Sports Word of the Week! NICKEL BACK

Nickel Back (American Football) – An extra, or fifth, defensive back in a nickel defense. Named after the coin, worth five cents.

This position is often added when the defense anticipates that the offense is going to pass. 

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It is third and long, let’s see if they bring in a nickel back.

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 9:37 am

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