Interceptions occur when the opposing defense catches a forward pass thrown by the offense. This results in a turnover, and the intercepting team gains possession of the ball.
Interceptions are often made by the defensive backs. These are a team's cornerbacks and safeties. Linebackers occasionally get interceptions, and defensive linemen rarely get interceptions. The defensive backs and linebackers get the most interceptions because it is generally their job to cover opposing receivers in the passing game. The record for interceptions in a season was set in 1952 by Dick "Night Train" Lane with 14 in his rookie season.