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* Short-lived and much criticized Creator/MarvelComics hero NFL Superpro was an NFL player.
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* '''Arena Football League''' (1987-2008, 2010-present): Just based on longevity and popularity, the Arena Football League is probably the best known alternative league since the 60's American Football League, even though the Arena League isn't technically a competitor to the NFL. The league plays "Arena football" which is different in several ways to regular football, stuff we'll let TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arena_football explain better]]; the most obvious difference is that it's played on smaller fields in indoor arenas. Did decently in the ratings and in popularity until the league surprisingly crashed and burned in 2008. The [=AFL's=] second-tier league, being a subsidiary, was dissolved in the [=AFL's=] bankruptcy, but since they were at least reasonably profitable, they soon reformed into a new legal entity and bought the rights to the [=AFL=] name, effectively reinstating the league in 2010. Like the AFL, a list of notable NFL players who also played/currently play in the Arena league would be way too long for this page.

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* '''Arena Football League''' (1987-2008, 2010-present): Just based on longevity and popularity, the Arena Football League is probably the best known alternative league since the 60's American Football League, even though the Arena League isn't technically a competitor to the NFL. The league plays "Arena football" which is different in several ways to regular football, stuff we'll let TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arena_football explain better]]; the most obvious difference is that it's played on smaller fields in indoor arenas. Did decently in the ratings and in popularity until the league surprisingly crashed and burned in 2008. The [=AFL's=] second-tier league, being a subsidiary, was dissolved in the [=AFL's=] bankruptcy, but since they were at least reasonably profitable, they soon reformed into a new legal entity and bought the rights to the [=AFL=] name, effectively reinstating the league in 2010. Like the AFL, a list of notable NFL players who also played/currently play in the Arena league would be way too long for this page. There are other, smaller (low-paying) indoor football leagues in America's small to mid-sized cities which don't use AFL rules (since they were patented at the league's launch) and are generally unstable, with teams folding or changing leagues seemingly every year.
4th May '16 4:51:03 PM oknazevad
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* ''PAT or Conversion Attempt'': After scoring a touchdown a team receives [[BonusStage one additional play in which they can attempt to score bonus points]].The ball is placed two or three yards from the defending team's goal line and the scoring team attempts one of two possible plays.
** '''P'''oint '''A'''fter '''T'''ouchdown, or PAT: Attempt a placekick or dropkick[[note]]dropping the ball to the ground and kicking it after it has touched the ground, but don't be surprised if you've never seen a dropkick PAT attempted; the technique fell into disuse decades ago[[/note]] through the upright goal at the back of the end zone for one extra point. As such, it's often simply called "the extra point". The defense will attempt to block the PAT kick, but it is extremely difficult to do so. It is also possible for the kicker to miss the PAT, but due to the very short range required, this is likewise infrequent. Teams will opt for a PAT kick the vast majority of the time, thus a "touchdown" usually entails scoring 7 points total. Over the years, the PAT has become such a matter of routine that attempts have been made on the organizational level to increase the difficulty. In 2015, the NFL moved the line of scrimmage for kick attempts to the 15-yard line (among other things, making blocks more likely), and in the first season of the change, the league's success rate dropped from over 99% to a hair over 94%. That may not sound like a big change—but the last time the success rate on PAT kicks was this low was in ''1982''. Additionally, blocked attempts are now live balls, allowing more scoring possibilities. See below.

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* ''PAT or Conversion Attempt'': ''Conversion'': After scoring a touchdown touchdown, a team receives [[BonusStage one additional play additional, untimed down in which they can attempt to score]] at one-third the normal value. This is formally known as a "try" (though the term is exceedingly rarely used), and a successful score bonus points]].is known as "converting the try", or just a "conversion". The ball is placed two or three yards from the defending team's goal line and the scoring team attempts one of two possible plays.
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** '''P'''oint '''A'''fter '''T'''ouchdown, or PAT: Attempt a placekick or dropkick[[note]]dropping the ball to the ground and kicking it after it has touched the ground, but don't be surprised if you've never seen a dropkick PAT attempted; the technique fell into disuse decades ago[[/note]] ago, though Doug Flutie did successfully use one on a PAT in 2006.[[/note]] through the upright goal at the back of the end zone for one extra point. As such, it's often simply called "the extra point". The defense will attempt to block the PAT kick, but it is extremely difficult to do so. It is also possible for the kicker to miss the PAT, but due to the very short range required, this is likewise infrequent. Teams will opt for a PAT kick the vast majority of the time, thus a "touchdown" usually entails scoring 7 points total. Over the years, the PAT has become such a matter of routine that attempts have been made on the organizational level to increase the difficulty. In 2015, the NFL moved the line of scrimmage for kick attempts to the 15-yard line (among other things, making blocks more likely), and in the first season of the change, the league's success rate dropped from over 99% to a hair over 94%. That may not sound like a big change—but the last time the success rate on PAT kicks was this low was in ''1982''. Additionally, blocked attempts are now live balls, allowing more scoring possibilities. See below.
22nd Apr '16 6:49:31 PM Taskmaster123
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* ''Quarterback'': This player will touch the ball on nearly every offensive play. The role of the quarterback is to hand off the ball to an eligible receiver or pass the ball. Occasionally, the quarterback will run with the ball himself; some offensive systems use quarterback runs more than others. The mobile quarterback has become more prevalent in the [=NFL=] in recent years, but has been a staple of the high school and college game for decades. At the beginning of the play, the quarterback stands either directly under (behind) the center (a ''quarter'' of the way back from the offensive line, relative to the rest of the formation, hence the name quarterback), or seven yards behind the center. The latter formation is called "shotgun." A variation of the shotgun formation where the quarterback lines up 4 yards from the center and a running back is directly behind him is called the "pistol." As a result of nearly always being the preeminent decision-making player on a team's offense (the recent "Wildcat" formation notwithstanding), a quarterback is usually considered TheAce in the popular consciousness, and [="QBs"=] generally receive an out-sized portion of attention from the media and fans. This is good news for the quarterback when the team is winning. It is bad news when the team is not. The all-time leading passer in NFL history is Creator/PeytonManning. He played most of his career with the Indianapolis Colts and now plays for the Denver Broncos.

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* ''Quarterback'': This player will touch the ball on nearly every offensive play. The role of the quarterback is to hand off the ball to an eligible receiver or pass the ball. Occasionally, the quarterback will run with the ball himself; some offensive systems use quarterback runs more than others. The mobile quarterback has become more prevalent in the [=NFL=] in recent years, but has been a staple of the high school and college game for decades. At the beginning of the play, the quarterback stands either directly under (behind) the center (a ''quarter'' of the way back from the offensive line, relative to the rest of the formation, hence the name quarterback), or seven yards behind the center. The latter formation is called "shotgun." A variation of the shotgun formation where the quarterback lines up 4 yards from the center and a running back is directly behind him is called the "pistol." As a result of nearly always being the preeminent decision-making player on a team's offense (the recent "Wildcat" formation notwithstanding), a quarterback is usually considered TheAce in the popular consciousness, and [="QBs"=] generally receive an out-sized portion of attention from the media and fans. This is good news for the quarterback when the team is winning. It is bad news when the team is not. The all-time leading passer in NFL history is Creator/PeytonManning. He played most of his career with the Indianapolis Colts and now plays for Colts, then finished his career with the Denver Broncos.Broncos and retired in 2016 after winning Super Bowl 50, his second Super Bowl win.
12th Apr '16 2:13:56 PM Jhonny
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The European Federation of American Football is the governing body in Europe (for the most part, there have been squabbles between IFAF and EFAF in the past, mostly fueled by the egos of the respective leaders). It's main business is organizing pan-European competition like the Eurobowl (now renamed to {=Big6=}) or the European Championship. Judging from the media interest and spectator numbers of the 2014 European Championship (all games live in Austrian TV, 27 000 turned out for the final) they are doing a pretty decent job of it. However, the lack of competitive balance between Germany, Austria, France on one hand and pretty much the rest of Europe on the other as well as the lack of enthusiasm for the sport in many countries make their job rather difficult. The next European championship is to be held in Germany in 2018 who are also defending champions twice over (2010 & 2014).
12th Apr '16 2:09:12 PM Jhonny
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Finland has traditionally had the strongest European national side (holding a record 5 European titles out of 12, with two each for Italy, the UK and Germany (the current holders) and one for Sweden) and Finnish teams winning the first two Eurobowls (a playoff competition between the winners of the European leagues) but has faded since.

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Finland has traditionally had the strongest European national side (holding a record 5 European titles out of 12, with two each for Italy, the UK and three for Germany (the current holders) and one for Sweden) and Finnish teams winning the first two Eurobowls (a playoff competition between the winners of the European leagues) but has faded since.
since. Traditionally Finnish teams relied on huge physical guys and Finnish linemen and tight ends are still sought after in the top leagues of Europe.



The International Federation of American Football is the governing body for American football with 45 member associations from North and South America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. The IFAF also oversees the American Football World Cup, which is held every four years. Japan won the first two World Cups, held in 1999 and 2003. Team USA, which had not participated in the first two tournaments, won the next two in 2007 and 2011.

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The International Federation of American Football is the governing body for American football with 45 member associations from North and South America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. The IFAF also oversees the American Football World Cup, which is held every four years. Japan won the first two World Cups, held in 1999 and 2003. Team USA, which had not participated in the first two tournaments, won the next two thre in 2007 2007, 2011 and 2011.
2015. The American and Canadian National teams don't include any NFL or CFL players (and the few NFL players from other countries are not allowed to play for their national teams either) and in fact even top college talent is conspicuously absent. Still, the US team has only lost one game during its entire existence - against a "rest of the world" all star team, which sent many members to top colleges and the NFL later on. [[note]] That was the point of the game - for players from both sides [[/note]]
12th Apr '16 1:55:36 PM Jhonny
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* ''Safety'': A somewhat rare but humiliating situation where an offensive player has possession of the ball in his own end zone and is either tackled, steps out-of-bounds, accidentally or purposefully hikes the ball past the back line of the end zone (this happened to Peyton Manning when his center hiked the ball too high on the opening play of Super Bowl XLVIII), or another offensive player commits a penalty while trying to prevent either from happening. The defensive team scores 2 points ''and'' gets the ball (the safetied team kicks the ball to them).[[note]]This situation is technically called a "free kick", as is the kickoff after a touchdown or field goal. However, the free kick following a safety has one major difference from other free kicks: After a touchdown or field goal, the ball ''must'' be kicked off a tee (sometimes, if winds are high enough, another player will have to hold the ball on the tee). After a safety, the kicker may either kick from a tee or ''punt'', beginning with the ball in his hands. Most free kicks after safeties are punts because their higher trajectory allows better coverage for the kicking team.[[note]]For fans of The Beautiful Game, this is basically the same thing as an own goal, only not ''quite'' as humiliating. Except when it's an accidental safety (as in an inattentive quarterback steps out of bounds in the end zone on his own rather than being tackled or forced out by the defense). Dan Orlovsky infamously did this while playing for the Detroit Lions in their 0-16 2008 season, in a game that was ultimately lost by 2 points. That ''is'' as humiliating as an own goal.[[/note]]

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* ''Safety'': A somewhat rare but humiliating situation where an offensive player has possession of the ball in his own end zone and is either tackled, steps out-of-bounds, accidentally or purposefully hikes the ball past the back line of the end zone (this happened to Peyton Manning when his center hiked the ball too high on the opening play of Super Bowl XLVIII), or another offensive player commits a penalty while trying to prevent either from happening. The defensive team scores 2 points ''and'' gets the ball (the safetied team kicks the ball to them).[[note]]This This situation is technically called a "free kick", as is the kickoff after a touchdown or field goal. However, the free kick following a safety has one major difference from other free kicks: After a touchdown or field goal, the ball ''must'' be kicked off a tee (sometimes, if winds are high enough, another player will have to hold the ball on the tee). After a safety, the kicker may either kick from a tee or ''punt'', beginning with the ball in his hands. Most free kicks after safeties are punts because their higher trajectory allows better coverage for the kicking team.[[note]]For fans of The Beautiful Game, soccer, this is basically the same thing as an own goal, only not ''quite'' as humiliating. Except when it's an accidental safety (as in an inattentive quarterback steps out of bounds in the end zone on his own rather than being tackled or forced out by the defense). Dan Orlovsky infamously did this while playing for the Detroit Lions in their 0-16 2008 season, in a game that was ultimately lost by 2 points. That ''is'' as humiliating as an own goal.[[/note]]
12th Apr '16 10:43:44 AM Jhonny
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In Germany the sport got a foothold because of the American troops stationed at bases there. The German Football League[[note]] Not a translation—that's the ''actual German name''.[[/note]] organizes roughly 200 teams, the elite division is called Bundesliga and comprises 14 (16 from 2012) teams partitioned into north and south conferences. The finalists from the playoffs determine the German champion during the German Bowl. All but one of the NFL Europa teams[[note]]It was renamed NFL Europa starting after its penultimate season[[/note]] were based in Germany by the time it folded. Curiously, although American soldiers are stationed mostly in the southern parts, the north dominates strongly, having won all German Bowls since 1993 - with only two southern teams even reaching the finals in that period - 26 out of 32 total and in some years winning all interdivisional and playoff games against southern teams. German teams (especially the Brunswick Lions and the Hamburg Blue Devils) dominated European football in the mid to late 90s but had an Austrian caused drought until the most recent win in 2010. The most succesful teams are Brunswick Lions, Düsseldorf Panther, Berlin Adler and Hamburg Blue Devils.

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In Germany the sport got a foothold because of the American troops stationed at bases there. The German Football League[[note]] Not a translation—that's the ''actual German name''.[[/note]] organizes roughly 200 teams, the elite division is called Bundesliga German Football League and comprises 14 (16 from 2012) 16 (less in the event of bankruptcies) teams partitioned into north and south conferences.divisions. The finalists from the playoffs determine the German champion during the German Bowl. All but one of the NFL Europa teams[[note]]It was renamed NFL Europa starting after its penultimate season[[/note]] were based in Germany by the time it folded. Curiously, although American soldiers are were stationed mostly in the southern parts, the north dominates strongly, having won all but two German Bowls since 1993 - with as of 2016. The Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns are the only two southern teams even reaching exception to Northern dominance, having won the finals German Bowl[[note]] Again, this is the actual German name [[/note]] in that period - 26 out of 32 total 2011 and in some years winning all interdivisional 2012 and playoff games against southern teams. often giving a fierce fight in the Playoffs. German teams (especially the Brunswick Lions and the Hamburg Blue Devils) dominated European football in the mid to late 90s but had an Austrian caused drought until the most recent a win in 2010. The most succesful successful teams are Brunswick (New Yorker) Lions, Düsseldorf Panther, Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns Kiel Baltic Hurricanes and Dresden Monarchs[[note]]They have not yet won a championship and have gotten quite a EveryYearTheyFizzleOut reputation[[/note]]. Historically teams like Berlin Adler and or Hamburg Blue Devils.
Devils were also quite good until budget woes kept them from signing good American talent and coaches and their German players left. As of 2016 the rules put a limit of two on the amount of "American" players (Mexicans, Canadians and Japanese also count as "Americans") that can be on the field at any given time. However, [[AintNoRule there is no such limit]] for European players from outside Germany, which means that the best teams are often an assortment of "European all stars" with the French national Quarterback playing in the second league in Germany for many years. When the European competitions were reorganized into the "Big6" and the "EFL Bowl", both competitions were dominated by German teams (three out of six big6 teams have been German since its first season) and as of 2015 all winners of either competition have been German as well.
2nd Apr '16 6:53:56 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* KennyChesney's song "The Boys of Fall" is pretty much FridayNightLights set to country music.

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* KennyChesney's Music/KennyChesney's song "The Boys of Fall" is pretty much FridayNightLights set to country music.
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