My whole dream is to just be in the NFL. Even if its less than a week, or what not. Just to say I did it. How do you try out for a practice squad. I would be estatic just making a squad for a short period of time. I played one year of highschool football, and one year of college. I was the best athlete on my college football team (D2) but left college because of family issues and don't have the resources to go back. I just turned 23 and want to tryout in the next year or two.
Here are few videos, I know I have have bad clean form, my explosion is not the best, I need better footwork. I am taking all criticism and trying to apply it to my body of work. I am not going to discredit anything that will help me. I am currently working out twice a day if not more to get better I will be updating videos frequently I can do so from this thread.
I recently tried out for two Arena Football teams and did very well at the combine. One GM of a team, said he really liked me and I had a good chance of making a team, if not now then to keep working on it. Like I said I'm not expecting a million dollar contract or anything but to be signed to a practice squad in the NFL even for a short period of time would be a dream for me.
I played semi pro football the last two years and made the all-star team twice. I led the league in sacks both years, and made national all-american team for semi-pro last year. I honestly don't think I played anywhere near my ability or even that well, but I just thought I would note that. Not trying to brag because honestly its nothing to brag about. Some semi pro teams are competitive, some are terrible. I will try to upload some clips of my play as well, I might play semi-pro this year as well still on the fence. I just feel its a waste of time because their is no coaching involved, I'm not learning any technique or anything that is important to add to my game.
02-27-2012, 06:01 AM #1
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Best way would be to make it into some other league first like the AFL or CFL. You're going to need to put something on tape to show what you can do against legitimate competition. No one is gonna give you an invite based on videos of you working out. Except maybe the Rams.I call it "Celebration". It's sexual, and violent...
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02-27-2012, 07:19 AM #6
A friend of mine that I used to work with was a practice squadder on and off for a few years. But he played LB at an ACC school. Went undrafted, teams would just call him randomly. I remember one time we were at work, his agent called and said "You're a Cincinnati Bengal". He left, but was back at work 2 weeks later.
See if you can make an arena team first. You said you tried out but didn't say you made it. If you can't make an arena team, you aren't making an NFL squad.
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you need to find open tryouts and keep grinding. you wont be able to walk into a NFL practice facility and fill out an application.
teams find/invite you, so make yourself visible, not with workout videos though.When it comes to the NHL thread I'm the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.
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New this year there are NFL regional combines. It looks like registration is closed to all the combines except for the Chicago one. Not terribly far for you but its in less than a week. 150 to register I believe. If you do well they will invite you to the super regional combine in Detroit.
I'd say this is your best shot, or contact a team directly but I wouldn't have much hope in that. I may try one of these next year. We'll see.
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Each league and their individual teams may have varying times and procedures. Some request you pay a fee, some require you to pre-register ahead of time, many require some travel, some are invitation only, etc. The CFL for example does not hold league tryouts but their teams have tryouts scheduled throughout the US. Your agent is normally the best qualified and knowledgeable person on the various leagues and their policies. If you do not have an agent you can request an agent(s) to contact you by clicking menu item, "Athletes looking for Agents", "Football" on www.prosportsgroup.com. You can possible be successful going it alone but an informed and educated agent is worth more than his fee.
Before you contact a team or league you need to make sure you meet the minimum requirements they establish. Some leagues may have an age requirement, others a minimum of a college degree or playing experience. Do not waste your time, or money, and certainly not the agents or the teams. Be informed by reading their posted web site information and instructions! Take notes, when reading the requirements. A spiral notebook purchased at any office or school supply store is more than adequate.
You are interviewing for a job so you should desire to create the most professional resume, bio, and appearance within your resources. If you want to be a professional athlete then people will need to see you as a professional. Slackers, or out of shape players are a waste of tryout organizers time. You may not get a second chance.
If you want this as bad as most claim to, get in shape, stay in shape, eat right, and be prepared! Be in shape for your position not just "IN SHAPE". Your desire and drive to win shows itself in whether you are in shape of not. This is a very competitive market place with thousands of athletes wanting to advance. Do not embarrass yourself or others who support you. There are coaches and camps that can develop a program for you prior to going to a try out. Please take advantage of them if at all possible.
For the NFL, to really get a chance you must score high at the Combine and have a qualified agent! There are "PRO" days at colleges for those not invited to the combine. Now you can find this information in one location for a small fee. " The Football Tryout Links Package".
Testing will include most of the following, depending on the tryout: These are typically a minimum and a discussion from a professional trainer "Coach (Kevin) Cleary" is in our newsletter "Pro Sports News".
40, 20 & 10 Yard Dash
225 lb Bench Rep.
Standing Long Jump
20 Yard Shuttle
Create your player profile sheet so it is available when speaking to agents or team officials. It should be a complete as possible. Have some printed out, keep them with you in a folder, and be prepared.
Agent (if you have one and his/her contact info)
Date of Birth
High School experience
Semi pro or Pro experience
Any scout reports, combine scores
40 yd dash
Weight lifting information
A picture (not a prom picture , an athletics picture, showing body form, etc)
Achievements: Track, football, Basketball, ( all sports achievements)
References from past coaches teachers, articles of interest.
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