war daddy

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The phrase may have originated with Harold T. White, a coach at Mississippi's Perkinston Junior College in the 1950s.


war daddy (plural war daddies)

  1. (slang, American football, US) A player with extraordinary ability and exceptional toughness.

Usage notes[edit]

Used for example to refer to Reggie White, Lawrence Taylor, and Richard Seymour, and Chartric "Chuck" Terrell Darby, as well as Jacob Hester and Jake Locker. More commonly applied to defensive players, especially linemen. Some football teams bestow a player the title in practice to denote the best player on the team.