Rich Eisen and Steve Mariucci remember.  Playing in NY for the first time after 9-11 Steve said, “When that big flag came out, and they played the National Anthem everybody sang, everybody. There wasn’t a dry eye in that entire stadium. For once in my life it wasn’t us against them, we were all on the same team as Americans. It was an honor to be in that game.”  Watch the video… on NFL.com

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Defensive backs (DBs) usually line-up several yards back from the line of scrimmage and are typically responsible for covering receivers on passing plays and tackling running backs who break through the first line of the defense.

A defensive back has a lot of skills to check off before he steps foot on the field: Fast, agile, athletic, strong will and mind, great footwork, great tackler, and oh ya he’s got to be able to run fast backwards!

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Center

The center touches the football more than any other position in a football game.  He is the innermost lineman of the offensive line and is the player who passes (or “snaps”) the ball between his legs to the quarterback at the start of each play. This dude is important to your football team!

In recent years, the importance of centers for a football team has increased, due to the re-emergence of 3-4 defenses.

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The position of kicker is a unique position.  Not only does a kicker need to be athletic and coordinated to kick the ball physically but he must posses the confidence to handle pressure.  Flexibility, strength, technique and mental toughness are all important attributes of a great kicker.

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Linebacker

A linebacker would best be defined as baking a cake using a defensive back and a defensive lineman as the two ingredients.  A linebacker must possess the agility of a defensive back and the strength and toughness of a defensive lineman.  A great linebacker must be able to turn and run with a receiver in coverage as well as shed blocks from offensive lineman that can out-weigh them by 60-70 pounds.  A linebacker must also possess the most knowledge of any defender as they have to be able to recognize offensive formations and determine if a play is a run or a pass in only a split second.

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One of the most important things that an individual can have in their life is personal guidance.  While this website obviously focuses on the sport of football, consider the consequence of ignoring other areas of your life like your family, faith, fitness, education, and relationships. I believe that one of the most valuable experiences I have had in my life is being mentored by someone who modeled the kind of life I wanted to have.

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