(INDIO) - Former Detroit Lions star and University of Texas All-American Doug English has joined the Advisory Board of Developmental Football International LLC, where he will serve among other former NFL coaches and players in the nurturing of the league's pro prospects.
He is currently founder and president of PowerDrive Training Products, LLC, the next generation in football training equipment. English will assist DFI in its strategic planning and growth of developmental football across North America.
DFI's impact on available football talent is imperative, says English, who believes it can be done economically and effectively.
"The time for DFI is right now," he said. "It's the answer for the late bloomers. For many players, you can't shortcut this experience or education."
The former Longhorn won three Southwest Conference titles before being drafted in the second round by the Lions in 1975. English became a cornerstone of Detroit's feared 'Silver Rush' defensive line, opposite of Al 'Bubba' Baker.
His 59 career sacks are sixth all-time in Lions history - propelled him to four Pro Bowl appearances. In 2011, English was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
He is also president of the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, based in Austin, Texas, that raises funds for paralysis research to support therapy for hundreds of patients.
ABOUT POWERDRIVE TRAINING LLC
The PowerDrive is the most realistic training tool available to reinforce power hip flexion. As a rule, athletes avoid using their hips. It is painful and tiring so if an athlete can find a way to avoid it, he will. Coaches use countless drills to train athletes to use the hips, yet it is a battle that few coaches ever win.
As long as the athlete feels a more comfortable way to get the job done, as he tires, he will migrate to a more comfortable position. In this scenario, the athlete and the coach are locked in an endless battle from opposing sides.
The revolutionary improvement in training provided by the PowerDrive is that it isolates the hips into a power position with no way to migrate to a less productive position.
Suddenly the coach and the athlete are on the same side, both working to achieve the same goal. By working in a hip-flexed power position to the point of exhaustion against the tremendous and realistic resistance presented by the PowerDrive, the athlete grows to become very comfortable and very strong in the power position.
For more information, visit www.powerdrivetraining.com.