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Because the sport evolved from two football games: soccer and Rugby, a.k.a. association football and rugby football.

In the early days of American football, kicking was a crucial component of the game. Players could kick from anywhere on the field, and field goals were initially worth more than touchdowns. It was only after the forward pass was legalized and kicks were limited to those taken from behind the line of scrimmage that the emphasis shifted away from kicking to running and passing.

And kicking still is a part of the game, of course. Kickoffs are used at the beginning of each half and to restart the game after a score, teams kick extra points after a touchdown, and most drives end in either a punt or a field goal attempt.

Keep in mind that of the world's six major football codes -- soccer, American football, rugby league, rugby union, Australian rules football, and Gaelic football -- all of them but soccer allow use of the hands to propel the ball, and all of them use kicking to a greater or lesser extent.

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Specifically, there's only one answer to this question: "The ball carrier."

Yes, that's how they're referred to. Anyone on the field has a right to possession of the football, and therefore any position can wind up with it in their hands.

The universal term for the person with the ball is, "The ball carrier."

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If the player from the other team bobbles the football or loses it due to a hard tackle/hit, or snathed away by defender, then it is a fumble, but if A QB, throws it and the defender or other team catches it, it's an interception. The play itself is called a turnover.

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Typically the person responsible for these actions is the quarterback, however, in many trick plays other players can either pass or hand off in an attempt to fool the opposing team.

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runningback, halfback or fullback

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