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runback Syllabification: run·back
Pronunciation: /ˈrənbak/

Definition of runback in English:


An act of advancing a ball caught after a kickoff, punt, or interception by running while carrying it.
Example sentences
  • In 2001, he led NFL Europe in kickoff returns and ranked second in punt runbacks, but his NFL work that year once again wasn't particularly noteworthy.
  • He's an intriguing prospect because of his open-field speed, if nothing else, he can be a big-time kickoff returner; he already has a 90-yard runback.
  • Beyond that, the Chargers came within a greasy glove of a kickoff-return TD by him before he lost the ball at the end of a 77-yard runback.
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