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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How many teams actually employ a full-time fullback these days? Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Coach Tom Rathman challenging Colts running backs to get tougher," 16 May 2018 Lynn put together a package of clips for his assistants to use as a teaching aid and decided to send NFL vice president of officiating Al Riveron the first play, showing a fullback picking up a blitzing linebacker. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "NFL coaches see both challenge and opportunity in implementation of new helmet rule," 2 May 2018 Derek, a fullback with the Los Angeles Chargers, had an image of the three that also features their father (and fellow Pewaukee High School alumnus), John Watt. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "NFL's J.J. Watt and brothers commemorate National Siblings Day together with tweets," 10 Apr. 2018 Former Eagles fullback Jon Ritchie will be master of ceremonies. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Burger Brawl coming in June for Year 8," 19 Mar. 2018 New Raiders coach Jon Gruden had been looking for a fullback to add to his offense and zeroed in on Smith. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Another one leaves, no one coming in: FB Keith Smith leaves Cowboys for Raiders | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 15 Mar. 2018 With Ensminger looking to go with three and four wide receivers on the field at a time, the use for a traditional fullback might not be there but Carter and Ducre have both shown the ability to make an impact in the passing game. Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com, "LSU offensive outlook for 2018: Who's back, possible depth chart," 18 Jan. 2018 Carolina likes to use two and three-tight-end sets as well as a versatile fullback/tight end as a lead blocker in the run game, and Rivera thinks that’s where Armah shows promise. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Carolina Panthers | How did 2017 draft class pan out? | Charlotte Observer," 17 Jan. 2018 The formation pushes players who would have been fullbacks in four-at-the-back setups wider and higher up the field. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "To Premier League Defenders, Defending Is Only Half the Job," 20 Sep. 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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