The Sacred Acre
with Mark Tabb
On a Sunday in May 2008, an F-5 tornado struck the town of Parkersburg, Iowa, killing eight people and destroying 250 homes and businesses within 34 seconds. The next day, Parkersburg's beloved football coach, Ed Thomas, made a stunning prediction: "God willing, we will play our first home game here on this field this season." One hundred days later, the home team scored a victory on the field they dubbed "The Sacred Acre," serving as a galvanizing point for the town to band together and rebuild. But just as Parkersburg was recovering, another devastating tragedy struck. While working with a group of football and volleyball players early one morning, one of Ed's former students walked in and gunned him down point blank. Ed Thomas was 58. The murder of this hometown hero spread across national news headlines. Ed's community and family reeled from shock. Yet the story doesn't end here. What happened next proves that even a double tragedy is no match for faith, love and the power of forgiveness.
256 pages. 2011.Becoming a Champion Offensive Lineman
with Ed Thomas,
former Aplington-Parkersburg HS (IA) Head Coach,
2x State Champions;
Recipient of the NFL's 2006 "High School Coach-of-the-Year" Award.
Four Thomas-coached linemen have had NFL careers including Casey Wiegmann, Jared DeVries, Aaron Kampman and Brad Meester.
Make the blocks your team needs to move the ball!
Legendary high school coach Ed Thomas takes you through a detailed progression on power run blocking hitting on all of the key coaching points and drills you need to become your best.
This video demonstrates everything from stance fundamentals to getting off the ball to delivering a blow. But it doesn't stop there.
You will also learn:
- how to sustain your block
- how to drive the defender out of the play
- how to clear the defensive line to block a linebacker
Learn drills you need to improve explosion through the block using quick feet and always staying in the proper position.
Discover how to transfer this effective blocking technique into game situations like:
- double teams
- base blocks
- trap blocks
- second level blocks
Thomas takes you through his teaching progression using bags, shields, boards, and shoots.
As a coach, this O-line DVD will help you teach aiming points, footwork, and the importance of taking each progression step by step, so your athletes understand the concepts and exactly how to execute them.
The progressions and teaching points can be used to teach run blocking in any offense.
Take the field this season with renewed confidence in your run blocking.
75 minutes. 2006.
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