line·​back·​er ˈlīn-ˌba-kər How to pronounce linebacker (audio)
: 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

Examples of linebacker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. — $1,377,500 This 75-game starter was all over the field during the offseason program, showing off his nose for the football. Omar Kelly, Miami Herald, 3 July 2024 Former Central star Rueben Bain Jr. had a breakout freshman year in 2023, and former Rockets linebacker Wesley Bissainthe has started 13 games in his first two years at Miami. Adam Lichtenstein, Sun Sentinel, 23 June 2024 On defense, linebacker Andrew Simpson and safety Zion Washington had the devices in their helmets at different times. Ron Counts, Idaho Statesman, 21 June 2024 He’s added a few pounds and physically looks the part of the prototypical inside linebacker — fast, strong and able to diagnose plays quickly. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 19 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for linebacker 

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of linebacker was in 1931

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“Linebacker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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line·​back·​er ˈlīn-ˌbak-ər How to pronounce linebacker (audio)
: a football player on the defending team whose usual position is a short distance in back of the line of scrimmage

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