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Encyclopedia > Fullback (American football)

In American football, a fullback (FB) is a position in the offensive backfield. Traditionally, the duties of a fullback are split between power running and blocking for both the quarterback and other running backs. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... High school running back A running back, halfback, tailback or wingback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ...


Many of the great runners of the history of American football have been fullbacks, notably Jim Brown, but in recent years the position has evolved to be more a blocker than a runner, with occasional pass-catching duties. The remaining prominent fullbacks in the NFL are typically employed for breaking through tight defensive alignments, often in short-yardage situations. As a result, fullbacks are typically less known for speed and agility than for muscularity and the ability to avoid being tackled by knocking down defenders. Jim Brown (born February 17, 1936) is an American former professional football player who has also made his mark as an actor and social activist. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...


Criticism of position

Some fans and experts take issue with the position because fullbacks are often wasted as an extra running back or additional blocker. Often, critics want the fullback more involved in the running game. Special plays designed for the fullback (or H-back formation) were popularized by Coach Joe Gibbs. There is growing criticism that at the college and pro levels, capable white tailbacks are forced to bulk up and become fullbacks, because the common conception is that white tailbacks do not possess the natural speed and elusiveness of black athletes needed to succeed as a running back in the higher levels of the game. High school running back A running back, halfback, tailback or wingback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... An H-Back is an offensive position in American football that is a hybrid between a fullback and a tight end. ... Joe Jackson Gibbs (born November 25, 1940) is a Hall of Fame American football coach and NASCAR Championship team owner. ...


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