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Introduction to Football: Positions
In gridiron football, a lineman is a player who specializes in play at the line of scrimmage. The linemen of the team currently in possession of the ball are the offensive line, while linemen on the opposing team are the defensive line. A number of NFL rules specifically address restrictions and requirements for the offensive line. The defensive line is covered by the same rules that apply to all defensive players; the offensive linemen are supposed to help block the quarterback from getting sacks for a loss or even worse, a fumble. Linemen are usually the largest players on the field in both height and weight, since their positions usually require less running and more strength than skill positions.