How to Understand the Basics of American Football in Time for the Superbowl

Just in time for the #Superbowl! This explanation is for all my former students who said “WTF, this isn’t football!” That’s right– it’s #AmericanFootball. This should be a good enough overview so you can understand the basics and follow along.

Learn some of the vocabulary of the field (for example “endzones” and “downs”, and how many downs there are). Learn how points are calculated. Learn some of the basic strategy why teams would run instead of pass (and vice versa). Why do they kick on fourth down?