"Wrestlers make coaching football easy. They have balance, coordination, and as a coaching staff, we know they're tough." - Tom Osborne, College Hall of Fame Football Coach - University of Nebraska
"I would have all of my offensive linemen wrestle if I could.” - John Madden, NFL Hall of Fame Football Coach
"I draft wrestlers because they are tough. I have never had a problem with a wrestler." - Joe Gibbs, NFL Hall of Fame Football Coach
"If I was a high school football coach I would make all my offensive and defensive lineman wrestle." - Mark Schlereth, NFL Offensive Lineman and ESPN Football Analyst
The physical and mental skills developed by a wrestler are easily transferable to the football field. Many current and former NFL football players, including Ray Lewis, Bo Jackson, & Roddy White, credit wrestling with improving their performance on the gridiron.
Wrestling helps a football player develop:
- Agility - The ability to change the position of his body efficiently.
- Quickness - The ability to make a series of movements in a very short period of time.
- Balance – The maintenance of body equilibrium through muscular control.
- Flexibility – The ability to make a wide range of muscular movements.
- Coordination – The ability to put together a combination of movements in a flowing rhythm.
- Endurance – The development of muscular and cardiovascular-respiratory stamina.
- Muscular Power (explosiveness) – The ability to use strength and speed simultaneously.
- Aggressiveness – The willingness to keep on trying or pushing your adversary at all times.
- Discipline – The desire to make the sacrifices necessary to become a better athlete and person.
- Winning Attitude – The inner knowledge that you will do your best – win or lose.
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