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Title: Football and Wrestling: Two Peas in a Pod

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
  • Wrestlers make coaching football easy, they have
    balance, coordination, and as a coaching staff we
    know theyre 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. Its. great preparation both mentally
    and physically."
  • Coach Barry Switzer (3 NCAA National
    Championships with Okahoma, Super Bowl
    Championship with Dallas, NCAA Hall of Fame

  • 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
Roddys 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
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 Champion
NCAA 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 nations
    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

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 RBs / 20 LBs / 2 QBs / 66
    Lineman / 6 DBs / 1 K

Make your mark
  • You have four years of high school to participate
    in sports. Once its over, its overno do overs.
    Make your mark in high school by being the best
    you can be whether thats in one, two or three