Where does the term “Grid Iron” come from and what does it mean?

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A gridiron is a football field. When the forward pass was legalized in 1906, the quarterback was required to be 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage and could move no more than 5 yards laterally in either direction before the pass was thrown. To facilitate this and help the officials watch for infractions, lines […]

How many Super Bowls did Roger Staubach win?

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Roger “Captain Comeback” Staubach was a professional football player from 1969 to 1979.  He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys as a quarterback.  Staubach was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.  He was MVP in 1971 after passing for 1882 yards and 15 touchdowns, but in 1979 he threw for 3,586 yards and […]

In American Football, Can the defending team score a touchdown if they intercept a 2 point conversion attempt?

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The PAT, or Point After Touchdown, is a special circumstance.  Time will not expire from the clock, for example if a team is down by six points and they score on the last play, that is to say they score with zero time remaining on the clock, they are still allowed to kick a convert, or try for two […]

In overtime, if a football team misses a field goal on 1st down, can they kick it again?

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In all three major football leagues, the NFL, CFL, and the NCAA, the only way a kicking team can retain possession of the ball after a missed field goal is if the defending team blocked the kick.  It doesn’t matter if it is overtime or regulation time.  A blocked kick is a live ball and can […]

How do you play American football?

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The NFL’s rule structure is the most commonly known version of the game although college football has a slightly different version.  The Canadian Football League has an even more different version.  The most significant difference in the CFL is that it uses only three downs, and on a much larger field compared to the NFL’s four.  If you […]

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