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Titans draft picks show common theme: Wrestlers make good football players

As they wrestle with where to place players on their draft board, one thing that carries value for the Tennessee Titans personnel department is a background in wrestling. It was apparent in the 2012 draft, which included second-round pick Zach Brown, undefeated (29-0 with 17 pins) as a high school heavyweight in Maryland, and third-round […]

Titans like to draft players with wrestling backgrounds

When the Titans spent their second-round draft pick on linebacker Zach Brown and their third-round draft pick on defensive tackle Mike Martin, they saw one aspect of the players’ backgrounds that they particularly liked: Both were successful high school wrestlers. Titans General Manager Ruston Webster said the team views it as a plus when players […]

Cole Konrad Tries Out for Minnesota Vikings

Add Cole Konrad’s name to the list of former top college wrestlers who want to play in the NFL. The two-time NCAA heavyweight champ for the University of Minnesota in 2006 and 2007 tried out for the Minnesota Vikings in April. Konrad, who hasn’t played organized football since he was a high school freshman, was […]

Kole Conrad to the NFL?

Among several Vikings and other football prospects working out for seven NFL scouts Wednesday at the Gophers’ indoor facility was Kole Conrad, a two-time NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion for the Gophers. Conrad, 24, who has received interest from the New York Jets, checked in at 6 feet 3, 316 pounds. He gave up football as […]

Gone IN 90 Seconds: Mir Wrecks Lesnar’s UFC Debut

Mir defeats Lesnar in 1st round Ex-champion spoils former WWE wrestler’s UFC debut LAS VEGAS (AP) — Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira took the UFC interim heavyweight title, forcing former two-time champion Tim Sylvia to tap in the third round on Saturday night. In the co-main event, former heavyweight champion Frank Mir spoiled former NCAA wrestling champion […]

Cael Talks About Patriots’ Pursuit of Perfection

“You are going to be thinking about it. There’s no way around that. “These are the words of Cael Sanderson, one of the few Americans who can speak directly to the experience of being athletically perfect. During his four years as an Iowa State wrestler, Sanderson went 159-0. He is the only wrestler in Division […]

Konrad Writes About His NY Jets Minicamp Experience

This was posted at the Wrestling Talk forum, apparently originally posted by King Cole himself at The Guillotine website… The text of this message has been posted in the FILES section of NCAA Heavyweight Champs 2 Well i said i would hop on here and give an update as to how the weekend went, so […]

Konrad and Rowland Try Out for NY Jets

College wrestlers attend Jets’ minicamp By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer Sun May 13, 4:19 PM ET HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. ” Cole Konrad looked down at the football gear spread out in front of his locker, shook his head and smiled. “There’s tons of stuff here, “Konrad said with a laugh Sunday in the New […]

Stephen Neal Climbed the Sports Mountain — Twice

Five years ago, life was a lot different for Stephen Neal. At times struggling financially, his future was in limbo. He was training for the U.S. Nationals, where he looked to become the top U.S. heavyweight again. Just one year earlier, Neal was the defending World champion, before getting unseated by Kerry McCoy in 2000. […]

Bengals Coach Lewis — Once a Wrestler

Marvin Lewis is in his third season as Bengals head coach, following two campaigns during which he has re-established the team as a playoff contender while attracting fan support in record numbers. Lewis has led the Bengals to consecutive 8-8 records. In his rookie head coaching season of 2003, Cincinnati was the NFL’s most improved […]

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