to belt somebody in a football game

Jeepster

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I’m still sore from yesterday’s game. I got belted in the ribs about five times.
Markus Zusak. When Dogs Cry

Does to belt in hereof mentioned context mean just to hit to thump? Or it concernes with some football tackle — a lock, maybe
The author here uses the word only when depicting football games (amfoot). He writes a lot about boxing but never uses the word in question there
 
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