141 : Entrepreneurship After Football & Why Nothing is Scarier Than Covering Randy Moss w/ Thirteen Year NFL Vet & Windpact CEO, Shawn Springs

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Shawn Springs is a retired NFL Corner Back who played in the NFL for an impressive 13 years. He was drafted 3rd overall in the ’97 draft out of The Ohio State University. Most recently he became the Founder and CEO of Windpact (Based in Leesburg, Va.), which is a technology and applied science company that focuses on impact protection. Shawn and his company Windpact have been featured in the Washington Post and were one of the winners in the NFL Play Smart Play Safe HeadHealthTECH challenge. Shawn’s transition to life after football serves as a great example for current athletes and his passion for impact protection is inspiring. Talking points throughout my conversation with Shawn can be found below:

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  • How to leverage your status as an athlete.

  • The advice Shawn’s Dad (who also played in the NFL) gave him, which helped set him up for a successful life after football.

  • Time management struggles post career.

  • The benefits of playing in Seattle and how it influenced his company Windpact.

  • How baby car seats led to technology innovations in his company.

“We are the Intel for impact protection.”

  • Shawn discusses the technology innovations Windpact is making for the Sport, Military and Automotive industries.

  • The sparks for Shawn’s interest in the safety technology field.

  • Translatable skills from football to entrepreneurship.

  • The importance of building a strong team around yourself.

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“If you can cover Randy Moss one on one for a game, there is no bigger fear than that.”

  • How Shawn relies on his listening skills, which were forged in football, on a daily basis.

  • Tips on career longevity from a 13 year NFL veteran, although not completely injury free.

  • One of Shawn’s concussion stories.

  • Why Shawn is impressed with the NFL’s approach to player safety.

  • What its like to play fantasy football as a retired pro.

  • See a demonstration of Windpact’s Crash Cloud technology below:

  • Why sports equipment is so behind the times when it comes to impact technology.

  • What the future holds for impact technology.

  • What went into the decision to retire after 13 years.

  • Why Joey Galloway is the toughest player Shawn ever played with/against.

WHERE CAN YOU CONNECT WITH Shawn & Windpact?

WEBSITE | TWITTER | Twitter (Shawn) | Linkedin

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Week 9 Injury Report : Raheem Mostert’s Broken Arm, Redskin’s O-line Injuries, Sam Shields’ Concussion Story, NCAA Sticking to Their Guns on Player Safety

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After each week of NFL football games for the 2018- 2019 season, the Heads 'N Tales podcast will be posting an episode dedicated to injuries and health & safety topics surrounding the NFL. Specifically we will talk about possible prevention strategies, the rulebook, equipment and other injury buzz around the league.  

The strategist for these episodes will be one of my closest friends, Josh Boyd.  Josh and I grew up playing baseball together. Josh was a division-1 center fielder for Monmouth University and experienced his fair share of injuries throughout his career.  Although Josh never played organized football, the dude flat-out knows the game of football and undoubtably knows more about the ins-and-outs of the sport better than I do from both a fan and x's & o's perspective.  

Dr. Wazim Buksh "Waz" is the newest member to the Heads 'N Tales team and has been a long time friend of mine.   Waz will serve as the medical expert in these recordings to give you the most realistic expectations for when your favorite players go down with an injury and what their road to recovery will look like.  Dr. Buksh is board certified in both Internal and Sports Medicine. Waz completed his sports medicine fellowship with the New York Jets medical staff in 2014.

Our intention for these episodes is to spark conversations around topics that are usually brushed under the rug or only minimally covered in the hopes of making football and all sports safer for the athletes who play them.  

You are currently looking at the show notes for Weeks 9 of the 2018 season!

Week 9 injuries:

Denver Broncos: Matt Paradis, C, Broken Fibula

  • Paradis came into Sunday's game having played 3,850 consecutive snaps since he became the starter to open the 2015 season.

  • Puts Joe Thomas’ 10,363 consecutive snaps in perspective.

Carolina Panthers: Eric Reid, S, Shoulder

  • Is the praise reinforcing the glorification of playing through injury?

Washington Redskins: Shawn Lauvao, G, ACL

Washington Redskins: Brandon Scherff, G, Torn Pec

Side note: Adrian Peterson wears a banned helmet (Riddell VSR-4)

Buffalo Bills: Chris Ivory, RB, Shoulder

Minnesota Vikings: Xavier Rhodes, DB, Ankle

San Francisco 49ers: Raheem Mostert, RB, Broken Forearm

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Wind Knocked Out Of

Injury Updates:

New England Patriots: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Back & Sony Michel, RB, Knee

Cincinnati Bengals : AJ Green, WR, Bengals Foot

Los Angeles Chargers: Melvin Gordon, RB, Hamstring

Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, Hamstring

Ejection:

Green Bay Packers Safety: Jermaine Whitehead, S, Ejection

#NFLWayToPlay:

  • Coincidence?...

  • This one is even worse than last week!

Aaron Rodgers Vicis Investment:

NCAA Ejects a Ohio State Captain Jordan Fuller for this hit, but NFL is afraid to call helmet rule:

A worse hit a series later was not called:

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Week 8 Injury Report : Will Fuller's ACL, The Non-Existent Helmet Rule, Merril Hoge's "Brainwashed" Book & Dartmouth's Non-Contact Practices

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After each week of NFL football games for the 2018- 2019 season, the Heads 'N Tales podcast will be posting an episode dedicated to injuries and health & safety topics surrounding the NFL. Specifically we will talk about possible prevention strategies, the rulebook, equipment and other injury buzz around the league.  

The strategist for these episodes will be one of my closest friends, Josh Boyd.  Josh and I grew up playing baseball together. Josh was a division-1 center fielder for Monmouth University and experienced his fair share of injuries throughout his career.  Although Josh never played organized football, the dude flat-out knows the game of football and undoubtably knows more about the ins-and-outs of the sport better than I do from both a fan and x's & o's perspective.  

Dr. Wazim Buksh "Waz" is the newest member to the Heads 'N Tales team and has been a long time friend of mine.   Waz will serve as the medical expert in these recordings to give you the most realistic expectations for when your favorite players go down with an injury and what their road to recovery will look like.  Dr. Buksh is board certified in both Internal and Sports Medicine. Waz completed his sports medicine fellowship with the New York Jets medical staff in 2014.

Our intention for these episodes is to spark conversations around topics that are usually brushed under the rug or only minimally covered in the hopes of making football and all sports safer for the athletes who play them.  

You are currently looking at the show notes for Weeks 8 of the 2018 season!

Week 8 Injuries:

Houston Texans: Will Fuller, WR, ACL

Cincinnati Bengals: Carl Lawson, DE, ACL

Arizona Cardinals: David Johnson, RB, Concussion

  • Friendly fire from the veteran?

Buffalo Bills: Tremaine Edmunds, DB, Concussion

  • Helmet rule is non-existent…

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Broken Left Index Finger

  • Non-throwing hand.

  • Dr. Waz gives his prognosis.

And SO MANY HAMSTRING INJURIES!

Thoughts on Merril Hoge’s book, "Brainwashed: The Bad Science Behind CTE and the Plot to Destroy Football."

Week 7 #NFLWayToPlay Award Recipient:

  • Weaksauce in our opinions…

Other examples of good technique tweeted by Troy Vincent

Don't really see the NFL posting the illegal hits like the NHL does and like they were posting earlier in the season…

NFL operations meeting with NCAA:

Dartmouth Football:

Highlights from article…

  • In 2010, the Big Green eliminated tackling in all practices — even preseason camp and spring ball. Coach Buddy Teevens likes to say that a freshman will play four years without being tackled by another Dartmouth player. The N.C.A.A. has since recommended dialing back contact significantly in practice.

  • A couple of years ago, Dartmouth began using moving robots as tackling dummies.

  • Teevens, 62, casts his unusual policies as enlightened self-interest. Practices with less contact mean fewer injuries and fresher players. Never tackling teammates means more, and more precise, work on tackling technique. He estimates that Dartmouth has cut its missed tackles by two-thirds.

  • In 2010, the year Teevens got rid of tackling, Dartmouth had its first winning season in 13 years. In 2015, Dartmouth was 9-1 and won a share of the Ivy title.

  • “This is probably the best Dartmouth team in the last 25 years,” said Tim Murphy, Harvard’s coach since 1994, calling the Big Green “as big and strong and physical a team as we’ll see all year.”

Be on the lookout for Zach Miller’s Players Tribune Documentary (11/14/18):

Maryland Football Coach DJ Durkin Reinstated, Then Fired the Next Day

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