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For NFL Rookie Sharrif Floyd, Survival Instincts Lead to Mental Toughness

Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune The first tattoos, Sharrif Floyd says, came in 2007, when he was a sophomore at George Washington High School in Philadelphia. ¶ Teenage impulse as much as anything sent him to a classmate’s home, where the star defensive tackle had part of his name — “Rif” — inscribed down his left forearm and “Tonya,” his mother’s name, down the right. ¶ Once that canvas — now 6-feet-3 and 303 pounds — was splattered, Floyd couldn’t stop. With obvious pride, the Vikings rookie rolls through the 13 tattoos he has added since. Up both arms, across his shoulders, sp[...]

Tom Brady's NFL Combine Shows You Can't Measure Heart and Spine

By Coach Jim Rettew The NFL Combine is going on right now, and judging by all the "NFL draft picks gone bust" shows on the sports channels, its obviously an impercise measure of success.  Just look at the stats and picture of Tom Brady.  He looks like he hasn't seen the inside of a weight room in years. Here's Ben Larsen from MassLive.com Where the combine --- and even the Wonderlic assessment test --- fails, is in the lack of appreciation towards the finer points of successful NFL quarterbacking: in-play decision making, understanding the many nuances of opposing defenses, moving in [...]

NFL Prospects Will Take Additional Aptitude Test Alongside Wonderlic

By TIMOTHY RAPP, Bleacher Report One of the popular topics of discussion during the NFL Scouting Combine each year is the true relevance of the Wonderlic test when it comes to scouting prospects. Albert Breer of NFL.com has provided a memo from the NFL regarding the new test. It reads: At this year's combine we will introduce a new and expanded player assessment tool designed to offer a much more robust and comprehensive assessment of a player's non-physical capabilities, aptitudes, and strengths. This tool was developed by Harold Goldstein, Professor of Industrial/Organiz[...]

Patriots Must Find Some Mental Toughness This Weekend

By Jen Slothower, NESN Tom Brady was ticked off after the Patriots’ win against the Jaguars last Sunday. As he should have been — it was less a game than a poorly executed practice, with all facets of the team playing with a general malaise. While recent studies have shown that an angry Brady is a terrific Brady for the Patriots, this kind of angry Brady is not. Brady should be praised for getting at his teammates when needed, but the fact that he had to start shouting again — after plenty of much-deserved criticism during the loss to the 49ers — is a bad sign. These last few weeks have [...]

Bryant & Romo: The Importance of Trust

By Dan Hanzus, NFL.com There were times earlier in the season when Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo couldn't help but show his frustration with Dez Bryant. An illegal procedure here. A route misunderstanding there. Romo knew Bryant was the most talented receiver he had, but he couldn't get their connection to click. Well, until it did. Bryant and Romo have morphed into one of the game's elite tandems in the past five weeks, a stretch in which Bryant has 34 catches for 497 yards and seven touchdowns. "Each and every week, it boosts my confidence just to know that Tony believes i[...]

New England's Mental Toughness: Then and Now

Kerry J. ByrneCold Hard Football Factswww.coldhardfootballfacts.comEmail Follow on Twitter Follow on Facebook Mental toughness was the Patriots hallmark in its Super Bowl glory days. However, after three losses by a total of four-points, including Sunday's excruciating 24-23 defeat at Seattle can we point the finger at a failure of mental toughness? The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots of 2003 and 2004 were the best big-game team in the history of football. Those teams consistently out-toughed the top teams in the NFL, both physically and mentally. The result was a pair of Super Bo[...]

Bill's Coach Questions Team Mental Toughness

By Associated Press in the Washington Post ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey questioned his players’ mental toughness on Monday, a day after the team’s embarrassing — and near-historic — second-half collapse against the New England Patriots. Placing the blame on everyone, including himself, Gailey called it his responsibility to address how Buffalo squandered a 14-point lead, by allowing the Patriots to score 45 second-half points in rallying to a 52-28 win. “You can’t be ahead 21-7 in the third quarter. And if we’re mentally tough like we need to be, that game doesn’[...]

Patriots ready to tough it out

By Shalise Manza Young Boston Globe Staff / January 11, 2012 FOXBOROUGH - Vince Wilfork can’t quite put his finger on it, but whatever it is, he believes these Patriots have a quality that recent teams have lacked. Call it mental toughness, call it grit - call it “our backs are against the wall and we’d better start fighting back.’’ Call it whatever you prefer. But whatever it is, Wilfork likes it. “I think that the tougher the game gets, the more, I don’t know, settled we get,’’ he said. “Never lose our poise. You know you get frustrated at times, but at the same time, you go out there and [...]

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