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    The term workout warrior came from a 1995 draftee named Mike Mamula, they had all the drills known to the players back then. Mamula practices all the drills excessively, and real high scores on them. He tied Tony Boselli with the most reps on the bench, also he had the fastest 40 for his position which was a 4.63. He was a Defensive End/Linebacker. He was a bad player that was considered as a bust, and thats how the term came out.

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    Errr... Thank you????
    Credit to BoneKrusher for the Sig
    RIP themaninblack

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    • #3
      Workout warrior = Buzzword.

      Kinda.

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      • #4
        I just stumbled upon it, and it was interesting.

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        • #5
          He was not a bad player, he was an average player who didn't meet the expectations. What could the guy do, not prepare for the combine so he would be a forgotten 6th round pick? It's pretty tough to go to philly and meet thoses expectations. 31.5 sack in 77 games is a lot better than the Jamal Reynolds of this world, but nobody talk about thoses. The fault comes upon the scouts who failed to see that he was undersized and not THAT good to begin with.

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          • #6
            somehow now the term workout warrior has become something you say about a prospect who's really muscular, instead of its original meaning.

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            • #7
              Mike Mamula was actually a decent player. If he was a pure pass-rush specialist drafted in the 3rd/4th round he would be considered to have a very solid career.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Go_Eagles77 View Post
                Mike Mamula was actually a decent player. If he was a pure pass-rush specialist drafted in the 3rd/4th round he would be considered to have a very solid career.
                i agree with you but especially in Philly.. you come in at #7 with all this hype and because he was taken ahead of Warren Sapp who the entire city wanted.
                Sheldon Brown: Will deflect passes for money to feed family

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Burger View Post
                  The term workout warrior came from a 1995 draftee named Mike Mamula, they had all the drills known to the players back then. Mamula practices all the drills excessively, and real high scores on them. He tied Tony Boselli with the most reps on the bench, also he had the fastest 40 for his position which was a 4.63. He was a Defensive End/Linebacker. He was a bad player that was considered as a bust, and thats how the term came out.
                  Actually I think the term was earlier coined on Eric Swann who was drafted by the Cardinals?? I remember hearing that mentioned in 91' when he was drafted..
                  I had to look because I thought it was also used on Tony Mandarich but i couldn't find any references.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Woody56 View Post
                    somehow now the term workout warrior has become something you say about a prospect who's really muscular, instead of its original meaning.
                    Yup. Like Gholston

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                    • #11
                      People also forget that most pros were workout warriors at the combine but nobody mentions them because they had successful careers. They love to point out the exception because it is more news worthy.
                      Last edited by Iamcanadian; 02-22-2009, 10:35 AM.
                      And proud of it!!!

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                      • #12
                        Eddie Royal was a bit of a work out warrior himself. 4.39 40, 24 reps and a 36 inch vert. His best year was his senior year at VT where he had 33 catches for 496 yards and 4 TDs (although he was also very dangerous as a returner). But he's played very well for the Broncos. Turns out he was just under utilized in his college offense.

                        That's the problem with some guys whose terrific measurables outshine their production; scouts and GMs have to determine if that's due to a lack of intangibles, poor coaching, system fit, team situation or if that particular individual just isn't a great player.
                        10 Favourite prospects for 2010: Colt McCoy, Dez Bryant, Golden Tate, Noel Devine, Ndamukong Suh, Greg Hardy, Eric Norwood, Travis Lewis, Eric Berry, Trevard Lindley

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