A 6-foot-3, 254-pound linebacker, Akeem Ayers is entering his third season with the Tennessee Titans.
Ayers was the Titans’ second-round pick in 2011 out of UCLA. The Los Angeles native started all 16 games during his rookie season and 13 games in 2012.
His passion for the game is rooted in his time with the Will Rodgers Cardinals, the team he played for as something to do after school.
Football is a rarity in today’s sporting world.
Unlike other activities that seemingly run year-round, football has distinct months for in-season and offseason.
It’s during that off time that athletes can both rest their bodies and build up skills to increase peak performance.
Flexibility, strength, speed and agility are traits all football coaches look for in their players.
Some people are born to be coaches. For them, organization, direction and command are natural extensions of their days.
For most of us, coaching – especially on the youth level – is born of necessity. Namely, our kid’s team needs one.
Count my father among both groups.
My dad – Joe Sr. – coached youth sports for 30 years in Cleveland, Ohio.
He was happy being the head coach or an assistant. As long as he was teaching, he was in his element.