Intense training exercises for American football

American football puts a lot of stress on the human body. However, it is also unique in the sense that players sprint and barrel into each other for a short period of time, before taking rests that are twice or thrice as long. Unlike sports like basketball, soccer, or even football’s close cousin, rugby, the human body is spiked with activity and sustains a lot of damage in a very short period of time.

Training for American football requires a heavy mix of sprinting and strength, prioritized over stamina and endurance. The two latter qualities, however, are always a must for athletes. All kinds of movement training for mobility and agility are a huge plus. But then, positions also have to be considered. For instance, the training regimen for linebacks is different from that of quarterbacks.

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 16:  The line of scrimmage is seen between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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A huge chunk of the team already emphasizes compound movement training over bodybuilding routines to increase the body’s flexibility. Although bodybuilding adds mass and strength, it fails to boost an athlete’s other facets such as speed, quickness, mobility, and agility.

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More and more athletes have now turned to high intensity interval training, or HIIT, for full body routines. This is taken to heart, especially by all athletes. Those who lack in size do this to condition their physiques for competition with their bigger, stronger counterparts. Bigger, lumbering giants do HIIT to increase their mobility on the field.

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Steeler 88: Lynn Swann

The Pittsburgh Steelers have held a long tradition of excellence, after having a number of marquee players rise up from their fold. They contributed in a huge way to the colorful history of the game. One such player is Lynn Swann. Here are some interesting details about him.

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  1. He had a lot promise early on as an athletic collegiate star with the University of Southern California Trojans football team. He had what was a rare mix of speed and grace in his raw talent, thanks in large part to his skills in dancing.
  2. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in public relations in 1974 and was eventually made part of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
  3. He was drafted as the 21st pick in 1974 by the Pittsburgh Steelers, in a rookie class which football scribes look back to as one of the most talent-rich drafts in football history, along with other eventual Hall of Famers John Stallworth, Mike Webster, and Jack Lambert.
  4. As a rookie, he led the NFL with 577 punt-return yards, a standing franchise record and the fourth best record of all time in those days.
  5. His sophomore year was his brightest. He caught 49 passes for 781 yards, and more importantly, he led the league in having the most touchdowns at 11.
  6. In one of his games against the Oakland Raiders, he was knocked out by George Atkinson which resulted in a major concussion that forced him to spend two days in the hospital. To everyone’s surprise, he returned to play for Super Bowl X, recorded 4 catches for 161 yards, and made a touchdown. His stellar play made him the first ever wide receiver to bag the Super Bowl MVP.
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Terry Bradshaw, Steeler of the show

Terry Bradshaw started out his career as a football player as the top pick in the 1970 NFL draft, after being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers. From there, he went on to becoming so much more, in many other different places.

In his 14 years with the Steelers, he was able to bring his team to the Super Bowl a handful of times, being able to earn for himself a number of Super Bowl rings.


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After struggling to establish himself in the Pittsburgh rotation in his first few years, his 1972 season finally showed everyone that he was not to be taken lightly. Bradshaw led the team in winning a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl.

The following year, still a force to be reckoned with, and now with a renewed respect from his teammates and opponents alike, Bradshaw once again brought the Steelers to supremacy by winning the Super Bowl over the Dallas Cowboys. This was a time when he also won as the NFL Player of the Year.

His success continued in the years that followed. With a cannon-like arm that he had, he was a superb quarterback. Easily, he won again as the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1980, after helping his team defeat the Los Angeles Rams. However, Bradshaw figured in a slump. His elbow muscles took a beating, and he had to deal with retirement.


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He became a regular guest commentator for CBS, and after doing this several times, he stole the show and became a very competent game analyst. Easily he developed his skills in front of the camera, while he still maintained the same mental sharpness he had on the football field, making him one of football’s most loved commentators.

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The Most Successful Ucla Bruins In The Nfl

There are a lot of football players who have made successful careers in college. But there is a special breed which brings this success all the way to the pros. Here is a list of the most successful UCLA Bruins who made it in the NFL.

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TROY AIKMAN, quarterback, 1987-1988

After two eventful years with the Bruins, which even include a 20-4 record, this signal-caller was eventually picked up by the Dallas Cowboys in 1989, where he led them to three Super Bowl titles in four years. An able staple in the league, he had a storied 12-year career. He is arguably UCLA’s greatest quarterback.

KENNY EASLEY, free safety, 1977-1980

Kenny Easley will go down in history as one of the toughest defensive players to come from the Bruins. He owns the recognition for intercepting 19 passes during his four years as a starter in the Bruins’ defensive backfield. He made it to the NFL’s All-Pro four times, even being named as the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1984.

JONATHAN OGDEN, offensive tackle, 1992-1995

Jonathan Ogden is by far the best offensive lineman that the UCLA has produced. He proved this by winning the Outland Trophy as the nation’s foremost in this position. Upon reaching the pro ranks, the Baltimore Ravens made him the fourth pick in the season’s draft. He won the Super Bowl with the same team in 2001.

BOB WATERFIELD, quarterback, 1941-1942, 1944

Bob Waterfield is a much adored collegiate icon from the Bruins, leading his team to their first Rose Bowl in 1943 by beating USC for the first time. Onto his professional career, his momentum barely broke as he became the first ever rookie to have won the Most Valuable player title.

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Ram For Life: A Look At The Playing Career Of Jackie Slater

An NFL career that spans 20 years is already an outstanding feat. To forge that career with a single franchise is even more impressive. And that was what offensive tackle Jackie Slater did.

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Slater had a successful high school career as a two-way star for Wingfield High School in Jackson, MS. This caught the attention of future Pro Football Hall of Famer Walter Payton, who personally recruited him to Jackson State University. They would go on to play together for three years, collecting all sorts of accolades under head coach Bob Hill and offensive line coach Melvin Pete.

The offensive extraordinaire would then proceed to craft a professional career after being selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the third round of the 1976 NFL draft.

For three seasons, he spent most of his time as backup before becoming the starting right tackle in 1979. That year, the Rams made their first Super Bowl appearance.

During his NFL tenure, he was selected to seven Pro Bowls and awarded five All-Pro selections due primarily to his offensive consistency and prowess in defending quarterback sacks that led to a high total team yard gains and rushing stats.

He retired in 1995 after playing one season in St. Louis as the franchise relocated there. To celebrate his dominant and lengthy career, he was enshrined to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and his jersey number 78 was retired in 2001.

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Remembering The Los Angeles Rams In The ‘80s

As the ‘70s came to a close, the Los Angeles Rams suffered a tragic loss when their owner Carroll Rosenbloom drowned. When Rosenbloom’s widow, Georgia Frontiere, took over, she moved the franchise from the Los Angeles Coliseum to Anaheim Stadium. Enter the ‘80s.

The early ‘80s saw the franchise rebuilding itself. Their fans were halved, though, when the Oakland Raiders took the Los Angeles Coliseum and won the Super Bowl in 1983.

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1983 proved to be a big year for the Rams as coach John Robinson entered the picture. He took out aging players from the ‘70s. This move led to a massive improvement of the team as they reached the playoffs that year. Robinson’s influence was further seen when the Rams reached the NFC Championship in 1985 but were beaten by the mighty Chicago Bears, who would go on to win the championship.

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Another big reason for the success of the Rams was a fantastic running back by the name of Eric Dickerson. He started out for the Rams in 1983 and became Rookie of the Year. He would set rushing records and go on to have five outstanding years for the Rams.

Even after Dickerson was traded in 1987 to the Indianapolis Colts, the Rams remained strong contenders. This was because Ernie Zampese had come to town. Zampese was an avant-garde leader on the field, often employing unorthodox methods of offense, that no defender had seen before. Because of Zampese, the Rams moved up from being 28th in offense in 1986 to 3rd in 1990.

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No Love Lost: The Story Of a 10th Round Nfl Draft Pick

In 1985, a Los Angeles native was anxiously waiting for his name to be called, which would signal the start of his NFL career. Duval Love played prep football at Fountain Valley High School and college football at UCLA. And like any other player, he wished to translate his school football career to the professional league. But after nine rounds of draft, his name has yet to be mentioned.

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Love was not supposed to be chosen later than the fourth round, as some scouts had predicted after seeing his performance during his junior season in college. Being selected in the 10th round was naturally a devastating turn of events for Love. And even though his hometown team drafted him, the Los Angeles Rams, he knew that his work was cut out for him because he’d be playing for a team that had four pro bowlers on the offensive line – the position he was playing.

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Not keeping his head down, Love put in the work needed from him and eventually made the team. But while the Rams had a pretty decent offensive line, the rest of the team was struggling, leading to unsuccessful campaigns. But 1991 saw a change of fortune for the guard as the Pittsburgh Steelers signed him, albeit being a Plan B.

Nevertheless, it is with the Steelers where Love found success. In 1995, Love would be named to his lone pro bowl appearance because of his solid performance during the season. He was also a significant contributor to the Steelers’ playoff runs, but his team fell short of reaching the Super Bowl. Love would go on to play with the Arizona Cardinals during the last two years of his inspiring career that proves that staying positive and toughing it out can transform a 10th round draft pick to an all-star.

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