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Adam Coon is now a Tennessee Titan

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https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/31567128/tennessee-titans-sign-all-american-wrestler-adam-coon-play-offensive-line

Coon has no college football playing experience but was an all-state linebacker in 2012 at Fowlerville High School in Michigan and was an honorable mention offensive lineman in 2010 and 2011.

Interesting to see if he sticks on the roster...maybe the next Stephen Neal?  He is certainly good at pushing people around.

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2 minutes ago, DocBZ said:

Was wondering when someone would sign him...ironic that an tOSU alum would sign a UM grad. Fitting....

A Patriot who played with Stephen Neal.  And a team with a number of Neal-era Patriot connections.  (Not that Neal was the best, but he was HIGHLY respected in New England by players and coaches.  Bellichick loved him)

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Awhile back, Adam said his main goals were to wrestle in the Olympics, play in the NFL, and make it into space.

Despite making the team, he'll unfortunately miss the first one, but looks like he's got his chance to make the second.  The third one will only happen if NASA makes an exception to its height limitation (6'3").

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56 minutes ago, Lunaticfringe said:

Pretty sure Neal competed at 250-260 in wrestling and bulked to 310 in the nfl

Neal was a 189 in high school.  I remember him as a 230 ish heavy as a surprisingly good  freshman who got bigger and better.

As you noted, people can grow and gain weight.

Given Coon's size, I don't see 300 as a problem.  Do people think he was walking around at 276 lbs?

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11 hours ago, NJDan said:

How much does Coon weigh-- the max is 275, right? Aren't NFL linemen 300-plus these days?

The article I read said that Coon is 6'5" and 300#. He's gained some weight since failing to make the Olympic cut. I bet he's been hitting the weights, too. 

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I just read that Coon is 26. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/2021/06/04/all-america-wrestler-adam-coon-who-never-played-football-um-signs-titans/7552172002/. That's surprising. Why didn't they sign him right after college? Is it possible that they tried to do so and he said no?

It seems, however, that Neal did not start his NFL career until he was 26. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/N/NealSt20.htm

I, for one, did not know that Neal was a two-time NCAA champ and a world champ in freestyle, in other words a much better wrestler than Coon. https://gorunners.com/sports/wrestling/roster/coaches/stephen-neal/1861

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40 minutes ago, DanGerMan said:

Carlton Haselrig was another wrestler that did not play football in college. Played for the Steelers and made a couple Pro Bowls.

Yes, also a much better wrestler than Coon. He started his NFL career at age 24. Crazy career as a wrestler, include 3 D1 titles: 

He stopped wrestling in high school because his school didn’t have a team. But in his junior year, a neighboring high school needed a training partner for a standout wrestler, so Haselrig helped out. After seeing his success against one of the state’s top wrestlers, Haselrig’s high school petitioned the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association to let him compete in wrestling, beginning with the postseason district tournament his senior year. Haselrig went on to win every match, including a state title.

At Pittsburgh-Johnstown, Haselrig finished his career with a record of 143-2-1, including an, at the time, NCAA-record 122 consecutive matches without a loss. He never lost a match at the NCAA Division I meet, going 15-0 at the heavyweight class in the 1987, 1988 and 1989 tournaments.

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3 hours ago, NJDan said:

Yes, also a much better wrestler than Coon. He started his NFL career at age 24. Crazy career as a wrestler, include 3 D1 titles: 

He stopped wrestling in high school because his school didn’t have a team. But in his junior year, a neighboring high school needed a training partner for a standout wrestler, so Haselrig helped out. After seeing his success against one of the state’s top wrestlers, Haselrig’s high school petitioned the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association to let him compete in wrestling, beginning with the postseason district tournament his senior year. Haselrig went on to win every match, including a state title.

At Pittsburgh-Johnstown, Haselrig finished his career with a record of 143-2-1, including an, at the time, NCAA-record 122 consecutive matches without a loss. He never lost a match at the NCAA Division I meet, going 15-0 at the heavyweight class in the 1987, 1988 and 1989 tournaments.

You keep saying these guys were “much better wrestlers than coon” Haselrig was a freak and in a league of his own, but when comparing coon and Neal , coon is a 2x ncaa finalist, and those 2 loses were to an Olympic gold medalist, and a multiple time world bronze medalist, both multiple time NCAA champs, and coon is a world silver medalist is Greco and a Olympic team trial champ...both are 4 time AAs, Definitely not a huge gap between them

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18 hours ago, NJDan said:

How much does Coon weigh-- the max is 275, right? Aren't NFL linemen 300-plus these days?

In the past year ESPN, The Athletic and Sports Illustrated have had stories about the enormous pressure for O linemen in the NFL to eat non-stop to gain enough mass to compete. While muscle is great, it is really about becoming an immovable object. So they always supersize drinks because it is an easy way to get extra calories. Some guys were setting alarms so they could get up in the middle of the night to eat. They talked about never going more than 4 hours between meals. They also focused on how much weight these guys lose after retiring, partly to regain health (especially heart health) buy also because the grind of training for a marathon very much resembled the grind of NFL line training.

Check out this before and after of Alan Faneca as an example: https://images.app.goo.gl/a4oYUYTiGKn6XkiYA

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