Evaluating Football Athletes Part II: Why Test? SPARQ/NFL Combine

Malik Jefferson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Malik Jefferson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

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Why have athletes run around in their shorts and take a battery of tests to assess their ability to play football in pads? Doesn’t the game itself select for the attributes we want? Watch film. You’ll know who is fast, strong, quick, violent and tough. Then just take the best players.

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