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American football and rugby are both physically demanding sports... I've played both... The styles of play are much different though... Rugby is about pure tackling and ball movement as opposed to football which is about impact in addition to tackling skill and quick linear movement down field. The speed and impact in American football is the reason for the pads (without them, the amount of spinal cord and brain injuries would be horriffic)... With regard to the breaks between plays in football, there's a purpose other than giving the big guys on the lines a break (and by big, I mean 300+ pounds...). American football is a game of set plays and tends to get very complex with all the terminology and the amount of plays you have to memorize (most coaches script anywhere from 150 to 250 possible plays per game). Granted, rugby is more fast paced and the plays are more oriented to the flow of the game which makes it pretty exciting to watch and challenging to play. As far as I'm concerned, they're both great sports with their own challenges.
Would like to get your ear ripped off in a scrum or have Roy Williams crush you coming over the middle playing American football?!?
by IWearBlack April 11, 2005
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American Football originates from the English sport of Rugby. It is played between two teams on a field of 100 yards (120 total including the end zones) with a brown oval shaped object called a Football. A team’s objective is to get it’s offense on the field as often as possible (to score) and keep the opponent’s offense off the field when possible, and limit their performance when they are on. Team’s score by driving the ball down the field by running and passing. The most common form of scoring is the touchdown (six points), followed by field goals (3), and (rarely) safeties (2). Immediately following the scoring of a touchdown the scoring team is given the option of performing a two-point conversion (worth 2 points) or the point-after-touchdown (PAT, 1 point). Field goals and PATs are scored by kicking the Football between a tall goal post located behind the end zone. Professional and collegiate games last full 60-minutes while high school games normally run at 48. It’s important to note that due to timeouts and play huddling Football games normally last between 3 and 4 hours.

Critics (normally foreign) seek to compare the playing style of American Football to Rugby. This is inaccurate, however. They are two different sports. While in Football certain positions require significantly larger stature and others do not, virtually all positions in Rugby require relatively large size. Linebackers, Tight Ends, Full Backs and (larger) Quarterbacks are often suitable for Rugby while positions such as Safeties, Half Backs, and Cornerbacks are normally not. Lineman can also suitable for Rugby play but few are. Unlike Rugby, American Football is a strategic sport and hence more importance is placed upon skill in positions. This, along with size differences, is why players rarely play both defense and offense.

Unlike Rugby, by rule, Football play requires one wears protective gear. While in Rugby very large players tend to tackle other very large players, in Football very large players tend to tackle players inferior in size to them which can result in higher rates of injury. In addition to this, turf is becoming increasingly common as a replacement for grass in Football stadiums again reinforcing the necessity for protective gear. Attire includes a hard helmet with facemask, numbered jersey for identification, shoulder and chest pads, tight pants with buttock, knee, and thigh pads, and cleats. Regardless of protective gear, Football has a higher injury rate than Rugby.

It is played on High School, Collegiate, and Professional (namely NFL) levels. Rules are generally the same throughout all levels but differ to varying degrees by league and skill level. American Football’s popularity rages in America overwhelmingly as the most-watched sport, but has failed to catch on in popularity in foreign countries (only Canada has a variation). Because of this, however, it remains a trademark of modern American culture.
Each season the National Football League organizes the most popular American Football teams for five months of hard-hitting action.
by Steagles February 10, 2006
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Let me tell you something: pads ain't going to help you when you have a 250 lb guy taking a helmet-shoulder shot at your knee. If anything the helmet/shoulder pads are more of a weapon. Players hit harder when they wear pads.
American Football is rough, Rugby is rough. They're different - get over it.
by come to pappa January 21, 2005
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a controlled street fight
in american football- trent green gets severely concussed from a hit by robert geathers.
on the street- your ass is in jail
by america, fuck yea October 22, 2006
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A sport played in the U.S. by huge, ripped dudes (and a few extremely fat ones), which apparently makes Europeans want to murder even more than a well-played soccer match does.
Fan 1: Hey! Did you have a good time at the American Football game?

Fan 2: Hells yeah. The Lions actually won, if you can believe it.

Fan 1: Did any fans or refs get murdered by a seething mob after the game?

Fan 2: No... Why do you ask?
by CoolHandChris December 14, 2004
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American Football linebackers: Ray Lewis, Shawne Merriman, Brian Urlacher
by cmack05 September 16, 2009
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American football is a highly intense game much like rugby but with pads. It requires an immense amount of stamina and memorization for the plays. Although many people think its a "soft" version of rugby ill tell you what. . . i'd rather get hit by a guy without pads then a guy with pads 'nuff said.
now i gotta memorize and execute 150 different plays and 5 different formations. . .fuck
by Zac Brown March 11, 2005
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