The Future of football has arrived and taking leagues by storm in an effort to create a safer, smarter, and more realistic practice environment. The seriousness of injuries has been a growing concern for many Americans who have played sports or have children currently playing sports. For instance, Recent CDC reports show that the number of reported concussions has more than doubled in the last 10 years. The American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that emergency room visits for kids ages 8 to 13 years old has also doubled, and concussions have risen 200 percent among teens ages 14 to 19 in the last decade.

For these reasons, a group of researchers and engineers at Dartmouth College, led by their Head Football Coach Buddy Teevens, decided it was time to put an end to the player on player tackling during practice. Studies have shown that the majority of injuries were taking place during practice.

Football Has Gone High Tech with A Robot - The MVP Drive Robotic Dummy
Football Has Gone High Tech with A Robot – The MVP Drive Robotic Dummy

The concept for a Robotic tackling dummy was born. By simulating human motion, the MVP|Drive allows players to practice tackling, blocking, pursuing, evading and throwing at a mobile target, without the collisions and fatigue, associated with a teammate on teammate training. The MVP|Drive is the first of its kind and the only remote-controlled self-righting robotic tackling dummy in the world!

Steelers Head Coach, Mike Tomlin has been using the MVPDrive and has spoken highly of it saying;

I imagine it’s a great tool from a tackling tech standpoint. In today’s NFL, with player safety the focus that it is, I think it’s going to provide opportunities to improve in that area without the hand to hand or man to man combat associated with that teaching.

Additional NFL Teams, colleges and high schools have also brought the MVP Drive to their facilities and schools. Rogers Athletic GM Kevin McLeod says;

The MVP|Drive is a tool that was created to provide the most realistic playing experience without human involvement. The concept holds true from Pop Warner to the National Football League as well as any other sport that desires to reduce the risk of injury through unnecessary contact.

The MVP|Drive is available exclusively through Rogers Athletic and is available now. To learn more about this new wave of football visit

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