Inside the 20

There are some sports that don’t always require that everyone on the field is constantly running, catching, throwing, defending, the list goes on and on.  Football, however, is not one of those sports.  Football is already a pretty unique as is—it’s like an interesting hybrid between rugby and hockey (rugby for the obvious reasons, and hockey because of the Michelin-man like padding constantly worn).  It is also unique because every player is actively involved in each and every play.

There are a plethora of positions one can play in football—quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tackle, etc. and these are just the offensive positions!  There are 22 players on the field at all times and not one of them can take a second off.  Discounting all the time spent on penalty calls, challenging plays, team huddles, commercial breaks, no wait, that’s just the NFL—the point still stands though.  In football you have to be perpetually ready for anything and, on top of that, you have to be quick.

Being quick can be observed in two ways: physically and mentally.  Obviously a guard won’t have to be nearly as quick as a cornerback, however their reflexes and mental game have to be lightning fast in order to block others from getting to the quarterback.  Being physically quick will always be beneficial in athletics.  There has never been an athlete in the history of sports that has ever been awarded for being slow (ignoring David Ortiz).  Working on your physical strength and agility will help you dominate on the field, as will developing your mental quickness.

By thinking fast, making quick decisions and exercising your speed you are guaranteed to be an unstoppable football force.  So make sure to train all of these beneficial aspects in and out of season, that way you’ll always be both quick and ready on the field.

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