cover of Understanding American
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The Glossary of Understanding American Football provides definitons of each of the following football-related terms, all of which are also mentioned in the text:

 

 

accept a penalty
adjustments
advance (the football)
ahead
All-American
All-Pro
all-star
all-star game
and long
arena football
artificial turf
assistant coach
at home
audible
away game
back judge
back up
backfield
backpedal
backup
ball boys
ball control
ballcarrier
beat (a defender)
behind
big play
black out
blitz
block (a kick)
block (a player)
blocking assignments
blocking sled
blow the call
body block
bomb
bootleg
bowl bid
bowl (game)
break up a pass
broken play
bump
busted play
(button)hook
bye
bye week
call a penalty
call a play
captains
career-ending
center
chains
championship game
change of possession
cheerleaders
chop block
cleats
clinch
clipping
coaches
coaching box
coaching line
coffin corner
coin toss
college football
color
combination blocking
come back
come out
commissioner
complete pass
conference
conservative
contract
convert
corner blitz
cornerback
coverage scheme
covered
crossbar
crossing pattern
cut
dead
dead lines
decline a penalty
deep
defense
defensive back
defensive coordinator
defensive end
defensive linemen
defensive tackle
deflag
delay of game
depth chart
disqualify
division

eat up the clock
double-teaming
down
down (a kickoff)
down indicator
down position
downs
draft
(draft) pick
draw
dump the ball off
eject
eligible receiver
end around
end lines
end zone
endorsement
equipment
exhibition games
expansion team
expire
extra point
extra point attempt
face guard
face mask
fair catch
fake a handoff
fake punt
fans
field
field goal
field goal attempt
field goal range
field goal try
field judge
final game
first down
first half
first-string
five-step drop
flag football
flagrant
flak jacket
flea-flicker
fly pattern
football
free agent
free kick
free play
free safety
front office
fullback
fumble
gadget play
game ball
game plan
games behind
gate receipts
general manager
giveaway
GM
go deep
go for two
go long
go pattern
go-to receiver
goal area
goal line
goal post
goal to go
goat
going to the pass
good
good field position
guard
Hail Mary pass
halfback
halfback pass
halftime
hand off
handoff
hang time
hard count
hash marks
have the lead
head coach
head-to-head
helmet
highlights
hike
hold out
holder
holding
hole
home-field advantage
home team

huddle
hurry up
illegal forward pass
in
in bounds
in the grasp
incomplete pass
independent
ineligible receiver
infraction
injured reserve
inside linebacker
intentional grounding
intercept
interception
jersey
junior varsity
key on
kick off
kick returner
kicker
kickoff
kill the clock
late hit
lateral
lead blocker
league
left guard
left tackle
letter of intent
limit lines
line judge
line of scrimmage
line-to-gain indicator
linebacker
linesman
live
locker
locker room
long
long gainer
long snapper
losing streak
man in motion
man-to-man coverage
mark off
mascot
measurement
middle linebacker
mouthguard
MVP
national player
neutral site
neutral zone
nickel defense
no good
no huddle
no-show
nose tackle
off-season
off tackle
offense
offensive back
offensive coordinator
offensive lineman
official
offsetting
offsides
on the road
onrushing
onside kick(off)
open
open-field running
open the hole
open week
opening
out
out of bounds
outside linebacker
overtime
pass
pass-protect
(pass) reception
passing lane
passing play
passing situation
pattern
payout
penalty
(penalty) flag
penalty yardage
pep rally
pep talk
pick
pick off
pickoff

quarterback
pickup
piling on
placekicker
play action pass
play-by-play
play clock
play dirty
play fake
playbook
(playoff) berth
playoff (game)
(playoff) spot
pocket
point after touchdown (PAT)
poll
pom-poms
possession
post pattern
post-season
practice squad
pregame warmup
preliminary indication
press box
prevent
primary receiver
professional football
prospect
pull
pump fake
punt
punter
pylons
(quarterback) count
quarterback draw
(quarterback) keeper
(quarterback) option
quarterback sneak
quarter
quick out
read
receive a kickoff
record
recover a fumble
recruit
red-shirt
referee
refuse a penalty
regular season
restraining lines
return (a kickoff)
return man
reverse
rib pads
ride the bench
right guard
right tackle
road game
roll out
rookie
roster
roughing the kicker
round
route
run and shoot
run up the score
runback
running back
running game
running into the kicker
running play
running the football
rush
rushing play
sack
safety
salary cap
scalping
schedule
scholarship
scout
scout team
scramble
screen
screen pass
scrimmage
script (plays)
seam
season
season ticket
second half
second-string
secondary
sellout
semifinal (game)

T formation
shoot the gaps
short-yardage situation
shotgun
shoulder pads
shovel pass
show blitz
shutout
side judge
sidelines
silent count
single
single-elimination
situation substitution
snap
spearing
special teams unit
specialist
spike
split backfield
split end
squib kick
standings
stands
starter
straight-arming
strip the ball
strong safety
strong side
sudden death
suspend
sweep
tackle
tackling dummy
tag
tailback
tailgate
tailgate party
take the lead
takeaway
team area
tee
territory
third-string
three-point stance
throw the ball away
tickets
tie
tight end
timeout
touch football
touchback
touchdown
traditional rivals
trail
training camp
trash talking
true freshman
turn the ball over
turnover
25-second clock
two-minute drill
two-minute warning
two-point conversion
two-way
umpire
under pressure
underdog
underneath
uniform
unload the ball
unnecessary roughness
unsportsmanlike
up for
up men
up position
up the middle
upright
upset
varsity
visiting team
visitors
waive
walk off (a penalty)
walk-on
walk-through
warm the bench
wave
wedge
West Coast offense
wide receiver
wild card
winning streak
wounded duck
zone coverage 

 

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