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Encyclopedia > Center (American football)

Center (C) is a position in American football. The center is at the center of the offensive line, and it is the center who snaps the ball between his legs to the quarterback at the start of each play. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... A fixed point of an isometry group is a point that is a fixed point for every isometry in the group. ... For other uses of the term, please see the Lineman article. ... NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. ... A football play is the activity of the games of Canadian football and American football during which one team tries to advance the ball or to score, and the other team tries to stop them or take the ball away. ...


On most plays, the center will snap the ball directly to the quarterback's hands. In a shotgun formation, the center snaps the ball to the quarterback lined up several yards behind him. Before the snap, the center will often be responsible for making calls to adjust the blocking assignments of all the offensive linemen. After the snap, the center must block defensive players from reaching the ball carrier (on running plays) or the quarterback (on passing plays). On passing plays in particular, the center often must block blitzing defensive players. In special teams situations, the center is referred to as a "long snapper," who snaps the ball with two hands to a punter standing approximately 12-14 yards behind him, or to the holder for the placekicker, kneeling approximately 7 yards behind him. These long snappers are often players particularly talented at performing these snaps, and are not necessarily the same center used on other plays. In fact, professional football teams may carry a player on their roster for the sole or primary purpose of long snapping. The Shotgun formation is an alignment used by the offensive team in American and Canadian football. ... In American football, a blitz is a defensive maneuver in which one or more linebackers or defensive backs, who normally remain behind the line of scrimmage during a play, are instead sent across the line to the opponents side in order to try to tackle the quarterback. ... Special teams are units in American football and Canadian football that are on the field during kickoffs, free kicks, punts, and field goal and extra point attempts. ... A punter in American or Canadian football is a special teams player (not an offensive or defensive team member) who is snapped the ball directly from the line of scrimmage and then punts (kicks) the football to the opposing team so as to limit any field position advantage the opposing... Placekicker is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ...


Centers are usually the biggest players on the team. They almost always are over 300 lbs (130kg) and over 6 feet (180cm) tall. Even though they look fat and slow and huge, they are an integral part of the offensive line and a primary protector of the quarterback after the snap.


Hall of Fame centers

Charles Philip Bednarik (born May 1, 1925 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) (a. ... Frank Gatski (March 13, 1922 in Farmington, West Virginia - died November 21, 2005) was an American football player. ... Melvin Jack Hein (born August 22, 1909, in Redding, California, USA; died January 31, 1992, at age of 82) was a professional football player for the New York Giants. ... James John Langer (Born May 16, 1948 in Little Falls, Minnesota) is a former american football center for the National Football League Miami Dolphins. ... James Edwin Otto (born January 5, 1938 in Wausau, Wisconsin) was an American football center for the Oakland Raiders of the American Football League. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Dwight Stephenson is a former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fames class of 1998. ... Michael Lewis Webster (born March 18, 1952 in Tomahawk, Wisconsin - died September 22, 2002 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was an American football player who played center in the National Football League from 1974 to 1990. ...

Notable centers

LeCharles Bentley (born November 7, 1979) is a National Football League center for the Cleveland Browns. ... Matt Birk born July 23, 1976 is an all pro center for the Minnesota Vikings since being drafted by them out of Harvard University. ... Jeff Hartings (born September 9, 1972 in St. ... Dan Koppen (born September 12, 1979 in Dubuque, Iowa) is an American football player who is the starting center for the New England Patriots of the NFL. After attending Boston College, the hometown Patriots selected him in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft with the 164th overall choice. ... Olin Kreutz (born June 9, 1977 in Honolulu, Hawaii is a startingcenter and current member of the Chicago Bears. ... Kevin Mawae (born January 23, 1971) is an American Football player who currently plays center for the New York Jets of the NFL. Categories: American football biography stubs | 1971 births | National Football League players | American football offensive linemen | New York Jets players | Seattle Seahawks players | AFC Pro Bowl players ... We dont have an article called Tom Nalen Start this article Search for Tom Nalen in. ... Jeffrey Bryant Saturday (born June 8, 1975) is the Indianapolis Colts starting center. ...

See also

Offense: center · fullback · Guard · H-back · offensive line · quarterback · running back · tailback · tight end · Wide receiver
Defense: Cornerback · defensive line · defensive back · linebacker
Special teams: Gunner · punter · placekicker · long snapper Most football games include a position called fullback or full back. ... In American football, the guards are the two players that line up between the center and the tackles on the offensive line of a football team. ... An H-Back is an offensive position in American football that is a hybrid between a fullback and a tight end. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into American football positions. ... NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. ... High school running back A running back, halfback or tailback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... Tailback is an offensive backfield position in the sport of American football. ... The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... Defensive back (DB) is a player in American football whose role is primarily pass coverage; that is, the defensive back will stay near a receiver and try to deflect or intercept any passes thrown to him. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... Defensive back (DB) is a player in American football whose role is primarily pass coverage; that is, the defensive back will stay near a receiver and try to deflect or intercept any passes thrown to him. ... A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... In American football, a gunner is a player on kickoffs and punts who specializes in running down the field very quickly in an attempt to tackle the kick returner or the punt returner. ... A punter in American or Canadian football is a special teams player (not an offensive or defensive team member) who is snapped the ball directly from the line of scrimmage and then punts (kicks) the football to the opposing team so as to limit any field position advantage the opposing... Placekicker is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ... In American football, the term long snapper refers to a player who is a specialized center during punts, field goals, and extra point attempts. ...


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Center (American football) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (349 words)
Center (C) is a position in American football.
The center is at the center of the offensive line, and it is the center who snaps the ball between his legs to the quarterback at the start of each play.
In special teams situations, the center is referred to as a "long snapper," who snaps the ball with two hands to a punter standing approximately 12-14 yards behind him, or to the holder for the placekicker, kneeling approximately 7 yards behind him.
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