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American Football Positions Quiz

Name the football positions with the following abbreviations.
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Last updated: October 10, 2013
First submittedOctober 8, 2010
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Abbrev.
Position
LT
Left Tackle
LG
Left Guard
C
Center
RG
Right Guard
RT
Right Tackle
TE
Tight End
WR
Wide Receiver
FB
Fullback
Abbrev.
Position
RB
Running Back
QB
Quarterback
DE
Defensive End
DT
Defensive Tackle
LB
Linebacker
CB
Cornerback
FS
Free Safety
SS
Strong Safety
Abbrev.
Position
K
Kicker
P
Punter
LS
Long Snapper
NB
Nickelback
NT
Nose Tackle
FL
Flanker
KR
Kick Returner
TB
Tailback
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level 64
Nov 27, 2013
You could add MLB and OLB.
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level 38
Aug 30, 2016
I agree because in technical terms, there is no such position as Line Backer, Wide Receiver and Running Back. They are a class of position, but the positions for the Running Back class are either letters (A, B etc) or Tail Back, Half Back and Full Back. Also with Receivers, they are lettered as X and Y and Z. If you have a 5 receiver set, you would not say you have 5 wide receivers. For Line Backers, you'd have Middle, Outside, etc.
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level 55
Mar 2, 2017
this is incorrect
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level 37
May 5, 2017
There's nothing wrong with the terms linebacker, running back and wide receiver. They are all "technically" correct. For different offenses, formations and teams, different names will be used to differentiate between different positions and roles within these more generalised names given to the positions. The quiz doesn't need to account for all the variations because not all teams follow the same naming conventions. The quiz is good as it is.
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level 34
May 17, 2017
In a five wide set you would absolutely say you have 5 wr's. Don't really know where you got your info.
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level 60
Mar 21, 2019
Or kick out LT, RT. It's just tackles and guards. And add halfback.. etc
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level 75
Nov 27, 2013
I thought Nickelback was a band everybody hated.
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level 48
Nov 27, 2013
It is!
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level 14
Jan 20, 2015
Nickelback is amazing!
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level 77
Aug 27, 2019
...ly bad
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level 49
Mar 20, 2015
I begrudgingly answered it anyway
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level 39
Nov 27, 2013
place kicker should be accepted for kicker since that is actually the position
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level 35
Jun 3, 2014
Kickers kick the ball. Not hold it
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level 25
Aug 31, 2016
A place kicker holds the ball on field goal attempts. A stand is usually only used during kickoffs
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level 35
Nov 27, 2013
Where are halfback, wing back, slot back, H-back, split end, holder and dime back?
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level 83
Nov 27, 2013
Not every possible name for every position is represented here - these are just the most common. I would argue that FL and NB don't belong here either.
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level 42
Apr 19, 2014
As someone who's watched a lot of football, I've never heard anyone referred to as a flanker as if it is their position.
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level 42
Dec 20, 2014
Flanker is more of a situational position, like Nickelback
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level 79
Apr 4, 2016
Flanker is an old-school term for a receiver, generally what we could call a slot receiver today.
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level 67
Aug 30, 2016
yup, can't remember ever seeing someone designated as an "NB," even if he only comes in for nickel packages.
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level 58
Aug 30, 2016
Sort of like a slot receiver, but lines up more in the backfield closer to the ball. .... the player then typically flanks to the outsides -- the area the wide receivers have vacated. ... It's designed to create mismatches in man defenses and find holes in zone coverage.
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level 80
Aug 30, 2016
I think the point is, if you asked said player what position they played, practically no one would say "flanker" or "nickel back". They would say "wide receiver" or "defensive back".
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level 18
Feb 6, 2014
What's flanker?
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level 39
May 28, 2014
flanker is a type of receiver
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level 42
Jun 9, 2014
A flanker is another name for a wide receiver, particularly the receivers furthest away from the ball. The Z-receiver usually is not considered a flanker.
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level 55
Aug 30, 2016
This is wrong. In a Pro Set, the Flanker is the 'Z'.
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level 42
Dec 20, 2014
flanker is a sort of running back/wide receiver combo. Usually a running back who lines up as a wide receiver occasionally. Think Reggie Bush, Dexter McCluster, etc.
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level 55
Aug 30, 2016
This is also wrong. A Flanker is basically a wide receiver who lines up off the line of scrimmage. Jerry Rice was a Flanker. The only time you would ever really hear the term is when the offense is lined up in a standard Pro Set; 2 Receivers and 1 TE with the receivers on opposite sides. The receiver opposite the TE is the Split End, and the other receiver is the Flanker. If the Flanker would line up on the same side as the Split End in a Slot Formation, then people often refer to that receiver as a Slot Receiver (which has become the more modern term).
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level 50
Dec 25, 2014
A flanker is a wide receiver. In a standard 2 WR formation, the flanker will line up on the same side of the formation as the tight end, typically off of the line of scrimmage. He will "flank" the TE, hence flanker. Conversely, the other WR will be referred to as the split end. The SE will line up on the opposite side of the formation of the TE and FL, normally on the line of scrimmage.
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level 50
Mar 25, 2014
You could separate wide receiver into flanker (which you have) and split end. Also, coaches will refer to the strong side, middle, and weak side linebackers in a 4-3 as Sam, Mike, and Will. Hence, "53's the Mike! Omaha! Omaha! hut!"
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level 80
Aug 30, 2016
Nice Manning reference. :-)
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level 55
Apr 21, 2014
I didn't know kicker and punter were positions. But they were easy to guess. I can't believe I missed linebacker, because my son was a huge baby and I call him my future linebacker!
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level 42
Dec 20, 2014
What is the difference between a running back and a tailback?
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level 63
Jan 21, 2015
Nothing.
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level 17
Mar 24, 2015
what is a flanker?????
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level 28
Sep 1, 2015
Someone want to tell me what a flanker is
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level 42
Sep 16, 2015
I would think that if you're going to accept situational positions (nose tackle, nickelback, flanker, etc.) you should accept things like H-Backs (tight ends that line up in the backfield and are used as fullbacks, Gronk does this often), slotbacks (running backs in the option, used by teams like Georgia Tech and Navy mostly), among others.
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level 80
Aug 30, 2016
Nosetackle is arguably a real position and not just situational. Unlike DTs that line up on either side of the ball, the NT really does line up directly over the center. Gronk is still a TE, just one that is versatile and is used in different ways.
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level 67
Jun 27, 2019
Nose tackle is a base position in a 3-4.
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level 43
Oct 2, 2015
Flanker got me. Overall good quiz.
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level 53
Nov 12, 2015
Done with 2:27
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level 25
Dec 2, 2015
what the heck is flanker
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level 12
Feb 10, 2016
what does a flanker do?
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level ∞
Apr 21, 2016
Flank?
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level 6
Mar 6, 2016
isnt tail back a running back
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level 80
Aug 30, 2016
You probably won't see this, but yes a tailback is a type of running back. So is a fullback. Sometimes just the generic RB is used for any/all running backs on a team, sometimes it is specified FB or TB.
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level 6
Mar 6, 2016
and what is a nose tackle
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level 80
Aug 30, 2016
A nose tackle is in the center of the defensive line, usually lines up directly opposite the center.
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level 67
Aug 30, 2016
on a 3-4 defense (with two defensive ends, one on either side of the nose, and usually with one or both outside linebackers playing on the line in positions only a little wider than traditional 4-3 defensive ends).
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level 55
Aug 30, 2016
The correct positions for Running Backs would be Halfback and Fullback. A Tailback is just a Halfback that is lined up in an I-formation. In modern terms, you can just stick with Running Back and Fullback. All other terms are obsolete. Linebackers are separated by Inside and Outside; they are two very different positions. I would have ILB and OLB as different positions. Nickelback isn't a position. A team will play a 3rd Corner Back when they are in a Nickel Defense, and that player is sometimes referred to as the Nickel Corner or Nickel Back, but nobody ever refers to themselves as the Nickel Back. And Flanker is indeed a position. It is generally a wide receiver that does not line up on the line of scrimmage (as opposed to a Split End that does). The terms Split End (SE) and Flanker (FL) are not often used anymore, but if you are going to have one you should have the other.
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level 18
Feb 11, 2017
24/24 nice quiz!
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level 22
Feb 27, 2017
Where is Punt Returner (PR)
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level 25
Feb 28, 2017
24/24 FL almost got me but i made it
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level 44
May 26, 2017
Simple but enjoyable!
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level 60
Jun 29, 2017
Lots of technical debates previously about positions. As an occasional watcher only, I think all positions for which players are SPECIFICALLY chosen/selected should count. Thus, PR should definitely be included, along with ST specialist - but no team drafts a holder - the back-up QB gets it by default. OLB & ILB should be split, HB included, FL & NB dropped. My 10 cents worth!
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level 67
Nov 2, 2017
Please at least accept halfback as a type-in for running back, even if you don't list it separately.
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level 46
May 10, 2018
could you accept "long snap" for "long snapper" and "kick receiver" for "kick returner" because I tried those forever
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level 67
Jun 27, 2019
Those aren't terms used for those positions.
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level 26
Aug 11, 2018
20/24 NT, TB, NB, and FL got me.