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Slideshow: Engineering the NFL

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bobjengr   12/21/2013 2:20:01 PM
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I certainly agree with you on this one Nancy.  I mentor three high school students and you would not believe the things they are told by their parents, peers and friends relative to why they can't be engineers.  I spend most of my time encouraging them and not helping with homework.    In each case, their ability is completely adequate for the task at hand.  I certainly applaud this write-up and slideshow.  It shows what can be accomplished with effort.

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Nancy Golden   12/20/2013 10:18:46 PM
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As a test engineer, I'm afraid I have probably scribbled down a circuit or two on a napkin at lunch that you would have scratched your head over also :)

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mrdon   12/20/2013 10:12:16 PM
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Nancy Golden

I'm an electrical engineer and I have to scratch my head on some of the elaborate plays the announcers show during the halftime show analysis. Yes, they do look like wiring diagrams or pcbboard traces.

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Nancy Golden   12/20/2013 10:08:26 PM
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Thanks mrdon - actually - some of those plays look like wiring diagrams or even pcboards when you first glance at them lol

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mrdon   12/20/2013 10:00:42 PM
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Playbooks are technical and abstract in nature because of the various symbols used to represent players, positions, and movements. Engineers, as you know, deals with abstraction everyday in their work. Therefore, an athlete with an engineering background can interpret the abstraction to make a winning play. Good observation!

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Nancy Golden   12/20/2013 9:52:26 PM
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I agree mrdon. Actually, I was very surprised to learn the mental aspects of pro football - just look at the playbooks they have to memorize along with the ability to adjust to variations as a play unfolds...

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mrdon   12/20/2013 9:47:55 PM
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Nancy,

Another good point. The body can only take so much pounding as it becomes older. A second career will allow the brain to continue to grow via problem solving tech/engineering problems. Some of the plays athletes execute requires a good amount of brain power: so having an analytical mind from engineering helps tremendously.

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Nancy Golden   12/20/2013 9:34:36 PM
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...Or a second career after retiring from sports. It also tears down the notion that athletes lack in the brain department which is of course far from the truth.

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mrdon   12/20/2013 9:23:06 PM
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Nancy,

I agree. These remarkable folks are truly role models for today's kids. My wife and I always point out two our two teenage sons having aspirations to become NBA some of the players have law, physics, or engineering degrees. If something were to happen where they could not play their sport, they can still have decent careers to support their families.

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twk   12/20/2013 3:16:48 PM
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You missed Warren Livingston.  He went to work for Motorola in Scottsdale Arizona as an Electrical Engineer in 1966 as he retired from the Cowboys.  I hired him. he is a true gentleman.
Warren Livingston
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Date of birth: (1938-07-05) July 5, 1938 (age 75)
Place of birth: Eufaula, Oklahoma
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College: University of Arizona
Debuted in 1961
Last played in 1966
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played - started 67 - 15
Interceptions 10
Fumble recoveries 6
Stats at NFL.com


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