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In Woodley vs. Hawk Episode II: Speed Kills
[view Episode I: Strength and Power Training here
], we give you a behind-the-scenes look at the off-season speed training used by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley and Green Bay Packers linebacker AJ Hawk—training that contributed mightily to their highly successful seasons, culminating at Super Bowl XLV.
Agile receivers and running backs, powerful linemen and quarterbacks with pinpoint accuracy define NFL offenses. To stop their offensive onslaughts, Woodley and Hawk must match their opponents’ speed, while also quickly reading and reacting to plays.
Speed work is an off-season training staple for both players, but they take slightly different approaches to match their individual playing styles. In the video above, watch how Woodley focuses on linear speed to reduce the time it takes to sack the QB, while Hawk concentrates on quickness and change-of-direction so he can react to stop a run or break up a pass.
The anticipated matchup between the two former college rivals—Woodley from Michigan and Hawk from Ohio State—is a storyline to watch as the Steelers and Packers go at it for the ultimate NFL victory. Check back tomorrow for the third installment of Woodley vs. Hawk
, which highlights their off-season core power training.