What’s your definition of a tight end? Is it something to do with your shoelaces? Perhaps it refers to something in cycling or track and field events, like a close finish? Here’s your chance to sharpen your Sports Vocabulary – your Sportscabulary – with today’s word: Tight End.
A Tight End: Does Your Team Have One?
American football (referred to as football in the United States and also known as gridiron) is a sport played by two teams of eleven players. And, every team has a tight end to deal with.
The tight end is a field position in Gridiron on the offensive team. The Tight End is usually the last man of the offensive line, next to the offensive tackle.
Though the Tight Ends role can vary depending on the strategies of the coach. A good Tight Ends is usually responsible for two things:
- A Tight End assists with blocking the guy with the ball (possibly a quarterback) and,
- Acting as a wide Receiver.
Yep, the Tight End will block you but is also capable of receiving – widely.
The side which has a tight end on it is referred to as a “strong side” as it has extra support, with the other side naturally being called the “weak side”.
Makes Sense to me.
Pictured: Chris Cooley is a former American football tight end in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins.