cor·​ner·​back | \ˈkȯr-nər-ˌbak \

Definition of cornerback 

: a defensive halfback in football who defends the flank

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Former Super Bowl champion cornerback Brandon Browner is facing several charges after allegedly kidnapping a woman and holding her against her will in California on Sunday, police said. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Super Bowl champion arrested after kidnapping woman and holding her against her will, police say," 10 July 2018 The next Packers' alum scheduled to speak is former cornerback Doug Evans, who will appear at Lambeau Field Live from July 5 to July 8. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lambeau Field Live at Summerfest features the Packers, virtual reality and crispy bacon," 1 July 2018 Washington Redskins Pro Bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall announced plans to retire before the 2018 season., "Serena Williams expected to play first major at French Open," 15 May 2018 So why did Denver's three-time Pro Bowl cornerback decide to attend? Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Why Chris Harris believes KU football coach David Beaty deserves patience from fans | The Kansas City Star," 28 Apr. 2018 New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley tries to elude San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Le’Veon Bell and the Diminishing Value of Running Backs in the NFL," 16 Nov. 2018 Orlando Scandrick spent a decade at cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys, and is now spreading his knowledge to his new teammates on the Washington Redskins. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Josh Doctson impressed with new teammate, former Cowboys DB Orlando Scandrick," 10 July 2018 The biggest change is at cornerback after the stunning decision to trade Pro Bowl player Marcus Peters to the Rams. Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY, "Chiefs training camp questions: Can Patrick Mahomes take Kansas City to next level?," 2 July 2018 Jerry’s World, there’s no bigger stage than that,'' senior standout cornerback Michael Jackson said. Susan Miller Degnan, miamiherald, "These Canes have big hearts and a burning desire for 'no bigger stage' than LSU opener | Miami Herald," 23 May 2018

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1955, in the meaning defined above

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