Football Teams Use Music to Bring Energy to Practice

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For years people have worked out to music to get the juices flowing, and now many football teams do it as well. From the NFL, to college, to even high school, many teams pump up the jam in practice.

Said Mocs head coach Rusty Wright:”There’s some days I enjoy it. There’s some days I don’t. It’s pretty cool. Kids like it, so that’s why we do it.”
Said Meigs Co head coach Jason Fitzgerald:”I was always one that was old fashion, and we’re not going to do this. But i t just kind of picks the kids up when it’s a Tuesday, and it’s 80 degrees and after school.”
Said Ringgold head coach Robert Akins:”You know the kids like it. I don’t like to talk over it because it’s hard to learn when the kids are dancing around. Sometimes you have a hard time really getting your point across. The kids love it. One thing you really have to be aware of is how much the kids love doing something.”
Said Mocs quarterback Drayton Arnold:”I prefer music when we’re out here. Be it country. Hip-hop. Whatever it is.”
Said Wright:”We have feel good Friday. We have throw back Thursday.
It took a little while to get used to it. The more. The more I’m around it. The more. It feels more strange when it’s not on now.”
Said Arnold:”When you wake up early in the morning, the music definitely gets you going. Gets you excited. Gets some energy throughout the whole team, and it gets your ready to play at practice.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.