What is the job of each position in football?
Defensive tackle (DT); Sometimes called a defensive guard, defensive tackles play at the center of the defensive line. Their function is to rush the passer (if they can get past the offensive linemen blocking them), and stop running plays directed at the middle of the line of scrimmage.
Quarterbacks are members of the offensive team and line up directly behind the offensive line. In modern American football, the quarterback is usually considered the leader of the offensive team, and is often responsible for calling the play in the huddle.
- If they've been named captain for longer than four years, the "C" on the patch is gold. Because of the nature of the game, most teams include their starting quarterbacks as an offensive captain. The starting quarterback has no other responsibility or authority on field.
- The quarterback's main job is to throw the football and encourage his teammates to play well. In college, especially if the team runs a spread formation, the quarterback may run the ball as often as he passes, but in the NFL, the quarterback rarely runs with the ball.
- A running back (RB) is an American and Canadian football position, a member of the offensive backfield. The primary roles of a running back are to receive handoffs from the quarterback for a rushing play, to catch passes from out of the backfield, and to block.
In American and Canadian football, a guard (G) is a player who lines up between the center and the tackles on the offensive line of a football team on the line of scrimmage used primarily for blocking. Guards are to the right or left of the center.
- A wide receiver, also referred to as wideouts or simply receivers, is an offensive position in American and Canadian football, and is a key player. Wide receivers are among the fastest players on the field. The wide receiver functions as the pass-catching specialist.
- In association football, an own goal occurs when a player causes the ball to go into his or her own team's goal, resulting in a goal being scored for the opposition. The defending player who scored the own goal is personally "credited" with the goal as part of the statistical abstract of the game.
- It is also sometimes known as "gridiron football". This name originates with the sport's characteristic playing field, which is marked by a series of parallel lines along the width of the field in a pattern resembling a cooking gridiron. "Gridiron" is the usual name for American football in Australia and New Zealand.
Sudden death play — where the game ends on any score (safety, field goal or touchdown) — continues until a winner is determined. The point after try is not attempted if the game ends on a touchdown. If the score is still tied at the end of the overtime period, the result of the game will be recorded as a tie.
- Each possession begins with first down. The line to gain is marked 10 yards downfield from the start of this possession, and the situation is described as "1st and 10" (if the goal line is less than 10 yards downfield, then the goal line is the line to gain and the situation is "1st and goal").
- Pick 6 may refer to: Pick 6 (horse racing), a wager in which a bettor picks one horse in each of six races. Pick 6 (lottery), a game in which six regular numbers are picked. Pick 6 (American football), an interception returned for a touchdown.
- On each down a play is made. The offensive team has 4 downs or plays to either score or gain 10 yards. If the team gains 10 yards, then the downs start over. If they don't gain 10 yards, after the fourth try, the opposing team gets possession of the football at the spot of the tackle.
Updated: 2nd October 2019