was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!

Most Emailed Articles

Holiday Valley Ski Resort

NFL: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Time to Make Their Marks: Seven NFL Players...
Put Up or Shut Up Time: Seven Players on the Hot Seat
Who are the top 10 hardest partiers in the...
Top 10 drinkers and womanizers in NFL history
The Complete Guide to Football Terminology
This football glossary includes definitions for hundreds of commonly used terms. Intended for new fans, football 101 is useful for almost anyone.
Understanding the Uniform Numbers and Positions...
Every football player's uniform has a number on it that is unique for that particular team. This chart explains which numbers are assigned to each position in the NFL.
HUGHES: Dear Mr. Tom Brady, just accept your...
The best thing New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can do? Just accept his four-game ban, then return and lead New England to the Super Bowl.
And Now, The Less Fortunate: 2015 Draft Losers
Jaguars Blow First Pick, Titans Grab Thug and Where are the Dallas Running Backs?
The 10 Worst Quarterbacks in the NFL
10 Worst Quarterbacks in the NFL
How to Play Lineback in Football
Basics of the linebacker position in football. Includes information on alignment, who should play, and what they do.
Why Football Linebackers are Called Sam, Mike...
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >You may have heard
How to Have a Successful Fantasy Football Draft
These fantasy football draft tips are designed to aid you in your development as a fantasy football general manager. This article details some fantasy football strategies that will give you an edge over your competition during your league draft and throughout the season.
Pigskin 101: A Beginner's Guide to Understandin...
Pick up the basics of football, from the object of the game, to the various ways to score, to the layout of the football field. You'll also find some of the basic terminology that is associated with the game.
3 Football Helmets That Might Help Reduce...
Schutt, Riddell, and Xenith companies, which emphasize state-of-the-art improvements aimed at reducing the number of concussions suffered by football players, produce three of the best football helmets available.
How do you play middle linebacker?
How do you play middle linebacker (mike linebacker)? Here's a breakdown of what playing middle linebacker entails.
Understanding Football's Cover 2 Zone Defense
Understand the basics of the cover 2 zone. Includes assignments for safeties, linebackers, and cornerbacks. Also has an image that shows the zones on the field for cover 2.
How to Play Defensive End in Football
Full detail on how to play defensive end. Includes stance, read, alignment, and pass rush technique.
How to Play Strong Side Linebacker or "Sam" in...
Alignment and assignment for playing Sam linebacker, as well as their run and pass read.
How To Play Free Safety in Football
The basics of how to play free safety on a football team. Includes information about who should play free safety and what they do.
The Difference Between Strong and Free Safety...
This article describes the difference between the strong safety and free safety positions in football.
How To Eat For Success in Football
What to eat and what not to eat for success on the football field.
What Are the 6 Defensive Positions in Football?
About Football defines all the positions played on the defensive side of the ball.
How to Play Weak Side or "Will" Linebacker in...
Instructional piece on how to play Will linebacker, including alignment, assignments, and key/read. Also includes information on who should play Will linebacker.
How to Play Strong Safety in Football
Includes the basics of playing strong safety, including the alignment, assignment, and read, as well as who should play strong safety.
How to Play the Cornerback Position in Football
What is a cornerback and what do they do? Different techniques are covered, including man-to-man, press coverage, zone/bail technique. Included are details about what makes a good cornerback.
How to Run the Cover 3 Zone Defense in Football
Description of the cover 3 defense, including strengths, weaknesses, and assignments.
What Happened During the Michael Vick...
On July 17, 2007, Atlanta Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick was indicted by the federal government in connection with a dogfighting operation that was allegedly headquarterd on property he owned in Surry County, Virginia. About Football looks at the issues surrounding the case.
The Dos and Don'ts of Managing Your Fantasy...
About Football's fantasy football Dos and Don'ts outline tips to successfully manage your fantasy football team.
5 Valuable Tips For Youth Football Coaches
Five points of advice for youth football coaches. Keep it fun, keep it safe, teach the fundamentals, teach good sportsmanship, and build lasting relationships.
Football's 8 Positions on Offense
About Football defines all the positions played on the offensive side of the ball.
How to Play Wide Receiver in Football
Fundamentals of the wide receiver position in football, including who should play, where they line up, and how to improve as a wide receiver.
Fantasy Football 101: What You Need to Know to...
About Football's Fantasy Football 101 explains the basics of fantasy football. Topics include scoring, drafting a team, and selecting a lineup.
Top 5 Run Plays Out of the I-Formation for...
Using Multiple-I looks, you can control the clock running Iso, Toss Sweep, Fullback Trap, Counter, and Reverse.
Top 3 ‘Get Your Heart-Pumping’...
Turn the heat up on football conditioning with these three drills combining endurance, speed,and agility.
How Football Coaches Can Get the Most of Their...
These defensive line drills allow football coaches to keep practices interesting and fresh for players. The drills teach proper techniques needed for successful defensive line play during football games.
8 Basic Defensive Formations in Football
About Football's Basics of Football illustrates the various defensive formations that are seen on the football field. Check out all the most common defensive formations used today.
From Standard to Keeper: 6 Types of Fantasy...
About Football defines the different types of fantasy football leagues.
What is the 4-3 Defense and When Should a...
The 4-3 defense is a basic defensive formation that is widely used today. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
How to Play Defensive Back in Football
Description of the defensive backfield, with links for how to play each position in the secondary.
How Football Coaches Read Offensive Formations
For football players playing defense, this article contains information on how to read an offensive formation, and determining the strong and weak side.
What are some funny names for NFL teams?
There are a lot of ways to irritate rival fans, and one of the best is to refer to their favorite team by some derogatory moniker. Here's some funny names given to NFL teams.
3-4 Defense
The 3-4 defense is a basic defensive formation that is widely used today. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field in a 3-4 defense.
25 Questions to Expect if You're a Interviewing...
Preparing for a job interview takes on a different meaning regarding the hiring of a high school football head coach. Coaching applicants are likely to be asked most or all of these interview questions.
From Alignment to Assignment to Snap: Playing...
Full description of what a defensive tackle does on the football field, as well as the basics of how to play.
5 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Football
This list provides 5 examples of good life lessons one can glean from the game of football. It includes discipline, perseverance, teamwork, goal setting. It helps parents understand how to help their son not just play the game, but learn from it.
Why Football's Offensive Lineman Position Is...
The offensive lineman position in football is detailed, including who should play and how to improve your skills as an offensive lineman.
7 Football Officals and Their Duties During a...
You often hear football officials referred to by the general term of referee, but each official has his own title and assigned responsibilities. This page outlines each football official's responsibilities along with their positioning on the football field
Ends, Tackles and the Nose: Meet Football's...
What is a defensive line, what do they do, and what makes a good defensive line.
NFL Most Valuable Players - NFL MVP Player of...
Every recipient of the NFL's Most Valuable Player Award is listed here along with the team he played for and the year he received the MVP award.
Why Understanding Down and Distance is Key to...
Understanding down and distance is probably the biggest key to understanding football, and About football will help you figure it out!
NFL Quarterback Fantasy Rankings - Week 2
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy quarterbacks in the NFL.
How to Create a Youth Football Offensive Playbook
Youth football coaches creating their own football playbooks should use familiar football terminology. Here is a great place to start for creating your offensive football playbook.
What Are the Special Teams Positions in Football?
About Football defines all the specialized positions played on special teams.
NFL Football Follies: 'Top 10' Insulting...
About Football has compiled a list of the top ten football jokes intended to zing the fans of rival teams. Simply insert your most-hated NFL team into the content of each football joke where indicated!
Understanding the Basics of the 4-4 Defense in...
The 4-4 defense is a basic defensive formation in the game of football. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
What is the 5-2 Defense in Football and How is...
The 5-2 defense is a basic defensive formation in the game of football. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
Defensive Strategy: Understanding Gap Assignments
A description and illustration of where the a, b, and c gaps are to aid in your understanding of gap assignments in football.
Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets
The top fantasy football players in the NFL are ranked in these free fantasy football cheat sheets.
How to Throw a Football: 4 Steps to Great Passing
How to throw a football properly. Four tips for quarterbacks on developing a successful throwing technique.
Learning the Push-Pull-Rip Technique for...
To become a better player on the defensive line, it is important to learn successful techniques to defeat the offensive player. The push-pull-rip technique is easily taught to players of all ages.
Top 10 Running Backs of All Time
The NFL has produced many great running backs over the years, and picking the best of the best is difficult because it's hard to compare different players from different eras. But after looking at the body of work produced by some of the all-time greats, we've put together a list of our top ten running backs of all time.
Advice For Young Football Players: Control What...
Control your attitude, your mind, and your effort, and you will be a better football player, regardless of how physically talented you are.
What the Gap is in Football and How Defenses...
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >While phrases
What is Football's 4-3 Defense and How Does it...
To fully utilize the benefits of a 4-3 defensive system, coaches must recognize the importance of implementing the Over and Under defensive calls.
How One Short Running Play Can Pay Off Big For...
It is important for an offense to establish a powerful inside rushing attack. A well-executed Iso play causes problems for football defenses.
Understanding Football's Over/Under 4-3 the...
The Over/Under 4-3 defense is a variation of the basic 4-3 defense. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
Top 10 Funny Fantasy Football Team Names
A ranking of our top 10 funny fantasy football team names.
Who Were the Starting Quarterbacks in Every...
About Football offers a list of every quarterback to ever start in a Super Bowl. This Super Bowl resource also includes the quarterbacks' age and college attended.
Top 5 Football Pass Routes
Football coaches with these five essential pass patterns (Hook, Corner, Wheel, Crossing, and Sreen) will see overall improvement in the passing game. More catches, more yards, and more touchdowns are on their way.
What Does it Mean to Call an Audible and Why...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term audible.
Shape and Size are Key, But What Makes a...
What is a football? What is it made of? How big is a football?
2015 NFL Draft Winners
Bucs, Browns, Bengals, and even Jets and Panthers Have the Best NFL Draft
How to Catch a Football
Insight into the basic fundamentals of catching a football. Beneficial for wide receivers, running backs, or anyone else who might end up catching the ball.
7 Facts About Football Teams
This football 101 tutorial describes the basic functions of the offense, defense, and special teams along with their fundamental responsibilities.
More Than 100 Yards: What Are the Exact...
Learning the exact dimensions of the field is not necessarily that important, but it is good to have a basic knowledge of the field itself. This page provides the dimensions of the playing field as well as many of the basic terms associated with a football field.
How Many Ways Can a Football Team Score Points?
This basics of football tutorial explains all the different methods of scoring in football.
10 Funny Football Quotes
Funny Football Quotes - About Football has put together a collection of funny football quotes.
What is the West Coast Offense in Football?
What is the West Coast Offense? About Football offers a brief introduction explaining the objectives and basics of the West Coast Offense.
Coaching Football: Simplified Rules for...
Zone blocking schemes do not have to be complicated like those you see professional teams run. Cut down the learning curve by using this simplified two-step approach with your offensive line.
What is the Nickel Defense in Football?
The nickel defense is a basic defensive formation designed to stop the pass. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
An illustrated photo tour of the Dallas Cowboys Cheeleaders featuring Dallas Cowboys cheeleader pictures from 1993 to the presnt.
Cold Taco Dip
About Football's Super Bowl Party Tips provide some great appetizers, salads, desserts, and drink recipes sure to be a success at your next Super Bowl party. This Super Bowl party recipe explains how to make Cold Taco Dip.
Youth Football Blocking Techniques
When teaching youth football blocking techniques, should youth football coaches teach the shoulder progression blocking method, or should youth players benefit from the use of their hands when blocking a defender? It's a question facing many youth coaches today.
How do you run a fullback trap?
After running the football strong side several plays, linebackers and other defenders tend to anticipate the direction of the offensive play. The fullback trap stops defenses from anticipating.
Teaching Linebackers the Triangle, Read, React...
Football players wanting to excel at the linebacker position must develop a certain 'nose to the ball' ability, and it starts with coaches teaching the triangle read concept.
How the NFL Determines the Order Teams Select...
About Football explains how the NFL determines the NFL Draft order.
Remembering Super Bowl I: Who Played, Who Won...
Check the history of the Super Bowl year-by-year in this series of articles summarizing the history of the NFL's championship game. This page covering Super Bowl I includes a game recap and scoring summary.
What is the Object of Football?
Football 101 - About Football explains the object of the game of football.
NFL Scheduling Procedures
A common question I get from football fans concerns the NFL scheduling procedures and how a team's opponents are determined. Since the realignment that moved the NFL to an eight-division league, the scheduling format has become quite simple actually.
How Does the Wildcat Offense Work in Football?
About Football explains the Wildcat Offense.
Toss Sweep Improves I-Formation Outside Run...
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The power sweep
When and Why Football Coaches Use the Nickel...
Explains what the nickel defense is, when it is used, and what the advantages and disadvantages are.
What Are the Shotgun and Pistol Formations in...
Compares the shotgun formation to the pistol formation in football.
Randy Moss
About Football offers a timeline of antics by controversial wide receiver Randy Moss during his NFL career.
Which NFL team is most likely to come back from...
The five NFL teams most likely to go from worst to first.
About the Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are among the more illustrious franchises in the NFL and all of sports. This Dallas Cowboys time line traces the history of the franchise.
Why a Football Game Starts the Way it Does
Football 101 - About Football explains the basics of how a football game begins.
What the NFL's Supplemental Draft is and How it...
The Supplemental Draft, held after the traditional NFL Draft and before each season begins, is designed to allow underclassmen --who did not petition the league for early entry before the NFL Draft deadline but find themselves ineligible for the upcoming college season-- a vehicle for entering the NFL.
Offense and Defense Benefit from Half Line...
Practicing successfully for a football game should not be hampered by the size of the player roster. Coaches utilizing the half line drill for practice can get players ready for game day.
1993
An illustrated photo tour of the Dallas Cowboys Cheeleaders featuring Dallas Cowboys cheeleader pictures from 1993 to the presnt. Page 16.
Find Out All About Former Big-Ten and NFL Star...
Herb Adderley - A biography of NFL legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Herb Adderley that includes his career highlights.
Punt Return Team Need a Boost?
Properly implemented, the Brick Wall punt return will hit your opponent like a 'ton of bricks,' and will result in giving your offense great field position.
Extra! Extra! Read All About What PAT Means in...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term PAT.
No Frills Football Conditioning
You do not have to break the bank when it comes to conditioning your football team. Here are four very competitive football conditioning drills, and all you need are a few used tires.
How the NFL is Organized
Consisting of 32 teams, the NFL is organized into a pair of conferences which are sub-divided into divisions.
Why the Nickel Back is More than the Name of a...
Describes the football position of nickel back. Includes information on who should play nickel back and when the nickel package is used in football.
NFL Running Back Fantasy Rankings - Week 3
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy running backs.
Football 101 - Understanding the Basics of the...
The 6-1 defense is actually a variation of the 4-3 formation. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
Football Practice: Skeleton
A short description of what a skeleton practice is in football, and why it's beneficial.
Why Are These Five NFL Teams So Hated?
Why Are These Five NFL Teams So Hated?
What Are the Biggest Problems With Youth...
Coaching integrity and parental interference top the list of concerns by youth football coaches nationwide.
What happened to the AFC North? Here's what: My...
The AFC North has fallen on rather hard times. The division is home to two legendary teams, but these days it's the Cincinnati Bengals who are dominating and they can't seem to win even a single wild-card playoff game. Not much will change this year.
Results of Every Postseason Game the Dallas...
Check out the results of all of the Dallas Cowboys playoff games throughout NFL history.
Football 101: What's the Deal With the Dime...
The dime defense is a basic defensive formation designed to stop the pass. This page explains which players are used, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
Questions Parents Should Ask Before Letting...
Is football right for my kid? A great guide for parents whose kids are interested in participating in football. Learn important questions to ask to find out if it is a good match for your kid.
About Football Glossary - Field Position
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term field position.
1994
An illustrated photo tour of the Dallas Cowboys Cheeleaders featuring Dallas Cowboys cheeleader pictures from 1993 to the presnt. Page 15.
About Football Glossary - Blitz
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term blitz.
NFL Kick/Punt Returner Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy Kick/Punt Returner.
Installing the Middle Kickoff Return
To pump up a team's kickoff return yardage, turn to the easy-to-install double wedge middle return.
What a Wideout is in Football and How that...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term wideout.
Find Out What Year Your Favorite NFL Team...
About Football lists the date of entry of every team currently in the NFL.
Not Just for Baseball: What the Umpire Does in...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term umpire.
1995
An illustrated photo tour of the Dallas Cowboys Cheeleaders featuring Dallas Cowboys cheeleader pictures from 1993 to the presnt. Page 14.
The Next Super Bowl Will be a Lot Warmer
About Football lists the location of all future Super Bowls as they are made official by the NFL.
NFL Hall of Shame
Top Ten NFL Criminals
Why Getting Super Bowl Tickets is Easy if...
Super Bowl - About Football explains how to get Super Bowl tickets.
What Does it Mean to be an Unrestricted Free...
An unrestricted free agent may sign with any club, through the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp (generally late July).
Know Every NFL, AFL and Super Bowl Champion...
About Football lists the NFL champions for every season since 1920 along with the AFL champions from 1960 to 1969.
How can a 3-4 defense stop both the run and pass?
A strong side twist blitz can be effective in stopping the rush as well as the pass. The strength of the five-man rushing package, however, is dependent on the secondary's ability to disguise coverages.
NFL Franchise Genealogy - Year by Year
The roots of every NFL football team can be traced in this year-by-year NFL genealogy section. List includes the year each team began play, franchise movement, and team name changes.
Joe Namath
Joe Namath is best known for publicly guaranteeing the New York Jets would beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Check out the details of Joe Namath's NFL career.
So the QB Calls An Audible, What Should the...
The basics of disguising and stemming to prevent the offense from reading the coverage. Learn what disguising coverage is, and why it's necessary and effective.
What is the Official Definition of a Reception...
Based on official NFL rules, what is a reception?
Focus on the Important Elements of Youth Football
Those involved with youth football programs sometimes forget teaching proper techniques and fundamentals is much more important than the team's playboook.
Watching Football Through the Eyes of a Coach
When watching football on television, try the approach a football coach takes when viewing game film of an upcoming opponent. You will notice quite a bit more than just the close-up coverage of what the quarterback is doing when you watch football like a coach.
About Football Glossary - Linebacker
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term linebacker.
Here are my top 10 burning questions for NFL...
Top 10 questions for 2014 NFL training camp
Who are the six worst coaches in the NFL? These...
The six worst head coaches in the NFL
Defensive Back Technique - How to Break Up a Pass
The proper technique for a defensive back to break up a pass.
Players Who Have Won Super Bowls with More Than...
About Football lists all the players who have won Super Bowls with more than one team.
Jets, Colts, the Orange Bowl, 1969: Highlights...
Check the history of the Super Bowl year-by-year in this series of articles summarizing the history of the NFL's championship game. This page covering Super Bowl III includes a game recap and scoring summary.
About Football's Fantasy Football Glossary
About Football's Fantasy Football Glossary defines all the common fantasy football terms associated with fantasy football.
The Youngest and Oldest Players and Coaches to...
About Football lists the youngest and the oldest coaches and players throughout NFL history.
About Football's Fantasy Football Mock Draft
About Football offers a 15-round fantasy mock draft for a 12-team fantasy football league.
Football First Aid Kits
It is important for football coaches to see the sideline medical first aid kits are readily available and stocked. Here is a checklist of basic items needed in every football first aid kit.
Which old-school QBs could play in today's NFL?...
Former NFL quarterbacks who could play in today's fast-paced NFL offenses
Why the Read and React Play in Football Can Go...
While the successful counter sweep play requires a combination of deceptive, misdirection, and powerful blocking, the running back must have the patience to wait for his lead blockers to gain big chunks of yardage.
Bunch Formation Provides Quick, Easy Reads for...
Getting the ball out of the hands of the quarterback is essential when facing a pressure defense. The Bunch formation provides quick and easy decision-making for the quarterback.
Stopping Power Football with the Eagle Defense
Offenses lining up in a two-back power set can cause problems for defenses. Shifting to the eagle defensive alignment is a successful way for defenses to respond.

©2015 About.com. All rights reserved.