strong safety


Definition of strong safety

: a safety in football who plays opposite the strong side of an offensive formation

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Recent Examples on the Web But after an impressive start through the first 12 games of the season, which included a position change from cornerback to strong safety, Rowe was rewarded with a new contract that will keep him in Miami for the next three seasons. Wells Dusenbury,, "In signing contract extension, Eric Rowe sees bright future ahead for Miami Dolphins," 4 Dec. 2019 Joey Browner, a strong safety who played with the Vikings from 1983-91, also made six Pro Bowls. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Harrison Smith finally has Paul Krause’s vote as Vikings’ best safety (but with an *)," 9 Oct. 2019 Whitehead has handled three positions -- nickelback, strong safety and free safety -- for the Browns this season because of injuries in the secondary. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Jermaine Whitehead’s first NFL interception ‘had some tears behind it’," 6 Oct. 2019 On the back end of Seattle’s defense, former Los Angeles Ram Maurice Alexander — who had been limited while recovering from a shoulder injury — served as the starter at strong safety, lining up next to starting free safety Bradley McDougald. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks training camp Day 4: What happened, injury report, photos and more," 30 July 2018 Tartt, who played in college at Samford, started at strong safety. Mark Inabinett |, al, "State NFL roundup: 49ers depending on Davidson duo," 18 Nov. 2019 Sophomore Kendall Williamson is listed as the starter at strong safety. Steve Kroner,, "Stanford at Washington State football: TV info, story lines, key players," 15 Nov. 2019 Jahsen Wint, who was inactive last week, is again listed as the backup to Brandon White at strong safety. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "How could Ohio State football’s depth chart change against Miami of Ohio on Saturday?," 20 Sep. 2019 But watch for the progress of junior linebacker Fidel Vizcaino, Isaac Nunez at strong safety and Marqulen Anthony at cornerback. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "New South Houston QB, other weapons, hope to complete unfinished business this fall," 26 Aug. 2019

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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9 Dec 2019

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“Strong safety.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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