strong safety


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

Examples of strong safety in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brown, a third-round draft pick and the first of the 49ers in 2023, played sparingly on defense until strong safety Talanoa Hufanga sustained a torn ACL against Tampa Bay in Week 11. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 23 May 2024 Ronnie Harrison jolted into his left side, stepping up from a strong safety position the NFL had mostly decided he was done playing. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Jan. 2024 The former Miami Hurricanes strong safety was a Bears fourth-round pick, starting 12 games in six seasons with Chicago. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 4 Feb. 2024 Shanahan went with veteran Logan Ryan instead at strong safety alongside Tashaun Gipson. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for strong safety 

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of strong safety was in 1970

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“Strong safety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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