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					Football and Wrestling:
  Two Peas in a Pod
       “I would have all of my
Offensive Lineman wrestle if I could.”

           - John Madden,
    Hall of Fame Football Coach
What others say about Wrestling
• “I love wrestlers, they are tough and they
  make great football players.” Mike Stoops,
  National Championship Football Coach -
  University of Oklahoma.
• “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
• “"You take any athlete at the peak of his
  conditioning and put him on the wrestling
  mat with a wrestler and in two minutes he'll
  be gassed. It’s…. great preparation both
  mentally and physically."
•    Coach Barry Switzer (3 NCAA
  National Championships with Okahoma,
  Super Bowl Championship with Dallas,
  & NCAA Hall of Fame Inductee)
•                The best athlete at both sports while in
•                college may have been Bob Golic from
•                Notre Dame he was a Stud football player
•                being 1st Team All American twice and
    leading ND to a National Title. He also place 4th and 3rd
    in NCAA wrestling. The fact that he was involved with the
    football team until January 1st every year because of
    Bowl Games makes his wrestling accomplishments that
    much more impressive.
           Ray Lewis –
    Pro Bowl Linebacker for the
         Baltimore Ravens




2x Florida 4A State Wrestling Champion at 189
  lbs
   Roddy White –
Atlanta Falcons Wide
      Receiver Roddy’s status as a physical
               and competitive receiver is
                        indicated by the two state
                        wrestling titles he won while
                        in high school.




     2x South Carolina
   State Wrestling Champ
       About Roddy White
• "Well-respected by coaches and
  teammates for his tough, aggressive
  nature (comes from his prep wrestling
  background)"
  - NFL Draft Scout
          Stephen Neal –
New England Patriots Offensive Lineman;
      3x Super Bowl Champion
          • Was a 4x NCAA
          All-American and 2x
          National Champion
          for Cal State –
          Bakersfield
          • 1999 World
          Champion
          About Stephen Neal
"In wrestling, you've got to have self-discipline and self-
motivation. As a lineman, it's the same thing ... me vs.
you. He brought that mentality to the football field.“ – High
School Football Coach
     David Pollack –
UGA All-American Defensive
  End/Cincinnati Bengals

        Georgia
        Wrestling State
        Runner-up
• Pro Bowl Defensive Tackle Warren Sapp
  was a Florida State Champion wrestler in
  High School.
                    Lorenzo Neal –
  4x Pro Bowl Fullback for Baltimore Raven

 California
 State
 Wrestling                                         NCAA
 Champion                                          Division 1
                                                   Wrestling
                                                   All-
                                                   American
• Wrestling is his indoor sport of choice. An All-America wrestler in
  college, Neal returns to Fresno State during the offseason and stays
  in shape by working out with some of the nation’s top collegiate
  wrestlers.
• Steve
  Wisniewski
• California State
  Champion
      Davin Joseph–
Pro Bowl Offensive Lineman


        *2x
        Florida State
        Wrestling
        Champion
        •Tampa Bay
         Bucs
• Hall of Fame Running Back from the
  Miami Dolphins, Larry Czonka, pounded
  opponents on the wrestling mat as well as
  the gridiron.
• Carelton Haselrig won SIX national titles
  in college (3 in Div II, which back then
  qualified the Div II champs to the Div I
  tournament and he won the Div I title all 3
  years as well). He then went on to be an
  all-pro lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  Now at age of 43 is in the UFC.
    Other Notable NFL players that
             Wrestled…
•   Ronnie Brown - Dolphins
•   Tiki Barber -New York Giants
•   Ronnie Lott - 49ers
•   Bo Jackson – Raiders
•   Bruce Smith - Redskins
•   Archie Griffin - Bengals
•   Ricky Williams - Dolphins
•   Eric Rhett - Browns
•   Tony Siragusa - Ravens
•   Bruce Smith - Bills
•   Adam Vinatieri (yes, a kicker) - Indi
 The link cannot be ignored…
• Football never made a wrestler a better wrestler,
  BUT Wrestling made every football player a better
  football player!!!
• Influence of Wrestling in the NFL
• • 10 Hall of Fame Football Players
  • 43 Multiple Pro-Bowlers
  • 60 Individual State Championships
  • 13 NCAA Wrestling Championships
  • 3 Heisman Trophy Winners Wrestled
  • 14 1st Round Draft Picks Wrestled
  • 23 RB’s / 20 LB’s / 2 QB’s / 66 Lineman / 6 DB’s
  /1K
         Make your mark…
• You have four years of high school to
  participate in sports. Once its over, its
  over…no do over’s. Make your mark in
  high school by being the best you can be
  whether that’s in one, two or three sports!

				
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