The nuances of AK41 (1 Viewer)

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We all know the guy is a freak.

And it just warms my heart when I hear how football savvy he is, Payton says designing plays/practice is a challenge keeping Alvin from getting bored.

I was just thinking of another little thing he does that I just love, did it twice last night.

If he’s got a sideline run....he’ll get his yardage and then gently step out before any contact. It’s actually brilliant, and goes against what most would ever think of doing.

Now if it’s needed, 1st down, goal line (see Shaq Thompson) he’ll bring the hammer. But if it’s the difference between a 14 yard run and a 15, he’ll step out and not take a hit at all.

It’s a long season, and he’s our horse.....saving the hits for when it’s necessary is a very wise move.
 

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It’s like a dude who can bunt for a triple
Just unreal
You can appreciate his vision akin to dancing... Timing is key.
He has the vision to see the play develop. And knows where the hole WILL be in a second, not that moment.

Its beautiful to watch. That one run where he cut back and made 15 more yards was exactly that.
 
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I'd like to see him attempt to hurdle a couple fewer defenders. As amazing as it is, he did land on or near the noggin a couple times after going airborne. Chill Alvin, we need you man!

That was only in the first quarter, and he was probably just so excited to get back out there.

Once he settled in, he played so intelligently, like he always does.
 

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His ability to shed tackles by almost making his body go limp is something that few backs have ever had the ability to do. He’s very unique in that. We have a special player and as long as health is his friend he’ll have an even more special career when it’s all said and done.
 

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He learned that first year
He took too much punishment his took year
I’m sure coach and some of the vets explained things to him
But agree with your point wholeheartedly
He did appear to attempt a half Juliocopter last night. He needs to leave the Juliocopters out of his box of tricks.
 

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You can appreciate his vision akin to dancing... Timing is key.
He has the vision to see the play develop. And knows where the hole WILL be in a second, not that moment.

Its beautiful to watch. That one run where he cut back and made 15 more yards was exactly that.
Most people have a center of gravity
AK has an oscillating parallelogram of gravity
 

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His ability to shed tackles by almost making his body go limp is something that few backs have ever had the ability to do. He’s very unique in that. We have a special player and as long as health is his friend he’ll have an even more special career when it’s all said and done.
Pierre Thomas used to have the dead leg too!
 

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His ability to shed tackles by almost making his body go limp is something that few backs have ever had the ability to do. He’s very unique in that. We have a special player and as long as health is his friend he’ll have an even more special career when it’s all said and done.
That’s a very good point
I took tai chi for many years and most every master would talk about how most fighting is might v might - just 2 bulls crashing together-
Your post made me think that AK probably used the tai chi tactic of using the opponents force against them
So instead of smashing into the force or pulling away from it, AK might actually ‘surf’ the force
 

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That’s a very good point
I took tai chi for many years and most every master would talk about how most fighting is might v might - just 2 bulls crashing together-
Your post made me think that AK probably used the tai chi tactic of using the opponents force against them
So instead of smashing into the force or pulling away from it, AK might actually ‘surf’ the force
I’m surprised more professional athletes don’t incorporate martial arts into cross training. I’ve heard some who wrestled, did karate or even mma but those can also be a lot of force vs force.

A professional athlete with greater body control and awareness that those balanced or even internal arts offer can add another level to their game.

I was watching some sumo matches a while back and the skill and sensitivity involved to go from push/attack to collapse/recede in an instant was impressive. I always thought linemen would benefit from learning some of those hand techniques as well.
 
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I’m surprised more professional athletes don’t incorporate martial arts into cross training. I’ve heard some who wrestled, did karate or even mma but those can also be a lot of force vs force.

A professional athlete with greater body control and awareness that those balanced or even internal arts offer can add another level to their game.

I was watching some sumo matches a while back and the skill and sensitivity involved to go from push/attack to collapse/recede in an instant was impressive. I always thought linemen would benefit from learning some of those hand techniques as well.
This reminds me of Kikaha. He did martial arts (judo?). Thought it would help him a lot in hand fighting and leverage as a DE. Sadly injuries were too much for him.
 

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