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When Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University threw an oval-shaped ball to teammate Jack Schneider in 1906, he not only completed the first forward pass in history, he created an American sensation. A century later, football is the largest spectator sport in the United States, with the Super Bowl drawing in excess of 90 million television viewers annually. As one would expect, there are quality football Web sites in every nook of cyberspace, offering everything from rules and regulations to team and player information for nearly every conceivable level of competition. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here
Information on the National Football League (NFL) is about as plentiful as sun in the Sahara. Not only are there a number of sites offering the latest football league, team, and player news, but you'll also find commentary, statistics, audio/video, blogs, and NFL merchandise with a simple click of the mouse.
- Because of the vast array of quality sites and information relating to football, it is best to try to determine what specifically you are searching for before beginning your online adventure. Utilize the menu bars and internal site search engines to their fullest extent in order to save time (and possibly frustration).
- Local newspaper and television news sites are often great sources for exclusive material and in-depth NFL team and player analysis.
For general information ...
is the official site of the National Football League and contains a wealth of information and statistics on the pro game. In addition to wire reports from across the league, the site also contains rules and regulations, audio and video links, standings, rosters, depth charts (for fantasy football addicts), and even a link to the individual Web sites of every NFL team.
is hard to beat if you're looking for a really good overall site with a broad array of commentary. In addition to all the usual stuff (scoreboards, standings, schedules, and the audio and video) one might expect from a major network news site, CBS SportsLine also allows for user input, from customized headlines to team and player stats. And there are a number of options for fantasy football fans-including free scoring and stats.
(in conjunction with CNN) has a site that features the same crisp writing and super photos that sports fans have come to expect from the magazine. Although a little more tedious to navigate than other major sites, SI.com offers some of the best in-depth features and player statistics.
, like most of the network television sites, features exclusive commentary, team and player stats, scores, audio and video, as well as current standings and the latest trade rumors. The site also has a very good and totally free fantasy football game that includes a free draft guide.
weighs in with possibly the most comprehensive NFL site on the Net. Free and premium audio/video, team and player statistics, as well as the latest league headlines from across the country can all be found on the ESPN Web site. Comprehensive? How about seven columnists devoted to fantasy football alone. The site also features an active message board as well as content for Spanish-speaking fans through ESPN Deportes.
makes the list simply because it presents a good collection of sites already mentioned here (along with some others).
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