In a normal week, HUNDREDS of questions are posed and SOME of them are even answered.
And so it was that someone recently asked the question (to NO ONE in particular), “I can’t figure it out. What does the fullback do in a game of (American) football? He almost NEVER touches the football. What does he do?”
And since American football will soon be mostly a thing of the past, this seemed to be a timely question.
The QUARTERBACK kicks off the plays and distributes the ball to the other players.
The HALFBACK (or TAILBACK) mostly runs the ball–occasionally, he catches a pass.
The END catches passes (and VERY occasionally runs the ball).
The TIGHT END mostly blocks and catches passes.
CENTERS, GUARDS and TACKLES block the opposing players.
But what does the FULLBACK do?
YEARS AGO, the fullback ran the ball, especially down near the end zone.
But in MODERN FOOTBALL, the fullback has a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT set of jobs.
What are they?
1- Mostly the FULLBACK blocks for the OTHER back carrying the ball.
2- Sometimes, the FULLBACK will serve as a decoy, acting as though he will carry the ball before it is handed off to the other back.
3- Occasionally, when down near the goal line, the FULLBACK will receive the ball and bull it into the end zone.
BUT MOSTLY, the fullback blocks: that is his primary job in the modern game of American football, particularly the professional version of the game.
When this answer was given, the one posing the original question was NOT very satisfied and asked a second question: the second question was a bit harder to answer.
“Why even have him then?”
DOES the reader enjoy a good game of football (American-style)?
DID the reader ever wonder what the jobs of the various players were?
DOES watching football take up a LOT of the reader’s free time?
It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: September 27, 2021.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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