Ok, I know some of the problems a lot of us have in regards to American Football.
I will address some of the common ones now in hopes that you will try and see past the ignorant labels many Brits have applied to the sport.
1. It's rugby with pads, what are they all scared to take a hit?
American football is only SUPERFICIALLY similar to rugby, so get that comparison out your noggin right now, it's just wrong.
It also has harder hits in areas of the body and at angles that Rugby forbids.
Look at it like this. Where Rugby stops the hits with rules, American Football stops the hits with pads.
2. American Footballers are always stopping and taking breaks, this makes it VERY boring.
Yes, the pace of American Football does take a long time to get used to. You have to understand the way the game is played to fully understand all the stops.
It is like a field of battle, or a chess game, the coaches have hundreds of plays of dozens of formations that each have their own strengths and weaknesses when compared to what the other team's formation is, how many yards (yes they use yards) left to move the downs, how far from the endzone the ball is, how much time is left on the game clock, and several other factors after that.
Each team's coach spends days each week planning out each game, and what formations they will use to exploit the opposing team's weaknesses.
3. The AF players have no skill.
Yes, they do. Their skills are just very specified for each position. Look at it, again, like chess, each position, or piece, can do different things to move or stop the ball.
The Running back can carry the ball for quick gains of yard. The Full back can push through a strong line of defence. A Tight end can stop an unusually strong defensive wave of pressure OR it can run out to catch the ball for a large gain. The wide recievers are used to quickly out distance the defensive players and if that's not possible to grab the ball from right in front of the defender's eyes, for a usually large gain, the Wide Reciever can even run the ball on occasion of the caoch wants to really surprise the defense.
The Quarterback can run the ball for a small unexpected gain, can throw the ball to the ground to stop the game and prevent a turnover to the defense, and can throw the ball to any eligible receiver which includes, the running back, the full back, the tight end, and the wide receivers.
Then there is the Offensive line. a group of massively large and strong men who's job is to stop the defense from rushing to the quarterback and ending the play quickly and usually for a loss of yards. The Tight end can become part of the offensive line at times, as can both the full and running backs.
Defensive players include Defensive Tackles and Defensive Ends. Players that are only focused on getting to the quarterback before he get's rid of the ball. (The qb is nearly always the one who first touches the ball on offense)
If the QB hands the ball to the RB (running back) then the defensive tackle/ defensive end is to do his best to put the RB on the ground. They are usually right on the line of scrimmage that separates the offense from the defense.
Then there are linebackers. Linebacker's jobs are to stop any short pass, but mostly to make sure no run with the ball gains any positive yards. They are usually about 5 or 6 yards behind the DT/DEs.
Then there are he Corner backs, they're job is to watch the reciever's and stop any medium to long gain of yards through the air,.
Last is the Safeties, Strong and Free. They're job is to be the last line of defense if the other players all fail to stop the ball, as well as to guard against any deep pass. AKA your "Hail Mary"
There is also the place kicker who's job it is to kick the ball in between the uprights for a score of the 3 points called field goals.
The last player is the punter, he is mean to kick the ball to the recieving defense in the event that the offense is pushed back and is about to turn the ball over to the defense if they fail again. So the punter drop kicks the ball as far down the field as he can to give his defense the best chance to stop the opposing teams offense.
so each position does it's own job and they all require different skills.
Now I am just trying to silence some of the unfair labels we Brits have given American Football my explanation is a little shaky and missing some key info, Like rules of the game and basic game play. I suggest you find some website that goes into more and clearer detail if this has opened your mind up at all.
By the way, I still love Rugby for more than A.F.. But the game does deserve a second look by many of us.
We are outsourcing American Football to other countries so a certain few can make more money.Think of all the money that will be lost by outsourcing American football to other countries.Hotels,grocery stores stadium venders,public transit,gas stations,restrauants.I can keep going on.Also,how many jobs will be lost to the outsourcing to other countries.That's money out of the workers pockets who need to pay bills and feed their families.Look at who is losing more from this deal and who is gaining at the cost of the people who are losing.