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Football, also called American Football, is a team sport consisting of two teams each of which can have 11 players on the field at any given time.

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eligible receivers

Sports; Football

Players who may legally touch a forward pass. On the passer's team, these are: the ends, the backs, and (except in the NFL), one player in position to take a hand-to-hand snap, i.e. a T quarterback; ...

46 defense

Sports; Football

A formation in which the defensive backs crowd the line of scrimmage, creating the appearance of 6 linebackers. The defense got its name from the "46" jersey number of Chicago Bears safety Doug ...

cut blocking

Sports; Football

A blocking technique in which offensive linemen, and sometimes other blockers, block legally below the waist (i.e., from the front of the defensive player) in an attempt to bring the defenders to ...


Sports; Football

Term usually used in offensive play calling to refer to the tight end. For example, "Buffalo Right 534 Boot Y Corner" tells the Y-receiver to run a corner route.


Sports; Football

Player position on offense farthest ("deepest") back, except in kicking formations. Also often referred to as the running back, particularly in a one-back offense.

wide receiver

Sports; Football

A player position on offense. He is split wide (usually about 10 yards) from the formation and plays on the line of scrimmage as a split end or one yard off as a flanker.


Sports; Football

An infraction of the rule that requires both teams to be on their own side of the line of scrimmage before a play starts. Offside is normally called on the defensive team.

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