Tim Krumrie was known for his intensity as a football player and coach. Krumrie spent 12 years in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he was a two-time Pro Bowl selection as a nose tackle that helped lead the Bengals to the 1989 Super Bowl. Prior to that Krumrie spent four years as a starter at the University of Wisconsin. In 16 years of college and pro football, he never missed a start. He was known for his toughness, tenacity, and technique.
He credits those traits to wrestling. Krumrie was 29-0 as a senior at Mondovi High School in Wisconsin, winning a state heavyweight championship his senior year (1979), and spent two years as the heavyweight on the Wisconsin wrestling team, where he placed fifth in the 1981 Big Ten tournament.
“Wrestling gave me the technique to succeed in football,” said Krumrie, who went on to work as a defensive line coach for 15 years in the NFL after retiring as a player. “In wrestling, you are alone on the mat. Many times, I was alone against the center. I would play 60 plays a game in football. That’s like 60 starts to a wrestling match. Each play is a new start, a new match.”
As NFL training camps kick off across the country, former wrestlers everywhere are gearing up for another season of football, and another chance to use their wrestling background to succeed on the football field. Crockett Gillmore burst on the scene as a tight end for the Baltimore Ravens last year.
“Wrestling set me up for success as a football player,” said Gillmore, who expanded on his wrestling backgroundbefore the 2014 NFL Draft. “There are so many movements that are related in football. A big part of the game is technique, and I learned that in wrestling.”
At least 18 NFL teams have an ex-wrestler on the roster. Many teams have multiple wrestlers. The Pittsburgh Steelers have seven ex-wrestlers. The Indianapolis Colts have four, including kicker Adam Vinatieri, and Austin Blythe, a center who was a 2016 seventh round pick from the University of Iowa who is from Williamsburg, Iowa, where he won three state titles and recorded a state record 143 pins during his career.
USA Football is the national governing body for amateur American football in the United States. Coaches and leaders with the organization see the impact wrestling has on the development of football players.
“Balance and control against an external resistance, leverage and positioning and the ability to move a non-willing opponent are skills needed for all football positions,” said Andy Ryland, Senior Manager of Education and Training for USA Football said. “Wrestling does a great job teaching this.”
The Minnesota Vikings have four wrestlers on the roster and head coach Mike Zimmer is a former wrestler. His dad, Bill Zimmer coached Mike in football and wrestling at Lockport Township High School in Illinois and Bill is in both the Illinois High School wrestling and football hall of fames. Zimmer talked about how wrestling helped him go the extra mile in athletics and as a coach.
“I think you learn more from wrestling than any other sport,” Zimmer says. “You find out so much more about yourself and about competition. When it gets down to it, it’s you and the guy across from you. When I was wrestling, for the six minutes that you’re out there, it is one of the toughest, most demanding sports that I’ve ever been around. I think guys that can go through that and compete with all the different things going on, it really defines who you are.”
Krumrie rattled off a laundry list of skills learned in wrestling that transfer to the football field. It starts with the eyes, he says, being aware of your opponent and focusing on their every movement. Hand control. Technique. Stance. Balance. Footwork. Endurance. Quickness. Strength.
“In wrestling, if you get control of the hands, if you get that inside step, you have the edge,” said Krumrie.
It wasn’t just the interior linemen who benefited from wrestling either, says Krumrie. Skill players also use a wrestling background to their advantage. Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jared Abbrederis is a former wrestler.
“Look at everything a cornerback does,” he said. “Tackling is about form and technique. Using your hands. Wrestling teaches that.”
It also teaches something else.
“I can teach technique, but I can’t teach heart,” says Krumrie. “Every wrestler I ever coached had heart and tenacity. That was a given.”
( From Wrestling Insider News magazine with Kyle Dake 4x NCAA Cornell Champion )
Perspective. Life is unfolding exactly how it is supposed to. I’ve poured my heart and soul into the sport of wrestling and have been very fortunate with the amount of success I have experienced. The reason wrestling and winning is so satisfying is the fact that you are putting everything into it: the hard work, the commitment, the time, the sleepless nights, the sacrifices and your body on the line to get your hand raised at the end of the day.And sometimes that doesn’t happen. Losing is an aspect of wrestling that everyone has experienced at some point in their life and it is the response to that losing that brings out who you truly are. Of, course, losing hurts and of course you never want to experience it, but sometimes it is exactly what is supposed to happen. Do I wish I would have won the Olympic Team Trials and had an opportunity to qualify the weight class for the Olympics ? Absolutely. But I can’t control what happened in the past. The only thing I can control is the moment I’m living in. Wrestling has shown me time and time again that it is about the journey and not the results. Wrestling is part of who I am and what I do every single day: and because it is such a large part of my life, it has undoubtedly become part of my personal growth. Dealing with adversity and overcoming it is something everyone has to face, some people are fighting every day for their life and that is something I try and realize every day. I am fortunate enough to be part of a great organization called the he Spartan Foundation, which is apart of Spartan Race and their goal is to give every single kid an opportunity to be a Spartan even if they are disabled. Speaking and being around these people, who are happier than ever to be alive, puts my life and troubles into perspective. I am a relatively healthy person with everything going for me. My perceived troubles are minuscule I can’t help but to let them go when I see a child not able to walk or speak because of the way she / he was born or see kids who don’t have shoes because their families can’t afford them. I’m living a very blessed life. Many of us are. But, we keep our binders on and think life is all about winning and losing, when in fact it is about loving all of our brothers and sisters, and helping others in need. We need to help each other. If I can help through the sport of wrestling, then everything that happens is totally worth it.
DAVID TAYLOR ( FORMER PENN STATE ALL AMERICAN )
The first thing you need to do coming of a tournament win or lose, is reflect on each and every match, each position. Where did you win and where did you lose each position ? I’ve taken this a couple of different ways in my own career. Of those three times at the ( World / Olympic ) Trials, I left very frustrated. I didn’t really move forward. I was bummed, my body was hurt and I was just king of ” checked out ” for a period of time. Now I’m ready to get better. A lot of wrestlers or athletes in any sport take a loss negatively or find a way to take it positively. It’s heartbreaking. But there are a lot of other things out there. Wrestling is a small part of what we’re really put here for. It’s about impacting lives in a positive way. It’s influencing others. It’s being a good teammate, husband, son, daughter, finance and boyfriend / girlfriend. Just because wrestling goals didn’t work out, there are still a lot of other great things to be appreciative of. Your support group is who you need to thank the most.
1. Find the Best Competition
this is the path the best wrestlers have been on for decades. The best wrestlers and teams will be at off-season FS and GR tournaments and that is who you want to compete against if you desire a State Championship. This makes my point relevant everywhere. No matter what level your state is at if you are training to beat the best you are preparing to be a State Champion. If you are on the state, regional and national FS and GR circuit you will probably be separating yourself from the pack.
2. Sharpen Folksytle Techniques
Most of the Folkstyle fundamentals needed to be a State Champion are very important in FS & GR. Striving to be successful in FS & GR will solidify the techniques and strategies that are essential in Folkstyle.
Top 5 Folkstyle Techniques and Strategies Sharpened in FS & GR
And many more…
3. Master The Art of Winning Close Matches
Winning close matched, often comes down to focus and determination. The scoring pace in Freestyle and Greco-Roman and be high paced and points can go up quick. This forces wrestlers to stay focused and sharp in all positions. Learning to be alert and hustling in all positions is what it takes to win tough matches in any style and wrestling Freestyle and Greco-Roman is the perfect training ground to sharpen these skills.
Below is a breakdown of the skills and progression a wrestler can use to quickly have success in FS & GR. Combine these skills with your Folkstyle skills and you will definitely hold your own and be on the State Champion’s plan.
Neutral — Wrestlers can use the same scoring techniques they learn in Folkstyle to score in Freestyle. One thing that is different in Freestyle is the exposure rule. In Freestyle you don’t need to get a count to get 2 back points. If you expose your opponent by breaking 90 degrees you will score 2 points. With this in mind, your shot finishes need to be extra sharp or you can get tilted off your shots. That means you need to tighten up your shot finishes. Also, with the exposure rules you can be tilted from a front headlock position so you need to clear out of this quickly. These are all things that coaches preach consistently to wrestlers during the high school season.
If you really want to have fun and learn how to score points quickly you should learn to tilt off your opponent’s shots. This isn’t a necessity but will give you more scoring opportunities from the feet and they are pretty fun to learn.
OK THE SEASON IS OFFICALLY HERE. PRACTICE IS HERE. PLEASE NOTE THE SCHEDULE HAS BEEN CHANGED. 11/30/2013 IS A SATURDAY NOT A WEDNESDAY. MY BAD.
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ANABOL AGENTS ( STERIODS )
THG ( TETRAHYDROGESTRINONE )
19-NORANDROSTENEDIONE AND RELATED COMPOUNDS
SYNEPHRINE ( CITRUS AURANTIUM, ZHI SHI, BITTER ORANGE )
AND RELATED COMPOUNDS
THC ( TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL )
DIURETICS AND URINE MANIPULATORS
FINASTERIDE ( PROPECIA ) AND OTHER COMPOUNDS
PEPTIDE HORMONES AND ANALOGUES
ERYTHROPOIETIN ( EPO )
HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE ( HGH ) AND RELATED COMPOUNDS
CLOMIPHENE ( CLOMID )
TAMOXIFEN AND RELATED COMPOUNDS
( PERMITTED BY INHALATION )
ADDERALL, ANADROL, ANDROGEL, CYLERT, DEXEDRINE, EPOGEN, LASIX, OXANDRIN, RITALIN, TESTODERM
*MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION MAY BE GRANTED FOR REQUIRED USE WITH PROPER PRESCRIPTION.
BRONKAID ( EPHEDRINE )
PRIMATENE TABLETS ( EPHEDRINE )
BANNED SUBSTANCES FOUND IN NUTRITIONAL / DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
EPHEDRINE ( MA HUANG )
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OTHER FEATURE ARTICLES: ALCOHOL AND THE EFFECTS ON THE ATHLETES BODY, CASINO NIGHT AT THE WANTAGH INN, 09/16/2011 AT 7:00 P.M. RESERVE YOUR SPOT.
Alcohol use cancels out gains from your workout: Everyone knows that working out while under the influence of alcohol is dangerous because of the likelihood of injury. However, few athletes realize that consuming alcohol after a workout, practice, or competition can cancel out any physiological gains you may have received from such activities. Not only does long-term alcohol use diminish protein synthesis resulting in a decrease in muscle build-up, but even short-term alcohol use can impede muscle growth.
FACT: Alcohol causes dehydration and slows down the body’s ability to heal. Alcohol is a toxin that travels through your bloodstream to every organ and tissue in your body slowing your body’s ability to heal itself.
FACT: Alcohol use prevents muscle recovery. In order to build bigger and stronger muscles, your body needs sleep to repair it self after a workout. Because of alcohols effect on sleep, however, your body is robbed of a precious chemical called human growth hormone or HGH. HGH is part of the normal muscle-building and repair process. Alcohol can decrease the secretion of HGH by as much as 70%. Also drinking can trigger the production of a substance in your liver that is directly toxic to testosterone. Testosterone is essential for the development and recovery of your muscles.
FACT: Alcohol use depletes your source of energy. Once alcohol is absorbed through your stomach and small intestine and finally into your cells, it can disrupt the water balance in muscle cells, thus altering their ability to produce adenosine triphosphate ( ATP ) which is your muscles source of energy. ATP provides the fuel necessary for your muscles to contract. Alcohol also reduces energy sources by inhibiting a process known as gluconeogenesis in which glucose is formed from substances other than glucose. When alcohol is oxidized by alcohol dehydrogenate ( an enzyme ) it produces an elevation of NADH, which reduces the amount of co enzyme that is essential in the production of ATP. The loss of ATP results in a lack of energy and endurance.
WANT TO BE A CHAMPION ? DON’T DRINK…
NEXT UP: NCAA BANNED SUBSTANCES.
Written by Gina Fifth, MA., LMHC., NCC
Director: Alcohol and Drug Education and Luis G. Manzo PHD., Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of Alcohol and other Drug Treatment Services,
University Counseling Center
OK HERE IS MY FORUMLA SINCE I HAVE BEEN WRESTLING. MAYBE NOT MY WORDS BUT AGAIN THE MESSAGE IS THE SAME. IT COMES FROM THE HEART.
KEYS TO WINNING…
1. Be a Fanatic Trainer: Some guys are strong. Some are quick. They good ones always train all year round and hard. Never stop.
2. The only moves that matter are the ones you actually do and do well at high speeds.
3. Defense wins: If you score you may win.. If he never scores you won’t lose. Defense wins…
4. One Move: You should always have one move that you do well enough at high speeds that you can do once on anyone.
5. Conditioning is career long: Never let yourself get out of shape. Do some type of workout three times per week, all year long.
6. Every workout is important: Wrestle the best you can every time. Wrestle like a Champion Today.
7. Seek out the best competition: Work out with the best training partner you can find. Go to the toughest tournaments you can find. STEEL SHARPENS STEEL.
8. Training Schedule: Running ( 3 miles or more, 3 times per week with some sprints ) weight lifting, hard and correct drilling of technique, situation wrestling, good diet and proper rest.
9. Goal: You must have a goal and a detailed plan to attain your goal. Then work your plan. Never compromise on your goals and it will happen.
10. Be loyal to your parents, teammates, Coach and most of all yourself.
WORDS OF WISDOM..
“Through wrestling, through the hard work and the
sweat, through the victories and the defeats, we
learn a great deal about ourselves. Wrestling shows
you your limits, your weaknesses, your strengths
and, ultimately, you grow because of what
it shows you.” – J Robinson
“2011 Off-Season Match Count has Begun!!!”