and Canadian football
, a guard
) is a player that lines up between the center
and the tackles
on the offensive line of a football team.
The guard's job is to protect quarterback
from the incoming defensive line
during pass plays, as well as creating openings (holes) for the running backs
to head through. Guards perform speed blocking and "pulling"—sprinting out in front of a running back in order to block for him. Guards are automatically considered ineligible receivers
, so they cannot intentionally touch a forward pass, unless it is to recover a fumble or is first touched by a defender or eligible receiver.
Guards, like other linemen, today are often over 300 pounds (135 kg). To date, no lineman over 300 pounds has ever been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
, but linemen of this mass have become prevalent only since the mid-1980s.Right guards
) is the term for the guards on the right of the offensive line, while left guards
) are on the left. Read More