Dear Amy: The NFL football season is underway, and I would like to learn more about the game. Do you have any suggestions about a good source for information? — Jake T., Harrisonburg, Virginia
Dear Jake: Understanding the rules of professional football is a great way to increase your enjoyment of the sport, whether you’re watching on television or at a stadium. It can be confusing if you don’t understand some of the basic terms, such as “first down,” “interception” and “fumble.” A first down is achieved when the offense moves the ball 10 or more yards. An interception occurs when the defense catches a pass that is meant for a player on the other team. A fumble is when a player drops the ball.
Fortunately, the NFL provides a Beginners Guide to Football, nfl.com/
rulebook/beginnersguidetofootball, that will help you learn the basic rules quickly. Soon you’ll know the difference between a wide receiver and a linebacker. Each player has a specific job to do to help the team succeed. You will also learn the four ways to earn points in football. Once you’ve learned the basic rules, enjoy watching a game with your family.
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