• NFL Terms

    Term Definition
    Chucking Warding off an opponent who is in front of a defender by contacting him with a quick extension of arm or arms, followed by the return of arm(s) to a flexed position, thereby breaking the original contact.
    Clipping Throwing the body across the back of an opponentís leg or hitting him from the back below the waist while moving up from behind unless the opponent is a runner or the action is in close line play.
    Close Line Play The area between the positions normally occupied by the offensive tackles, extending three yards on each side of the line of scrimmage. It is legal to clip above the knee
    Crackback Eligible receivers who take or move to a position more than two yards outside the tackle may not block an opponent below the waist if they then move back inside to block
    Dead Ball Ball not in play
    Double Foul A foul by each team during the same down.
    Down The period of action that starts when the ball is put in play and ends when it is dead.
    Encroachment When a player enters the neutral zone and makes contact with an opponent before the ball is snapped.
    Fair Catch An unhindered catch of a kick by a member of the receiving team who must raise one arm a full length above his head and wave his arm from side to side while the kick is in flight.
    Fat Turkey What Madden wants to give to Favre
    Foul Any violation of a playing rule.
    Free Kick A kickoff or safety kick. It may be a placekick, dropkick, or punt, except a punt may not be used on a kickoff following a touchdown, successful field goal, or to begin each half or overtime period. A tee cannot be used on a fair-catch or safety kick.
    Fumble The loss of possession of the ball while running with it.
    Game Clock Scoreboard game clock
    Impetus The action of a player that gives momentum to the ball.
    Live Ball A ball legally free kicked or snapped. It continues in play until the down ends.
    Loose Ball A live ball not in possession of any player.
    Muff The touching of a loose ball by a player in an unsuccessful attempt to obtain possession.
    Neutral Zone The space the length of a ball between the two scrimmage lines. The offensive team and defensive team must remain behind their end of the ball.
    Exception: The offensive player who snaps the ball.
    Offside A player is offside when any part of his body is beyond his scrimmage or free kick line when the ball is snapped or kicked.
    Own Goal The goal a team is guarding
    Pigskin Pigskin is actually the football. The name is derived from the original makings of the football itself. Bacon anyone?
    Play Clock 40/25 second clock.
    Pocket Area Applies from a point two yards outside of either offensive tackle and includes the tight end if he drops off the line of scrimmage to pass protect. Pocket extends longitudinally behind the line back to offensive teamís own end line.
    Possession When a player controls the ball throughout the act of clearly touching both feet, or any other part of his body other than his hand(s), to the ground inbounds.
    Post-Possession Foul A foul by the receiving team that occurs after a ball is legally kicked from scrimmage prior to possession changing. The ball must cross the line of scrimmage and the receiving team must retain possession of the kicked ball.
    Punt A kick made when a player drops the ball and kicks it while it is in flight.
    Safety The situation in which the ball is dead on or behind a teamís own goal if the impetus comes from a player on that team. Two points are scored for the opposing team
    Shift The movement of two or more offensive players at the same time before the snap.
    Striking The act of swinging, clubbing, or propelling the arm or forearm in contacting an opponent.
    Sudden Death The continuation of a tied game into sudden death overtime in which the team scoring first (by safety, field goal, or touchdown) wins.
    Touchback When a ball is dead on or behind a teamís own goal line, provided the impetus came from an opponent and provided it is not a touchdown or a missed field goal.
    Touchdown When any part of the ball, legally in possession of a player inbounds, breaks the plane of the opponentís goal line, provided it is not a touchback
    Unsportsmanlike Conduct Any act contrary to the generally understood principles of sportsmanship

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    kingpin9995

    Kluwe to sue Vikings

    The difference is Birk did not feel the need to find every radio talk show on earth day after day to belt it out. He was asked his opinion and gave it.

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    drewlovs

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    bleedpurple

    Vikings make Rudolph the 5th highest paid tight end

    Couldn't have written it better myself....

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    mountainviking

    the pro day conspiracy or was it just dumb luck

    I had that same thought bro...I didn't see it mentioned above, but I read somewhere that, guess who took Teddy out to dinner the night before his proday!??

    mountainviking Today, 09:19 AM Go to last post

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