3 Reasons Why Yoga May Be The Most Important Workout for Football Players

Eddie George shows how yoga practice translates to success on the field. PLUS: sample sequence of poses for football players.

More people who don't look much like yogis (you know, tall, thin, and bendy) are enjoying the benefits of regular yoga practice—including a growing number of NFL players. Some NFL teams have even brought in full-time yoga coaches to help their athletes. Before their championships season, the Seattle Seahawks, winners of Super Bowl XLVIII, made yoga workouts mandatory. And with good reason: Yoga can calm the mind, strengthen the body, and aid in recovery from the bruising practices and games that players endure every week.

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One of the earliest adopters of yoga in the NFL was All-Pro running back and former Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George, who took up the practice after joining the Tennessee Oilers (now the Titans) in 1996. He quickly realized that yoga offered enormous benefits for himself and his teammates.

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