How to Intercept a Football
Learning how to intercept a football is important for recreational and competitive football players alike. Defensive players, especially those in the secondary and even linebackers, will want to spend some time learning how to intercept a football. Take the following considerations into account to to intercept a football.
- Read the play. Unless you receive a gift for the quarterback or get a change to go head to head with a receiver, you will most likely need to obtain some kind of read on the play. Sometimes the quarterback will show his hand, or just be being ready to make a good cut on a potential pass can put you into position to intercept the football.
- Time the ball. Before or once the ball is in the air, you must be ready to time the ball for the interception. On quick passes this may mean to take a cut before or right when the ball is thrown. On a long fly pattern you will likely have to time the ball when it is in the air. Whatever the case is, you will need to develop some awareness in timing the interception.
- Both hands are needed for the interception. On most cases get both hands on the ball. It is not necessary, yet don't expect to be able to accurately intercept the football with one hand.
- Tip the ball if possible. If you do not have a good chance for the interception, work on tipping the ball. If you've heard of the "tipping drill" then this may be familiar to you. Most likely there will be other defenders around, so this is often a great way to get the interception.