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American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada, and also known as gridiron football or simply gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

American football evolved in the United States, originating from the sports of association football and rugby football. The first game of American football was played on November 6, 1869, between two college teams, Rutgers and Princeton, under rules based on the association football rules of the time. During the latter half of the 1870s, colleges playing association football switched to the Rugby Union code, which allowed carrying the ball. A set of rule changes drawn up from 1880 onward by Walter Camp, the "Father of American Football", established the snap, eleven-player teams, and the concept of downs; later rule changes legalized the forward pass, created the neutral zone, and specified the size and shape of the football.

American football as a whole is the most popular sport in the United States. The most popular forms of the game are professional and college football, with the other major levels being high school and youth football. As of 2012, nearly 1.1 million high school athletes and 70,000 college athletes play the sport in the United States annually, almost all of them men, with a few exceptions. The National Football League, the most popular American football league, has the highest average attendance of any professional sports league in the world; its championship game, the Super Bowl, ranks among the most-watched club sporting events in the world, and the league has an annual revenue of around US$10 billion.

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Kyle Adams

Mike Adams

Joseph Addai

Derek Akunne

Alvester Alexa

Charles Ali

Armando Allen

Aundrae Alliso

Anthony Alridg

Deon Anderson

Bryan Anderson

Shane Andrus

Dri Archer

Adrian Arringt

Jason Avant

Dallas Baker

Jonathan Baldw

Jake Ballard

Vick Ballard

Richard Bartel

Connor Barth

Charlie Batch

Baron Batch

Arnaz Battle

Zach Bauman

Larry Beavers

Tim Benford

Troy Bergeron

Brock Berlin

McLeod Bethel-

Montez Billing

Armon Binns

Rob Blanchflow

Lorenzo Booker

Marty Booker

Kevin Boss

Deryn Bowser

Brett Brackett

Deion Branch

Eugene Bright

Dezmon Briscoe

Richie Brockel

Nehemiah Broug

Travis Brown

Kris Brown

Justin Brown

Eldra Buckley

Plaxico Burres

Carson Butler

Andre Caldwell

Jason Campbell

Eddy Carmona

Rudy Carpenter

Drew Carter

Patrick Carter

Rock Cartwrigh

James Casey

Desmond Clark

John Clay

James Clevelan

Tyler Clutts

Danny Coale

Colin Cochart

Alonzo Coleman

B.J. Coleman

Austin Collie

Riley Cooper

J.C. Copeland

Quan Cosby

Jerricho Cotch

Roger Craig

Julius Crossli

Alge Crumpler

Omar Cuff

Jay Cutler

Piotr Czech

Britt Davis

James Dearth

Jon Dekker

Chris Dieker

Derek Dimke

Demarcus Dobbs

Early Doucet

Jim Dray

Davon Drew

Cordera Eason

Dominique Edis

Trent Edwards

Antwaan Randle

Gavin Escobar

Zack Eskridge

Buddy Farnham

Kevin Faulk

Brett Favre

Jason Ford

Brandon Ford

Michael Ford

Brooks Foster

Chris Francies

Terrance Ganaw

Jordan Gay

David Gilreath

Anthony Gonzal

Richard Gordon

Bruce Gradkows

Ryan Grant

Darrell Green

Eric Greenwood

Chris Greisen

Rex Grossman

Trent Guy

Caleb Hanie

Rodney Hannah

James Hardy

D.J. Harper

Franco Harris

Mark Harrison

Junior Hemingw

Aaron Hernande

Michael Hill

Jesse Holley

Terrell Hudgin

Connor Hughes

Jamar Hunt

Juaquin Iglesi

Tarvaris Jacks

Rashawn Jackso

Jerrell Jackso

Jawan Jamison

Mike Jefferson

Darnell Jenkin

Brad Johnson

James Johnson

Stevie Johnson

Manuel Johnson

Will Johnson

Felix Jones

Jerry Rice Jr.

Brendon Kay

Jordan Kent

Jon Kitna

Jameson Konz

Marcus Lattimo

Matt Leinart

Lyle Leong

Lance Lewis

Garrett Lindho

Brad Listorti

Tyler Lorenzen

Ben Malena

Peyton Manning

Marcus Mason

Greg Mathews

Onterio McCale

Brandon McRae

Garrett Mills

Joe Montana

Sammy Morris

Sinorice Moss

Jamar Newsome

Robert Ortiz

David Patten

Austin Pettis

Tony Pike

Antonio Pittma

Jason Pociask

Tysson Poots

Chris Pressley

Brady Quinn

Joseph Randle

Willie Reid

Bill Rentmeest

Jerry Rice

Jordan Roberts

Alex Romero

Tony Romo

Greg Salas

Fabrizio Scacc

Derek Schouman

Darrell Scott

Tyler Shoemake

Scott Sicko

Taj Smith

Emmitt Smith

Jonathan Stewa

Devin Street

Sammie Strough

Tim Tebow

Lamaar Thomas

Thurman Thomas

Manase Tonga

Raymond Ventro

Lawrence Vicke

Dallas Walker

Frank Warren

L\'Damian Wash

Ryan Whalen

DeAngelo Willi

Javarris Willi

D.J. Williams

Dalton William

Travis Wilson

Selvin Young

Titus Young

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