Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Combine Freak makes the Buffalo Bills

On Saturday night I got a call from one of my clients who told me that his dream of playing in the NFL has come to fruition. Jon Corto had made the Buffalo Bills.

For those of you that don't know Jon, Jon is the Combine Freak who appears in my Combine Freak DVD (http://www.combinefreak.com/). Jon is a beast, freak, and most importantly a great human being.

It meant alot to me that he called Saturday to tell me that he would not be where he is today if it were not for the two months he spent with me in 2007.

His story below should be motivation to all athletes to live their dream and worktowards goals they set for themselves.
It was Christmas Eve 2006, and my wife was walking our two basset hounds, when she got home she told me she met this gentlemen walking his dog and that his son is a college football player from a small 1-AA school in the northeast. She said that he wanted to train when he was down for the holidays.

Later that day I get a call from this athlete, his name was Jon Corto and he came in on the 26th to workout with me. He said he was from a small school and played LB and by looking at his game film I felt he had the athletic ability to play at the NFL level. I put him through a tough and I mean tough, workout and was impressed with his athletic ability. I knew when I saw him that he could get a look at the next level. He just had that "it" factor.

He was willing to coninuing playing anywhere he could. He told me he would play Arena, CFL, or in the NFL if he could.

Jon decided to stay down in Florida for 8 weeks at his parents and dedicate himself to making the NFL or any other level of professional football. That was his dream. He was relentless in his commitment to learn and master the combine tests. He was like a student, taking notes on every detail I gave him. He mastered each test to the best of his ability. I had him peaking at the best he had ever been.

My next mission was to get him into a Pro Day, and with the help of his agent he attended the Syracuse Pro Day. There at the Carrier Dome, Jon put on a show that day. With his chiseled 6'1 210 lbs. frame Jon, jumped a 41.5" vertical, a 10'2" Broad Jump, Ran a 4.56 40 yard dash, had a 4.02 short shuttle and a blistering 6.50 sec. L-Cone. He blew it up.

Jon ended up making the Buffalo Bills practice roster last year then got cut and resigned after the season. This year his goal was to make the 53 man roster. He started camp as a safety but in a pre-season game in Toronto he was moved to linebacker where he had the coaches heads spinning. He has not looked back from there and Saturday his dream came true when he made his hometown team, the team he grew up dreaming of playing for.Not bad for a guy who told me that he just wanted to see what he could do and that he would play anywhere. Not bad for a guy that grew up in Buffalo and dreamed of one day playing for the Bills. Jon is the "Combine Freak"

If you want to see Jon in action, you need to get the Combine Freak DVD. You will not be dissapointed. You will also be able to see Jon and many other of my clients testing in front of the NFL Scouts.

If you have a dream like Jon did, work as hard as possible to reach it! And let the Combine Freak help you get there.

Train Hard!

Coach Mike Gough

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