Definition of free safety in English:

free safety


American Football
  • A defensive back who is usually free from an assignment to cover a particular player on the opposing team.

    • ‘He has played everything from strong safety to free safety to nickel linebacker to nickel corner.’
    • ‘I always tried to be in a place where the quarterback didn't expect to find a free safety.’
    • ‘Great passer, good shooter and plays defense like a free safety, waiting to pick off long passes.’
    • ‘He is listed as a strong safety but also lines up at linebacker, cornerback, free safety and at the line of scrimmage.’
    • ‘He has the range teams crave in a free safety, and he's a sure tackler.’


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