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Dear Parent and Wrestler,
Welcome to the new season of the Big Green Indian Wrestling Team. If this is your first time, we are very glad that you have chosen to give wrestling a try. If this is not your first time, we are happy that you have chosen to return. It is my hope that this letter will address any immediate questions and concerns you may have. Any items not covered in this letter will be addressed at a later date. The sport of wrestling at Choctawhatchee high school holds a longstanding tradition of excellence and pride that we wish to instill in all of our athletes for the future of our program.
It is the sincere goal of the program to promote the development in many areas of the student-athlete’s life through the sport of wrestling. Personal accountability of the student’s academics, personal fitness and health, character, behavior, interaction with others to include adults and fellow students and the community at large, will all be major objectives of the INDIAN Wrestling program. Of course the objective that tops this list is to have fun while accomplishing all the other goals. When the student reflects back on their time as a member of this team, I want them to recollect a good experience as opposed to just a team they participated on. While no program is without its flaws, the Choctaw Wrestling Team included, we strive to learn from past mistakes, listen to our parents, students and school members to continue to improve on our stated objectives.
The expectations of the student are to come to the workouts with a good attitude and give 100% to making themselves better. While it is my goal to retain 100% of the students that come out, I know it is unrealistic to think so. The sport of wrestling is not for everyone. It is not my goal to “cut” an athlete or to “run off” any potential wrestler. If the number of athletes that still wish to participate after pre-season/tryouts presents a safety hazard due to available practice space, cuts may be a necessary action. However, I have yet to cut a single wrestler for this reason, and will sincerely make every effort to retain all who wish to be a team member and contribute what is needed to accomplish this task.
Regular Season Practice and Competition
Our season will officially begin in late October early November. A practice schedule will be given to the wrestlers as the pre-season/tryouts wind down and the official team roster forms. Practices will generally be from 2:15pm – 5:00pm daily, half days and holidays being at different times. Again, the season’s practice schedule will be forthcoming.
The competition schedule will also be submitted to the wrestlers and parents as it is finalized and approved by the administration. A copy of both schedules will be posted on the Choctawhatchee Athletics page.
Mat practice attire will be the same as the pre-season/tryouts workout attire with the addition of long sleeves and long sweat pants being brought and being available for each practice. To minimize skin to skin contact during practice, these items are necessary should skin issues become a problem. Wrestling shoes must also be worn by each wrestler that takes the mat, with socks being worn. The team has “loaner” shoes that wrestlers can use, but it will be essential that each member have their own shoes if they are to be team members. If you need additional help finding these, please let me know. In addition to these items, an athletic mouthpiece will be required by all wrestlers with braces who take the mat (preferably all wrestlers). Wrestlers are also required to wear their headgear during all practices. Any questions/concerns talk to Coach Pulliam.
Grooming and Hygiene
Cleanliness and proper hygiene is a must in regards to all sports, especially the sport of wrestling. With the inherent risks of skin to skin contact, there must be a high priority placed on being clean in all regards. Each wrestler must wear clean clothes to every practice and must clean thoroughly with soap and hot water immediately after each practice. Sanitizer will be made available to the team during practices and a private shower at the school will also be available for any wrestler wishing to use them. Shower time will not be considered as part of practice time, so please keep this fact in mind when planning pick up of your child. The mats will be sanitized daily to keep the risks of harmful bacteria to a minimum. There will absolutely no sharing of any equipment or clothing amongst the wrestlers. Each must have his/her own attire at each practice. Haircuts will be cut in a style that meets the rules of the sport, for boys and girls.
All wrestlers must have a completed athletic physical and parent consent form before the first day of practice. It is recommended this be done immediately. If your child is participating in a fall sport, then they already meet the requirement. If not, they will not be allowed to participate until it is handed in. Again, it highly recommended that these items be addressed as quickly as possible. There can be no exceptions to these requirements.
High academic standing and proper personal behavior are essential elements of our program. Every wrestler is expected to maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA and no referrals. If these two requirements are not met the student will be ineligible for participation as a Choctaw wrester. It is the expectation that the athlete have a much higher personal standard than a 2.0 GPA. Be the best you can be all the way around. The key to keeping the academics from becoming an issue is communication between the student, coach, parent and teacher. If a potential academic problem is not addressed when it becomes an issue, then we cannot assist in correcting the problem. In short, the student’s academics are the priority. Wrestling is a privilege. If you need assistance, let someone know and you will get it.
Meals for Competition
Eating healthy for this sport is a must, for practice and competition alike. I encourage the parents to help your athlete by ensuring that a minimum of junk food and sound eating habits be adhered to during the practice week. Please be mindful of what and when they eat and how much. If you would like some guidelines and or advice on the nutrition of your athlete, please ask. With that being said, during days of our competitions, I would like to have our team parents try to put together the team meals if at all possible. I would like these to include breakfast after weigh in and lunch during the day (We can discuss the details at a later date). The reasoning for this is the essential nutrition needed for a competing wrestler. The after competition meal will be at the wrestler’s expense as usual when we stop on our way home from meets. Wrestlers will not be allowed to purchase junk from the concession stand during the day. The time to “pig out” will be after the match.
Parents, please support our program any and all ways that you can! Your child will benefit that much more if you do. There are many ways to do so. Again, encourage your child to eat healthy at home and to practice what they learn on the mat at home. Ask them questions about practice or competition. They will be more than anxious to share. Also, be a supportive and active member of the ongoing tradition of being a Choctawhatchee Indian Wrestler.
Rules & Expectations
- You are a CHOCTAW INDIAN WRESTLER and you represent yourself and everyone associated with us all of the time. Speak, act, and talk like a winner. Always be polite and respectful. A negative attitude, “Hot-Headed” actions and gutter language will not be tolerated. ATTITUDE IS EVERTHING!
- You are a STUDENT athlete! Academics are your number 1 priority at Choctaw. You must maintain a 2.0 GPA to participate in high school athletics (although it should be higher than a 2.0).
- There will be weekly wrestle offs for weight classes. You must tell Coach Pulliam at the beginning of the week if you plan on challenging a weight class. The last wrestle off will be held the week before the Panhandles.
- Daily wrestling equipment is as follows: work out shoes, wrestling shoes, knee pads, gym shorts, 2 T-shirts, socks, towel, head gear, mouth piece(braces), sweat pants, sweat shirt.
- We reserve the right to make any changes necessary in regards to the TEAM.
All wrestlers will conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times:
- No swearing, or degrading teammates or opponents.
- No clothing that includes profanity or images deeming to be lacking class in any way.
- Any activity which could damage the reputation of the school and/or the wrestling program will not be permitted. Engaging in such activities could result in immediate suspension or expulsion from the team.
- All wrestlers must arrive on time and fully prepared for practice. Everyone has at least 19 minutes to get dressed/use the restroom/etc… before we start our warm ups. Our mats must be swept and mopped each day before and after practice.
- No jewelry or any type of arm bands on at any point and time of practice. Hair not within regulation must wear a hair cover. Fingernails must be trimmed. Any wrestler with braces must always have a mouth piece or they will not be able to participate.
- Parents are not allowed in the wrestling room during practice.
- All wrestlers must attend every practice unless you have a legitimate excuse (illness, family or academic obligations, etc.). Three unexplained absences could potentially result in suspension/expulsion from the team. We are willing to work with each individual on this matter in certain circumstances as long as there is proper COMMUNICATION with Coach Pulliam.
- All tasks/exercises assigned by the coaches are to be executed immediately. Slacking, goofing off and generally avoiding work in any way shape or form will not be tolerated and you will be asked to step off of the mat for the day. And if you are a repeat offender it could be for good.
- There will be no sitting/lying on the mat at any time unless specified by the Coach.
- Keep your valuables at home! Wallets, cash, IPods, cell phones and other valuables should stay at home. If they are at school they must be shut off or put away in your backpack/secure location you feel safe leaving it. Theft will not be tolerated and if caught you could potentially be expelled from the team and you will be meeting with the administration at their earliest convenience.
On the Mat
- All wrestlers will remain absolutely silent on the mat with the exception of three words: “Yes”, “No” and “Sir”. The referee is to be addressed as “Sir” at all times (not “Ref”, “Blue”, etc.). There is no leniency concerning this rule. Break it, and the coach will instantly forfeit your match.
- During weigh-ins you need to remain quiet and be respectful. Remember you represent Choctawhatchee high school.
- You must shake your opponents hand before and after every match, win or lose. No exceptions.
- Your headgear will remain on and secured until you step off the mat. Again, no exceptions.
- Any show of disrespect to the opponent or spectators will result in an immediate forfeit of the match and suspension/expulsion from the team.
- Always look to your corner for instruction during breaks in matches.
- You will not talk to the referee, unless he asks you a question. The coaches are the only ones who will speak with the referee.
- All team members are expected to stay with the team until everyone is done wrestling. (dual meets and tournaments) Exceptions will be made in extreme cases. We start the competition as a team and we finish it as a team.
*Everyone involved with the wrestling program here (athletes, coaches, parents, etc.), are part of the CHOCTAWHATCHEE INDIAN family. No one person is more important than another. Everyone has a role in this program and we should all work hard to be on the same page. Communication is the key to succeed with anything you do in life. We have an open door policy if you should have any problems/questions/concerns please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.
- 3 Unexcused absences could result in being dismissed from the team.
- Missing from practice (unexcused) 1st time (extra physical activity), 2nd (phone call to parent), 3rd time (suspended/potentially dismissed from team)
- Insubordination or bad attitude – extra physical activity, possible suspension or potentially dismissed.
- Improper language or being disrespectful will result in phone call to parents and possible suspension from matches or dismissed from the team.
- Theft=Will result in potential expulsion from the team and dealt with through administration immediately.
*These rules are firm and non-negotiable. Abide by them and you will succeed, ignore them and you will not be part of this team. Exceptional teams have no individual exceptions; therefore these rules apply equally to all wrestlers.
I have read the rules and do hereby agree to comply with all of the above.
Wrestler ____________________________________________ Date____________
15 Reasons Teenages Should Wrestle
- To make friends and build real, meaningful relationships
Wrestling classes are a great place for students to make friends and become more sociable, this is especially true for combat sports like wrestling, the close contact and physical demands of the sport ensure that building special friendships is an unavoidable and most beneficial aspect wrestling
- To build confidence
Any physically demanding sport will inevitable build a more a confident student athlete, but this is especially true for the sport of wrestling. Regular attendance at wrestling practice will most certainly increase a student’s: physical ability, mental ability, social independence, health and fitness, and friendship circle, all of which will build confidence as a direct result.
- To get fit or maintain physical fitness
Being on the wrestling team is a great way for any one, child or adult to maintain and even supercharge their fitness. wrestling is a very physically demanding sport which uses multiple muscles groups and multiple energy systems to perform. Due to the fast paced and physically exhausting nature of the sport even drilling techniques will build muscular endurance, aerobic and anaerobic fitness, strength, speed, agility and co-ordination. Wrestlers are some of the most well rounded and fittest athletes on earth.
- To Instill and encourage self-discipline
Students who embark on being a part of the team will undoubtedly develop more a disciplined approach to life as a direct consequence of their wrestling training. This can come from a multiplicity of sources including, physical fitness, diet and nutrition, assistant coaching and leading, technique drilling and even things such as sweeping/mopping and mat cleanliness.
- To Improve knowledge of diet and nutrition
The competitive aspects of wrestling and many other combat sports always involve diet and weight management. Because competitive wrestling involves being categorized into specific weight categories it is pivotal that you’re eating plan is maintained properly in order to make weight, not making weight can lead to you being overpowered and out matched. Weight management and nutrition is something always taught to wrestlers. This ensures your child’s diet will be exceptionally healthy.
- To be able to defend yourself safely
wrestling is a great way for a child to combat bullying safely and efficiently without anyone getting hurt, because the art of wrestling has no striking, a person can successfully and safely defend an aggressor with a technique, and safely keep the aggressor neutralized until help arrives (although this is a last resort, telling an adult or settling problems with words are always a preferable option).
- To have a hobby that is positive
Wrestling is a very positive hobby for any person to have, child or adult. The benefits are almost innumerable! Students on the wrestling team begin to create a much more positive and productive lifestyle as a consequence. A great reason why kids should wrestle!
- To provide kids with the option of higher education
Committed wrestlers can gain a wrestling scholarship into colleges, scholarships that can eventually lead to very successful careers in such pursuits as: Olympic competition, wrestling coaching in schools, colleges and gyms, Mixed Martial Arts and much more. Practicing wrestling can also lead to jobs in promotion, regulation and judging (in both England and USA).
- To provide an outlet to keep children and teenagers out of trouble
Wrestling is a great pursuit to provide focus and discipline in any person’s life, no matter their circumstances. The pursuit of excellent in any sporting hobby can be a life changing and even lifesaving staple in community.
- Wrestling is a worldwide and culturally rich sport
Kids should wrestling because they will encounter children and people from all over the world and this is a great reason why kids should wrestle. They will learn about different wrestling styles, wrestling techniques and their country of origin. Kids who participate in wrestling competition will also wrestle against children from all over the globe. Wrestling is a sport that unquestionably crosses social boundaries and drives people to a new level of understand of different cultures.
- Wrestling is fun
Wrestling is a great way to participate in sport and have a lot of fun doing so! Teenagers should wrestle because a well taught session is especially rich in wrestling games, fun drills, and purposeful play. Watching your technique improve and sparring ability progress is also a really fun aspect of wrestling, who doesn’t like winning medals right?
- Wrestling skills can be applied to life
Wrestling is a very demanding but also very rewarding sport if you’re committed enough; all the things you will learn from wrestling will undoubtedly set your wrestling teenager up for life. As the popular quote by Dan Gable goes “once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy!”
- Anyone can wrestle
Anyone can wrestle, no matter your age, gender, weight, height, religion and sexual orientation. Wrestling is a universal sport; it does not discriminate or discourage any one to participate. As long you have the desire to participate all are welcome.
- It develops mental both physical and mental toughness
Development of toughness is a great reason why teenagers should wrestle, due to the intense and physically exhausting nature of the sport, mental toughness is developed automatically as a result. This is especially true for competing wrestlers. Wrestling is a sport that pits one person against another in a one on one scenario. It is this kind of competition that develops mental toughness the most, as the only person you have to rely on is yourself, therefore a wrestler must work on their mental game as much as their technique and physicality to really excel.
- Wrestling is cool, therefore you are cool.
Why teenagers should wrestle? Obviously because it’s super cool. If you were unsure about whether your teenager should wrestle, I hope after reading these 15 reasons, you realize that teenagers wrestling undoubtedly will improve all aspects of any person’s life.
Josh Pulliam is the Head Wrestling Coach at Choctawhatchee High School. For more information or interested in summer workouts and offseason training please email email@example.com
Why Football Players Should Wrestle
March 5, 2012
By Matthew Wernikoff
Recently I was asked by a parent whether or not his son should continue to wrestle. A Junior, for a good football program in NY, he was already receiving several scholarship offers from Division I football programs. The father felt that his son benefited from wrestling but the son felt that he should just focus on the sport he was going to play in college. The father asked me to outline the benefits of wrestling for football players and attempt to “prove” to his son that his scholarship offers would only increase if he continued to wrestle his last two seasons. I happily agreed as there is no doubt that wrestling greatly benefits football players on all levels.
“I love wrestlers; they are tough and make great Football players.” –Mike Stoops National Championship Football Coach at Oklahoma University.
Wrestling is one of the most physically demanding sports that any athlete can partake in. It is a total body sport requiring athletes to be flexible, strong, explosive, agile; to have a great sense of balance; and have the level of conditioning that rivals any other endurance sport. Wrestlers, through the course of their training and competition, are often subject to physical discomfort and pain at a level that far exceeds most sports. These skills benefit football players at all levels, from the ability to move laterally, keep a man in front of you and close the distance quickly, to driving a 225lb running back into the ground and forcing the fumble. There is no doubt that a wrestler’s physical-ness is a skill set desired by all coaches.
“Wrestlers make coaching football easy, they have balance, coordination, and as a staff we know they are tough.” -Tom Osborne College Hall of Fame Coach for the University of Nebraska.
Weight management, the discipline to maintain a healthy diet for 6 months or more out of the year, the drive to give a 100% every practice, and the drive it takes to wake up early everyday to get an extra run in are just some of the mental skills that it takes to be a successful wrestler. But none compare to the mental toughness it takes to walk out on a mat, alone with no teammates to help you win and take on an opponent one on one. Nothing compares to that feeling; whether you have a broken finger, bruised ribs, strained or torn knee ligament, a wrestler knows that for 6 minutes nothing else matters but putting his opponent on his back and getting his hand raised in the end. What football coach wouldn’t want an athlete on their team that is always going to give them 100% An athlete that they never have to tell, “hit the weight room,” or “you should get extra laps in after practice?” A true wrestler always wants to be the first to arrive and the last to leave. A wrestler is self reliant and will never blame his teammates for his loss. Wrestlers are mentally tough.
“I draft wrestlers because they are tough, I’ve never had a problem with a wrestler.” –Joe Gibbs Hall of Fame Football Coach.
Hand eye coordination, proprioception and anaerobic conditioning are three skills that are vital to both wrestling and football player! The definition of proprioecption is, “the ability to sense the position and location and orientation and movement of the body and its parts.” It utilizes all of the senses in the body. It is the ability to know where your body is in the space you are in, without having to look at your body. In other words, when a wrestler is in a scramble and his head is stuck underneath his opponent and without looking he is able to move his whole body, all four limbs, often in different directions at the same time, while simultaneously keeping track of his opponent’s entire body and staying in-bounds to finish the takedown; this is proprioception. On a football field an offensive linemen, for example, has to keep track of the man in front of him, his body, the bodies to his right and left and the quarterback behind him all at the same time. A wrestler is forced to hone this skill everyday in a competitive practice environment. This repetitive practice can only benefit a football player.
“I would have all of my offensive linemen wrestle if I could.” –John Madden, Hall of Fame Football Coach and Broadcaster
Anaerobic conditioning is defined as as your ability to perform at a rate faster than can be met by oxygen supply. Short bursts of intense exercise tax your anaerobic system. Wrestling is a combination of Anaerobic and aerobic metabolisms however, it relies heavily on anaerobic conditioning within a match or tournament. It is because of this that wrestlers are often saught after by football coaches because they are in superior shape to athletes who do not work their anaerobic system.
“Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.” –Dan Gable Hall of Fame Wrestler and Wrestling Coach
Influence of Wrestling on the NFL (as of 2012):
- 12 Hall of Fame Members
- 43+ Multiple Time Pro-Bowlers
- 60+ Individual State Wrestling Championships
- 13 NCAA Wrestling Championships
- 3 Heisman Trophy Winners Wrestled
- And currently: 63 RB’s, 23 LB’s, 2 QB’s, 66 Linemen, 6 DB’s, 1 K, all wrestled.
Here are some interesting links the further expand on the correlation between football and wrestling:
Which has this nice little bullet point list of reasons to wrestle and play football:
- Agility–The ability of one to change the position of his body efficiently and easily.
- Quickness–The ability to make a series of movements in a very short period of time.
- Balance–The maintenance of body equilibrium through muscular control.
- Flexibility–The ability to make a wide range of muscular movements.
- Coordination–The ability to put together a combination of movements in a flowing rhythm.
- Endurance–The development of muscular and cardiovascular-respiratory stamina.
- Muscular Power (explosiveness)–The ability to use strength and speed simultaneously.
- Aggressiveness–The willingness to keep on trying or pushing your adversary at all times.
- Discipline–The desire to make the sacrifices necessary to become a better athlete and person.
- A Winning Attitude–The inner knowledge that you will do your best – win or lose.
Famous Football Players that Wrestled:
- Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons, 2X SC State Champion
- Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens, 2X State Champion
- Stephen Neal, 3X Super Bowl Champion with the New England Patriots, 2X NCCA National Champion for Cal State Bakersfield and 1999 World Freestyle Champion
- Lorenzo Neal, 4X Probowler for the Baltimore Ravens, 2X NCCA All-American and California State Wrestling Champion
- Rodney Michael
- Marques Harris – CO State Champ
- Larry Turner
- Andrew “Tyler” Lenda – District Champ
- Matt Roth – IA State Champ
- David Pollack
- Tim Burrough – OK State Champ
- Antoineo Harris – IL State Champ
- Claude Harriott
- Scott Wells – TN State Champ
- Alex Lewis – District Champ
- Rodney Leisle
- Nick Newton
- Sean Tufts
- Brian Save
- Kevin Atkins
- Josh Minkins – District Runner-up
- Tim Euhus
- Andrew Tidwell-Neal – MN State Champ
- Renaldo Works
- Patrick “Bucky” Babcock – IL State Champ
- Morgan Pears
- Flozell Adams, DE, Dallas Cowboys
- Tim Anderson – OH State Champ
- Art Baker, RB, Buffalo Bills
- Rhonde Barber, SS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Tiki Barber, RB, New York Giants
- Walter Barnes, DL, Washington Redskins – SEC Champ
- Eric Bateman, OL, New York Jets
- Harris Benton
- Brad Benson, New York Giants – PA State Champ
- Greg Boone, RB, Oakland Raiders
- Ryan Binghom, Sand Diego Chargers – 2x State Champ
- Jeff Bostic*, C, Washington Redskins – SC State Champ
- Kevin Breedlove – SC State Finalist
- Clinton “C.J.” Brooks, Jr.
- Ronnie Brown, RB, Miami Dolphins (#2 Pick)
- Tedy Bruschi*, ILB, New England Patriots
- Bob Bruenig*, LB, Dallas Cowboys
- Phil Bryant, Philadelphia Eagles – 2x National Prep Champ
- Luis Castillo, DT, San Diego Chargers (First Round Pick)
- Ralph Cindrich, Houston Oilers – PA State Runner-Up
- Jonathan Condo, LS, Dallas Cowboys – PA State Champ, Dapper Dan Champ
- Tom Cousineau*, LB, Cleveland Browns – 3rd State
- Tom Covert*, OT, Chicago Bears
- Benjamin Claxton – GA State Finalist
- Chris Cooley, TE, Washington Redskins
- Colin Cole, Seattle Seahawks
- Jonathan Condo
- Roger Craig*, RB, San Francisco 49’ers
- Andrew Crummy – Cincinatti Bengals
- Damien Covington, LB, Buffalo Bills
- Curley Culp*, DL, Kansas City Chiefs – NCAA Champ
- Larry Czonka**, RB, Miami Dolphins
- Hall of Fame Running Back from the Miami Dolphins, Larry Czonka, pounded opponents on the wresting mat as well as the gridiron.
- Rob Davis, ST, Green Bay Packers
- Dan Dierdorff**, OT, St. Louis Cardinals
- Donnie Edwards, OLB, San Diego Chargers
- Carl Edwards, San Diego Chargers – 3x MD State Champ
- Rob Essink, Seattle Seahawks – NCAA DII Champ
- Jim Everett, QB, New Orleans Saints
- DeMarco Farr, St. Louis Rams
- Patrick Flannery, OL, Houston Oilers
- Ed Flanagan, C, Detroit Lions
- Tony Fiametta – Carolina Panthers
- Terrell Fletcher, RB, San Diego Chargers
- Bill Fralic*, G, Atlanta Falcons
- Doug France*, LT, Los Angeles Rams – OH State Runner-Up
- Antonio Garay, DL, Chicago Bears – State Champ
- Frank Garcia, C, St. Louis Rams – 2x AZ State Champ
- William George, Chicago Bears – 2x PA State Champ
- Charlie Getty, RG, Kansas City Chiefs – 2x NCAA All-American
- John Gilmore, TE, Chicago Bears
- Kevin Glover*, C, Detroit Lions
- Eric Ghiaciuc, C, Cincinatti Bengals – MI State Champ
- La’Roi Glover*, DE, Dallas Cowboys
- Mike Goff, G, Cincinnati Bengals
- Bob Golic*, DT, Cleveland Browns – OH State Champ
- Mike Golic, DE, Philadelphia Eagles
- Darien Gordon, PR/CB, Denver Broncos
- Scottie Graham, RB, Minnesota Vikings
- Tim Green, DE, Atlanta Falcons
- Kelly Gregg, NT, Baltimore Ravens, 3x KS State Champ
- Morlon Greenwood, OLB, Miami Dolphins
- Archie Griffin, HB, Cincinnati Bengals
- Nick Griesen, LB, New York Giants
- Randy Grossman, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
- John Hannah**, G, New England Patriots
- John Hartunian
- Nick Hardwick – San Diego Chargers
- Nick Harper, CB, Tennesee Titans
- Carlton Haselrig*, Pittsburgh Steelers, 3x NCAA Champ
- William Hayes, Tennesee Titans
- Ron Heller, TE, Seattle Seahawks
- Chad Hennings, DT, Dallas Cowboys – IA State Champ
- Jay Hilgenberg*, C, Chicago Bears – IA State Runner-Up
- Lincoln “Drew” Hodgdon, C, Houston Texans – CA State Champ
- Orlando Huff, MLB, Seattle Seahawks
- Joey Hildbold
- Corey Hulsy, G, Oakland Raiders
- John Jackson, T, Pittsburg Steelers
- Bo Jackson*, RB, Oakland Raiders
- Mario Johnson, DT, New England Patriot
- Cody Johnson
- Trevor Johnson
- Dahanie Jones, LB, Cincinatti Bengals
- Henry Jordan**, DT, Green Bay Packers
- Dave Joyner, OL, Green Bay Packers
- John Jurkovich*, DT, Cleveland Browns
- Alex Karras, Detroit Lions
- Patrick Kearney, DE, Atlanta Falcons
- Tim Krumrie*, DL, Cincinnati Bengals – WI State Champ
- Ernie Ladd, DL, Kansas City Chiefs
- Chris Laskowski
- Nick Lecky, C, – KS State Champ (in 2004 NFL Draft)
- Jess Lewis, LB, Houston Oilers
- Ray Lewos, Pro Bowl Linebackers for the Baltimore Ravens, was a Florida 4A State Wrestline Champion at 189 lbs.
- Ray Lewis*, Baltimore Ravens – 2x FL State Champ
- Nick Leckey – TX State Champ
- Ronnie Lott**, DB, San Francisco 49’ers
- Kirk Lowdermilk*, OL, Minnesota Vikings
- Sean Mahan, G, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Mike Malczyk, LS, New York Giants
- Alex Mack – Cleveland Browns
- Joel Mackavicka, RB, Seattle Seahawks
- Steve Martin, DT, Houston Texans
- Mickey Marvin, RG, Oakland Raiders
- Aaron Maybin, DE – Buffalo Bills – 4th State
- Napolean McCallum, RB, Oakland Raiders
- Randle McDaniel*, G, Minnesota Vikings
- Mark McDonald, SS, Arizona Cardinals
- Chris McIntosh, T, Seattle Seahawks
- Bryant McKinnie, T. Minnesota Vikings
- Future Hall of Famer Randall McDaniel was a wrestler before he was named to 12 NFL Pro Bowls
- Scott McKillop – San Francisco 49’ers
- Gerald McRatha – Tennesee Titans
- Greg Meisner, DL, Los Angeles Rams
- Matt Millen*, LB, Oakland Raiders
- Ronald Moore, RB, Cleveland Browns
- James Mungro, HB, Indianapolis Colts
- Jim Nance, FB, New England Patriots – NCAA Champ
- Lorenzo Neal, FB, Tennessee Titans – NCAA Champ
- Stephen Neal, OL, New England Patriots – NCAA Champ
- Jeremy Newberry, C, San Francisco 49’ers
- Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers – PA State Champ
- Leo Nomellini*, T, San Francisco 49’ers – Big 10 Champ
- Jonathan Ogden*, OT, Baltimore Ravens
- Shane Olivea
- Irv Pankey, Los Angeles Rams – 2x MD State Champ
- Tony Pape, San Diego Chargers
- Mike Patterson, DT, Philadelphia Eagles (First Round Pick)
- David Patten, WR, New England Patriots
- Brandon Pearce, Arizona Cardinals
- Scott Peters, G, New York Giants
- Bob Pickens, OL, Chicago Bears
- Jim Plunkett*, QB, Oakland Raiders
- Dave Porter, T, Green Bay Packers
- Chris Pressley, Cincinatti Bengals
- Mike Pyle, C, Chicago Bears – IA State Champ
- Rocky Rasley, G, Detroit Lions
- Mike Reid, Cincinnati Bengals
- Eric Rhett, RB, Cleveland Browns – FL State Champ
- Willie Roaf*, OT, New Orleans Saints
- Erik Robertson, San Diego Chargers
- Leon Robinson – GA State Runner-Up
- Warren Sapp*, DT Tampa Bay Buccaneers – FL State Champ
- Kevin Sampson – NJ State Champ
- Adam Seward, ILB, Carolina Panthers – NV State Champ
- Mark Schlereth*, OL, Washington Redskins – Alaska State Champ
- Cory Schlesinger, LB, Detroit Lions – NE State Champ
- Steve Sefter, DT, Philadelphia Eagles, 2x PA State Champ & NCAA All-American
- Tony Siragusa*, DT, Baltimore Ravens – NJ State Champ
- Pro Bowl Defensive Tackle Warren Sapp was a Florida State Champion wrest in high school
- Fred Smerlas*, Buffalo Bills – MA State Champ
- Bruce Smith**, DE, Washington Redskins
- Brad St. Louis, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
- Larod Stephens-Howling – Arizona Cardinals
- Alex Stepanovich
- Matt Suhey, RB, Chicago Bears
- Bill Szott, OL, Washington Redskins – NJ State Champ
- Dave Szott, Kansas City Chiefs – NJ State Champ
- Terrance Taylor – Indianapolis Colts – State Champ
- Woody Thompson, RB, Atlanta Falcons – PA State Champ
- Jim Thorpe**, HB, New York Giants
- Mike Trgovac, DC, Carolina Panthers – OH State Champ
- Kyle Turley*, T, St. Louis Rams
- Tai Tupai
- Ryan Turnbull, RB, Cleveland Browns
- Tommy Vardell, RB, San Francisco 49’ers
- Adam Vinatieri*, K, New England Patriots
- Gabe Watson, Arizona Cardinals
- Gregory Walker – State Finalist
- John Ward, OL, New York Jets – NCAA All-American
- Fred Weary, C, Houston Texans – AL State Champ
- Zachary Wilson
- Charles White*, HB, Los Angeles Rams
- Randy White*, DT, Dallas Cowboys
- Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons – 2x SC State Champ (First Round Pick)
- Cory Widmer, LB, New York Giants
- Coy Wire, SS, Buffalo Bills – PA State Champ
- Leo Wisniewski, NT, Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts – PA State Champ
- Steve Wisniewski, G, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders – CA State Champ
- Ricky Williams*, RB, Miami Dolphins
- Coy Wire, LB, Buffalo Bills – PA State Runner-Up
- Greg Wojochowski, St. Louis Rams
**Hall of Famer