The Link Between Football and Wrestling

While sports like bas­ket­ball, soc­cer, ice hock­ey and track can improve an athlete’s agili­ty and speed, no oth­er sport is as ben­e­fi­cial to foot­ball play­ers as wrestling.

Wrestling Makes Great Football Players!

Wrestling Gives Football Players, the Following Tools:

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.

What the coaches say:

“I would have all of my offensive linemen wrestle if I could.” –John Madden, Hall of Fame Football Coach and Broadcaster

"I'm a huge wrestling fan. Wrestlers have so many great qualities that athletes need to have." - Bob Stoops - Oklahoma Sooners Head Football Coach

“Wrestlers make coaching football easy, they have balance, coordination, and as a staff we know they are tough.” -Tom Osborne College Hall of Fame Coach for the University of Nebraska

“I draft wrestlers because they are tough, I’ve never had a problem with a wrestler.” –Joe Gibbs Hall of Fame Football Coach

It’s easy to understand why multi-sport athletes are sought after. Competing in a variety of roles shows dedication and well-rounded athletic ability. It’s also a really productive way to pass the time during your football off-season

And though many sports will improve overall athleticism, wrestling is teh BEST thing you could do during football off-season.

From 2X Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin to Miami Dolphins fullback Larry Czonka, the list of prominent football players with wrestling pedigrees is long.

Why? Four skills (among many others) translate directly from the wrestling mat to the football field.

1. Tackling Form

Low hips, straight back, eyes up — the per­fect stance for a take­down mir­rors great tack­ling form. Nobody in the world does this bet­ter than Olympic cham­pi­on Jordan Burroughs. (We think JB would have made an excel­lent strong safety.)

2. Hand-Fighting

Wrestlers are required to use their hands to fight for posi­tion, just like foot­ball play­ers. Think about a line­backer shed­ding a block, or a cor­ner jam­ming a receiver.

3. Leverage

At the line of scrim­mage, the low­er man is more like­ly to win the bat­tle. This same premise reigns on the wrestling mat, since no take­down is suc­cess­ful­ly exe­cut­ed with­out prop­er leverage.

4. Footwork

Throwing, blocking and tackling all require a focus on proper footwork and lower body agility. The unparalleled footwork that separates Pro-Bowl NFL Athletes is the same skill giving wrestlers Kyle Snyder and Kyle Dake a leg up on the competition.