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Definition Of Roughing The Passer
1. This is a penalty in football that occurs when a defensive player (or players) hits the passer after they have released the football. The passer is usually the quarterback, but can also at times be another offensive player who is trying to make a forward pass.
The defense is only allowed to make contact with the quarterback while they are in possession of the ball, such as to make a tackle or sack. However, once they have released the ball, a defensive player can only make contact with the passer if their momentum has carried them into the passer. The impact and judgment of the contact into the quarterback is up to the referee to decide, and is done so on a play-by-play basis.
Roughing the passer may also be called if a defensive player does either of the following:
1. Makes helmet-to-helmet contact with the quarterback
2. The player commits an intimidating act on the quarterback or passer, such as slamming the player to the ground too excessively.
The result of a roughing the passer penalty is 15 yards and an automatic first down.
Examples Of Roughing The Passer
1. Williams lets his emotions get the best of him, slamming his head into the quarterback well after the pass, resulting in roughing the passer and an automatic first down.
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