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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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A formation in which 3 wide receivers are lined up close to one another on the same side of the field. Also refers to those receivers. Used to create potential for confusion or collision between ...

tight end

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A player position on offense, an eligible receiver lined up on the line of scrimmage, next to the offensive tackle. Tight ends are used as blockers during running plays, and either run a route or ...


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A player position on offense. A wide receiver who lines up 1 or more yards off the line of scrimmage. The flanker can line up either outside the tight end, outside the split end, or in the slot ...


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A running play in which several blockers lead a running back on a designed play to the outside. Depending on the number of blockers and the design of the play this is sometimes referred to as a ...

line to gain

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A line parallel to the goal lines, such that having the ball dead beyond it entitles the offense to a new series of downs, i.e. a new "first down". The line is 10 yards in advance of where the ball ...

the box

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An area on the defensive side of the ball, directly opposite the offensive linemen and about 5 yards deep; having 8 players in the box means bringing in a defensive back, normally the strong safety, ...


Sports; Football

A player position on offense. Originally, lined up deep behind the quarterback in the T formation. In modern formations this position may be varied, and this player has more blocking responsibilities ...

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