ESPN OtL:NFL Players intersted in MMA
ESPN ran this story on Over the Line today.
I didn't see the telecast, as I got called into work.
It does mention the trainwreck that is Bob Sapp, and the mishap of Johnny Morton, but goes on to detail a couple of lesser known NFL guys who might have a chance in MMA.
That's great they can step in the ring but 99% of them will never make it to the big show or be considered a contender. the natural athleticism is there, but the time on the mat is not.
and sadly, the author loses all credibility at, "Morton's inauspicious MMA debut took place on June 2, in his hometown of Los Angeles. Reportedly, he trained for just a few months before taking a fight against established MMA fighter Bernard Ackah." Here's a tip reporters: don't fucking make **** up. Bernard Ackah was 1-0 going into that fight, and morton probably had just as much experience as him.
Last edited by v1y; 10/21/2007 10:16pm at .
To the extent that the former player wrestled in college or has extensive BJJ training like the guys in the article, their NFL-level athleticism potentially makes them a good fighter. Their football background is incidental.
The article also mentions Alonzo Spellman: a large, quick man who was a 1st-round draft pick. He had some mental health problems that led to his demise in the NFL.
jarrod bunch could definitely kick mma ass if he wanted to. since he lost to westbrook, he started training BJJ & won the blue heavyweight title at the worlds after a few months of training, then got his purple in about a year & a half. he's unbelievably strong & taps browns & blacks regularly; westbrook wouldn't catch him in an RNC now. the difference in athleticism between elite-level guys like him and ordinary guys is huge. as mma gets bigger & starts involving $$ comparable to other pro sports, the overall level of athleticism is going to skyrocket.
I have to agree. Martial Arts in general (though not so much MMA) is populated with guys that got picked on, etc, so it may be hard for some people to understand that some people can just FIGHT. Sorry, but a guy that has lightening fast reflexes and hand/eye coordination, excellent strength and stamina, is going to pick up things faster than your usual Dojo rat. It's a sad simple fact, but desire isn't always all you need. While it took me or some other geek months or even years to do a decent roundhouse, a strong coordinated guy can pick up in weeks or even, for low kicks, days. Besides the fact that a lot of football players cross train on the off season on the wrestling team, and they have probably been in a decent amount of fights if they grew up in the hood, etc. Also, the level of training they can handle is off the charts compared to most guys. Don't you guys watch Joes vs Pros?
Originally Posted by G8