linebacker

noun line·back·er \ ˈlīn-ˌba-kər \
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of linebacker

: a defensive football player who lines up immediately behind the line of scrimmage to make tackles on running plays through the line or defend against short passes

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First Known Use of linebacker

1931

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Definition of linebacker for English Language Learners

  • American football : a player on the defending team whose usual position is a short distance in back of the line of scrimmage


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