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About Football Glossary - Crackback

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Definition: A block by an offensive player who is usually spread out away from the main body of the formation and runs back in towards the ball at the snap, blocking an opponent back toward the original position of the ball at the snap.

Blocking below the waist or in the back in this situation is illegal.

Examples:
An illegal crackback block is a personal foul and is penalized 15 yards against the offending team.
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