Football Players Terms Part 2
These football players
terms, lingo and jargon are part of sports gamerisms, Define
Football, part 2 continues for football players and fans who dream of
the bomb that saves the game.
Football Players Terms: F
Football Players Terms: G
Catch: a receiver can call for a fair catch that
dead when the ball is received. Defensive players cannot tackle this
offensive player after the call.
- Fair Catch
Interference: penalty that occurs when the
defense gets too close to a player receiving a punt.
- False Start:
happens when an offensive player moves prior
to the ball hike.
- Field Goal:
a kick worth three points. How many times has
this successful play been a game winner?
Position: occurs when the offense takes control of
- First and Ten:
the first of four downs with ten yards to go.
- First Down:
awarded when the offensive teams gains ten or
more yards on a given play.
Football: a form of football where the player is ruled
down when a flag
is pulled off by a defender rather than tackling them.
football players terms for a wide receiver.
football jargon for a play where all players go to
one side of the field.
- Forward Pass:
a pass going downfield in front of the
Progress: the point a player reaches prior to being
tackled and where the ball is spotted.
rule violation resulting in a penalty.
- Free Agent:
term for expired contract player who can then
select other team offers.
- Free Kick:
a punt that takes the place off a kickoff after
- Free safety:
a player on defense who is the last line of
the defense and therefore, plays the furthest downfield.
- Front Four:
another name for the defensive line. Depending
on the team, can be considered the 'fearsome four'.
player who plays in front of the running back who
is used for blocking, but will run or catch occasionally.
the loss of the ball while in play by a player
advancing or in possession of the ball.
Football Players Terms: H
- Game Ball:
typically refers to an award given to the most
valuable player by the team after the game has ended.
- Goal Line:
the line that divides the field of play from the
- Goal Line
Stand: referred to when the defense stops the
offense for consecutive downs when they are inside the five-yard line.
the posts or uprights where the ball must be
kicked in between the two to score an extra point or field goal.
for It: football jargon for team decision to attempt a
first down on
the next play instead of punting. Failure of the strategy results in
losing ball possession. Either way, this action makes for exciting
another term for the football field.
the outside players on the offensive line.
special teams players whose primary job is to race
down the field to tackle the player returning a punt or kickoff.
Football Players Terms: I
Mary: football jargon for a deep pass thrown as a last
little chance of succeeding, but when it does--'tis a beautiful sight
another term for a running back.
the act of the quarterback handing the ball to a
player so they can advance the ball by running.
- Hands Team:
lingo used to recover an onside kick.
- Hang Time:
period of time that a punt remains in the air.
Counting seconds=1, 2, 3...
Trophy: annual award for the finest college
football player in the U.S.
the transfer of the ball from the center to the
quarterback on his command.
- Hitch and Go:
a route run by a receiver where they fake
back to the quarterback and go deep.
the player who holds the ball for the kicker.
the act of obstructing a player by physically
restraining another player, normally by grabbing their jersey.
- Home Field
Advantage: game played at team's hometown venue.
- Home Game:
played at team's hometown venue.
a grouping of the players to plan offensive or
Offense: football jargon for offensive run in a quick
there is no time to substitute or huddle. Used in time
situations at the end of games mainly.
Football Players Terms: L
Procedure: illegal movement by an offensive player
prior to the snap.
- In bounds:
field area inside end and sidelines. Keep those
feet in, in and yes, in!
Pass/Incompletion: a pass thrown by the
quarterback but not caught.
Grounding: illegal throw of the ball to a spot
on the field where there is no receiver.
a turnover where an opposing defensive player catches a ball thrown by
the quarterback resulting in a change of possession.
change of possession that occurs after a score in which the team that
scored kicks the ball to the other team in order to determine field
- Kick Returner:
someone who returns kickoffs.
Football Players Terms: M
a pass thrown backwards to a teammate when that
player is past the
line of scrimmage.
a player in the middle of the defense that can
rush the quarterback, drop back into coverage and stop the run.
a football term for offensive and defensive
players on the line closest to the ball.
of Scrimmage: the line where the ball starts each play and
advanced down the field as the offense moves the ball toward the end
- Live Ball:
occurs when the football is put into play or
- Long Snapper:
football lingo for player who specializes in
hiking the ball longer distances in order to be kicked.
- Loose Ball:
a fumble. Ok, who's got it?
Football Players Terms: N
in Motion: the player who is in motion on offense prior to
snap. Typically, only one player is allowed in motion at a
Coverage: defensive scheme in which each player
is assigned one offensive player to guard.
refers to the 50-yard line.
Football Players Terms: O
Line: area that the offensive team must travel to
receive a first down.
- Neutral Zone:
the space between the ball and the defensive
line, prior to the snap.
- Nickel Back:
the fifth cornerback on the field.
Defense: lingo for defensive scheme utilizing five
- Nose Guard:
the central player on the defensive line who
lines up opposite the center.
- Nose Tackle:
another name for nose guard.
Team: football team that committed a foul.
the team trying to score and score and score and...
Pass Interference: blatant obstruction keeping
the defense from catching the ball.
those in charge of keeping order in the game and
occurs when the offense moves across the neutral
zone prior to the ball being snapped.
- On Downs:
loss of ball possession.
- Onside Kick:
action where the kicking team tries to recover
after ten yards.
- Open Receiver:
player who is not well protected by the
opposing team, thus open to a play.
football jargon for a play in which the quarterback keeps the ball and
runs with the option of pitching it to his running back.
- Out of Bounds:
field area outside end and sidelines.
Further play is not continued.
extra period of play that happens when the score
is tied at the end of the game.
Football Players Terms is followed by terms P - Z
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