It's been a long day. Flew to Indy most of the day and arrived about 4:00 P.M. I took a shuttle Limo to the Hyatt. Also in the Limo was one of my all-time favorite NFL receivers, Paul Warfield. It's was a pleasure not only meeting him but talking football from years ago when Blocking and Tackling was the name of the game.
We talked physics and mechanics of playing both wide receiver and kicking. I could hardly believe it.Two guys talking football technique and physics. It will go down as one of my all time best technical conversations and it was with a Hall of Fame Player.
During the evening I picked up my NFL credential to get into the combine. There, at the Marriott hotel I saw Head Coach Jack Del Rio who played for the Vikings when I was the Special Teams Coach. We had a nice conversation.
I also saw two NFL Special Teams Coaches that I've know for a long time and they wanted to know what I was up to. I explained, my new consulting business. Both were very interested. One of the coaches (who is well known) asked if I had about 15 minutes to go over the different consulting packages I have to offer.
Together we viewed my Special Teams Power Point Presentation which is now on my website http://www.coachzauner.com/ He was very complimentary!
He will talk with his Head Coach about bringing me in to work with his specialist and to discuss how they my use my Power Point package.
Later, that evening a Shula's Steak House in the Westin Hotel, I talked to another Head Coach, two more Special Teams Coaches and several personal guru's. I showed them my one-on-one lessons with Mike Vanderjagt and NFL Combine Long Snapper Tyler Schmitt. I asked for their comments, and the feedback was excellent.
Later, I met the agent for kicker, Mason Crosby, who last year had an outstanding rookie season with the Green Bay Packers. I had emailed Mason earlier in the week about doing our Riverfalls Kicking Camp in Riverfalls Wisconsin in June. His agent said he just text messaged me and he is going to check out his schedule and get back to you in a couple of days.
When I got home late at night, I listened to my phone messages. One of the agents I've been talking to wants to fly two of his clients to Scottsdale to work with me March 3rd and 4th. I also received an email from a writer from a major publication that might do a story on the punters and kickers at the combine.
In my earlier discussions with him I pointed out how punters and kickers don't receive much media coverage. He thought it was a good point.
It's been a great first day at the combine! I hope the players here are going to have as much success during the Combine as I am having.
Stay tuned for Coach Zauner at the NFL Combine.