Definition of rusher in English:



American Football
  • 1A defensive player who advances rapidly towards the quarterback at the line of scrimmage.

    ‘the rusher may attempt to block the pass’
    • ‘Even with the loss of their leading tackler and rusher, I see the Patriots pulling away methodically over the course of the night.’
    • ‘He stood between the quarterback and defensive rushers on the game's final play.’
    • ‘Three other key roles were needed in the defense - an edge rusher, a corner who is a solid tackler, and a middle linebacker who can "do things".’
    • ‘The defense had more rushers than the Jaguars had blockers.’
    • ‘Surely it makes sense to avoid five rushers than to tease all eleven defenders on some elaborate option play.’
    1. 1.1 An offensive player who runs with the football from the line of scrimmage toward the end zone.
      ‘he was the leading rusher with 338 yards and six touchdowns in three games’
      • ‘Poyadue led all rushers with 165 yards on 16 carries.’
      • ‘Most times they simply send four rushers who plow straight ahead and try to win one-on-one matchups.’
      • ‘Bradshaw was the second-leading rusher on the Colts squad and recorded 425 yards and two touchdowns.’
      • ‘It was the first time in 32 years the Patriots had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game.’
      • ‘And, still, the league's No. 3 active rusher (8,839 yards) is trying to prove his worth.’