Why is a quarterback called a quarterback?

I just watched a football game and was wondering why they used such a random name .

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paganwonder7 years ago
Grid iron football evolved from Rugby (the greatest game on earth!) and Rugby refers to the positions of the back players by how far back they are from the advantage line (line of scrummage- line of scrimmage). Fullback is the farthest back, half back is halfway back, Rugby doesn't use the term quarterback but you can see how the term evolved with grid iron. Grid iron distinguished itself from Rugby when the rule was changed to allow the forward pass, which Rugby doesn't allow. The forward pass is also what makes grid iron so dangerous- no amount of padding and helmets can really protect a player from a speeding linebacker over the middle!
yokozuna7 years ago
When they are under center, that position is 1/4 of the way into the backfield. Traditionally, halfback and fullback were named for the same reasons, but with passing formations taking over, these positioning terms don't really apply as much.
NachoMahma7 years ago
. Because he's only worth 75 cents. If you gave a dollar for him, you'd get a quarter back.