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About Football Glossary - Safety

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Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu, a strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers

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Definition: 1. A two-point score by the defense that occurs when one of its players tackles an opponent in possession of the ball in his own end zone.

2. A defensive player who lines up in the secondary between, but generally deeper than the cornerbacks.

Examples: 1. A safety is one of the rarest ways of scoring during a game of football. 2. A safety is usually a teams last line of defense.

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