NFL players using MMA training to prepare for season

Wind sprints and hill climbing is old school. Several NFL players are now training using mixed martial arts to prepare for what will certainly be a grueling season.

Updated: October 19, 2007, 6:37 PM ET
By Ben Houser | Special to ESPN.com

NFL players have always trained to get an edge. Jerry Rice's workout routine included running five miles uphill, coupled with wind sprints, six days a week during the offseason. LaDainian Tomlinson put in a 25-yard dirt hill in his backyard so he could train three days a week doing sprints to better prepare himself mentally and physically for the upcoming season.

Most players have an offseason training regimen to prepare themselves for the grueling training camp and ensuing ...

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