So, what does 125,000 square feet of football euphoria look like?
That question was answered Saturday when 120 football players taking part in USA Football’s inaugural Under-15 International Development Week were invited by the Pittsburgh Steelers to practice in the team’s sparkling indoor facility.
“This building is just awesome – I can’t believe that I’m here,” said giddy Sweden RB-LB Noel Nilsson German, 14, with an open-mouthed smile while stretching and looking up to the brilliantly-lit ceiling 70 feet above his head.
Football is rooted in learning and innovation. The game continuously evolves.
So do the coaches and players who contribute to it.
This was evident throughout USA Football’s Under-15 International Development Week in Canton, Ohio.
A roundup of news and notes around USA Football’s Under-15 International Development Week …
LEAD SWEDE The three most frequently heard questions on the Malone University campus in Canton, Ohio:
“Is it always this hot in Canton?”
“Can I buy a Gatorade?” (more on that later).
“Have you seen No. 9?”
Perhaps the first two questions are due to the fact that Canton’s average high temperature for the past five days has been 92 degrees.