President’s Post: First and Goal

January 1995
by Florrie Binford Kichler

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In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goalposts are.
—Arnold Glasgow

Colts 10, Kansas City 10. Two minutes left to play. Colts have the football. First down, 10 yards to go. The Colts quarterback takes a knee three times, runs the clock down to six seconds, and the team kicker kicks the winning field goal.

In the game of football, “taking a knee” refers to the quarterback dropping to one knee immediately after receiving the ball from the center and ending the play. Although boring to the fans, taking a knee is a strategically important play, as it generally occurs near the end of the game, either when the team that has the ball has a small lead or when the game is tied. If the quarterback tries to run or pass, the opposing team could intercept the ball and get a chance to score before the game ends.

Although the Colts quarterback could have chosen to go for the fan-pleasing touchdown and the big win, that choice could have resulted in a big loss. Taking a knee allowed the clock to run down without risking turning the ball over to the opponent, and it resulted in a three-point win….IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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