quarterback

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v quarterback play the quarterback
    • n quarterback (American football) the position of the football player in the backfield who directs the offensive play of his team "quarterback is the most important position on the team"
    • n quarterback (football) the person who plays quarterback
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Quotations

  • Terry Bradshaw
    Terry Bradshaw
    “What's the worst thing that can happen to a quarterback? He loses his confidence.”
  • Don Shula
    Don Shula
    “Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.”

Idioms

Armchair quarterback - (USA) An armchair quarterback is someone who offers advice, especially about football, but never shows that they could actually do any better.
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Monday morning quarterback - (USA) A Monday morning quarterback is someone who, with the benefit of hindsight, knows what should have been done in a situation.
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Usage

In literature:

But he knew that was exactly what the Harvard quarterback intended to prevent.
"The Jester of St. Timothy's" by Arthur Stanwood Pier
He developed Miller, a quarterback who stood on a par with the best quarterbacks in 1915.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
Here is the common-sense way in which an all-American quarterback performs his duties.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
Foss, the Ohio quarterback, was the individual star of the game.
"Practical English Composition: Book II." by Edwin L. Miller
He goes to college and quarterbacks the football team.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Sara was halfback on the freshman football team, while Jim played quarterback.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Vance, I picked you for a quarterback, but I made a mistake; you ought to be sorting eggs.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
And keep your eyes on that quarterback of theirs.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
Quarterback Rigsbee shot him the ball a second time and Mack skated through tackle on a delayed wing back for seven yards.
"Interference and Other Football Stories" by Harold M. Sherman
In a last desperate effort, the Bliss quarterback called a trick play.
"The Upward Path" by Various
Goodhue was there, a promising quarterback.
"The Guarded Heights" by Wadsworth Camp
Maybe Spiros should have considered that, but at this point such meditations amounted to Monday-morning quarterbacking.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
A bad pass by the Harvard quarterback, a slip, a fumble by Spofford, might turn the result.
"Harvard Stories" by Waldron Kintzing Post
When I watch him work I realize how far off I am from being a regular college quarterback.
"The Boy Grew Older" by Heywood Broun
The quarterback took his position near the ball and the rest of the team gathered some twenty yards away.
"Caybigan" by James Hopper
He goes to college and quarterbacks the football team.
"Hungry Hearts" by Anzia Yezierska
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In news:

As Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden watched the game tape from his team's Week 4 matchup against the Ravens at his house on Tuesday night, he couldn't believe what he was seeing on his iPad screen.
Certainly, if the Eagles are going to need Vince Young at quarterback again this season, they'd like to see Sunday's second-half Young.
Bettering its new quarterback, not selecting him.
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is currently the betting favorite in the Heisman Trophy race.
When Stephen Rivers did replace new starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger late in the first quarter Saturday during the Tigers' 41-14 victory over North Texas, he was not allowed to throw one pass.
He bet the Bronco's season on a sore-armed, stiff-necked 36 year old quarterback, who looked as if he might take the donkeys all the way on Sunday afternoon.
CENTERVILLE — Quarterback Blake Byrd had a hand in four touchdowns, including the last three of the game, to lead Corner to a 39-25 comeback win at Bibb County.
Mel Kiper's latest Big Board is out, and quarterbacks are moving up the charts -- specifically Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Quarterbacks Joe Flacco, left, and Ben Roethlisberger will meet for the first time on Monday night.
Huh The Associated Press) Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije (71) sacks Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Monday, Oct 22, 2012.
Allen Mitchell, a former quarterback for one of University of South Carolina's greatest teams, died over the weekend.
It was 1995 and Giants Coach Dan Reeves informed the front office he wanted to bring the free-agent quarterback Tommy Maddox to New York.
Associated Press Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who is the favorite to win the Heisman tonight, is another example of Texas missing out on elite-in state quarterbacks.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel faced the cameras for the first time since his sudden fame as the start Texas A&M football quarterback.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Kansas quarterback Collin Klein are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
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