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Football Pylons

What is football pylons? Get ready to learn about pylons in football.

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.

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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.

Pylon Technology

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.

However, experimentation with the cameras has proven to be futile, as it is hard to capture all parts of a play in order for a referee to make a judgment call. This means that the NFL's 360 degree angle camera set up is far superior in terms of usefulness, however the pylon camera does give the viewer a fun angle and enhances overall viewing pleasure.

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