fair catch

noun

Definition of fair catch

: a catch of a kicked football by a player who gives a prescribed signal, may not advance the ball, and may not be tackled

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fair-catch \ ˈfer-​ˈkach How to pronounce fair-catch (audio) , -​ˈkech \ transitive verb

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Quick Hits + Broncos Mailbag: Should calling for fair catches be Denver’s punt-return strategy? + Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: Might Andrew Luck return to the NFL as quarterback of the Broncos? Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Broncos Insider: NFL needs to adjust preseason schedule for both players and fans," 31 Aug. 2019 One of the punts resulted in a fair catch at the Philadelphia 6-yard line. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "State NFL Roundup: Joe Webb goes the distance for Texans," 11 Aug. 2019 Against Oregon on punt return duty, Nailor displayed some wiggle but getting just 13 yards on four attempts and making three fair catches. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football's Jalen Nailor can fill the need for speed if healthy," 30 June 2019 There’s also interest in a modified touchback procedure, hinging on the ability of the returner to signal the play dead, much like a fair catch on a punt return. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "NFL coaches see both challenge and opportunity in implementation of new helmet rule," 2 May 2018 The new college rule which states any player can signal for a fair catch inside the 25-yard line and ball will be brought out to the 25 was also discussed. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals' Darrin Simmons in NY fighting for life of kickoff at NFL summit," 1 May 2018 In 2018, receiving teams on kickoffs will be allowed to fair catch kicks inside the 25-yard line for touchbacks, after the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the change two weeks ago. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Unfazed by altered kickoff rule, Gary Patterson still worries about football's future | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 Apr. 2018 Named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year, Dickson forced fair catches 33 out of 84 punts. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texas P Michael Dickson works out for Texans," 10 Apr. 2018 Danny Amendola's fair catch of Brad Nortman's punt at his 14 came with 2:02 remaining, which essentially gave Brady and Belichick an extra timeout with which to work. USA TODAY, "Analysis: Jaguars just not on same level as Brady, Belichick," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of fair catch

1891, in the meaning defined above

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