full·back | \ˈfu̇l-ˌbak \

Definition of fullback 

1 : an offensive football back used primarily for line plunges and blocking

2 : a primarily defensive player usually stationed nearest the defended goal (as in soccer or field hockey)

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Bloomgren has emphasized the importance of the fullback position to his offensive scheme since taking the reins on South Main. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Rice football adds three transfers," 25 June 2018 Woodley wore an eye-catching silver metallic gown while the fullback for the Union Bordeaux Bègles opted for a navy blue suit. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "Shailene Woodley Makes Her Red Carpet Debut with Rugby Player Boyfriend Ben Volavola," 24 May 2018 Zach Nelson, who has added tight end to his fullback role, also recorded two catches, one a 7-yard TD. Don Norcross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Toreros work on depleted offensive line," 17 Mar. 2018 Brandstatter's father, Art, was an All-American fullback at Michigan State. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions radio: Jim Brandstatter out, Lomas Brown in on WJR-AM," 10 July 2018 The hit was similar to the one that ended Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver’s career, in the 2010 opener against Green Bay, though the angle wasn’t the same, and damage turned out to be much less severe. Les Bowen, Philly.com, "Eagles' Josh Sweat is glad to get to the NFL, and to the edge," 11 May 2018 The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and his brothers, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt and San Diego Chargers fullback Derek Watt, and their father appear in a video together. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' J.J. Watt, brothers emphasize need to hydrate," 12 July 2018 Tate's father, Ty, played linebacker and fullback for the Spartans under coach George Perles, and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1993. Perry A. Farrell, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football recruiting: Tate Hallock eyeing safety," 25 June 2018 Eduardo Salvio, an attack-minded right-winger, has played as a fullback and a wingback in Russia so far. Rory Smith, New York Times, "How Argentina Lost Its Way. (Spoiler: It’s Not Messi’s Fault.)," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of fullback

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of fullback

American football : a player on offense who lines up behind the line of scrimmage and who runs with the ball and blocks

: a defensive player in games like soccer and field hockey who is usually positioned near the goal


full·back | \ˈfu̇l-ˌbak \

Kids Definition of fullback

1 : a football player who runs with the ball and blocks

2 : a player in games like soccer and field hockey who is usually positioned near the goal

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