forward pass


Definition of forward pass

: a pass (as in football) made in the direction of the opponent's goal

Examples of forward pass in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Heisman the coach was a vanguard in shaping the sport, credited for the forward pass development, breaking the game into quarters and many other novel changes. Marc Bona, cleveland, 24 Apr. 2021 That also doesn’t include a 30-yard pass from wide receiver Joe Walker to tight end Ryan O’Malley for a touchdown, after Walker caught a forward pass from Patterson behind the line for the first double-pass in USFL history. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 21 May 2022 This approach facilitated legalizing the forward pass and creating a sudden-death overtime. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 Shortly after, a dramatic rule change — the legalization of the forward pass — helped reduce violence. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 The Wolverines adapted well in the first year of the legal forward pass, beating Illinois, 28-9, to tie 3-0 Wisconsin and 2-0 Minnesota atop the conference. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 5 Dec. 2021 Your father’s high school coach, who believed the forward pass was invented by hippie subversives, may have approved of the punts, but all three were mistakes, according to the EdjSports model. Mike Tanier, New York Times, 8 Dec. 2021 Much of it was letters and communications that helped change the sport of football, including information about incorporating the forward pass in the 1900s. Jeff Vorva,, 25 Nov. 2021 The forward pass was still a decade from its debut. Michael Casagrande |, al, 22 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of forward pass

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forward pass was in 1890

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16 Jun 2022

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“Forward pass.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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