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"Kids and parents need to understand just how much Wrestling enhances a football prospects resume, rankings and recruitment by D1 coaches.  

College coaches especially D1 coaches really like big lineman who have a wrestling background.  
I think as a sport we really do a poor job of communicating that fact to our big kids across the state at a young age." CT poster Durdon

"Just wanted to try to take a look at Adam," Vrabel explained of the signing of Coon when the coach spoke with the media on Thursday. "I followed his wrestling career for a while. Something we looked at and, again, I was a part of as a player taking a former wrestler and they developed into an offensive lineman with Stephen Neal."

Vrabel played with the New England Patriots from 2001 to 2008 and Neal played for them from 2002 to 2010. Just like Coon, Neal played high school football but never in college, concentrating and flourishing in wrestling.

"Wrestlers, especially at that elite level, have unbelievable balance, core strength, things that I think would translate well to an offensive lineman," Vrabel said.

Coon, having claimed Greco-Roman and freestyle championships and medals throughout a decorated college and Team U.S.A. tenure, notably was a two-time NCAA finalist (2015, 2018), a 2018 Senior world silver medalist, two-time Senior World Team member and a 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials runner-up.

https://www.nfl.com/news/can-titans-ol-adam-coon-be-the-next-stephen-neal

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I'm glad that someone started this topic.  I absolutely believe that sports can play hand-in-hand with helping another.  At Fairview the Football program has won 100 games since the start of the 2010 season (100-33 Overall) during that 11 year run of success. 

 

Most schools offer Basketball during the Winter and Baseball/Soccer during the Spring.  At some schools if "Football players" don't excel at those sports then they begin the off-season weight program in January upon returning from Christmas Break.  Our Basketball and Soccer programs have been highly successful in past years.  Our Baseball program just experienced one of the school's most successful seasons.  

 

The majority of our Football players compete in Wrestling during the Winter and then run Track and Field during the Spring.  Fairview High School has produced State Champions and competed for State Championships at both sports biggest stages and we've had several players attribute their growth and progress as Football players to what they did in other sports seasons.  

 

I feel like a lot of coaches nowadays cringe at the thought of "their players" being actively involved in other sports.  At Fairview, for those who have seen, our weight room is a tremendous facility for a high school program and our head strength and conditioning coach is one of the best in the business.  The players who do attend off-season workouts from Day 1 will grow and progress as athletes.  

 

At the same time though our other sports programs (Basketball, Wrestling, Track and Field, Soccer, Baseball, Etc.) are also a big part of our team's growth from one year to the next and they all play a role in watching our guys progress as athletes.  

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My son played football from the age of five and started wrestling in the sixth grade. We viewed wrestling as a offseason training program since he didn’t play basketball. It not only made him better physically but also mentally. There is no where to hide on a wrestling mat. It created accountability. Seven years later my son is a five time state champion (2X football 3X wrestling). Wrestling made him a better football player and football made him a better wrestler. I would encourage anyone playing in the front seven to wrestle or at least give it a try. 

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11 hours ago, JMorton said:

My son played football from the age of five and started wrestling in the sixth grade. We viewed wrestling as a offseason training program since he didn’t play basketball. It not only made him better physically but also mentally. There is no where to hide on a wrestling mat. It created accountability. Seven years later my son is a five time state champion (2X football 3X wrestling). Wrestling made him a better football player and football made him a better wrestler. I would encourage anyone playing in the front seven to wrestle or at least give it a try. 

Deuce was a privilege to watch and he was a heck of a ball player and it’s obvious he has been raised by a great family.

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On 6/22/2021 at 8:07 PM, JMorton said:

My son played football from the age of five and started wrestling in the sixth grade. We viewed wrestling as a offseason training program since he didn’t play basketball. It not only made him better physically but also mentally. There is no where to hide on a wrestling mat. It created accountability. Seven years later my son is a five time state champion (2X football 3X wrestling). Wrestling made him a better football player and football made him a better wrestler. I would encourage anyone playing in the front seven to wrestle or at least give it a try. 

Congrats!!!

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1 hour ago, UpperCumberlandMan said:

Recruiters like multi sport athletes. I don't know why by 7th or 8th grade parents focus there kid on one sport. Or school allow certain coaches to encourage kids to just play the sport they coach. 

Totally agree with your thoughts!

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