Last updated on 23 April 202023 April 2020.From the section American Football
The 2020 NFL draft begins on 23 April, which also happens to be William Shakespeare’s birthday.
So we want to test your knowledge of both special occasions…
Whether you’re an American football fan, a Shakespeare buff or both, get your thinking caps on and have a go!
Are you an NFL rookie? If so, watch our guide to the key rules, the player positions and the ultimate aim of the game.
Media playback is not supported on this deviceA rookie’s guide to American Football How do I start?
Visit the British American Football Association (BAFA) website, or to find a club near you check out this interactive map featuring all the BAFA-affiliated clubs in the UK.What is American football?
American football is a contact sport which is like a chess match with shoulder pads – the strategic element is just as important as the physical skills. The rules and regulations can sound complicated but are easily explained on the ‘how to play the game’ section of the BAFA website. [...]
In 2016, a US appeals court upheld a $1bn (£700m) settlement between the NFL and a group of retired players who had suffered brain damage as a result of concussions.
Since then, says NFL chief medical officer Dr Allen Sills, the organisation has instilled a “very aggressive programme to try and reduce those injuries”.
In fact, Sills says, the league was able to “reduce concussions by 29%” last year.