SuperBowl LI, the showpiece of 2017, was watched by over 100 million Americans as well as millions more from around the globe. However, it’s fair to say that only a small percentage are genuine hardcore NFL fans. At least before February’s event.
An incredible turnaround from the Patriots grabbed the attention of many casual fans. Now they are looking to take a far greater interest in this incredible sport. The regular season doesn’t start for another few months, but there are many ways to increase your knowledge before it does.
The NFL draft has already taken place. So as well as getting to know the best picks and who they will play, you should learn about the overlooked players. Those college stars will be the NFL heroes of tomorrow. Frankly, watching those college games on TV or at the stadium is a great way to learn more about the game. A slightly slower pace can certainly aid with digesting some of the finer rules.
Of course, some people may actively wish to get involved in the sport too. There’s nothing like playing the great American sport, but there are plenty of other roles. Whether it’s coaching or commentating, even on a voluntary basis, your knowledge will soon grow. Simply being around the game, at NFL or NCAA level, will work wonders.
Making money from the sport is clearly another way to encourage quicker learning. With a little cash on the line, you’ll naturally want to pay greater interest. Whether it’s betting on NFL or playing Fantasy Football leagues doesn’t matter. The research you’ll put into those activities will influence your growth of understanding.
E-sports have become an increasingly popular phenomenon in recent times too. Whether you play for money or not, though, video games are another great tool for learning about the sport. Madden 18 is due for release in August, although 17 (or even an older version) will keep you happy for now. With the new career mode in this year’s edition, you’ll also gain insight into amateur success. If nothing else, this facility gives you a chance to learn which players are signed to each roster.
Thanks to the internet and the NFL game pass, you can relive all of last season’s matches through your laptop too. Let’s face it; watching those games is one of the best ways to understand where the game is currently at. You’ll get a feel for the atmosphere, the quality, and the tactical elements. Meanwhile, the professional commentators will hold your hand as you learn to digest the game by yourself.
Perhaps the best way to learn more about this beautiful sport, though, is to discuss it. We all have friends and relatives who feel passionately about the game. Let their enthusiasm rub off on you by discussing their favorite memories and players. Even if you don’t take it all in, you’ll soon boast a far greater wealth of knowledge. Better still, it’ll be just in time for the 2018 season.