Football Basics : How to Throw a Football Like a Pro

Uploaded by expertvillage on 02.12.2008

Hi, I'm Ryan McCann, and we're going to talk about how to throw a football like a pro.
First of all you want to start with a good base. Good foundation to throw from. Once
you get that; well, that requires just a good solid foundation where you're in balance and
if somebody comes to push you, you're, you know, you're set. At that point, square up
you're shoulders to where you're throwing, take a nice step, throw it. There are a lot
of different ways that you can throw a football. The main thing that you need to focus on are
two hands on the ball. So, if somebody comes up from behind you or in front of you, they
don't knock it out of your hand. So, don't be swinging around like this. Two hands on
the ball and you want to keep the ball ideally up, up around your shoulders. You don't want
to carry the ball down here because what that does it causes you to have a slow release.
And the further along you progress in your career, the quicker the decisions need to
be, and the quicker you need to get rid of the football. So, you might as well learn
young. Have the ball here and have the quickest release as possible meaning don't take the
ball here and then drop it down here to throw it. Have the ball here, boom, quick release.
You guys can watch John Elway; holds the ball here, doesn't even wind up, throws it from
there. Dan Marino, another great release. Other things to know about throwing a football,
like I said, about earlier, gripping the football; whatever is comfortable to you, just as long
as you get a nice feel and spiral. When you throw a football, you don't throw it like
a baseball like this. You throw a football like this, boom. So, what happens is, is the
ball comes out, comes out of your hand and spirals to give it the ultimum trajectory
to your target.