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Beginner’s Guide to American Football – The Guilfordian

Beginner’s Guide to American Football – The Guilfordian

Infamous for its fatal injuries in its early years and aggressive nature, football continues to rake in billions for the American economy, according to economy.

At first glance, it is easy for those unfamiliar with the sport to get lost in the confusion and complex nature of the game and the field. But over the years, American football has become culturally and economically important to Americans.

Brad Davis, the current head coach of the Guilford College football team, attributes his success and even his college graduation to football.

“…Back in 2004, I told my mom and dad that if I don’t play college football, I won’t go to college,” Davis said. “But at the end of the day, football gave me a degree; it gave me the education I needed to succeed.”

Davis provided the basics of the game. He explained that a football field is 120 yards long and the object of the game is to get the ball into the opposing team’s end zone and prevent them from getting the ball into yours.

Even people who don’t know the game tend to recognize the term “quarterback” from movies or the news. The quarterback’s job is to control the offense or players trying to get the ball into the end zone.

“During the week, the quarterback has to be in the meeting room, watching film and playing football,” Davis said. “Then on the play, the quarterback just needs to control the play and protect the ball,” Davis said.

According to senior running back and athletic management major Dominique Pokrny, the play begins when the quarterback either throws the ball to the wide receiver or hands it off to the running back. Then a wide receiver or running back runs it down the field. The game ends when a player is tackled, runs out of bounds or drops the ball.

Offensive or defensive plays determine the directions of action of the teams – who will go where and what to do. The defender selects or determines offensive plays to maximize the likelihood that the players will get the ball down the field.

Trey Buey, a junior sport management major and quarterback on the Guilford football team, has played football since the fifth grade. As a cornerback, he is on defense and his job is to help prevent the other team from scoring.

The defense also includes linebackers and linemen. These positions try to prevent scoring and you see them struggle with the other team.

Football may get a bad rap because of its historically dangerous nature, but according to students, there’s more to the sport than meets the eye.

Bui grew up with football as a family tradition. His older cousin played in college and most of his male relatives did too.

“It’s an American sport,” Buey said. “At the end of the day, this is a place where people come together, have a good time and watch their favorite teams. The tailgate, the booze, the atmosphere…you can be yourself and watch a fun sport.”

Although he is not a player himself, Dominik Patsrnia said that football and other sports gave him the opportunity to express himself.

“You have so much passion and people talk about sports for hours on end, and what I’ve seen is generally a lot of respect,” he said, describing the sports community.

Guilford College’s football team hasn’t been great this season, but students seem to agree that the team itself has improved tremendously.

Pokrnya said the improvement was due to a new coaching staff, player development and new recruits: “In previous years, they lost games … by 20 or more points. Now they’re losing by … five or six points or less, and to win games they have to win.”

Buie echoed that sentiment, saying, “I can honestly say this is probably my favorite year, even if the record doesn’t show it. The sense of brotherhood, even if we don’t win as much, it’s still fun and we’re still competing and the games are closer than they used to be.”

All in all, football can be tough, but for college students, the sport is more than just grown men fighting each other.

“It’s about the brotherhood, the friends you make, the people you meet, the journey and everything,” Buey said. “It’s about the… good and… bad times with them.”

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