What is a Pylon in Football?
A pylon in football is a small orange rectangular marker that is placed in each of the corners of both endzones. The pylons are used by the officials to be able to see if a player breaks the goal line with the ball from a distance. The pylons are easily moved and not attached directly to the field, but are considered part of the playing field. When a player crosses the goal line, the ball must be directly above or within the pylons to count.
Touching The Pylons
Touching the pylon with the football is also fair and counts as a touchdown. However, the ball must cross the plane of the pylon. If only the player's body crosses the plane of the pylon or touches the pylon, a touchdown is not recorded.
Some NFL games feature a camera installed within the pylon. This technological advancement aims to better deduce whether the ball crosses the goal line during a touchdown review. It can also aid in seeing whether a ball carrier is down before he reaches the end zone.