We'll Describe a Player Position, You Tell Us Which Sport It's In

Gavin Thagard

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Every team that takes the court, or field, or ice, or whatever else the arena is called has player positions that must be filled for the team to have success in their respective sport. Do you have a range of knowledge on team sports? Do you know all the player positions for various team sports? Could you pass a quiz where we describe a player position and you tell us which sport it belongs to? Here's your chance to find out! 

In sports, no game can be played until the players are geared up and ready to go, taking their spots, wherever that might be. In team sports, that requires every position to be filled with the best possible players at each position, the ones who fit those roles defined by years of experimentation. After all, there's a reason some guys need to be athletic, while some guys need to be smart. There's a reason some guys have to be tall, and other guys can be shorter. Every position has its own requirements. 

How well do you really know the requirements for those positions? Why not take this quiz and discover that for yourself? That's if you're up for the challenge, of course! 

They catch balls for touchdowns.

Jerry Rice played wide receiver for the San Fransisco 49ers throughout the '80s and '90s. During that span, he caught 197 touchdowns, more than any other receiver​ in history.

They stop pucks from entering the net.

The goaltender judged to be the best in the NHL each year receives the Vezina Trophy. The trophy is named after Georges Vezina, who played goaltender for the Canadiens from 1910 until 1925.

They kick the ball into the net.

The longest goal in soccer history went 97.5 yards. Oddly enough, that goal was kicked by the goalie of the other team.

They dribble the ball and get assists.

Playing for the Lakers, Magic Johnson was one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. One of the factors that made him so great was that he was taller than most other point guards playing at the time.

They get sacks and tackles.

Von Miller, who plays defensive end, dominated the 2015 Super Bowl with the Broncos. When the game was over, he earned MVP honors.

They pitch the ball.

Sandy Koufax dominated baseball with his pitching ability, even throwing a perfect game in 1965. However, his career was eventually cut short by injuries.

They set the ball for spikes.

Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William Morgan. It was originally called mintonette.

They dunk the ball.

Karl Malone was referred to as "The Mailman" during his playing career. The name came from his ability to deliver the ball into the basket by dunking it.

They hit home runs.

Barry Bonds holds the home run record for a career. However, he was part of the steroid scandal that shook baseball, and many people question his record.

They block the ball as it goes over the net.

Volleyball has been included in the Olympics since 1964. It is played in both the men's and women's divisions.

They take handoffs and run the ball.

In 1984, Eric Dickerson ran for 2,105 yards. That's an NFL record that still stands.

They defend the net from balls being kicked in.

Tim Howard holds the record for most saves in a World Cup game with 16. He accomplished this in 2014 against Belgium.

They defend home plate.

Communication between catchers and pitchers is critical for a successful defensive game. Catchers are usually responsible for calling pitches, but many times pitchers wave them off.

They shoot three-point shots.

Steph Curry has revolutionized the three-point shot in the NBA. He's one of few players who will shoot the ball from anywhere​ past half court.

They get interceptions and break up passes.

Throughout the '90s, Deion Sanders was one of the most dominant cornerbacks in the NFL. There's a reason he earned the nickname "Primetime."

They get hat tricks on the ice.

A hat trick is when a player scores three straight goals without being interrupted by the other team scoring. Wayne Gretzky holds the record for most hat tricks in the NHL.

They try to slow down players on the right side of the field who are headed toward the goal with the ball.

If you live in America, you probably think football or basketball is the most popular sport in the world. However, that title actually goes to soccer.

They read the defense and call audibles before the ball is snapped.

Quarterbacks in the NFL are responsible for orchestrating the offense. No one has been better at this than Tom Brady, who is a five-time Super Bowl champion.

They get outs by catching high fly balls.

In baseball, it takes three outs to transition from defense to offense. That's why dropping an easy high fly ball can be detrimental to a team's success.

They get rebounds.

Wilt Chamberlain was an incredible rebounder throughout his career. He even set the record for most rebounds in a game with 55.

They are in control of face-offs and try to set teammates up with good shots.

There's a reason Wayne Gretzky is known as "The Great One." He holds just about every offensive record in the NHL that you can think of.

They mark players to keep them from scoring.

The world's first soccer league popped up in England in 1888. Only 16 years earlier, in 1872, the first international soccer game was played between England and Scotland.

They are athletic enough to play on the wing and big enough to post up down low.

Lebron James has revolutionized the small forward position because of his passing ability. Most people would call him a point forward, breaking from the traditional positioning in basketball.

They defend the area between second and third base.

Derek Jeter, who played shortstop for the Yankees, was a 14-time All-Star during his career. He also led the Yankees to five World Series titles.

They block for run and pass plays.

There are usually five offensive linemen who are responsible for protecting the quarterback. The left tackle is typically seen as the most important position on the line.

Instead of skating forward on offense, they stay back in case the other team gains possession and they have to play defense.

Some teams use enforcers to add physicality to their team. These players are responsible for playing tough defense by knocking around the best players on the other team.

They are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands.

Brazil holds the record for most World Cup titles. They currently have five, though several teams are right behind them with four.

They are sometimes referred to as the four position and post up defenders on offense.

Many critics believe Tim Duncan was the greatest power forward to ever play. He spent his entire career with the Spurs, winning five championships along the way.

They blitz and try to make tackles in the backfield.

Lawrence Taylor played linebacker for the New York Giants. During his career, he terrorized offenses because of his ability to get to the quarterback.

They try to catch the ball before it goes out of the park.

Often referred to as the "Evil Empire," the New York Yankees have won more World Series than any other team in baseball. Their latest title came in 2009.

They are the only players allowed to wear a glove, which is used to keep the other team from scoring.

Martin Brodeur played goaltender in the NHL from 1991 until 2015. During that time, he racked up more wins as a goaltender than anyone else in league history.

They set picks and roll to the basket.

Many former NBA players talk about Shaquille O'Neal and how he was impossible to guard during his prime. Many times even double-teaming him wouldn't work.

They hit the ball over the net to start the match.

Beach volleyball came about in the 1920s. In 1930, the first two-man game of volleyball was played on the beach.

They are substitute hitters who come in for another hitter.

Babe Ruth is often credited with revolutionizing home runs in MLB. During his career, he set several home run records that lasted well past his death.

They are the lead blocker for the person running the ball.

The first Super Bowl was played in 1967. In the game, the Packers defeated the Chiefs 35-10.

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