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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.
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.
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.
How To Eat For Success in Football
What to eat and what not to eat for success on the football field.
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.
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.
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.
What Are the 6 Defensive Positions in Football?
About Football defines all the positions played on the defensive side of the ball.
Football's 8 Positions on Offense
About Football defines all the positions played on the offensive side of the ball.
How to Play Lineback in Football
Basics of the linebacker position in football. Includes information on alignment, who should play, and what they do.
NFL Quarterback Fantasy Rankings - Week 2
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy quarterbacks in the NFL.
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.
Why Football Linebackers are Called Sam, Mike...
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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!
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.
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.
How to Run the Cover 3 Zone Defense in Football
Description of the cover 3 defense, including strengths, weaknesses, and assignments.
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.
What the Middle Linebacker or "Mike" Does on...
General description of how to play middle linebacker (mike), including alignment, assignment, and key.
From Standard to Keeper: 6 Types of Fantasy...
About Football defines the different types of fantasy football leagues.
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 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.
Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets
The top fantasy football players in the NFL are ranked in these free fantasy football cheat sheets.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top 3 ‘Get Your Heart-Pumping’...
Turn the heat up on football conditioning with these three drills combining endurance, speed,and agility.
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.
The Difference Between Strong and Free Safety...
This article describes the difference between the strong safety and free safety positions in football.
NFL Running Back Fantasy Rankings - Week 3
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy running backs.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
10 Funny Football Quotes
Funny Football Quotes - About Football has put together a collection of funny football quotes.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
How Many Ways Can a Football Team Score Points?
This basics of football tutorial explains all the different methods of scoring in football.
About Football's Fantasy Football Glossary
About Football's Fantasy Football Glossary defines all the common fantasy football terms associated with fantasy football.
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.
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.
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.
What the Gap is in Football and How Defenses...
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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.
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 Are the Special Teams Positions in Football?
About Football defines all the specialized positions played on special teams.
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.
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.
What are the most interesting developments from...
Interesting trends from NFL mini-camps
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.
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.
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.
How to Play Defensive Back in Football
Description of the defensive backfield, with links for how to play each position in the secondary.
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.
NFL Kick/Punt Returner Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy Kick/Punt Returner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ends, Tackles and the Nose: Meet Football's...
What is a defensive line, what do they do, and what makes a good defensive line.
About Football's Fantasy Football Mock Draft
About Football offers a 15-round fantasy mock draft for a 12-team fantasy football league.
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.
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.
Why a Football Game Starts the Way it Does
Football 101 - About Football explains the basics of how a football game begins.
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.
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.
Toss Sweep Improves I-Formation Outside Run...
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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 is the Object of Football?
Football 101 - About Football explains the object of the game of football.
How the NFL is Organized
Consisting of 32 teams, the NFL is organized into a pair of conferences which are sub-divided into divisions.
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.
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.
Who are the six worst coaches in the NFL? These...
The six worst head coaches in the NFL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NFL Wide Receiver Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy wide receivers.
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.
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.
How Does the Wildcat Offense Work in Football?
About Football explains the Wildcat Offense.
Defensive Back Technique - How to Break Up a Pass
The proper technique for a defensive back to break up a pass.
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.
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.
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.
Installing the Middle Kickoff Return
To pump up a team's kickoff return yardage, turn to the easy-to-install double wedge middle return.
NFL Tight End Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top-20 fantasy tight ends in the NFL.
Fantasy Football Studs
These fantasy football studs are the cream of the NFL crop. All fantasy studs are listed by position.
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.
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.
Shape and Size are Key, But What Makes a...
What is a football? What is it made of? How big is a football?
How the NFL Determines the Order Teams Select...
About Football explains how the NFL determines the NFL Draft order.
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.
Duds, Not Studs: The Top 10 NFL Draft Busts of...
About Football ranks the top ten NFL Draft busts throughout the history of the NFL Draft.
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.
Fantasy Football Sleepers
About Football lists the top fantasy football sleepers for the upcoming season.
Defensive Back Drill - Directional Backpedal
A drill for defensive backs and linebackers that helps train directional movement and a quick break on the ball.
Defensive Back Drills - Pass Breakup Technique
Football drill for training the proper technique in breaking up a pass.
Offensive Line Rankings
Offensive line rankings - Before you make your final decision on who to draft, check our NFL offensive line rankings to see who has an advantage as well as who's at a disadvantage.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Why Getting Super Bowl Tickets is Easy if...
Super Bowl - About Football explains how to get Super Bowl tickets.
Top 10 Funny Fantasy Football Team Names
A ranking of our top 10 funny fantasy football team names.
Which NFL team is most likely to come back from...
The five NFL teams most likely to go from worst to first.
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 Each Winning Super Bowl Team Finished the...
Check the success of every winning Super Bowl team the year following their championship season.
Football’s Reverse Play an Oldie but Goodie
Even when the football field actually resembled a gridiron, teams were running the misdirection reverse handoff to confuse aggressive defenses. Today's offensive playbooks include a reverse play for one reason. It still works!
What Are the Biggest Problems With Youth...
Coaching integrity and parental interference top the list of concerns by youth football coaches nationwide.
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.
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.
What Are the Shotgun and Pistol Formations in...
Compares the shotgun formation to the pistol formation in football.
Atlanta Falcons Hall of Famers
The list of Atlanta Falcons Hall of Famers is rather short in comparison to some of the other NFL franchises, but they have had a few players who received the ultimate football honor of enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Super Bowl Attendance
About Football lists the attendance for every Super Bowl.
Who are the top 10 hardest partiers in the...
Top 10 drinkers and womanizers in NFL history
Football Practice: Skeleton
A short description of what a skeleton practice is in football, and why it's beneficial.
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.
Which six NFL teams did the worst in free...
The six NFL teams who had the worst free agency in 2013-2014
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.
About Football Glossary - Back Judge
The About Football Glossary defines many of the terms related to the game of football. This page offers a definition of the term back judge.
How Quarterback Rating is Calculated in Football
How to calculate a quarterback rating.
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.
Why All-Star 7-on-7 Football Tournaments Should...
Nationwide 7-on-7 passing tournaments may be the new catch phrase with college recruiting services - even gaining national sponsors. Parents and high school recruits need to do their homework, as the NCAA is now investigating coaches and organizers for rules violations.
NFL Defensive Unit Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top-20 fantasy defenses in the NFL.
NFL "lobbying" to keep its sacred blackout rule...
NFL response to John McCain's bill trying to rescind blackout rule is misleading
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.
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.
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.
Football Videos
football videos
NFL Kicker Fantasy Rankings
Fantasy football cheat sheet - This fantasy football cheat sheet ranks the top fantasy kickers in the NFL.
Who is the bigger distraction: Michael Sam or...
Michael Sam's entry as the first openly gay player in the NFL has been woefully mismanaged
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