The Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII four days ago. Plenty of time for some well-deserved celebrating and merriment at the conclusion of a long season. Good times for all. Time's up, fellows. Now get back to work. This weekend, Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes and some of his teammates are expected to attend the Walt Disney Wide World of Sports Complex, training under the direction of speed and conditioning coach Tom Shaw. They'll assist with the development of potential NFL draft picks while also beginning their offseason workouts.
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When Pittsburgh Steelers' defensive back Ike Taylor told me he was "just a product of the system," I had no idea what he meant. Little did I know, I was about to find out first-hand.
Before Ike Taylor emerged as a pro football prospect at Louisiana-Lafayette, before he was taken in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL draft, before the defensive back earned two Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers, there was Tom Shaw.
Right before the start of the Steelers' final two days of voluntary practices in June, cornerback Ike Taylor was electronically timed in the 40-yard dash by speed coach Tom Shaw at Disney's Wide World of Sports. Taylor was clocked in 4.26 seconds.
That’s right, Coach Tom Shaw (www.coachtomshaw.com) is a living legend in the world of speed and NFL combine training. From Michael Vick to Deion Sanders and countless other stars, Coach Shaw has been behind some of the fastest 40 yard times in the history of the NFL Combine. But, it doesn’t stop there. NFL superstar Tom Brady states simple, “Coach Shaw is the best in the business.” What is his secret? It’s pretty simple. Improve your explosive power and jumping ability and you will run faster.
Yes, we are definitely ready for some football. And we are even keener for some genuine football insight, hence I took my notebook to the ESPN Wide World of Sports here in Orlando this week to consult my good friend and NFL guru Tom Shaw of the Coach Tom Shaw academy
If Jordan Schafer gets on base, he's going to try to run. The speedy outfielder the Twins acquired from Atlanta on Aug. 3 isn't afraid to try and steal bases. When he does, he's pretty successful at it. Schafer has stolen six bases in six attempts since joining Minnesota's offense, and he's been safe in 81 percent of his attempts during five major league seasons.
Cornerbacks Ike Taylor and William Gay saw a lot of Kelvin Benjamin, the Panthers' rookie wide receiver, when they worked out together in Orlando with trainer Tom Shaw.
Tom Shaw, who runs a popular performance enhancement camp at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, pranked a group of NFL prospects in this hilarious video listed below. Players were told a gorilla from Animal Kingdom got loose and, well, you can guess the rest of the story.