Wingback (American football)

A wingback (abbreviated WB) is an offensive backfield position in American football.

Offensive formation with a wingback (WB)

A wingback lines up off the line of scrimmage, generally a step behind, and outside of, a tight end.[1][2] It is a versatile position, as the wingback may be called upon to block, take a handoff, or run downfield for a pass.[1] An example of a formation that uses a wingback is the single-wing.

There are few contemporary college football or professional football teams that use the wingback position. Historically, Johnny Rodgers of Nebraska played as a wingback when he won the Heisman Trophy in 1972.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Wing Back Definition - Sporting Charts".
  2. ^ Dockett, Eric (July 16, 2020). "Offensive and Defensive Football Positions Explained". Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  3. ^ "Rodgers Nabs Elusive Heisman". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. AP. December 6, 1972. p. 23. Retrieved August 3, 2020 – via
Positions in American football and Canadian football
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Running backs Halfback/Tailback (Triple-threat, Change of pace), Fullback, H-back, Wingback Backs Cornerback, Safety, Halfback, Nickelback, Dimeback Returning Punt returner, Kick returner, Jammer, Upman
Receivers Wide receiver (Eligible), Tight end, Slotback, End Tackling Gunner, Upback, Utility
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