A friend of mine has had an excellent idea for a blog. It’s about “working out with NFL stars” – that is, NFL players who are famous for their physical strength.
The reason it’s a good idea is that there are lots of athletes, and the ones who are doing their best to make headlines are not necessarily the ones who are the best at what they do. I am in that category.
But even though I’m not one of the most talented players in the field, I have found a way to make myself better by working out. And in this way my game can be compared favorably to some of the best players in the world.
My approach is not particularly original. Recently I’ve seen more and more guys like me making their way onto ESPN and other media outlets to talk about what they’re doing to get stronger. But most of them have an interesting angle: They do something that makes them different from other athletes and then invite us to compare notes and figure out how we might do it too.
I’ve never been interested in trying to be different than anybody else, but rather in trying to be better than everybody else combined. So I think it would be great if someone had a blog that combined sports ratings, fitness tips and practical
NFL players are the best athletes in the world. Workouts aren’t much different from those of top runners, weightlifters and gymnasts, except that they’re done in football pads instead of running shoes. Using NFL players as examples, you can use them as working out buddies to get more fit and stay healthy.
That’s how I met NFL players. At a time when I needed to exercise more and was doing so poorly, I joined a gym. The members were mostly men over forty who had lost weight trying to lose weight, but they were perfectly friendly, helpful and supportive. And they were all big football fans. So we talked about the best workouts—and the worst workouts—and how to do them correctly. We traded tips on how to work out with no equipment at all.
An NFL player had tried one of my favorite exercises: squatting with a tennis ball between your legs. He’d been skeptical that it would do any good, but he’d seen his trainer use it on TV and decided to try it for himself. For him it was hard to tell if it was working or not: there was no feedback until he went back for another workout session, when he could feel his muscles getting stronger; in fact, some of his strength gains
I began my career in broadcasting by doing the same thing NFL teams do: I served as a “football operations intern” with the New England Patriots. The internship was the kind of job where they expect you to learn how things work and act like a football expert. The internship is exactly what it sounds like: you go to work for free, and what you get out of it is a chance to learn how the team runs its business.
What I found when I got there was that even though everything I had been taught about football on television as an American football fan didn’t apply, I still knew enough to be useful. The Patriots have over 600 employees, and many of them are busy running the daily operations of the team; but each week, there are only about 100 who really matter. Those people must do something every day that no one else can do. And that something is a little different from anything else those people do. They are responsible for keeping all the other people busy doing what matters.
The first time I saw this happen was after hours at the team’s facility in Foxboro. It was late at night, and most everyone had left except two or three people in front of me—a young woman who looked like she just graduated from college and four
I made the decision to retire at age 26, when I was sure that I would never be able to play football full-time. And I’ve never regretted it; the passion has been diminished, but not lost.
I’m now 43, and still gain weight every year in spite of no longer playing. I’ve become a fan of the NFL and of the athletes who play there. Their lives are extraordinary, and I feel lucky to have gotten to know them a little as we became friends on Facebook.
This week’s episode of Survivor was about mental toughness and mental preparation for challenges. I watched it with my son; he’s 16, plays baseball and is nearly as big as me. We were both interested in how the contestants trained mentally; they talked about visualization techniques, neuro-linguistic programming techniques, meditation techniques…then they went through a couple of workouts with each other.
Of course everyone knows that the NFL players have their own workout routine and diet plan. But it was good to see it spelled out in detail by some people who knew what they were talking about – and not overwhelmed by hype or commercialism like most things on reality TV.
The athletes in the NFL have advanced training methods and techniques that allow them to maintain muscle, strength and flexibility at a high level for long periods of time. They also have access to top-notch nutritionists, coaches and trainers.
No matter how good these players are, they are still human. If they are not properly trained, they will succumb to injuries, muscular imbalances and other physical problems. As their bodies age, they will lose their muscle mass and endurance while gaining fat as they attempt to maintain their appearance.
It is important for the public to understand that professional athletes train hard and play hard because it is important for them to be able to perform at the highest level possible. They do not do so simply because it is fashionable or because they are trying to look better in photos or on television.
It is up to the player himself if he wants to participate in a workout program that might reduce his performance level for a short period of time before competition can resume. However, it should not be assumed that all players are making informed decisions about their training programs or using them properly. The media provides misinformation about training methods and other issues related to sports performance that can have negative effects on the athlete’s health.
The NFL is the most professional football league in the world.
This image is shared on many websites, including this one. But it’s common knowledge that the NFL is the most professional football league in the world. But is it true?
We could go look up the definition of “professional football,” but that would only tell us that in the US, at least, there is such a thing as “professional football.” We don’t know whether this means there are professional players or professionals playing pro football . . . or whether there are professional players and professionals who play pro football.
There are certainly people who play pro football for money and are therefore paid professionals. There are also people who play pro football for fun, as amateurs. And there are people who play for fun, as amateurs, and also pay themselves to play pro football so they can have a second job besides their jobs as parents.
There are also plenty of people who do not believe in paying themselves to play pro football because they feel it’s wrong to take money from other people while pretending to be something you’re not. It is not uncommon on these sites to find comments saying things like: “I’ve got no problem with professional athletes making money, but I wouldn’t want them making more
When the Indianapolis Colts signed quarterback Peyton Manning, I didn’t feel it was an especially important signing. Manning’s record-setting statistics in college football were impressive, but the NFL is a different beast. In the NFL you have to take a lot of hits on every play, and you’re not allowed to use your hands or arms much.
On Sunday, though, there was something about Manning’s performance that made me sit up and take notice. He just played one of the best games I’ve ever seen him play. It’s too early to draw any conclusions, but here are my first impressions:
1. Manning is a tough customer–he took a lot more punishment than usual this week.
2. He has good concentration and stamina–he always seemed to be one step ahead of his receivers and his tackles. (I’m guessing he has a better grasp of the game than most quarterbacks because he spent so many years playing it himself.)
3. He has good eyes–he seems to know where everyone on the field is at all times, even when he can’t see them clearly from his vantage point.
4. He didn’t seem rushed with his decisions–it was clear before each snap where he was going with the ball, and he trusted his