Down! Set! Hut! Football Quiz

By: Sharita Sykes

Down! Set! Hut! Football Quiz
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About This Quiz

Grab your pigskin because it's time for football trivia. How does the QB make that ball spiral? Wouldn't "handball" make a better name than "football"? Pad up and get on the field ... the football quiz field, that is.
How long is an official NFL football field?
100 yards (91 meters)
140 yards (128 meters)
120 yards (110 meters)
An official NFL football field is a rectangle that is 120 yards (110 meters) long and 53 yards, 1 foot (49 meters) wide.

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How long is an official NFL football?
10 inches (25 centimeters)
11 inches (28 centimeters)
The football is an oblong sphere and is 11 to 11.5 inches (28 to 29 centimeters) long. It has a lengthwise circumference of about 28.5 inches (72.4 centimeters) and a widthwise circumference of about 21.5 inches (54.6 centimeters) in the middle of the ball.
12 inches (30 centimeters)

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What's the maximum number of players allowed on an NFL team?
49
53
An NFL roster allows for no more than 53 players on a team. At any one time, only 11 players per team are allowed on the field.
61

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Which of the following is NOT an offensive position?
nose tackle
A nose tackle is part of the defensive line.
guard
tight end

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The helmet rule is nicknamed after which NFL player?
Ray Lewis
Peyton Manning
Emmitt Smith
A player cannot remove his helmet on the field unless it is to adjust his equipment. This rule is dubbed the "Emmitt Smith rule" because Smith, who holds the record for most rushing touchdowns, was famous for ripping off his helmet to celebrate a touchdown.

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According to the NFL Rules Digest, how many new footballs must be marked with the letter "K" by referees?
8
12
Twelve new footballs, sealed in a special box and shipped by the manufacturer, will be opened in the officials’ locker room two hours prior to the starting time of the game. These balls are to be specially marked with the letter "K" and used exclusively for the kicking game.
20

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If a punter increases the angle at which he kicks a football from 45 degrees to 60 degrees, which factor will decrease accordingly?
maximum height
maximum range
As the angle of the kick gets steeper, the ball hangs in the air longer and goes higher. Also, as the angle of the kick is increased, the distance traveled by the ball increases to a maximum (achieved at 45 degrees) and then decreases.
hang time

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When a running player changes directions quickly, which property of physics mostly influences that motion?
force
When a player plants his foot to change directions, he applies force to the turf. The force that he applies to the turf helps him stop his previous motion and accelerate in the new direction.
momentum
impulse

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Bill Winkenbach, the creator of modern fantasy football, was affiliated with what NFL team?
Green Bay Packers
Philadelphia Eagles
Oakland Raiders
Modern fantasy football can be traced back to the late Wilfred "Bill" Winkenbach, an Oakland area businessman and a limited partner in the Oakland Raiders.

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Which of the following is NOT a type of fantasy football league?
managers' league
In a salary cap game, the player acts as a virtual owner with a virtual bank account to draft players whose weekly game performances translate into points. In pick 'em leagues, the player picks who he or she believes will win between the two opposing teams in each of the NFL's weekly regular season contests. The managers' league is not a type of fantasy football league -- though it sounds good.
salary cap league
pick 'em league

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Which of the following is NOT a position on special teams?
head linesman
There are three popular positions on special teams: punter, placekicker and returner.
returner
placekicker

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How high are the goalposts, centered at the back of the end zone?
seven feet(2 meters) high
10 feet (3 meters) high
Goalposts extend 10 feet (3 meters) high.
12 feet (4 meters) high

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Which of the following reasons will NOT stop the clock?
4 minute warning
Teams can stop the clock by running out of bounds, calling a time-out, or throwing an incomplete pass. Time stops for each half's two-minute warning as well.
running out of bounds
incomplete pass

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What is a turnover?
a flaky pastry
when a team recovers a ball from the other team's fumble or interception
When the opposing team drops the ball or if the defensive team intercepts the ball, it is called a turnover.
when a team recovers a ball from a punt

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How many challenges is each team allotted each game?
three
two
Each team is allotted two challenges per game. If the team loses the challenge, the team also loses a time-out.
one

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Which of the following positions run down the field and catch balls thrown by the quarterback?
tight ends
Receivers run down the field and catch balls thrown by the quarterback. Depending on the field position, the receiver could either be a wide receiver or a tight end.
running backs
cornerbacks

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Which of the following is NOT true concerning a fair catch?
The player can’t be tackled.
The player can’t catch the ball.
Once a player signals for a fair catch, he can’t be tackled and can’t move beyond the spot where he catches the ball.
The player can’t move from the spot he catches the ball.

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How long does the referee have to review the play during a challenge?
three minutes
30 seconds
90 seconds
When a play is challenged, the referee has 90 seconds to review the play at a field-level monitor on the side of the field.

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How do teams lose yards?
The team loses yards if the play ends behind the goal line.
The team loses yards if the play ends behind the line of scrimmage.
If the ball holder is tackled behind the line of scrimmage, the team loses yards.
The team loses yards if the play ends outside the sideline.

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What is gridcord?
the cord used to measure yards
the material used to lace the football
Gridcord is cotton thread covered with vinyl. It is used to lace the football.
the material used to line the football helmets

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You Got:
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