Yet Further Antedating of "Linebacker"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Jun 26 02:44:39 UTC 2014

linebacker (OED 1961)

1893 _Inter Ocean_ (Chicago) 5 Nov. 9 (  Her [University of Pennsylvania's] interference was simply nil, and her line backers found no holes made for them to through, but a stone wall that would not be persuaded.

Fred Shapiro

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