In approximately one week, I will travel to New York City to go through a gauntlet of strength, speed and agility tests while New Orleans Saints superstar tight end Jimmy Graham watches and judges my performance.
This doesn’t sound like a typical Tuesday for a 36-year old former athlete, and it’s not. Degree Men, the official locker room products of NCAA Football, is offering me the chance to relive the life of a college football player by training for its DO:MORE Combine, where I will put it all on the line like NFL hopefuls do each year.
Degree Men has partnered with Jimmy Graham on this event, because the NFL tight end knows better than anyone how to dominate a Combine. During his NFL Combine performance, Graham posted a 4.56 40-Yard Dash, 38.5-inch Vertical Jump and 10-foot Broad Jump among other impressive stats. You can watch his full Combine performance here.
Knowing that I haven’t been training for a 40-Yard Dash and a 225-pound Bench test, Degree Men is providing training support with elite performance coach and former NFL player Curtis Williams. After an initial phone call, Coach Williams sent me a training plan and instructional exercise videos to ensure that I show up in NYC stronger, faster and more explosive.
In addition to the crash course in Combine training, Degree Men hooked me up with a generous package of gear to help support me throughout the process. The contents of the package included SKLZ training tools, adidas workout gear and, of course, a sample of Degree Men Sport Defense antiperspirant. The MOTIONSENSE technology, which releases extra bursts of freshness when I move, ensured I would be sporting a fresh scent during even my toughest training sessions.
When I arrive in NYC on Oct, 21, I will be tested in the 40-Yard Dash, 225-Pound Bench Test, Pro Agility, L-Drill, Vertical Jump and 60-Yard Shuttle at the DO:MORE Combine. I had a lot of ground to make up from a training standpoint in a short period of time, but thanks to some great training advice, I’ve made incredible progress. I am looking forward to putting it all on display for Graham, who will be watching closely to critique the performance of all competitors.
Check back on STACK.com for video from the event, which will hopefully prove that my training paid off and that my hamstrings survived.
In the meantime, make sure to check out @degreemen and #domore to stay up to date on the big campaign.