Other words for "sack" before the sack stat

Other words for "sack" before the sack stat

Postby RyanChristiansen » Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:51 pm

In your reading, what other words have you come across to describe a sack before the sack was a stat?

I've been reading some play-by-play for the 1961 Iowa Hawkeyes in the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the play-by-play says a defender "throws" or "threw" a quarterback. Was this common nomenclature for a sack before we started to use "sack"?
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Re: Other words for "sack" before the sack stat

Postby SixtiesFan » Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:52 pm

RyanChristiansen wrote:In your reading, what other words have you come across to describe a sack before the sack was a stat?

I've been reading some play-by-play for the 1961 Iowa Hawkeyes in the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the play-by-play says a defender "throws" or "threw" a quarterback. Was this common nomenclature for a sack before we started to use "sack"?


Thrown for a loss.
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Re: Other words for "sack" before the sack stat

Postby nicefellow31 » Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:18 pm

I used to play the Avlon Hill Game Paydirt in the early 80's. That games goes back to the 1960's. In the game they referred to sacks as quarterback traps. Also saw an old NFL Films segment on Randy White, and White himself talked about quarterback traps.
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Re: Other words for "sack" before the sack stat

Postby rhickok1109 » Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:04 am

Formally, I believe it was "Thrown for a loss while attempting a pass" and the yardage lost was "Yards lost attempting to pass." Such terminology is still used in gamebook statistics.
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Re: Other words for "sack" before the sack stat

Postby RyanChristiansen » Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:38 am

rhickok1109 wrote:Formally, I believe it was "Thrown for a loss while attempting a pass" and the yardage lost was "Yards lost attempting to pass." Such terminology is still used in gamebook statistics.


Thanks. Your mention of "thrown for a loss while attempting a pass" helps because I know I've heard that used before, and I've probably read it, too. I suppose the use of "thrown" is helpful in that it is different from "tackled for a loss," which would denote tackled on a running play.

When I was reading the play-by-play I mentioned in my original post, things in that play-by-play were more concise, such as "Nelson thrown by Boyd at 30" and so it didn't look right, but now I get it.
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Re: Other words for "sack" before the sack stat

Postby JohnTurney » Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:03 pm

dump, smear, killed, drops, traps.
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Re: Other words for "sack" before the sack stat

Postby BD Sullivan » Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:30 pm

"Trapped the quarterback"
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Re: Other words for "sack" before the sack stat

Postby rhickok1109 » Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:26 am

I've always questioned Deacon Jones' claim that he originated the use of "sack." He claimed it was based on the idea of sacking a city.

But I played some Rugby in college and in that sport the goal was to get the runner "in a sack," meaning that you had players both to his left and his right, to prevent a lateral, and I strongly suspect the word leaked into American football from that source.
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