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A linebacker (LB or backer) is a playing position in American football and Canadian football. Linebackers are members of the defensive team, and line up approximately three to five yards (4 m) behind the line of scrimmage, behind the defensive linemen, and therefore "back up the line." Linebackers generally align themselves before the ball is snapped by standing upright in a "two-point stance" (as opposed to the defensive linemen, who put one or two hands on the ground for a "three-point stance" or "four-point stance" before the ball is snapped).

Ohio Valley Conference

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Eastern Illinois. Murray State. Southeast Missouri. SIU Edwardsville. UT Martin. Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Ohio Valley Conference which are played by OVC schools. ‡ = Rodeo is sanctioned by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA), not the NCAA. While UT-Martin considers rodeo to be a varsity sport, Murray State operates their rodeo teams a club sport within the Hutson School of Agriculture.

Washington Redskins

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Both teams were unimpressive and the Redskins' offense sputtered throughout the game, but they finally won 13-10 after a touchdown pass by Tony Romo was nullified after a holding call. They hosted the Texans in Week 2, but good all-around offensive performance (especially by McNabb, who passed for 426 yards and a touchdown) failed to secure a win. The game tied at 27-27 and went into overtime where Houston kicker Neil Rackers made a 37-yard FG, ending the match at 30-27. After this, the Redskins lost to St. Louis 30-16 before McNabb's return to Philadelphia.

Sean Payton

Winning a football scholarship, Payton had a successful career playing quarterback at Eastern Illinois University, leading the Panthers to an 11–2 record and the quarter-finals of the Division I-AA Playoffs in 1986; while at EIU, he became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity with his close friend, Rick Henghold. Under coach Al Molde, Payton's Eastern Illinois teams were known as "Eastern Airlines" due to their prolific passing attack that frequently topped 300 yards per game (and had 509 passing yards in one game, still a school record). Although he was not drafted in the 1987 NFL Draft, Payton tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs for one day.

Illinois State Redbirds football

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The Mid-America Classic is the rivalry game between the Illinois State and Eastern Illinois. The rivalry began in 1901 and is the oldest in the state of Illinois. The two teams have played 106 times in total, with Illinois State holding a 55–42–9 advantage in the all-time series. With the 100th game in the series approaching, representatives from both schools met in the spring prior and developed the Mid-America Classic moniker, renaming for the rivalry. The two schools also collaborated on a traveling trophy, which holds plaques with the results of the previous 100 games in the series and has room for results of future games in the series.


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A quarterback (commonly abbreviated "QB") is a position in American and Canadian football. Quarterbacks are members of the offensive team and line up directly behind the offensive line. In modern American football, the quarterback is usually considered the leader of the offensive team, and is often responsible for calling the play in the huddle. The quarterback also touches the ball on almost every offensive play, and is the offensive player that almost always throws forward passes.

New Orleans Saints

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In their last game in the 2014 NFL season, a fight between players broke out in the end zone and spilled out into the tunnel entrance after a Cam Newton touchdown, with Panther's tight end Brandon Williams getting ejected and both teams receiving offsetting penalties. The Panthers won the contest 41–10, with early turnovers by the Saints being a factor in the blowout. On January 7, 2018, the two teams met in the NFL playoffs for the first time in the Wild Card round. It was the first ever playoff game between NFC South teams since the division's formation in 2002. The Saints beat the Panthers 31–26, thus eliminating Carolina.

NCAA Division I

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NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.

Kamu Grugier-Hill

He played college football for Eastern Illinois, and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (208th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Kamu Grugier-Hill attended Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu where he played soccer and football. Grugier-Hill began playing football in his junior year of high school as a safety and punter. Grugier-Hill played for the Eastern Illinois Panthers football team from 2012 to 2015. In his freshman year, he made his first start against UT Martin. In both 2014 and 2015, he earned First-team All OVC honors. Grugier-Hill reportedly became the first player ejected in the 2014 college football season when he punched a Minnesota lineman between the legs.

Mike Shanahan

He was a quarterback at Eastern Illinois University, where he joined Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. In 1972, a piercingly hard hit on the practice field ruptured one of his kidneys, which caused his heart to stop for thirty seconds and nearly killed him. A priest was summoned to administer the last rites to Shanahan, a devout Roman Catholic. With his playing career abruptly ended, Shanahan entered coaching. After graduation, he served as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona University and the University of Oklahoma. He then returned to his alma mater as offensive coordinator and helped his school win the Division II football championship.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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The teams' first two meetings of the 21st century ( and ) were won by the Steelers, including a come from behind victory December 7, 2008 in Pittsburgh, when the Steelers drove the length of the field to tie the game 13–13, then cornerback Deshea Townsend returned an intercepted pass from Tony Romo for the game's final score, Steelers 20, Cowboys 13. The Cowboys won on December 16, 2012, at Cowboys Stadium by a 27–24 margin in overtime and won 35-30 at Heinz Field on November 13, 2016. The all-time series is led by the Dallas Cowboys, 17–15. The Pittsburgh/Dallas rivalry served as a backdrop to the 1977 film Black Sunday, parts of which were filmed during Super Bowl X.

Ray McElroy

Raymond Edward McElroy (born July 31, 1972) is a former professional American football player who played cornerback for six seasons for the Indianapolis Colts, the Chicago Bears, and the Detroit Lions in the National Football League. Attended Proviso West High School from 1987–1990

Ted Petersen

Ted Petersen (born February 7, 1955) is a former professional American football player who played offensive lineman for nine seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cleveland Browns, and the Indianapolis Colts. Petersen is the former athletic director at Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, Illinois.

Dallas Cowboys

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However, things soon went downhill from there, after quarterback Tony Romo suffered a broken pinkie in an overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals. With Brad Johnson and Brooks Bollinger playing as backups, Dallas went 1–2 during a three-game stretch. Romo's return showed promise, as Dallas went 3–0. However, injuries mounted during the season, with the team losing several starters for the year, such as Kyle Kosier, Felix Jones, safety Roy Williams, punter Mat McBriar, and several other starters playing with injuries. Entering December, the 8–4 Cowboys underperformed, finishing 1–3.

Walter Payton Award

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Austin. 2011: Shakir Bell of Indiana State, Chris Lum of Lehigh, and Bo Levi Mitchell of Eastern Washington. 2012: Eric Breitenstein of Wofford, Taylor Heinicke of Old Dominion, and Miguel Maysonet of Stony Brook. 2013: Vernon Adams of Eastern Washington, Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois, and Terrance West of Towson. 2014: John Robertson of Villanova, Vernon Adams of Eastern Washington, Justin Arias of Idaho State. 2016: Jeremiah Briscoe of Sam Houston State, Cooper Kupp of Eastern Washington, Gage Gubrud of Eastern Washington. 2017: Jeremiah Briscoe, Sam Houston State; Andrew Ankrah, James Madison; Brett Taylor, Western Illinois.

2003 Dallas Cowboys season

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One of the biggest rookie acquisitions came via free agency when the team signed undrafted rookie and future franchise quarterback Tony Romo (although that move got little attention for a few years). Also typical of his prior teams, Parcells brought in veteran players who had played for him at his previous coaching stops, signing fullback Richie Anderson and speedy wide receiver Terry Glenn with whom Parcells had a checkered history. Though the Cowboys opened the season with a loss, a dramatic come-from-behind victory the next week against the Giants at New York spurred the team's confidence, particularly in third-year quarterback Quincy Carter.

2002 NCAA Division I-AA football season

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The 2002 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision level, began in August 2002, and concluded with the National Championship Game of the NCAA Division I Football Championship on December 20, 2002, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers won their first I-AA championship, defeating the McNeese State Cowboys by a final score of 34−14