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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.
How To Eat For Success in Football
What to eat and what not to eat for success on the football field.
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.
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.
Who Are the 10 Best Football Running Backs of...
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.
Top 10 Insulting Football Jokes
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 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.
Free Safety
The basics of how to play free safety on a football team. Includes information about who should play free safety and what they do.
What Are the 6 Defensive Positions in Football?
About Football defines all the positions played on the defensive side of the ball.
Football Basics: Linebacker
Basics of the linebacker position in football. Includes information on alignment, who should play, and what they do.
How To Throw a Football
How to throw a football properly. Four tips for quarterbacks on developing a successful throwing technique.
Why Football Linebackers are Called Sam, Mike...
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NFL Draft Basics - Time Limits by Round
Each round of the NFL Draft has a limit of time each team may use to make their selection. Here are the time limits by round.
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
Full detail on how to play defensive end. Includes stance, read, alignment, and pass rush technique.
What the Middle Linebacker or "Mike" Does on...
General description of how to play middle linebacker (mike), including alignment, assignment, and key.
Football's 8 Positions on Offense
About Football defines all the positions played on the offensive side of the ball.
How to Run the Cover 3 Zone Defense in Football
Description of the cover 3 defense, including strengths, weaknesses, and assignments.
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
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 Many Ways Can a Football Team Score Points?
This basics of football tutorial explains all the different methods of scoring in 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 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.
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.
Strong Safety vs. Free Safety
This article describes the difference between the strong safety and free safety positions in football.
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.
Five Life Lessons to 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.
How to Play Strong Safety
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.
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.
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.
How the NFL Determines the Order Teams Select...
About Football explains how the NFL determines the NFL Draft order.
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 Pass Routes for Your Football Playbook
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Understanding the Basics of the 4-3 Defense
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.
Top 10 Funny Football Quotes
Funny Football Quotes - About Football has put together a collection of funny football quotes.
Five 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.
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.
How To Play Wide Receiver
Fundamentals of the wide receiver position in football, including who should play, where they line up, and how to improve as a wide receiver.
5 Life Lessons You 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. Page 2.
What the Gap is in Football and How Defenses...
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What Nicknames You Can Use to Anger Fans of NFL...
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.
What Made Barry Sanders a Hall of Fame NFL...
One of the most electrifying running backs in NFL history, Barry Sanders thrilled NFL fans throughout the 90's decade.
Recognizing Formations: Pass and Run Strength
For football players playing defense, this article contains information on how to read an offensive formation, and determining the strong and weak side.
How to Play Defensive Back in Football
Description of the defensive backfield, with links for how to play each position in the secondary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top 3 ‘Get Your Heart-Pumping’...
Turn the heat up on football conditioning with these three drills combining endurance, speed,and agility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dried Beef Cheese Ball
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 a Dried Beef Cheese Ball.
Football 101 - Understanding the Basics of the...
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.
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.
Football 101 - The Basics of Beginning a...
Football 101 - About Football explains the basics of how a football game begins.
How Wide Receiver Terrell Owens Made His Mark...
About Football offers a timeline of bad boy Terrell Owens' antics during his NFL career.
How the NFL is Organized
Consisting of 32 teams, the NFL is organized into a pair of conferences which are sub-divided into divisions.
Football 101 - Positions on Special Teams
About Football defines all the specialized positions played on special teams.
Creating 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.
Ends, Tackles and the Nose: Meet Football's...
What is a defensive line, what do they do, and what makes a good defensive line.
Understanding the Object of the Game of Football
Football 101 - About Football explains the object of the game of football.
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.
NFL Draft History - Mr. Irrelevant
Over the years, the last player selected in the annual NFL Draft has aquired the nickname of Mr. Irrelevant. The name evolved simply because the last pick in the NFL Draft was often irrelevant because the player many times failed to make the selecting team's roster.
From Standard to Keeper: 6 Types of Fantasy...
About Football defines the different types of fantasy football leagues.
The Wildcat Offense
About Football explains the Wildcat Offense.
Football 101 - The Basics of a Football Team
This football 101 tutorial describes the basic functions of the offense, defense, and special teams along with their fundamental responsibilities.
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).
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.
Top 10 NFL Draft Busts
About Football ranks the top ten NFL Draft busts throughout the history of the NFL Draft.
Why Dallas Cowboys Great Randy White is in the...
Randy White was the Dallas Cowboys No. 1 draft pick in 1975Check out the details of Randy White's NFL career.
Evaluating NFL Draft Prospects
There is so much more than foot speed when it comes to making it in the NFL. Lesson four takes a look at some of the keys to look for in running backs.
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.
Once Upon a Time There Was O.J. Simpson the...
O.J. Simpson is one of the greatest running backs and one of the most infamous characters in NFL history. Check out the details of O.J. Simpson's NFL career.
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.
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.
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.
Shape and Size are Key, But What Makes a...
What is a football? What is it made of? How big is a football?
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.
Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets
The top fantasy football players in the NFL are ranked in these free fantasy football cheat sheets.
NFL Mock Draft
The possibilities are endless when it comes to the NFL Draft and About Football's 2012 NFL mock draft analyzes the options, looks at each team's strengths and weaknesses, and puts together an educated guess.
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What Are the Biggest Problems With Youth...
Coaching integrity and parental interference top the list of concerns by youth football coaches nationwide.
Why Getting Super Bowl Tickets is Easy if...
Super Bowl - About Football explains how to get Super Bowl tickets.
Fullback Trap Changes Offensive Tempo
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.
Toss Sweep Improves I-Formation Outside Run...
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Why the NFL Referee is the Most Important...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term referee.
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.
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.
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.
Top Picks - Football Magazines
These football magazines are the top picks on my list. Pick up a subscription and keep up on all the latest college and pro football news.
Dave Casper - Pro Football Hall of Fame
A biography of Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Dave casper, including his career highlights.
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.
Sweetness: The Life and Career of Football...
Long-time Chicago Bears great Walter Payton was one of the best running backs of all time. About Football outlines his career, including statistics, accomplishments, awards, and more.
This Hall of Famer Led the Baltimore Colts to 3...
This Johnny Unitas biography outlines his statistics and career highlights. Also included are the career statistics and many awards Johnny Unitas has received.
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 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.
Defensive Back Technique - How to Break Up a Pass
The proper technique for a defensive back to break up a pass.
Super Bowl Attendance
About Football lists the attendance for every Super Bowl.
2014 NFL Draft: Cornerbacks are the Glory Boys...
Top cornerbacks in the 2014 NFL draft
What Are the Shotgun and Pistol Formations in...
Compares the shotgun formation to the pistol formation in football.
Results of Every Postseason Game the Dallas...
Check out the results of all of the Dallas Cowboys playoff games throughout NFL history.
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's the Difference Between the BCS and...
NCAA Division 1-A football is unique from all other sports in that it does not cap its season with a playoff system designed to determine a champion. Check out the issues on both sides of the argument in the BCS vs. playoff debate.
How To Become an NFL Official
How to become an NFL official - About Football explains what the NFL looks for when hiring officials, so if you've ever dreamed of being an NFL official, check out the details.
NFL's Top 5 Father-Son Combinations
There have been about 200 father-son combinations in the NFL, and About Football ranks the best of all-time.
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.
About Football Glossary - Head Linesman
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term head linesman.
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.
The Dallas Cowboys and Other Cheerleaders in...
Check out these fantastic football cheerleader pictures taken by your Football guide. This photo gallery contains some of the hottest cheerleader pictures on the internet.
About Football Glossary - Flood
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term flood.
The Hook Route - Hook Route a Safe, High...
Throwing the football on first down can keep opposing defenses from loading the box against the run. The All-Hooks route, a high completion percentage play, is easy to install for any football team.
The Difference Between Franchise and Transition...
The NFL's system of Franchise Tags and Transition tags can seem complicated, but this resource explains the difference between the Transition and Franchise player.
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.
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.
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.
What is the 3-4 Eagle Defense in Football?
The 3-4 Eagle defense evolved from Buddy Ryan's 46 defense. This page explains which players are used in the 3-4 Eagle formation, and illustrates their alignment on the field.
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 Draft Basics - Compensatory Draft Selections
Understanding the compensatory draft selection system in the NFL. How are compensatory draft picks determined?
Why a QB's Decision-Making is Key When Running...
A major part of having a successful spread football offensive attack hinges on the quarterback's decision-making ability when running the zone read play.
Slow Aggressive Pass Rush with Timely Screen Pass
Offenses wanting to throw the football deep can be hindered by an aggressive pass rush. A timely screen pass will slow down the defensive line's charge, which will lead to the quarterback throwing deep again.
3-4 Defense: Strong Stunt Blitz Stops Pass and...
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.
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.
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.
How to Run the Wheel Route in Football and When...
An offense facing a lot of man-to-man secondary coverage, can successfully throw the deep ball by running the wheel route out of the Twins formation.
Randy Moss
About Football offers a timeline of antics by controversial wide receiver Randy Moss during his NFL career.
NFL Draft Order
NFL Draft Order - About Football provides the current NFL Draft order of selection for 2012.
How Quarterback Rating is Calculated in Football
How to calculate a quarterback rating.
NFL History - Retired Numbers
About Football provides a list of all retired NFL uniform numbers by team.
Top 5 Unusual Football Injuries
About Football lists the top 5 unusual football injuries.
Learn All About Hall of Fame Quarterback Joe...
Joe Montana was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 1979 NFL Draft before going on to have a hall-of-fame career. Check out the details of Joe Montana's NFL career.
Super Bowl History - Super Bowl MVPs
This page lists each year's recipient of the Super Bowl MVP award!
What a Football Offense Accomplishes with a...
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term play-action pass.
NFL 2013: Biggest Disappointments
NFL 2013 Most Disappointing Teams
Teaching Option Assignments As Easy As 1, 2, 3
Proper instruction of linemen, running backs, and the quarterback in the triple option offense begins with recognizing which defensive players to leave unblocked.
Here is who NFL teams SHOULD draft
2014 NFL mock draft. Football.
Jim Brown: The College and Pro Career of a...
Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown is considered by some to be the best player in the history of the NFL. There's no denying the way he dominated his competition, and the impact he had on the game is immeasurable.
Super Bowl History - Super Bowl History Teams...
This page lists the teams, scores, head coaches, and MVPs for every Super Bowl, with links to game summaries and team pages.
The NFL's Most Surprising Teams of 2013
Most surprising teams in 2013-14 NFL season
What is the Red Zone in Football, and Why is it...
Description of the Red Zone and the implications for offense and defensive teams.
Defensive Back Drills - Pass Breakup Technique
Football drill for training the proper technique in breaking up a pass.

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