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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Now imagine that the lion is a linebacker and the gazelle is a fleet-footed running back.
He played both sides of the ball: running back and linebacker.
Here he comes again, with those linebacker's eyes and that tight smile that hides the iron teeth.
He lacked both the size of a typical college linebacker and the speed of a running back, but he was dogged and smart.
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