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Some ridiculous Maddenism that became a main stream rule. Deems a verified catch or not which has no grounds to judge.
Madden: "Not a good catch there, not a good catch there didnt make a football move!"
by tjbanf May 21, 2006

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An American football phrase used in the NFL rulebook used to overturn a clearly caught pass by a receiver but referees wish to overturn for no particularly reason. It is often used to screw over the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys. Naturally stretching out for a touchdown is not a "football move".
Dez Bryant caught the football, took took two steps, and stretched out for a touchdown; since he did not make a football move the catch was an incompletion.
by ashlux January 11, 2015

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A term used by NFL television analysts in attempt to easily clarify/determine whether a particular pass was either a) caught and then fumbled or b) incomplete. The thinking is that if a ball was dropped after making a "football move" that the ball was officially caught and then fumbled. In contrast, if the receiver was not making a "football move," it was simply a dropped pass and therefore incomplete.

The problem with this term is that a receiver could clearly fumble the ball while making a non-football move (e.g. basketball move, volleyball move, etc.).
"And that pass is caught by Troy Williamson at the 30 yard line and he turns sideways while releasing a hook-shot (basketball move) toward the 28 yard-line where it is recovered by Al Harris - that is an incomplete pass and the Vikings will retain possession of the ball - that was not a football move...what was Al Harris thinking picking that ball up after a basketball move?"

This is clearly a catch followed by a fumble without the presence of a "football move."

I apologize for the unrealistic example - no way Williamson would catch the ball.
by Mr. Fabian December 22, 2006

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