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    The nearby High Schools have a few wrestling programs. Most here do not though all have football programs, eithere 9 man or full 11 man teams. Many co-op with two to a half dozen towns into one team.

    I know some football coaches encourage wrestling as their experience tells them it helps with balance, tackling, blocking, work ethic and conditioning - among others. Anyone have links to articles or information on top coaches who make or have made statements encouraging wrestling for their players, or for a wrestling background and how it helps?

    Any articles from coaches on how wrestling fits into football and can make for better, tougher or stronger players?

    Am looking for ways to help the football coaches in our area encourage their players to to out for wrestling... as in smaller rural areas like ours we don't have enough kids on the mat. One local high school team has 6 kids out this season and has not fielded a full team for the past three seasons. Their football coach sees what the wrestlers can do but says absolutely nothing to push his kids into the sport. Would be nice to go to him and be able to refer the kids on the fence with solid information of top level coaches saying what a benefit wrestling give to the football players.

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    This isn't exactly what you're asking, but a somewhat related anecdote. I can remember Dave Joyner making a comparison of football training and wrestling training years ago. Joyner was a first-team AA offensive lineman and a runner-up national champ at Hwt for PSU back in the 70's. He was asked which sport was tougher in terms of training and conditioning and he said there was no comparison--that wrestling was much tougher. That at least speaks to the advantage of conditioning that wrestling gives to the wrestler, which could help out a football player.

    Switching sports, I wrestled and played tennnis and I can say that wrestling does nothing to help tennis (not that anyone was asking!).

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    Last edited by quinn14; 11-26-2011 at 11:52 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quinn14 View Post
    http://youtu.be/lBRWSSVohZA

    Buckeye Gameday Advance: Fickell still carries a wrestler's attitude | Mansfield News Journal | mansfieldnewsjournal.com

    NFL Players That Wrestled

    Great find Quinn! Very interesting--a lot of guys that I didn't know wrestled before. I found it interesting to see Vinateri in there, as you don't usually think of place kickers being wrestlers. I saw a lot of former PSU guys on the list. It would be interesting to see how many of those guys wrestled in college. Ray Lewis was a 2-time Fl state champ. I doubt he wrestled in college.

    This one isn't an article about them, but you can probably google any of these guys and find an article about their wrestling.

    NFL Players That Are Former Wrestlers In High School or College
    Great find Quinn! Very interesting--a lot of guys that I didn't know wrestled before. I found it interesting to see Vinateri in there, as you don't usually think of place kickers being wrestlers. I saw a lot of former PSU guys on the list. It would be interesting to see how many of those guys wrestled in college. Ray Lewis was a 2-time Fl state champ. I doubt he wrestled in college.

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    Thanks Quinn, that is just the kind of information that can help.
    I am surprised many football coaches can't see the benefit of wrestling for their players.
    One I really loved watching was Curly Culp. The guy was a non stop motion machine on the mat and said wrestling helped him with football a lot.

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