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A very intense game played primarily by people in the United States. Played much like rugby except there is stopping the play after a tackle and forward passes are legal which adds an interesting aspect to the game. Many consider it to be a pussy sport because of all the pads. I've played the sport and believe me, the pads suck and get in the way. But if they didn't exist then we would probably have football related deaths in the hundreds and no one would play. Europeans are quick to point out that rugby players don't wear pads. This is because rugby is a more fluid game and the hits aren't nearly as hard. In American football, once the ball is snapped, everyone explodes from their position and goes full speed full strength for about 15 seconds or so. When the bodies clash there is a huge force of impact because everyone is going so hard. Then they wait another 20 seconds or so, catch their breath, and go out and do that again. The stress on the body would be too much without the pads. Also, in football everyone is hitting someone on every play. Where as in rugby everyone is spread out more. And it's more about staying in position and running. Both are entertaining to watch, but I like football better just because there is much more hard hitting and crazy action with the forward pass.
There is a fine line between toughness/manliness and utter stupidity. If american football players wore pads, then everyone would sustain life long injuries or die on the field. Rugby players wear no pads and think they're hot shit for it. I hope it's worth getting teeth knocked out and using a motor chair for your whole retirement.

Theodore Roosevelt (president of U.S. 1901-1909) wanted to BAN american football because it was considered too dangerous and too many deaths resulted from it.

If you watch this game, you will find there is a lot of adrenaline and excitement packed into every play.
by Charny3 June 22, 2010
 
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Like an american version of rugby. Less spontaneous but involves more strategy. There are some monsters that play in the game but it seems as if some of the big guys are just trained to do one thing. As for people going on about Ray Lewis and how hard, strong etc he is, its stupid to say which sport (rugby or american football) has bigger players because look at England's Andrew Sheridan for example - weighs 262 pounds (18 odd stone) bench presses 475 pounds - and believe me theres plenty more big guys like him. I would absolutely love to see american football players play rugby and vice versa - i think rugby players would struggle mainly cos of how technical the game is - i also think american footy players would be surprised at how tough the game is - theyd certainly feel the hits - specially in a league game. Its easier to play dirty in rugby union though (ie stamping, punching etc). In reality the games are so different its hard to compare - but what the hell i like rugby - and i reckon its a tougher more intense game to play (both codes - specially league)
US-european fags play soccer and rugby but american football is so tough
english-i think youd find, without the aid of steroids that rugby players are tougher although maybe not as dynamic (some of the NFL guys are amazingly quick and agile etc)
by bentothep September 29, 2006
 
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A sport similar in origin to Rugby. As an American, I've played both, and they're both good sports. Football is a complicated game, but here are some examples of rules:

11 men on the field at a time (on offense, you need at least 7 people on the line of scrimmage, and a Quarterback to receive the snap to start every play).
Players on offense are broken down into many positions, the main ones are Quarterback, Running back, Full back, Wide Receiver, Tight End, Tackle, Guard, Center.
Players on defense are broken down into 3 levels, Linemen, Linebackers, Defensive Backs. Lineman normally consist of Ends and Tackles. Linebackers usually consist of Inside and Outside Linebackers. Defensive backs usually consist of Cornerbacks and Safeties.
Teams also use kickers and punters on special teams.
The object of football is to advance the ball downfield by passing and running.
There are multiple ways to score, touchdowns (6 points), Point After Conversions (1 point), 2-point conversions (2 points), Field Goals (3 points), and Safeties (2 points).
A touchdown occurs when the ball is advanced to the endzone. After this, a team can elect to kick a point after conversion, or run a play from 2 yards out to try to pick up 2 points.
A Field Goal occurs when a team kicks the ball through the uprights.
A Safety occurs when the defensive team tackles the ball carrier inside their own endzone.
The field is 100 yards long.
The current World Champs are the New England Patriots, though the Indianapolis Colts look the strongest thus far in the season.
Tom Brady is an American Football player, David Beckham is a soccer player.
by BentleyRugby October 28, 2005
 
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American football is the best sport in the world. I giv kudos to rugby players, becasue yes rugby is a tough sport that i actually blew my shoulder out playing. Football is better, not only than rugby, but than any other sport in exsistence. You need the endurance of a runner, the strength of a rugby player. Football uses pads, because it makes the game harder because ur carrying around an extra 10 pounds. Also, football takes different angles and different play types than any other sport making it an extremely dangerous game, even with pads. Plus, it takes more mental ability than playing chess. The players have to memorize 100's of small details. If a person messes up just once it could be a damaging blow to his or her team. Football is the worlds toughest sport, and the hardest. For those reasons, it is the best.
Fool: Cross country is the best sport!
Idiot: Baseball is the best sport!
Loser: Football is for idiots and fat people, and takes no strength.

Scholar: Football takes more strength, endurance, agility, skill, mental capacity, and balls to play than any other sport played by men.
by JohCo July 07, 2005
 
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An extremely intense sport, popular in America, Canada, and played in parts of Australia, which involves large amounts of endurance, strength, and strategy. Brits like to bash it, only because the term "football" is one more thing Americans have that used to be only theirs (oh snap), and because soccer (futbol, football, whatever) is the worlds most popular sport, they can't comprehend the fact that people don't agree with the majority.

The sport has become an obsession in America, and is a giant part of American culture. The rest of the world is obsessed with the lovely little gentlemans sport of futbol, America is obsessed with the hard-hitting high impact sport of football. Were different, not ignorant. If you don't like it, fake an injury and hope America gets a red card
People get mad when Americans bash soccer, and insist that we don't understand and that were ignorant of other cultures outside our own. Though, ironically, everyone else does the same exact thing when it comes to American football... But the majority agrees with them, so it's ok
by Sifp July 26, 2010
 
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A great sport, extremely physically demanding. Many of you foreigners keep talking about how it must not hurt because there are pads, you clearly have not played the sport. I'd like to see you guys playing linebacker with a hugeass fullback coming straight at you. Without helmets, american football would be just stupid to play, especially at the line. In America, we have a name for all of you types of people saying things like "Americans are pansys," maybe you've heard of it. "Racist."
Rugby and American Football, while similar are two different sports, stop acting like they are exactly the same.
by theparkmanghost September 18, 2005
 
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football is my least favorite sport but i still under stand it. lots of people ask me question like "who's the browns QB" or "whats a wide receiver do?" unfortunately i don't know these answers but i will prove my understanding in a simple equation
"American Football"

120 yards=touch down

(a)touch downs>(b) touch downs to win

because 120 yards=touch down a(120yards)>b(120yards)

now that we have our equations i will wasy touch downs=7 because they are 7 points so 120 yards=7 so yard=7/120
now we can see that a(120*7/120)>b(120*7/120)

or a(7)>b(7)
that now simplifys to a>b in other words you just need more points to win
to remove all the words from that
120y=t
at>bt
so
a(120y)>b(120y)
and because
t=7 points
y=7/120
a(120*7/120)>b(120*7/120)
a(7)>b(7)
so
a>b
by dohaped December 19, 2010