"Ten Good Reasons for Football Players to Wrestle."
They are as follows:
1. Agility--The ability of one to change the position of his body efficiently and easily.
2. Quickness--The ability to make a series of movements in a very short period of time.
3. Balance--The maintenance of body equilibrium through muscular control.
4. Flexibility--The ability to make a wide range of muscular movements.
5. Coordination--The ability to put together a combination of movements in a flowing rhythm.
6. Endurance--The development of muscular and cardiovascular-respiratory stamina.
7. Muscular Power (explosiveness)--The ability to use strength and speed simultaneously.
8. Aggressiveness--The willingness to keep on trying or pushing your adversary at all times.
9. Discipline--The desire to make the sacrifices necessary to become a better athlete and person.
10. A Winning Attitude--The inner knowledge that you will do your best - win or lose.
Could it be that many football players are "missing the boat" off-season. To make a point, I'd like you to
consider the following true story of many, many years ago.
There was a football coach from a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania who was anxious about keeping some
of his players in condition during the winter months. Of course, his ends and backfield personnel were
participating in basketball, but what about the offensive and defensive linemen?
Then an idea struck him like a sledgehammer--"Why not start a wrestling program for the bigger and, often
less agile players!" Well, he did and his wrestling teams became so good that they had to compete with college
freshmen. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, his powerful football units of the past are still the subject of
conversation amongst his local townspeople.
What does wrestling have to offer an aspiring football candidate? Primarily, it teaches him "self-reliance"--the
ability to make things happen without expecting help from others. A pigskin participant learns (via the mat
sport) that although there are 10 of his peers on the field with him, he must perform his duties at all times. and
not lean on his teammates for support when fatigued.
And that's not all. In the wrestling room, he improves his agility, coordination, quickness, upper body strength,
and stamina--to name just a few benefits. So, if you have a son who's a tackle or guard and he's spending most
of the snow season on his duff, suggest wrestling. He'll be a much better football player for it!
“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
Football and Wrestling
Two Peas in a Pod