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Joshua Cooley in Fox News: The NFL training that produces remarkable results, but is often overlooked

By Joshua Cooley for Fox News | Image from Fox

When the calendar turns to August, things change drastically for NFL players. Goodbye, sleeping in. Goodbye, hobbies. Goodbye, social life. Hello, training camp.

NFL training camps are brutal. Starting in late July, players go full-throttle to get ready for a grueling four-month regular season that everyone hopes will extend into a January playoff run.

The Super Bowl LII champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, hold training camp just a few blocks from Lincoln Financial Field, their home stadium. Even though camp is close to home for many players, the days are still long. Many arrive as early as 6:30 a.m. and don’t leave until 8:30 p.m., with just one day off a week.

Everything in training camp is extremely regimented. Players work with position coaches, drill on techniques, hold scrimmages, lift weights, watch film, hold meetings with their position groups, meet with their larger units – and then do it again . . . and again . . . and again. Continue reading…