Questions tagged [american-football]

Questions about the sport of American football. This should not be confused with the [football] tag, which only applies to the sport called "soccer" in most of North America.

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Drafted NFL Player Never Signs, What Happens?

So in a case like that of Joey Bosa, what happens if a player gets drafted into the NFL, but never signs with the team that drafts him? How long does the team retain the rights to him?
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When does 12-men on the defense stop play?

I'm a bit confused about the rule for 12 men on the field in American Football when it's called on the defense. It seems like sometimes this penalty stops play and the offense does not get a chance to ...
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Has anyone been “guaranteed” a Super Bowl ring because they played for both teams during the season?

I was reading this answer to the question "Who gets Super Bowl rings?" which says Also, in some cases, players traded during the season will get them too, if they suited up and played during they ...
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Is a running back allowed to toss the football out of bounds to stop the clock?

This question applies to all levels of American football from pee wee football all the way up to the NFL. If a running back is past the line of scrimmage and is running towards the sideline with the ...
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Why is the plane of the goal line not applied on punts?

Why is the plane of the goal line not applied on punts? Ball can break the plane on a punt and player can knock it back into the field of play and it is considered not to be a touch back. This seems ...
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Can you call a coach's challenge when you do not have a timeout?

In close game situations in the NFL, if for example the opposing quarterback completes a pass to one of their receivers, can you challenge the ruling on the field with no timeout? This is questionable,...
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NFL Overtime Rules - why are they like this?

Why do the NFL's overtime rules allow for a team to potentially lose without their offense ever taking the field? What caused the league to decide on this format for OT and why did they decide to have ...
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What does “dead money” mean when referred to in the NFL?

I always hear this used especially during the off season when players are being signed to a new contract or cut. I still don't understand the significance and usage so what does "dead money" mean when ...
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Can a field goal go in off a player?

In American football, sometimes on long field goal attempts the defending team positions a player in the end zone in case the kick is short. Suppose the ball were to hit an upright, carom off this ...
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Ten players on offense

If a team has only ten players on the field for offense, are they still required to have seven on the line of scrimmage, or can they have four in the backfield?
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How is a Quarterback's passer rating calculated in the NFL?

In the NFL, all of the stats like YPG, and average fantasy points are calculated somehow. How is a passer's rating calculated? Does it have something to do with the average yards gained per completion,...
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Is it allowed for the quarterback (or someone else) to punt the ball if he can't find another play?

If the quarterback (or someone else) on fourth down gets in trouble and hasn't passed the line of scrimmage, can he change the intended play and instead punt the ball away?
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When is a penalty enforced by half the distance to goal in american football

When getting close to the goal line in american football a penalty is enforced by half the distance to goal. From what yards does that start or does that depend on the penalty (5/10/15 yards)?
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Longest 3rd and 4th down conversions

In week 9 of 2017 season LA Rams converted a 3rd and 33 and scored a touchdown on the same play against the New York Giants. Inspired by this, I'm wondering what are the longest 3rd and 4th down ...
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How does a player re-establish position infield?

So in the NFL if a player goes out of bounds on a play he must "re-establish position" inbounds before he can touch the ball. How or what does re-establishing position entail?
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Rushing yards vs passing yards vs receiving yards?

I'm trying to understand football and some of its basic stats, and I'm not clear on the difference between these three. Rushing yards: A statistic in football that records the total number of ...
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Most consecutive turn overs for an NFL team in a single game

The New England Patriots hosted the Cleveland Browns on week 8 of the 2019 season. The Browns had 3 turnovers on 3 consecutive offensive plays. Nick Chubb fumbled on back to back Browns' plays, and ...
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How are NFL division titles determined when a team has best record within division, but not in overall games?

Can a NFL team win their division games and have the best record for games within the division, however not have the best overall record, and be the division champion?
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NFL football incentives

How do incentives work in the NFL in respect to salary cap? For example last season, if Nick Foles played 3 more snaps against the Redskins, he would have received $1,000,000 based on total plays ...
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Defensive penalty

It was 3rd and 10 for the Green Bay packers when Detroit sacked Rodgers. But there was an illegal use of hands to the face-mask by the defense resulting in a 5 yard penalty and a 1st down that would ...
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Is grabbing the shoulder pads defensive holding?

During the Monday night game between Green Bay and Detroit on 14 October 2019, Detroit’s Trey Flowers was twice penalized for “Illegal Hands to the Face” when he wasn’t really touching the face but ...
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Safety during overtime's first possesion

For last year's postseason (and this year's regular season), the NFL adopted a new sudden death format. The following approved ruling for a safety on an opening possession states: A.R. 16.19 SAFETY ...
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Why are the Cowboys known as “America's team”?

Considering that there have been plenty of more successful teams both in football (NE Patriots - 6 SB wins) and in American sports in general (GS Warriors, LA Lakers, NY Yankees, etc.) in the past two ...
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Is using a visor allowed in pop warner football?

I play pop warner football, and I want to get an iridium visor, am I allowed to wear it? I know that in some leagues tinted visors are not allowed but are what about in pop warner?
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Has any NFL team ever gone an entire season without trailing by 7 or more points?

According to this article, the 2010 Green Bay Packers and 1962 Detroit Lions went the entire season without ever trailing in a game by more than 7 points. (Did any other teams accomplish that?) Has ...
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NCAA for consecutive games with blocked extra point returned for score

What is the NCAA record for consecutive games with a blocked extra point returned for a score?
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Has any player in NFL history been drafted to more than one team?

Has there ever been an NFL player that was drafted by multiple teams? How did they manage to do so?
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NFL receiver down by contact only, if not out of bounds

At the end of the Saints game on 9 September 2019, would the clock have run out if the receiver had not been touched by the defender?
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Captain stars on NFL football jerseys

In American NFL football, team captains now wear a "C" on their jerseys. Under the "C", there are stars. Some players have white stars, while others have gold ones. Others have a mix. What is the ...
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Which NFL teams have natural grass stadiums?

What percentage of NFL teams play on natural grass at their home stadium? How many are indoor versus outdoor fields? Please further breakdown the percentages for indoors and outdoors fields. When ...
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What is the “main” position of players that are on field at NFL kickoff?

As far as I know, players on the special teams (except the kicker, punter and long snapper) are offensive or defensive (backup) players, due to the limited number of players on the active roster. What ...
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Can a linebacker make contact with a receiver before a pass is thrown to him?

I know this is a simple question, but in a cover 3 defense where the outside linebacker has the Curl/Flat zone, can the OLB make contact with a receiver on a flat before a ball is passed? I’m in 8th ...
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Is there any video of this (or any) successful fair catch kick?

According to Wikipedia, the last successful fair catch kick in the NFL was made in 1976 by Ray Wersching. Is there any video of this (or any) successful fair catch kick?
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What limits are there for an NFL teams reserves list?

There is a maximum to the number of players that are allowed on the active roster of a team in the NFL, but is there any limit to the number of players who may be placed on a teams reserve list (...
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How does the RB know when to grasp the ball on a read option and when the QB is selling the fake?

In American football, on read-option plays, how does the RB know when to fully grasp the ball and when not to because the QB "pulls" the ball? Commentators praise the QB on plays where he sticks the ...
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How do I memorize hand signals faster being called out as a play during football?

I’m in high school football, currently playing as a wide receiver and corner. I was wondering what is an easy way to memorize plays. I have such a hard time doing this when the coaches end up calling ...
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One-point safety by defending team

I learned about the conversion safety today, where an NCAA team attempting an extra point can get a one-point safety if the kick is blocked but the defending team takes the ball into the endzone and ...
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Scoring by offense on a blocked extra point

In American football, if an extra point kick is blocked can the offense pick it up and advance it or recover it in the end zone? Would they score 1 point or two? Does it matter where the ball lands ...
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What happened to the wishbone?

The top rushing teams in college football are running some form of the wishbone/triple-option and some are doing it with less size and speed (military academies). It doesn't appear that defenses have "...
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Center Hikes Ball- Football

Question here. I know quite a bit about football but don't actually know this specific rule. Here is the scenario: QB says "Ready Set Hike" Center lifts ball of ground to hand to QB QB acts like he ...
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Has there been an athlete to win a College Championship in two or more different sports?

After asking one involving college sports, I want to know if there has been an athlete who was known for excelling in different sports ever won a championship in separate sports?
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Which quarterback has had the lowest “highest amount of interceptions thrown” during a given regular season?

Ben Roethlisberger led the league during the 2018 NFL season with 16 interceptions. At a glance, that number seems low. Since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, which quarterback has had the lowest "highest ...
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What's the rule governing the Lynch touchdown in the Falcons - Seahawks playoff game?

In an amazing comeback, the Seahawks got a TD with less than a minute on the clock. The running back Marshawn Lynch seemed to fumble the ball, which was then picked up by the center and carried into ...
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Have any players ever won an NCAA football championship with two different teams?

Are there any players who have won an NCAA football championship while playing for two different teams?
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Has a field goal or extra point attempt ever hit both uprights and the crossbar?

Yesterday in the NFL wild card playoff game between the Eagles and Bears, Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed a game-winning FG that hit the left upright and then the crossbar. I found a video showing ...
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Why are NFL hash marks closer than NCAA hash marks?

Typically as you move up to more competitive levels of a sport, elements are adjusted to account for the increase of skill/speed/power of better players. NBA 3-point line is farther from hoop than ...
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What is the difference between a offside and a neutral zone infraction in the NFL?

Throughout many NFL games, there is almost always one pre-snap call, and many of those are on the offense for a small flinch. During all of the games that I have watched, I see refs calling out mostly ...
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Better to fall down after interception in end zone?

As I understand it, if a team intercepts the football in the end zone and is then tackled or falls, it is a touchback and the ball is moved to the 25. However, if the player who makes the ...
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NFL Pro Bowl 2019

Was there a coin toss to decide who gets ball first ? If so, what was the outcome?
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What rules govern touchdowns/touchbacks if there is a fumble involved?

I have a question specifically about a passage of the official NFL 2018 rulebook (https://operations.nfl.com/media/3277/2018-nfl-rulebook_final-version.pdf). Please take a look at Rule 3 - Section 2 -...

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