- to direct the offense of (a team).
- to lead or direct: to quarterback a public-relations campaign.
- to play the position of quarterback.
Origin of quarterback
Examples from the Web for quarterback
But that quiet approach has served the onetime UCLA quarterback, now 63, well through his lengthy acting career.NCIS’s Mark Harmon Is the World’s Biggest TV Star
September 23, 2014
Or consider the case of Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.Hey NFL Fans: Ray Rice Isn’t the Problem. You Are.
July 24, 2014
University of Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles—“WHO?”
Now, the Green Bay Packers quarterback is a Super Bowl champion, most valuable player, and State Farm Discount Double-Check guy.
Michael Vick The next couple seasons should be the last hurrah for the almost 34-year-old quarterback.First Mega-Deal Is Done as the NFL’s Free Agent Scrap Begins
March 12, 2014
Foss, the Ohio quarterback, was the individual star of the game.Practical English Composition: Book II.
Edwin L. Miller
Roehm, the quarterback, was one of Hughitt's understudies last season.News Writing
M. Lyle Spencer
There came a punt and the Harvard quarterback raced down the field.The Boy Grew Older
But he knew that was exactly what the Harvard quarterback intended to prevent.The Jester of St. Timothy's
Arthur Stanwood Pier
I said to the coach: 'I think something has happened to our quarterback.'Football Days
William H. Edwards
- a player in American or Canadian football, positioned usually behind the centre, who directs attacking play
- Monday-morning quarterbacking wisdom after the event, esp by spectators
Word Origin and History for quarterback
in U.S. football, 1876, from quarter (n.) + back (n.); so called from his position on the field at the start of play, between the halfback and the center. As a verb from 1945. Figurative sense from 1952. Monday morning quarterback is 1932 (n.), 1972 (v.); originally pro football player slang for sportswriters (U.S. professional football games typically are played on Sundays).