David Howard: Ivy League Student and NFL Draft Hopeful
Continuing the trend of praising the student athlete, our own NFL pre-Combine trainee, David Howard recently gained recognition as a potential pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Not only is David an NFL Draft hopeful, but he is also on the verge of receiving a very prestigious college degree.
Brown University, known for its academics more than its athletics, is not a major football powerhouse; many of its students are walk-ons, and very few of them play at the next level. Similar to Butler University, you can bet that Brown’s athletes don’t receive special treatment either.
We were privileged to witness, first hand, David’s potential to play at the next level during his time training with us earlier this year. Since David trained with us, he has impressed the SVSP team, as well as NFL scouts with his impeccable work ethic, undeniable athletic ability and his intelligence.
He has been invited to visit with NFL teams after his standout performance at Brown’s Pro Day, recording a 5.03 40-yard dash, 7.55 three-cone drill run, 8-foot 8-inch broad jump, 32-inch vertical and 27 bench press repetitions.
Our team has been lucky to train numerous student-athletes like David. These athletes have their priorities straight, and focus on training their minds as much as their bodies – making them perfect for our program. Just like their academic institutions do, our programs require student-athletes to learn.
“I think a big aspect here is learning your body, kind of paying attention to how your body works and utilizing the muscles how they’re supposed to be used. It definitely changed how I view myself as an athlete. It’s a lot more mental – as much as physical here. And I think that’s one big thing that’s changed my mentality as an athlete.”
To be a collegiate athlete while remaining dedicated to education is no easy task, but it is an admirable one that is sure to turn a head or two – for the right reason. All hail the student athlete!