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Football Quarterback

What is a quarterback? The quarterback is the leader of the team and the most valuable player. Get ready to learn all about football quarterbacks.


The quarterback is a player on the offense who is the team's most valuable player. The quarterback starts with the ball on every play and can choose to pass the ball, hand it off to a running back, or run with it himself for a quarterback sneak.

Football Quarterbacks

Offensive Backfield

The offensive backfield is the area on the football field behind the line of scrimmage.

Football Offensive Backfield

The quarterback along with other backs are located in the offensive backfield.

Football Quarterbacks


A football down is one of four plays at the line of scrimmage the offense gets to advance the ball.

Football Downs


At the start of every down, the quarterback gets the ball from the center through a backwards pass called the snap.

Football Snap

Quarterback Job

After the snap, the quarterback can:

Passing Plays

On a passing play the quarterback scans the field for an open receiver and then throws the ball to the receiver. It's a completion if the pass is caught. The pass is incomplete if the ball is dropped or thrown out of bounds.

The Pocket

The pocket is an area on the field created by the offensive line to protect the quarterback from being sacked. The pocket gives quarterbacks time to scan the field to find an open receiver to pass to.

Football Pocket

Running Plays

On a running play the quarterback hands the ball to a running back to run with. This is called a hand off.

QB Sneak

The quarterback sneak is a play where the quarterback takes the ball and runs with it on the field. On a QB sneak the quarterback will run towards the sidelines.

Football Quarterback Sneak

Quarterback sneaks can be planned or happen if a player on the defense breaks through the pocket. In the second case, the quarterback is trying to avoid a sack. Quarterback sneaks are risky plays since the quarterback is at risk of being tackled and injured.

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