What Is An Octopus In Football?

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What Is An Octopus In American Football?

An octopus is when the same player who scores a touchdown also scores the ensuing two-point conversion. It’s a pretty rare feat, but it does happen from time to time.

Why Is It Called an Octopus?

There are 8 points in a touchdown and two-point conversion, just like the Octopus has eight limbs. The term was coined by Mitch Goldich of Sports Illustrated in 2019, and the term has stuck.

What Is a Two-Point Conversion?

A two-point conversion is when a team attempts to score two points instead of one after scoring a touchdown. The team must run or pass the ball into the end zone from the two-yard line to do this. If they are successful, they earn two points. If they fail, they earn no points.

Two-point conversions were introduced in the NFL in 1994. Before that, teams could only attempt one point after scoring a touchdown. The decision to add two-point conversions was made in an effort to make the game more exciting and unpredictable. It also gives a team trailing in a game more opportunity to come back, which adds more intrigue.

Since its inception, the two-point conversion has been used sparingly. In most cases, teams opt to kick an extra point after scoring a touchdown, as it is easier and more likely to be successful. However, there have been some notable exceptions.

Who Scored The First Two Point Conversion In NFL history?

Tom Tupa of the Cleveland Browns is credited with scoring the first-ever two-point conversion in NFL history. He was nicknamed two-point Tupa for being the first to accomplish the feat. You can check out the video by clicking here!


To summarize, the rare feat occurs when the same player who scores a touchdown also scores the ensuing two-point conversion. If you would like to see some examples, you can click on the embedded video below – thanks for reading!