free safety


: a safety in football who has no particular receiver to cover in a man-to-man defense

Examples of free safety in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 49ers will count on Brown, a second-year player out of Penn State, to be a defensive leader as a starting free safety. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 23 May 2024 Here’s your starting nickelback, your backup on the outside and at free safety, your starting punt and kick returner, and probably your scout team quarterback, too. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 23 Apr. 2024 The former four-star recruit spent most of his collegiate career at cornerback before switching to free safety last season. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Apr. 2024 Nick Cross and Rodney Thomas II ended up splitting time at free safety, with mixed results. The Indianapolis Star, 10 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for free safety 

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of free safety was in 1958

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“Free safety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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