A defensive player in football that is responsible for stuffing and tackling the running back (who is usually following a block from the tight end or fullback) during running plays and either be covering the tight end in passing plays or blitzing the quarterback. The Strongside Linebacker will lineup across from the tight end or the side with the most offensvie personnel
Also referred to as "Sam" and "Striker."
The Strongside Linebacker is often also the strongest linebacker due to their workload of working through the blocks of tight ends and fullbacks who are attempting to prevent them from making a play on the running back or quarterback. The Strongside Linebacker is a part of the linebacking core who generally lineup 3-5 yards from the line of scrimmage