May 09

How American Football Got Started

Football points can be scored in many different ways, including catching a pass over the goal line, carrying the ball over the goal line, tackling a football player in his own end zone, or a kicker kicking the football through the goal posts on the opposing side. The football team with the highest score when the game is over is the team that wins the game. American football is also played in other countries outside the United States. Their are National football leagues that are in Sweden, Isreal, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom as well as Mexico, and a few that are in Pacific Island nations. The NFL had a developmental league in Europe from 91-92 and 95-06.

American football history can be found in the early versions of soccer and rugby. Both types of games have origins in different types of football that was played in the UK from the mid 19th century, in which the ball was run over a line or the ball was kicked at the goal. American football as well as soccer is played with 22 players on the field that they play on. Some terms from player positions from soccer are used today in American football such as fullback and halfback.

Rugby and American football do have a few major differences, some of the rule changes were started by Walter Camp who people would call the Father of American Football. Some of the Major changes that Walter Camp made were down and distance and line of scrimmage as well as the rule of down and distance. College coaches like Glen Pop Warner, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Knute Rockne in the late 19th and 20th centuries changed the gameplay by intoducing the forward pass. College football grew in popularity and was the dominant version of football for the

May 08

Facts About Ray Lewis’ Life

Some people are sorted about what they want from life and they make sure they harness every opportunity life gives them to make it big in life. Such people are definitely admired and set an example for the rest. Ray Anthony Lewis one such admired person. Who knew this small guy from a small city of Florida would make it so big in life. At present, according to the official site of NFL, Ray Lewis is rated the #18th best NFL player of all time.

Personal Information

Ray Lewis was born in a small city of Florida called Lakeland. He completed his schooling from Kathleen High School and attended college at the University of Miami. He played American football during his school days and was a part of the All-American Troop, which is an association that includes outstanding, but amateur players. When in college, during the final year, Ray decided to forgo his college eligibility to play the NFL draft 1996. He was selected by the Baltimore Ravens (NFL team) in the very first round. Lately, in the year 2004, Ray earned his Degree in Arts and Science from the University of Maryland.

Career

Lewis made his debut in the game of American football in the year 1996 with the Baltimore Ravens. He was the fifth linebacker selected to play for the team. At the age of 21 he played with players who had already established themselves in the game. Therefore, many reconnoiters considered this boy too small to play for the linebacker position. But proving all of them wrong, Ray stood up as one of the strongest players of the team. His 15 tackles for loss, 6 deflections and 2.5 sacks earned him All-Rookie Team honors by a leading newspaper of USA. Then there was no looking back, for three consecutive years after

May 06

Must-have Football Accessories

The origin of football in America can be traced back to rugby, and has resulted from several major divergences of rugby. The rules of the game were instituted by Walter Camp, also known as the ‘Father of American Football’, who at Yale Camp helped evolve the rules of the game away from Rugby and Soccer. In 1920, the American Professional Football Association was formed, which changed its name to the National Football League (NFL) two years later, and went on to become the major league of American football.

As the game played is very rough, bordering on violence with the players falling and constantly crashing into each other, a number of accessories are used by a player in this game. Here they are…

Football helmets were first created by Paul Brown, and are primarily used as a protective device. It is made of hard plastic and has thick padding on the inside, a face mask made of metal bars, and a chinstrap to firmly secure the helmet. It is mandatory to wear helmets while playing. A new and comparatively recent addition to the helmet is the visor or the eye shield, to protect the eyes of the players from glare and injuries. When visors were introduced, they were either clear or smoked. However, recently, the manufactures have made things more colorful, and the visors are available in a range of colors, some of the more popular ones being blue, gold, rainbow, silver, and amber. However, it is advisable to wear clear visors, because in case the player suffers a head injury, then the coaches and trainers can look at the eyes of the player to determine if they are conscious.

If helmets were created for safety, decals and stickers are being used to increase their ‘beauty’. Stickers can be used to indicate the

May 04

Famous NFL Players

The National Football League (NFL) of America was formed in 1920. Originally known as the ‘American Professional Football Association’, the NFL is one of the best leagues in the world and has produced many quality players who have reached the heights of popularity.

Famous Players of NFL

The profiles given below introduce us to few of the famous NFL players. Through these profiles of players from American Football, we get us a better idea of their achievements in the professional life.

Jerry Rice
He is considered as the greatest player in the history of NFL. In the first round of 1985 NFL Draft, Rice was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. He played for this team from 1985 to 2000. From 2001 to 2004, Rice played for the Oakland Raiders; in 2004 and 2005 he played for the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos respectively. Jerry Rice who played as a wide receiver is considered the greatest player for this position.

Jim Brown
‘Sporting News’ named him the greatest professional football player ever in 2002. Jim Brown was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first of year 1956. He played as a running back during his entire career which spanned 9 years. Brown retired in 1965 with the then career rushing record of 12,312 yards. In 1971 he was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Apart from playing football, Jim Brown has acted in several films and played the lead role in most of them.

Joe Montana
He played as a quarterback throughout his career. Joe Montana made his debut in 1979 and started playing for the San Francisco 49ers. Joe is remembered for his ability to stay calm under pressure. He won accolades and awards including the ‘NFL Most Valuable Player’ given by the Associated Press (in 1989 and 1990). He was

Apr 30

Football Coach – Effective Practice Time Eliminates Interceptions and Fumbles

Football statistics are a big part of the game. First downs, penalties, time of possession, yards rushing, yards, receiving, tackles, all are a big factors in the football game and poor statistics usually results in a loss or a poor performance.

But at the same time great football statistics don’t always mean that you will get the win and be successful on the football field either. The biggest killer in a football game is turnovers, that is, when a football team turns the ball over to the opposing team via a fumble or interception and as a result gives up a quick score. These quick scores can be game breakers no matter how good statistically you are on the football field during that game. Your team can be playing great, rushing the football, passing the football, and even stopping them with your defence and then “boom” a turn-over happens and worst of all a touchdown results. Not only does it deflate your team but it gives the opposing teams the momentum and confidence and turn around what was a great game statistically into a disaster. So it really is possible to outplay a football team statistically, lead all the categories and despite this lose the game as a result of turn-overs.

For the most part the rule of thumb is that if you turn the ball over a minimum of three times per game your chances of winning that game are diminished severely. So as a coach how do you eliminate turn-overs in a football game? The fairest answer to that question is that you probably will not eliminate turn-overs completely from your game, but if you practice football fundamentals effectively in practice, then you can manage the turn-overs and reduce them significantly. Most turn-overs are mental errors caused by poor fundamentals

Apr 24

Basic Football Positions Explained in Detail

In the UK they say that ‘Football is a gentleman’s game played by thugs and rugby is a thug’s game played by gentlemen’. Well, one wonders how true that is! But the fact remains that both these games are quite popular all over. Now, to talk about rugby, the motive of the game includes players from two teams advancing with the ball to the opposite team’s end zone for scoring a touchdown. They can either do it by passing the ball to another teammate or running with the ball towards the end zone. The United States has their own version of rugby, which is simply called football. That is actually an offshoot counterpart of rugby. The objective of American football is the same as rugby, which is commenced by the players on particular positions on the field. But what are these and what they do? Have a look at their markings.

Defensive Positions

Defensive Ends: There are two defensive ends and they rally the two opposite boundaries of the defensive line. What the defenders do is that they attack the player passing the ball (from the opposite team) or advance with the ball towards the boundaries of the line of scrimmage (meaning across the width of a football field). Now, whoever is faster amongst the two is on the left side of the quarterback, that is on the right side of the defensive line.

Nose Tackle: Also called defensive tackle or defensive guard, this position refers to the linemen who are side-by-side and are between the defensive ends. They rush the passer and block the running plays, progressing towards the center of the line of scrimmage. When this player is almost nose to nose with the opponent team’s center, and is lined up directly from across the ball, the position is called a

Apr 24

The 9 Possible Wide Receiver Routes for a Successful Touchdown

One of the most important positions on the football pitch is that of the wide receiver. He is the one who mostly stations himself in the ‘wide’ areas on the pitch, i.e., close to the sidelines or slightly behind the line of scrimmage. He receives the pass from one of his players, usually the quarterback, and takes the ball forward. He needs to be quick and agile, so that he can beat the players in the defense of the opposition. He has to be good at catching a football and passing it on.

The Nine Possible Routes

While most people think of wide receiver’s routes as 0-10, in reality, there are only 1-9. They are numbered so that the player knows, by simply a show of a number just how he is supposed to run. The odd-numbered routes generally involve receiving the ball and then running down the sidelines, while the even-numbered routes involve receiving the ball and taking it down to the middle of the pitch. Each of these routes has its merits and a different one can be used against different teams, depending on their formation or their weak points.

Quick Out
Being an odd-numbered route, the receiver runs down mostly on the sidelines, before making a cut inside towards the end.

Slant Route
Being an even-numbered route, the receiver runs in a perfect slant for the first few steps, at a 45 degree angle towards the right or left, depending on whether he is on the right wide position or the left wide position.

Deep out
The deep out is one of the basic paths, and is very similar to the quick out. The only difference is that the receiver makes the cut inside further (deeper) down the pitch.

In/Drag Route
This is where the receiver runs down the side line and then

Apr 23

NFL Head Coach Salaries

Only those in the inner circles know how much NFL coaches earn, as such, financial attributes of the contract are often kept out of the public domain. More importantly, people are more interested in knowing how much NFL players earn. People will only start taking interest in salaries of NFL coaches, or coaches in any other sport for that matter, when rumors term it ‘exorbitant’. Though the cases are rare, the salary is made public at the press events just after the team management brings in a new coach or when the existing coach signs an extension contract. At all other times, this kind of information only makes it to the public domain through some highly placed ‘sources’.

How Much do NFL Head Coaches Earn?

NFL head coaches earn in millions, which is why the position of a head coach is desirable to such an extent. While there is no dearth of money and fame at the professional level, there do come a lot of responsibilities with this position. Like we said in the beginning, the highest paid coach in the NFL takes home an annual paycheck of $8 million. On the other hand, the average salary of NFL head coaches (calculated by adding the salaries of all the 32 coaches and dividing the sum total by 32) is approximately $4,602,275 million. Though they do not feature among the top earners, even coordinators, coaches who are in their very first year, and assistant coaches earn a decent pay in this flourishing league.

Highest paid NFL Head Coach

As of today, the highest paid coach in the NFL is Sean Payton, the head coach for the New Orleans Saints, with an annual salary of $8 million. Interestingly, Payton landed this deal as he came out of suspension as a result of what is now famous

Apr 22

Top 6 Supplements to Get You Faster And Stronger For Football

When trying to get faster, bigger, and stronger for football, you need to use every weapon in your arsenal. Your football strength and speed training program needs to be excellent, your diet 90% on point (at least) and your mental training and football skill building all need to be constantly improving.

For those of you who fit this description, supplements can help. There are certain supplements that can help you get faster and stronger for football…if all the other factors are in place!

I’m always hesitant to talk about supplements for football training. While there is a short list of products that can really help your football training, they are not magic bullets. And, as any coach reading this will know, we’ve all had “the conversation:”

Player: Coach what supplements can I take to get bigger?

Coach: Well, what are you eating every day?

Player: Well, I had some cheerios, a Red Bull, a burger and a snickers bar today.

Coach:…head explodes.

So, before we get into the subject of how to use supplements to get faster and stronger for football at all, first realize that they are, as the name implies, supplements. As in, they supplement your normal eating, they don’t replace it. If you’re not eating correctly, start. Then, when you have that down, you can worry about supplements.

Second, some of the best supplements for football players are both very cheap and not very well hyped. It’s hard to justify rolling out a major ad campaign for a $5 bottle of something…that’s better saved for the $75+ bucket-o-worthless-chemicals.

When it comes to supplements to improve football ability both in the weight room and on the field, go:

– Simple
– Cheap
– Effective
– Know why you’re taking what you’re taking

Here are the Top 6 Supplements to help you get faster, bigger, stronger and more explosive for

Apr 20

How to Become a Football Referee

Let’s take a close look at what happens at the very beginning of a football official’s prospective career. Let’s assume for the moment that you have never officiated a game of football in your life. Where do you begin? Why football? There are several motivational factors at work here. Most common, is a love of football. You might have a friend or a family member that officiates and have discussed how to get involved with that person. Some associations advertise the need for new officials in print, radio and television venues. At the very basic level, you are simply interested in the donning the zebra stripes.

Let me be clear here…there is a growing need in every state, every community, and every youth league for football officials. The enrollment in youth sports continues to rise and the number of officials continue to decline (in all sports, not just football) so there is now, and will continue to be, a need for officials.

1. Gather information

The first step is to gather information on local football officiating opportunities. Some of this can be accomplished via the Internet. You can search the web for youth leagues and local officials associations. Many of these groups maintain informative websites which will provide contact information with the leaders of those groups.

Call your local high school athletic department. Speak with the athletic director or head football coach. They will certainly be happy to inform you of key members in the officiating community whom you may contact for more information. I would also suggest that you reach out to your state’s high school athletics association. You can access this information on the Internet. If you have trouble finding a local association or officiating resource, contact your state’s athletic office and they most certainly can point you in the right direction.

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