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Captains, My Captain
Michael Farber
October 16, 2000
Here's how teams in the three other major pro leagues select captains—if they choose to have them at all—and what functions, official or otherwise, those players perform.
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October 16, 2000

Captains, My Captain

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Method of Selection
Some by player vote, others by coaches

Duties
Lead pregame stretching, call the coin toss, accept and decline penalties

The Skinny
Every team has at least one captain, and most have one each for offense, defense and special teams. While the captaincy is often a season-long appointment, some coaches rotate captains weekly. Those selections are based on anything from a player's performance in practice that week to the proximity of the game to a player's hometown.

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