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Encyclopedia > Interception (football)

An interception or intercept is a move in many forms of football, including Canadian and American football football, as well as rugby league, rugby union, Australian rules football and Gaelic football, and involves a pass (either by foot or hand) being cut off by an opposition player who usually gains possession for their team. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Rugby league is a team sport played by two teams of 17 players, with 13 on the field at any one time and 4 on the bench (reserves). ... A rugby union scrum. ... The Big Men Fly - high marking is a key skill and spectator attribute of Aussie Rules Precise field and goal kicking using the oval shaped ball is the most important skill in Aussie Rules Footy Australian rules football, also known as Australian football, Aussie rules, or simply football or footy... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

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American/Canadian football

In Canadian or American football, an interception is a specialised move that occurs when a quarterback's pass is caught by a player on the opposing team. This leads to an immediate change of possession during the play: the defender who caught the ball immediately assumes the role of the offense and attempts to move the ball as far towards the opposing goal as possible. Following the stoppage of play, if the interceptor retained possession of the ball, their team takes over possession at the spot where the defender was downed. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... In several forms of football a forward pass is when the ball is thrown from one player to another on the same team, ending closer to the opponents goal line. ...


Interceptions are predominantly made by the secondary or the linebackers, who are usually closest to the quarterback's intended targets: the wide receivers. However, it is not uncommon for a defensive lineman to get the occasional interception from a tipped ball, a near sack, or a screen pass. 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. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... A screen pass is a type of trick play in American football, much like a draw. ...


An interception is commonly referred to as a "pick" by football commentators. An interception returned for a touchdown is commonly referred to as a "pick-six", and can quickly change momentum in a game.


Australian rules football

Interceptions in Australian rules football happen when a player's kick or handpass is cut off. It is sometimes known as a clanger or missed kick that results in the opposition player gaining possession for their team. Image File history File links Wiki_letter_w. ...


Notable players

Lester Hayes of the Oakland Raiders was one of the NFL's leaders at interceptions in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was known for covering his chest, shoulders and forearms with a copious amounts of adhesive ("stickum") to help him hold onto the ball. After the NFL outlawed the use of such foreign substances in 1981, Hayes' success rate at interceptions dropped below average. He continued to use the substance, which he called, "pick juice," by having it applied in smaller amounts to his wrists. Lester Hayes played for the Oakland/LA Raiders. ... City Oakland, California Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970–present) Team history Oakland Raiders (1960... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Paul Krause is usually considered to be the best free safety that the NFL ever had.[citation needed] Krause holds the record for most career interceptions, and is tied for third place for most interceptions by an NFL rookie in his first season, with 12. He played his first three years in the NFL from 1964 to 1967 with the Washington Redskins but was quickly traded to the Minnesota Vikings, where he spent most of his career. Krause played until 1979 and appeared in four Super Bowls with the Vikings (though he never won), and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998. Paul Krause (born February 19, 1942 in Flint, Michigan) is a former professional American football player. ... 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. ... The Rookie: Norman Rockwells cover for The Saturday Evening Post Rookie is a term for a person who is in their first year of play of their sport and has little or no experience. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Mascot Ragnar League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970... The Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League, the pinnacle of American football. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


Statistically the player with the most career interceptions in professional football is Less Browne of the Canadian Football League who recorded 87 interceptions in his career.[citation needed] Less Browne (born December 7, 1959 in East Liverpool, Ohio) was a Canadian Football League defensive back for the Hamilton Tigercats, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Ottawa Roughriders and the British Columbia Lions. ... Lions Stampeders Eskimos Roughriders Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats Argonauts Alouettes The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional sports league located in Canada that plays Canadian football, and is the second most popular sports league in Canada. ...


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