A defensive maneuver in football in which one defensive player is lifted by two other players in an effort to block a kick by the offensive team.
First introduced as a prank by the Oregon State University football team and later banned by the NFL in 1933, this play is more of a relic of history than a strategy. Because players on the line are usually heavily engaged with linemen on the opposing team, arranging a calculated defensive strategy like the pyramid is not realistic. This is not to say that defenses do not attempt to block kicks. Defensive players behind the line, usually those that are more athletic will often uses larger linemen in front of them to vault up and over in an attempt to block the flight of the football.