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
Recent Examples of linebacker from the Web
He is considered a leading candidate for the starting strongside linebacker position.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson was arrested Tuesday night and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, reports FOX 4 in Dallas.
Louisville's inside linebackers coach Cort Dennison was Hicks' primary recruiter.
His father, Paul, played linebacker in the USFL and for three games in 1987 with the Seahawks.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has made his first two Pro Bowls and improved in almost every statistical category since signing a contract extension two seasons ago.
For the White team, Gloucester receiver Shayne McCabe and offensive lineman Shaun Sulpizio will join bitter rivals in Gloucester Catholic cornerback Colin Corrado and linebacker Neil McGee.
Leo is built like a linebacker but laughs with the unrestrained whimsicality of a child.
Because of an editing error, an obituary on Tuesday about the former New York Jets linebacker Larry Grantham omitted a credit.
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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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