football player

Definitions of football player
  1. noun
    an athlete who plays American football
    synonyms: footballer
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    back
    (football) a person who plays in the backfield
    ball carrier, runner
    (football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance) the ball on an offensive play
    blocker
    a football player whose responsibility is to block players attempting to stop an offensive play
    cornerback
    a defensive football player stationed outside the linebackers
    football hero
    a football player who has achieved a reputation for success
    kicker
    a player who kicks the football
    line backer, linebacker
    a defensive football player who takes a position close behind the linemen
    lineman
    one of the players on the line of scrimmage
    pass catcher, pass receiver, receiver
    a football player who catches (or is supposed to catch) a forward pass
    tackler
    a football player who tackles the ball carrier
    center, snapper
    (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback
    dropkicker
    a football kicker who drops the ball and kicks it just as it reaches the ground
    end
    (football) the person who plays at one end of the line of scrimmage
    flanker, flanker back
    a back stationed wide of the scrimmage line; used as a pass receiver
    guard
    the person who plays that position on a football team
    forward passer, passer
    (football) a ball carrier who tries to gain ground by throwing a forward pass
    place-kicker, placekicker
    (football) a kicker who makes a place kick for a goal
    punter
    (football) a person who kicks the football by dropping it from the hands and contacting it with the foot before it hits the ground
    field general, quarterback, signal caller
    (football) the person who plays quarterback
    running back
    (football) a back on the offensive team (a fullback or halfback) who tries to advance the ball by carrying it on plays from the line of scrimmage
    rusher
    (football) a ball carrier who tries to gain ground by running with the ball
    tackle
    the person who plays that position on a football team
    tailback
    (American football) the person who plays tailback
    wingback
    (football) the person who plays wingback
    type of:
    athlete, jock
    a person trained to compete in sports
    participant, player
    a person who participates in or is skilled at some game
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