American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Football Any of the defensive players forming a second line of defense behind the ends and tackles.
- n. American football 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
- n. (American football) the position of a defensive football player who plays close behind the line of scrimmage
- n. a defensive football player who takes a position close behind the linemen
“Miami had a talented roster — featuring future Hall of Famers in linebacker Nick Buoniconti, fullback Larry Csonka, quarterback Bob Griese and guard Larry Little — but it took Shula to mold it into a winner.”
“There are several young playmakers on the roster, as Peppers, 29, and wide receiver Steve Smith, 30, were joined at last season's Pro Bowl by first-time all-stars in linebacker Jon Beason, 24, and left tackle Jordan Gross, 29.”
“•Best pick: Brian Cushing — The 2009 first-round linebacker is off to a great start with defensive rookie of the year honors a nice feather in his cap.”
“They played an integral role in linebacker James Harrison's 100-yard interception return for a touchdown at the end of the first half.”
“But if you don't believe me just read the words of Miami Dolphin linebacker Channing Crowder as told to the Associated Press:”
“Central Michigan inked three Rivals. com three-star recruits in linebacker Nores Fradi, defensive end Kevin Henry and defensive back Anthony Hollis in its 20-member class.”
“Linebacker: Brian Urlacher might not be the player he was a few years ago, but the middle linebacker is still the defense's linchpin.”
“The ability to play inside linebacker is not easy to find these days.”
“A lot of times they think a middle linebacker is only big and only stop the run.”
“Spiller's juking, 39-yard run took it to South Carolina's 1 - he got past three of the Gamecocks 'best tacklers in linebacker Eric Norwood, safety Emanuel Cook and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn - before Davis finished off the scoring drive.”
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