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The fun and easy way to tackle America's most popular sport
If you've ever wanted to know the difference between a touchdown and a touchback or how a running back's role differs from a linebacker's, then Football For Dummies has you covered. From peewees to the pros, this friendly guide covers the nuts and bolts of football for fans of all ages and experience levels. Get set to impress your friends with your newfound knowledge of the game!
Kick off — find out how football is played and get a grip on the rules that govern the game
Make sense of offense — get an introduction to offense: the passinggame, the running game, the offensive line, and the strategies that players and coaches use to achieve various goals
Dig into the Big D — discover all the things the defense does to keep the contest (and the score) a little more evenly balanced, as well as some strategies defenses use in particularly sticky situations
Meet the line-up — get to know the kickers, punters, coaches, managers, trainers, and others who play a big part in the game
Open the book and find:
How football works at the college and NFL levels
Football rules, regulations, and jargon
Diagrams that illustrate lineups, formations, and plays
The intricacies of downs
What the quarterback really does (and doesn't) do
Offensive and defensive plays and strategies
Football's all-time great players, coaches, and teams
Ways you can get involved with football
Tackle football basics and enjoy America's favorite sport
Grasp the rules and regulations, positions, plays, and penalties
Appreciate the different aspects of the game at the professional and college levels
The fun and easy way to tackle football basics and enjoy America's most popular sport
Since the last edition of Football For Dummies, new stadiums have been built, new stars have ascended, and records have been broken. This new edition has been revised to reflect today's game, giving football fans up-to-the-minute information on all the rules and regulations, positions, plays, and penalties.
Featuring coverage of the newest stadium technologies, revised greatest players and legends, and pro-football must-do experiences, it also includes expert advice on training and gearing up for those who play the game.
- The complete fan's updated guide to football
- Revised material on new players, stadiums, and strategies
- Written by football legend Howie Long and revered analyst John Czarnecki
From peewees to the pros, this hands-on, friendly guide covers the nuts and bolts of football for fans of all ages and experience levels.
About the Author
is a former Oakland/Los Angeles Raider with eight Pro Bowl appearances, a Super Bowl win, and a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
John Czarnecki is a professional football consultant.
Table of Contents
Part I: Football 101.
Chapter 1: America's Greatest Game.
Chapter 2: Meet Me on the Gridiron.
Chapter 3: Them's the Rules (And Regulations).
Part II: Go, Offense!
Chapter 4: The Quarterback, Football's MVP.
Chapter 5: The Passing Game.
Chapter 6: Hitting the Ground Running.
Chapter 7: The Offensive Line at Work in the Trenches.
Chapter 8: Examining Offensive Plays and Strategies.
Part III: The Big D.
Chapter 9: These Guys Are Huge: The Defensive Line.
Chapter 10: The Secondary: Last Line of Defense.
Chapter 11: Delving into Defensive Tactics and Strategies.
Part IV: Meet the Rest of the Team.
Chapter 12: Special Teams, Masters of the Kicking Game.
Chapter 13: Coaches, General Managers, and Other Important Folks.
Part V: Football for Everyone.
Chapter 14: Armchair Quarterbacks and Other Fabulous Fans.
Chapter 15: Youth Leagues and High School Football.
Chapter 16: College Football — Where It All Started.
Chapter 17: Taking a Look at the NFL (And Other Professional Leagues).
Chapter 18: Playing Fantasy Football.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: The Ten (Or So) Greatest Defensive Players of All Time.
Chapter 20: More Than Ten Top Offensive Players.
Chapter 21: The Ten Greatest Coaches in the History of the Game.
Chapter 22: The Ten Best Teams of All Time.
Chapter 23: The Ten Most Intense College Football Rivalries.
Part VII: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Football Speak.
Appendix B: Get Your Tickets Here.