As a kid growing up in the Bronx, Tuzar Skipper always told his mom he was one day going to play in the NFL. After impressing at the Pittsburgh Steelers recent rookie minicamp, that dream finally came true, as the team signed him to a contract.
A defensive end out of the University of Toledo, Skipper racked up 60 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss en route to third-team All-MAC honors last season. Then, during the pre-draft process, he posted some numbers that assuredly caught the attention of NFL personnel.
While preparing for his Pro Day at TEST Football Academy, Skipper began supplementing with CarnoSyn®, a ritual he continues to this day. CarnoSyn® delivers a high-quality form of beta-alanine, a naturally occurring beta amino acid that's essential for the synthesis of muscle carnosine. The more efficiently you synthesize muscle carnosine, the longer your body can delay the onset of muscle fatigue and muscle failure.
In spite of Skipper's high metabolism, the intense training routine supported by CarnoSyn® helped him pack on twelve pounds of lean muscle. He also saw significant enhancements in his speed, strength and explosiveness. At UT's Pro Day in March, Skipper put up an astonishing 30 reps on the Bench Press—a total which would've ranked second among all edge defenders at the 2019 NFL Combine. He supplemented that spectacular feat of strength with a 10-foot-7 Broad Jump.
Now, the 6-foot-3, 246-pound Skipper will hope to follow in the footsteps of another MAC star who went undrafted before becoming a defensive force for the Steelers—James Harrison. Harrison, who attended Kent State, is the franchise's all-time sack leader. However long his opportunity lasts, you can expect Skipper to be one of the hardest workers in the building. "The dog mentality is basically never letting someone outwork you," says Skipper. "You are always outworking the next man in front of you, even your teammates. It's the first one in the weight room and the last one out. First one on the field, last one-off type of thing."
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