line-backer

linebacker

[lahyn-bak-er]
noun Football.
1.
a player on defense who takes a position close behind the linemen.
2.
the position played by this player.

Origin:
1960–65; line1 + backer

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linebacker (ˈlaɪnˌbækə)
 
n
a defensive player in American or Canadian football who is positioned just behind the line of scrimmage

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