Laughter and the Dragon: The Reinvention of Chris Duffin

East of Humboldt County, in the Trinity Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, Chris Duffin heated river water in a jug to bathe. He was a child then and, in his own words, “a different level of poor.” His story goes beyond poverty. During Chris’ developmental years he was exposed to crime, drug abuse, and murder.…

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Coaching with Energy from a Distance

“Be the energy catalyst in the room.” This is something that Jim Davis used to say to us all the time when I worked for him. It was some of the best advice I have received as a coach and something that I try and pass along to other coaches as well.You bring the energy,…

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Beyond Strength: Knox College Powerlifting, 2020

The energy in the E & L Andrew Fitness was palpable. Winter sunlight cascaded through the expanse of windows in the Knox College weightroom to highlight a bar loaded with almost 600 pounds. GiHo Jeong was approaching the platform. One year prior, GiHo was leading the Whitney Young High School powerlifting team to its first…

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Should Joe Burrow Avoid Cincinnati?

In 2004, Eli Manning stood at the podium beside Paul Tagliabue as the number one overall draft pick. The San Diego Chargers could not resist selecting the highly rated collegiate passer, even though he and his family had publicly stated that he did not want to play for the Chargers. They called his name anyway,…

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Strength is Never a Weakness: “The Hudy Effect” in Austin, Texas

The strength of the Texas basketball team is – more than ever before – its strength. The gifted young men in burnt orange are a little bigger this year, a little stronger, a touch more powerful. Some call it “the Hudy effect.” In August of 2019, Andrea Hudy took over as Head Coach for Basketball…

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Charlie Brewer Needs to Quit Football

On New Year’s day, Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer went down with a head injury, again. It was his fourth concussion this season. The tackle that sent him out did not seem like a devastating blow. One announcer called it “fairly routine.” The issue wasn’t the hit, it was the state of his brain. Less than…

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Beyond Strength & the Good Athlete Project

#BeyondStrength is an initiative of the Good Athlete Project, a nonprofit organization aimed at maximizing the potential of athletics in education. The central mission of #BeyondStrength is to highlight the opportunity of strength training to teach lessons that extend beyond the weight room. Coaches who accept this charge go beyond strength to empower people for…

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Max Rosenthal: Fullback

There is something different about being a fullback. Jared Ka’aiohelo played fullback in the NFL and considers it “the most unique position on a football team.” The fullback must prepare to run with the ball, catch passes out of the backfield, line up in a slot position, understand a variety of offensive motions and formations…

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Bulldog Strong

When Brandon Derrick enters a room, people notice. “All my life I’ve been a little stronger and bigger than other kids,” says the 6’3” 320 lb. powerlifter. Brandon is a freshman at McKendree University, where competes for their Powerlifting Team. He has an ear-to-ear smile, carries himself with confidence, and says he could not be…

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Jalen Hurts is a Winner

“Jalen Hurts is a winner.” It was one of the final quotes from former Alabama Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley after Jalen Hurts’ tumultuous tenure in Tuscaloosa. As a member of the Crimson Tide, Hurts was 26-2 as a starter with 2 National Championship rings. He passed for 5,626 yards and 48 touchdowns, and rushed for…

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