The 2017 NFL combine just passed a week ago and for the last seven days, NFL football fans and the media personnel that play up to them have discussed the 40 yard dash times of the prospects ad nauseam. Yes, we all know the obsession over 40 yard dash times can reach epic proportions but can something talked about so much be very misunderstood? The answer is yes.
Training and 3 Point Stances
I’ve had the pleasure of watching the greatest wide receiver of all time, Jerry Rice and the greatest cornerback of all time, Deion Sanders play their entire careers. I mention these two positions because these are the times that most fans and media obsess over. The time during which wide receivers lined up in three point stances has long passed. The practice of lining up in a 3 point stance as a wide receiver had made it’s way out of the NFL game by the time Jerry Rice stepped on the scene in 1984. As part of his audition for the NFL in ’84, Jerry Rice, like all other prospects, was asked to run a 40 yard dash and come out of a three point stance. As we all know by now, Rice’s time (4.7) was not ideal and people questioned his ability to be an elite NFL wide receiver. In a short sprint like the 40 yard dash, technique is of the utmost importance. Negotiating your way out of a three point stance and into proper running form while making maximum use of your push forces is just about everything. Choose the wrong stance or make some false steps and your time will look like a retired busy street prostitute without her make up on.
Jerry’s Bio: FIU alumnus, Talent Scout & Journalist for Generation Nexxt, Founder/Chief Executive for Rising Stars and Academic Mentor
2017 – marks approximately a decade worth of experience as an academic mentor finding student-athletes college placement (throughout the southeast region) as well as networking with a number of junior college football coaches and recruiting analyst.
Well gimmick may be a strong word even the wrong word but it’s an emotional word. It’s a word that likely got you to land your eyes on this blog post. Mission accomplished because if you are a prospect or the parent of one, I need you to read this. One of the best ways to succeed in life is to have great self awareness. This also happens to be the most important factor you need to possess as a college football prospect.
The number of concussion-related incidents in professional and youth football alike in the past decade has prompted ample concern. The media spotlight has been prominent as well. The discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the concussion-related ailment that many football players suffer from without notable symptoms, was chronicled in the relatively recent film “Concussion,” starring Will Smith.
Maybe you saw it coming or maybe you didn’t but when you saw an up tick in offers to 10th, 9th and 8th graders in college football recruiting, you had to know there would be some consequences. What affect has the early offers to the youngsters had on recruiting? The answers to that question are numerous but for the sake of this article we will focus on it’s affect on the word really only known in the world of college athletics and that is decommits.
The Internet is a very wide place with a ton of users, interests and data. Now more than ever, companies are out to give users a way to take compact all the data, space and information into a confined area using genres or alike interests.
The GridironStuds App was created with this goal in mind. Take time out to watch the video below explaining the basics of the GridironStuds App created by Chad Wilson owner of CEW Communications Inc.