USA Football teaches shoulder tackling to youth and high school athletes, including the Optimist Youth Football organization in the Treasure Valley. The technique was developed in concert and established consensus with the Seattle Seahawks, USA Rugby, NFL and the American Football Coaches Association. (Courtesy of Tom Yelich, USA Football)
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, made the most of his little playing time during the 2017 Zakuani & Friends Charity Game, going full "Beast Mode" during the game.
The San Francisco 49ers staff tests the latest in football technology — remote-controlled practice tackling dummies, otherwise called Mobile Virtual Player, MVP. The mobile dummies are being tested and used at training camps throughout the NFL and major colleges this summer. The robotic dummies can be used in tackling drills, without the risk of a player being injured, as well as other game-situation drills. The 150-pound dummies can reach speeds of 18 mph, or cover 40 yards in five seconds.
Matt Paradis, a former Council High and Boise State football standout, won a Super Bowl championship with the Denver Broncos on Feb. 7. The second-year NFL player was the starting center for quarterback Peyton Manning as the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. On Thursday in the Idaho Senate, Sen. Abby Lee, R-Fruitland, read a resolution honoring Paradis.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said Tuesday that he has no regrets for how he handled the Super Bowl news conference, where he mostly said one-word answers and walked off after about three minutes. After his comments, his teammates cheered him.