Inside the NFL

Going Inside the NFL lets you see how football really works by understanding the rules and regulations.


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.

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?

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.

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.

Take an inside look at a working week in the life of one of the NFL's top defensive ends, Patrick Kerney of the Atlanta Falcons, as told to us by Kerney himself.

Super Bowl Sunday is a football fan's dream: The game of games, where the champion of the entire season is decided in four short quarters and there is no rematch. Read all about the biggest football game of the year.

Have you ever wondered what it's like to play professional football? We have, so we called up players Takeo Spikes, Carlos Emmons, Jonas Jennings, Fred Beasley and Willie Anderson to find out.

With the recent NFL draft, players are now negotiating contracts. Learn how the NFL's salary cap works, and how teams work under the salary cap with trades, signing bonuses, and other financial maneuvering.

The virtual first-down line that you see in many televised football games is something of a computer-generated miracle that home viewers have come to love. Find out how this line gets "painted" on the field without painting the players.

Advancements in technology allow the home viewer to see all kinds of information that the fan in the stadium can't see. Learn how do the broadcast stations superimpose the first-down line on the football playing field.

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