History Of The NFL Draft (For Beginners)

Today, the NFL draft is a major television spectacle with non-stop reporting of every single pick and trade. Camera crews travel to the player’s homes and there is endless discussion of the choices. It wasn’t always this way. For years, drafts happened in back rooms with no coverage. Before that, there was no draft. How … Read more

The Blitz in American Football

“Blitz” is one of the most commonly used terms for defensive plays in American football. This article looks at the history and evolution of blitz play. If you don’t know anything about the strategy or the sport, don’t worry. We’ll start from the beginning. Why Is It Called A Blitz? The word blitz comes from … Read more

Special Teams in American Football (Explained)

Special teams are one of the unique features of American football. They are neither the offensive team nor the defensive team. They are only on the field for about twenty percent of the game. However, they generate around thirty to thirty-five percent of the scoring. Special team plays also have a huge impact on where … Read more

History of American Football Helmets

The brightly colored, grilled American football helmet is an icon of the sport. Has the helmet always been around and where did it come from? Helmets Weren’t Always In Football The helmet has not always been in use in football. Nor is it even the earliest piece of protective equipment (check out our article on … Read more

History of Shoulder Pads in American Football

One of the hallmarks of American football is the armored appearance of the players with their built-up shoulders. But, have the players always looked like this? When did shoulder pads enter the American sport? When Did American Football Players Start Wearing Shoulder Pads? When the first football game was played in 1869 between Princeton and … Read more

Can American Football Players Play Rugby? – Yes!

People in the United States often compare American football and rugby. Both sports involve tacking and running while carrying an awkwardly shaped ball. But, is there any crossover? Has a football player ever switched code to play rugby? And if so, were they any good? Can American football players play rugby? At least five American … Read more

Average NFL Lineman Weights (Statistics)

The average weight of linemen in the NFL is 314 lbs in recent years. This is the heaviest position in football. Linebackers, the next heaviest, are about 70 lbs lighter than linemen. Aaron Gibson, an offensive tackle, has the highest recorded weight in the NFL at 410 lbs. How Do Linemen Compare To Other NFL … Read more