Thanks to Steve Alic of USA Football for bringing this to our attention. On Tuesday, August 10, the Vikings hosted USA Football Day, where youth football leaders were invited by the team and USA Football to watch the day’s practice sessions. The Kansas City Chiefs also held a similar event during their training camp.
The morning practice session was moved indoors that day because of inclement weather, but the rain didn’t dampen spirits.
“Oh, it’s great,” lifelong Vikings fan Anthony Burke said from the camp. “We got a bunch of autographs from a couple different players.”
Those invited to the USA Football Day got more than just autographs from the event. They also watched for tips and drills that they could incorporate into their own level of football.
“They did some drills where they’re down on one knee and came up and hit the pad so that they stay under the blocker and are rolling their hips through it, which I think was really a good fundamental drill that even a third- or fourth-grader would get,” said Burke. “I was just at a coaching clinic last night, and that’s one thing that they just kept on saying: Teach these kids to come up, roll their hips and drive their hands up through the shoulder pads and get separation. And that’s exactly what they were doing, and it seemed like a good drill.”
USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association.
Youth football leaders interested in joining the membership base of the NFL’s official youth football development partner can learn more about the memberships and their benefits by visiting usafootball.com today.
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