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ˈlaɪnˌbæk ərline·backer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. linebacker, line backernoun

    a defensive football player who takes a position close behind the linemen

  2. linebacker, line backernoun

    (American football) the position of a defensive football player who plays close behind the line of scrimmage


  1. linebackernoun

    The defensive players who are in position behind the defensive linemen and in front of the safeties and cornerbacks and whose principal responsibilities are to tackle runners and to defend against shorter passes

    The linebacker corralled the runner who had slipped through the hole.


  1. linebacker

    A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football where the player is typically part of the defensive team, responsible for defending against both the running and passing plays of the offensive team. They are usually positioned behind the defensive line and are known for their versatility, speed, and tackling skills. Linebackers play a crucial role in achieving strategic goals during the game, such as preventing short passes, blocking rushing attempts, and applying pressure on the quarterback.


  1. Linebacker

    A linebacker is a position in American football that was invented by football coach Fielding H. Yost of the University of Michigan. Linebackers are members of the defensive team, and line up approximately three to five yards behind the line of scrimmage, behind the defensive linemen. Linebackers generally align themselves before the ball is snapped by standing upright in a "two point stance". The goal of the linebacker is to provide either extra run protection or extra pass protection based on the particular defensive play being run.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of linebacker in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of linebacker in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of linebacker in a Sentence

  1. Jared Bednar:

    It’s hockey. It’s a physical sport, it would be like telling a linebacker in football, ‘Hey, you know, we’re almost in the playoffs so make sure you don’t hit anybody hard. You might hurt your shoulder.’.

  2. Doug Williams:

    Washington Redskins fully understand the severity of the recent allegations made against Reuben Foster, if true, you can be sure these allegations are nothing our organization would ever condone.NFL linebacker Reuben Foster released by 49ers after arrest on domestic violence charge.

  3. Jim Belushi:

    He was a middle linebacker, i know he had damage to the brain. As soon as alcohol and drugs were available to him I think he went right to( self) medication.

  4. Jamien Sherwood:

    I’m more than comfortable (playing linebacker), at the end of the day, I’m a football player. My versatility got me here. They can put me at defensive end, corner. I’m just going to go out there and make plays.

  5. Steve Spagnuolo:

    (Linebacker) Jessie Armstead teases me about this, but at one point during the week I said, ‘Look, it doesn’t matter whether we stop him from throwing it or not, let’s just make sure that we hit him,’ he told me this later, he said, ‘That doesn’t sound right.’ He said, ‘Coach, I’m not so sure that I was on board with that.’.

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