Definition of halfback
1 : one of the backs stationed near either flank in football
2 : a player stationed immediately behind the forward line (as in field hockey, soccer, or rugby)
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Pre-SEC: None TEXAS A&M Players SEC: None Pre-SEC: Joe Utay, halfback, 1905-07.
Walker, the 1948 Heisman Trophy winner, became a national sensation as a collegiate halfback at SMU, then spent six years with the Detroit Lions.
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First Known Use of halfback
HALFBACK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of halfback for English Language Learners
American football : a player on offense who lines up next to the fullback and who runs with the ball and blocks
: a defensive player in games like soccer and field hockey who is positioned in front of the fullback
HALFBACK Defined for Kids
Definition of halfback for Students
1 : a football player who runs with the ball and blocks
2 : a player positioned behind the forward line in some games (as soccer)
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