Beginner’s Guide to American Football – Gilfordian

Known for fatal injuries in its early years and aggressive nature, soccer continues to generate billions for the American economy, according to etonomics.

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

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

“…in 2004, I told my mom and dad that if I didn’t play football in college, I wouldn’t go to college,” said Davis. “But in the end, football gave me a diploma; it provided me with the education needed to be successful.”

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

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 lead the offense, or the players try to get the ball into the end zone.

“During the week, the quarterbacks have to be in the boardroom, watching the movie, and they also need to throw the football,” Davis said. “Then, during the game, the quarterback just needs to run the game and protect the ball,” said Davis.

According to Chief of Staff and Sports Dominic Pokernia, the play begins when the quarterback throws the ball to the wide receiver or delivers it to the running back. Then, the wide receiver or running back runs it into the field. The play ends when the player is tackled, out of bounds, or drops the ball.

Offensive or defensive plays determine the teams’ courses of action – who will go where and do what. The quarterback chooses, or calls, offensive plays to increase the likelihood that players will get the ball on the field.

Trey Buie, junior sports management pioneer and member of the Guilford soccer team, has been playing soccer 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 midfielders and linemen. These positions try to prevent the offense from scoring and they’re the ones you see tackling on the other team.

Soccer may get a bad rap for its historically dangerous nature, but, according to the students, there is more to the sport than meets the eye.

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

“It’s an American sport,” Bowie said. “At the end of the day, it’s where people get together, have a good time, and watch their favorite teams. Tails, the wine, the atmosphere…you can just be yourself and watch fun sports.”

Even though he is not a player, sports fan Dominik Pokernia said that football and other sports have given him an outlet to express himself.

“You have so much passion and people talk about the sport for hours on end, and what I’ve seen is generally very respectful,” he said when describing the sporting community.

The Guilford College football team hasn’t had a great record this season, but students seem to agree that the team itself has improved greatly.

Pocrnja said this improvement was due to the new coaching staff, player development and hiring new first years: “In previous years they lost games…by a margin of 20 points or more. Now they lose by a difference of… five, six points or less and to win games they have to win “.

Bowie echoed that sentiment, saying, “I can really say, even though the record doesn’t show, this was probably my favorite year so far. The sense of brotherhood, even though we didn’t win that much, it’s still fun and we’re still competitive, and the games are closer.” than it was before.”

In general, soccer can be complicated, but for students, the sport is more than just big men dealing with each other.

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

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