How to Carry a Football

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The proper way to carry a football is to hold it close to the body with a finger or two over the point of the football. Find out why it's important to never extend the football away from the body with help from a former NFL football player in this free video on playing football and football techniques.

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Hi I'm Gary Reasons, former NFL linebacker and we are going to start talking about the proper way to carry a football. If you are a running back, quarterback, or wide receiver, when you get that ball into your hands you need to understand that this is the most precious thing to your football team. If you give it up to the other football team they win and you lose so basically what you need to understand is that you need to handle this football, if you are a running back you need to clasp it very close with your body, put a finger or two over the point of the football and create a pocket between your wrist and your hands and your forearm and your bicep so you'll bring it here and bring it as an up pointed position. As a runner you do not want to extend. This is a poor way and a good cause of fumbles. Keep it close to your body, point it up, fingers over the top and clutch it in here. As you get in to traffic and you know you are going to be contacted, it is smart to bring the other hand across and on top which further guarantees that you hold on to the football. So to be a proper ball carrier whether you are a quarterback, wide receiver, or running back, when you start getting into contact you've got to be sure that you have a secure hold on it and hold it close and tight to your body.

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