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Best Football Trick Plays Ever

By Edited Oct 23, 2016 1 2

The Greatest Trick Plays in Football

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Here rundown of some of the greatest football trick plays, and how they are executed. These are plays meant to confuse or trick the opposing team in order to gain an advantage. I've included material from youth,high school, college as well as the professional level. Watch as the opposing teams attempt to make sense of it all! 

The Hidden Ball Play

The Hidden Ball Play

This play is designed by offensive genius Steve Spurrier. The Florida Gators have three players hunched in the backfield, and the quarterback slips the ball into the crook of one players arm. The players then disperse in different directions in an attempt to confuse the defense about who has the ball. This specific example goes for 10 yards and a first down. There are different variations of this play, but Steve Spurrier is considered on of the original innovators who made this play popular.

The 'Ready or Not'

The'Ready or Not'

This one is from a high school state championship game. The offensive lineman are all standing apparently not ready to run the play. Likewise, the offensive backs have their hands on their hips looking at the sideline, as if trying to hear something their coaches are saying. When the center snaps the ball, the entire defense makes no attempt to rush the quarterback since they believe the ball isn't in play. The quarterback makes a great throw and this one goes to the promised land.

Some consider the 'Ready or Not' a dirty play since the defense is not aware that game is in motion, but I disagree. Once the center gives the quarterback the ball, it becomes a live and legal play and if your defense is not aware of this then you are not well prepared.

The Best Punt Return He Never Did

The Best Punt Return He Never Did

On this play, star return specialist Devin Hester draws the punt coverage away from the ball by pretending he is catching it on the opposite side of the field. Meanwhile, teammate Johnny Knox catches the punt and runs uncontested for a touchdown. This play was called back due to a holding penalty, but it's still one of the best trick plays I've seen.

A Twist of the 'Ready or Not'

A Twist of the 'Ready or Not'

This one is the 'Ready or Not' with a new wrinkle added to it. Instead of acting like they are trying to hear their coaches, these players pretend that the official has asked them to move the ball up five yards. The center hands the quarterback the ball(this is a legal snap) who then begins to walk casually as if play isn't in effect. Once clear of the defense, he takes off to the endzone leaving the defense dazed and confused.

The Granny Shot

The Granny Shot

This a very risky, albeit hilarious, trickplay. The quarterback sends the wideout in motion to the right side of the field, leaving (seemingly) no pass catchers on that side. He then snaps the ball and fakes a pitch to the right side, but instead tosses it, no-look granny style, to the left tackle. Touchdown!

The Swinging Gate

The Swinging Gate

In the Swinging Gate trick play formation, the offensive lineman line up near the sideline rather than the middle hashes where the center is snapping. This is intended to confuse the defense about where to line up-do you defend the ball or the players to the side? Once the defense is nice and confused, the quarterback makes the decision as to where there is not enough defenders-in this case, they didn't leave enough defending the ball- and makes them pay with a long Touchdown!

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

This play is ran by the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Cam Newton, the teams biggest offensive threat, is sure to garner most of the defenses attention. He snaps the ball, and the team begins to move right. Cam Newton secretly slips the pigskin into a teammates hands, while he spins and takes the defenses attention elsewhere. The result? Ball carrier untouched on his way to the endzone.

The Grounder

The Grounder

I *LOVE* this trick play. This is a great play because of the degree of difficulty. First, the quarterback must make sure that his initial throw is heading backwards, otherwise the play would be dead as soon as it hits the ground. Then, he has to make sure the ball hits off the ground just right so it will ricochet straight to his teammate. If it goes to the other team, it is a live ball and would be a turnover. Then, once the receiver has the ball, he has to nonchalantly stare down opposing tacklers to make them believe the play is dead. Finally, a great throw for the touchdown. Awesome.

The Fake Statue Of Liberty

The Fake Statue of Liberty

It's always fun when the punter scores a touchdown. This is from back when the Tennessee Titans were the Houston Oilers. The Oilers use a speedy wideout in this fake punt formation, and the whole defense is thinking the same thing- reverse to the right side of the field. Nobody expects the punter to keep it himself, which makes this a sweet sweet trick play that goes for 6.

The Throwback

The Throwback

This is a classic return move. One return man begins one way,while a second one waits on the opposite side of the field. Once the coverage team closes in on the initial ball carrier, he fires it to his teammate on the other side of the field. This play worked particularly well sine Josh Cribbs used to play quarterback in his college days. This play should have gone for a touchdown, but someboody just barely got a hand on the ball carrier to trip him up. 

The Flapjack Pass

The Flapjack Pass

Okay so I'm sure this play wouldn't work anywhere but at the youth level. Give it points for being hilarious, I like the music with it too. The quarterback receives the snap, then hands it to another player. This player then turns around and throws the ball backwards through the air, and somehow into the arms of a teammate. Golden.

 

 

I hope you've enjoyed this medley of trick plays. Alway be prepared for when your opposition could run these, or maybe try a few yourself! Either way, when teams run trick plays, somebody always wins-the fans!

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Comments

Aug 3, 2013 11:20am
aguy
These are hilarious!

I'm not even a football fan, but things like this make it worth watching.

Loved the Driscoll School one.
Aug 3, 2013 12:42pm
JJWalker
I'm glad you enjoyed the article! I think trick plays are fun for the fans as well as the players. The Driscoll one is pretty famous actually, I think it made ESPN at some point.
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