Game of Football

Football is a beautiful and sometimes very physical game. The perfect spiral, the fingertip grab, the amazing run…they are all part of football's history.


The NCAA scrapped the Bowl Championship Series in favor of a playoff system. But does it truly crown a national champion?

Sports fans can be a noisy bunch. Hey, screaming your head off is part of the fun, right? But someone had to come up with 'DEE-FENSE' first. Who was it?

The relationship between pro sports and expression of patriotism, like playing the National Anthem, is a uniquely American phenomenon. And a fairly recent one.

Most people like watching the Super Bowl every February, but there's always that one guy who insists that he's just watching "for the commercials" -- and with good reason. Find out how all the ad hype gets generated here.

Just because a professional football player is in a public place doesn't necessarily mean he wants to be treated as a public figure. But as it turns out, there are plenty of other opportunities.

Lofty expectations and huge sums of money don't necessarily lead to success. That's just one of the things these 10 players proved.

Want to see the big game in person? It won't be easy. But we'll show you how to get into the best position to catch the Hail Mary.

It's time for the big game, so grab your friends and family and head for the stadium. But what should you take along? Check out these 10 must-haves for the ultimate tailgate party.

Review rules have sometimes generated controversy, and some fans and team owners would prefer to keep the human factor in the game. But instant replay rules give the officials on the field another set of eyes to get calls right.

Football in the U.S. is big business. And making the roster of the NFL Pro Bowl can establish a player as one of the best at his position, raising his visibility and leading to lucrative contracts and endorsement possibilities. So who gets to play, and how did this exhibition get started anyway?

In order to get the most out of your tailgating experience, you'll need to be well-prepared for the big day. Here's a quick list of tips and tricks to ensure your next tailgate party goes off as planned.

Think throwing the perfect Super Bowl party is all about fun and games? Well, it can be. Get ready to tap into the competitive mood of your partygoers with some challenging activities sure to spark your festivities.

Television working? Check. Friends invited? Check. Since Super Bowl Sunday is only the biggest party day of the year, you might want to plan a little something extra if you don't want your bash to be a bust.

When you're loading up the RV for three days of tailgating, what kinds of things should you pack -- besides your foam finger and your face paint? Are there other ways to show support for your favorite team?

No, fantasy football has nothing to do with Megan Fox arriving at your front door with two tickets to the Super Bowl. But it can offer bragging rights and a chance to show your superior knowledge of the gridiron.

If you're a football fan, you probably want to know every detail about your favorite players. But do you know how your team's quarterback is rated?

Randy Moss and LaDainian Tomlinson are some of the most exciting players to watch on the football field each Sunday. This gallery features photos of these and other pro football players in action.

Doak Walker, one of the greatest college football players ever, went on to excel with the Detroit Lions. He was selected for five Pro Bowls and named All-NFL four times. Walker entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Bill Walsh, the winningest coach ever for the San Francisco 49ers, knew how to meet his team's needs. He won three Super Bowls and and six NFC West titles. Walsh retired with a record of 102-63-1, the best in 49er history.

Jack Lambert was named All-Pro seven times in a nine-year span and played in nine straight Pro Bowls. His career was cut short due to a turf toe injury that destroyed much of his speed and agility.

Tom Landry coached the Dallas Cowboys through 20 consecutive winning seasons from 1966-85. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 with a lifetime record of 270-178-6. Learn about legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry.

Dick Lane set the all-time interception record with 14 in a 12-game season, which no one has topped, even in a 16-game schedule. He built a reputation for handling ball carriers and receivers roughly. Learn why Lane was a feared opponent.

Willie Lanier one of the best middle linebackers to play was All-Pro All-AFL or All-AFC every year from 1968-75. He was known for chasing ball carriers down with a ferocity that was unmatched by other players at the time. Learn about Willie Lanier.

Steve Largent held six major pass-receiving records by the time he retired. He was known for his precise routes sure hands determination and concentration. Check out which records are held by Football Hall of Famer Steve Largent.

Dante Lavelli -- called "Gluefingers" for his ability to hang onto a football -- was the greatest clutch receiver in pro football. He caught 386 passes in his 11 year career. Lavelli played in three Pro Bowls and was twice All-NFL.

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