Ahman Green, running back, Green Bay Packers: Because you're going to get killed if you don't get moving. Yipe! Besides, I'm always in a rush to get to the end zone. Incentive clause? Nope. The sooner I'm back on the bench, the better. Port in a storm? Exactly. You know, running backs sometimes call rushing toting, as in how many totes did you have today? Galoshes in a storm? Say what? Greg Aiello, vice president of public relations, NFL: Because the idea is to get where you're going as fast as you can. You know, in a rush. What about the pass rush? Same deal: hurry up and throw before you get your head bashed in. And they say football is a violent game. Bob Ryan, vice president, NFL Films: If you look up rush in the dictionary, there are three definitions that relate to football. Hit me. A form of speed, a violent, onward movement and my personal favorite, to carry with haste. Right, but why not just call it running? Bob Carroll, co-editor, Total Football: Everybody on the field runs. Even big fat tackles run. Well, kinda. Rushing is a precise term that describes running with the ball. After all, you don't call passing throwing. Good point. Also, like a lot of football terms, rushing is left over from rugby. Ed Hagerty, editor, Rugby Magazine: We don't rush in rugby. What do you do? Run. Clever. We do have a ruck and a maul, though. What a game! Saleem Choudhry, researcher, Pro Football Hall of Fame: They made the switch from running stats to rushing stats around 1937. Any idea why? Not really. Maybe they wanted to speed up the game. Good one. So what about rush hour? Jon Samson, public affairs officer, California Highway Patrol: Rush hour is the time of day where traffic volume is highest and traffic speed is lowest. The definition does contradict itself. Sure it doesn't. Of course, there is a common goal in the sense that both the rush-hour driver and the football runner head into a heavily congested area, trying to plow through an opposing force. You gotta follow your blockers.