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Raves for Our Touring Video Clinic

"I thought the program was terrific."

–Jimmy Tucker, head coach, Nashoba Regional HIgh, Bolton, Ma.

"I thought the program was phenomenal. It was logical, backed by science and overall in the best interest of the kids, which is what we're all about as coaches."

–Joe Beveridge, head coach, Tantasqua High, Fiskdale, Ma.

"Very good, a very worthwhile experience. We learned new ways to practice, new drills to do. I thought the panel of Dr. Cantu, Buddy Teevens, Coach Ditka and Chris Berman was fantastic."

–Jim Pisegna, Burncoat High, Worcester, Ma.

"I thought the program was excellent. This is the way football is going. Particularly, the drills from Stanford and Dartmouth can be shown to high school coaches to get this done faster."

–Steve Dembowski, head coach, Swampscott (Ma.) High

"Terry, I listened to you speak in Canton, Ohio, and also attended the meeting in Worcester. It has revived me as a coach. I have totally bought into the words of Dr. Cantu, Coach Ditka, Coach Teevens and yourself. We need people to understand that football is evolving into a safer game. It is a sacred game that can provide an amazing number of opportunities to the young men who play it."

–Eric Cumba, head coach, St. Thomas Aquinas High, Dover, N.H.

"...just absolutely awesome."

–Jim Kelleher, head coach, Abington (Ma.) High

"...really exciting. Some of the video footage we can show the
kids will help keep them safe."

–Doug Orland, assistant coach, Campbell High, Litchfield, N.H.

"I have watched the video, very much enjoyed it and found it helpful.
We have been heading toward this as a sport for years, and we want to be on the cutting edge, ahead of the curve. We will be implementing this ASAP."

–John Bowen, head coach, Hephzibah (Ga.) High

"I want to try to get out the message about Practice Like Pros. I've said all the time down here there's too much, too much tackling, physical contact at practice. Let's come together and do something here in Atlanta."

–Glenn Ford Jr., i-dareU football training, off-season coach of DeAntre Turman,
high school player who died on a suburban Atlanta practice field, August 16, 2013

"Terry, I thought it was very good, truly a professional presentation. Your introduction leading to the coaches' talks was excellent. It grabbed your attention right away. The coaches were also excellent!! I believe it will be very well received wherever it is viewed and on every level. We must all face the fact that the game must be made safer. As a former head coach, I often wonder how many wins I left on the practice field by over-emphasizing technique, tempo and toughness."

–Dick Vermeil


In high school football,  58% of concussions occur in practice, not in games.*
In the NFL, that number is 4%.**

Our mission is to advocate change in youth and high school football.
These are the three pillars of Practice Like Pros . . . .


  • No full-contact practice in spring/summer/off-season, 6 hours full-contact including
    scrimmage(s)in pre-season, 15 minutes per week in-season.
  • Players must self-diagnose and self-report concussion symptoms because:
    The Second Impact Can Kill You.
  • Full-time athletic trainer or comparable medical professional on every team.
    EMS on site at every game.

  *Source: Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention
**Source: NFL

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Practice Like Pros  is endorsed by...

Dr. James Andrews Dr. James Andrews, Founder,
Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics
& Sports Medicine
Tony Dorsett Tony Dorsett, NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz Anthony Munoz, NFL Hall of Famer
Chris Ash Chris Ash, Head Coach,
Rutgers U.
Cortez Kennedy Maurice Jones-Drew, All-Pro RB,
Jacksonville Jaguars
Dan Hampton Mark Richt, Head Coach,
U. of Miami (Fl.)
Cornelius Bennett Cornelius Bennett, All-Pro LB,
Buffalo Bills
Ronnie Lott Ronnie Lott, NFL Hall of Famer Rocky Seto Rocky Seto, Assistant Head Coach,
Seattle Seahawks
Dr. Robert Cantu Dr. Robert Cantu, Co-founder,
Concussion Legacy Foundation
Oliver Luck Nick Lowery, All-Pro kicker,
Kansas City Chiefs
Bob Surace Bob Surace, Head Coach,
Princeton U.
Tom Condon Tom Condon, Premiere NFL Player Representative Oliver Luck Oliver Luck, Executive Vice President,
Buddy Teevens Buddy Teevens, Head Coach,
Dartmouth College
Bob Costas Bob Costas, Broadcaster Archie Manning Archie Manning, Patriarch,
First Family of Football
Marcus Trufant Marcus Trufant, All-Pro CB,
Seattle Seahawks
Mike Ditka Mike Ditka, NFL Hall of Famer Leonard Marshall Leonard Marshall, All-Pro DL,
New York Giants
Dick Vermeil Dick Vermeil, Coach, Philadelphia
Eagles, St. Louis Rams (Super
Bowl champion), Kansas City Chiefs
John Dockery John Dockery, DB, Super Bowl III
champion New York Jets
Warren Moon Warren Moon, NFL Hall of Famer Sam Wyche Sam Wyche, Super Bowl Coach,
Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Bucs
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2018 Appearances

Coaches Academy, U.S. Army All American Bowl
January 5, San Antonio, TX

Glazier Clinic, February 3, Groton, CT

GHSA Meeting, February 8, Atlanta, GA

New York State High School Football Coaches Clinic
February 9, Turning Stone Resort, Verona, NY

Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Clinic
February 10, Columbus, OH

NIKE Clinic, February 16, Louisville, KY

NIKE Clinic, February 17, Tunica, MS

NIKE Clinic. February 23, Orlando, FL

NIKE Clinic, February 24, Pittsburgh, PA

NIKE/New England Clinic w/Buddy Teevens
March 2, Windsor, CT

New England Coaches Clinic w/Buddy Teevens
March 9, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA

Texas Youth Football Association (TYFA) Annual Meeting
March 10, San Antonio, TX

Rutgers/NJFCA Clinic w/Dick Vermeil
April 6, Piscataway, NJ

NJFCA Executive Board Meeting
April 16, Piscataway, NJ

Atlanta Falcons Coaches Huddle
April 20, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

Connecticut High School Coaches' Association Meeting
April 24, Madison, CT

FCIAC Clinic, May 23, New Canaan, CT

Presentation to Westhill (CT) High, May 31, Stamford, CT

Presentation to Windsor (CT) High, June 6, Windsor, CT

FCFL Clinic, June 9, New Canaan, CT

CFM Camp. June 9, Hartford, CT

New Jersey NJSIAA/NJFCA Meeting
July 10, Robbinsville, NJ

New Jersey NJFCA Executive Committee Meeting
July 13, North Brunswick, NJ

Mississippi Assn. of Coaches Clinic w/Archie Manning
July 19, Jackson, MS

South Carolina SCACA All Sports Clinic w/Sam Wyche
July 24, Charleston, SC

SCFCA Board of Directors Meeting w/Sam Wyche
July 25, Charleston, SC

NJSIAA Football League and Conference Meeting
July 31, Robbinsville, NJ

Presentation to New Canaan (CT) High, August 20, New Canaan, CT

CT Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Presentation
September 4, Cheshire, CT

Meeting with Atavus, September 5, Seattle, WA

Presentation to NFHS Section 1 Meeting
October 5, Middletown, RI

NJSIAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Meeting
October 17, Robbinsville, NJ

CIAC Football Committee Meeting
November 7, Cheshire, CT

NJSIAA Executive Committee Meeting
November 14, Robbinsville, NJ

Presentation to Michigan MHSFCA Board of Directors
November 30, Traverse City, MI

Presentation to Ohio OHSFCA Board of Directors
December 7, Columbus, OH



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About Our Founder

Terry O'Neil

Terry O'Neil

  • 16-time Emmy Award winner
  • Producer, ABC’s Monday Night Football, 1980
  • Executive Producer, CBS Sports, 1981–86
  • Creator/Executive Producer, The Sports Reporters for ESPN, 1988
  • Executive Producer, NBC Sports, 1989–93
  • Executive Producer, Olympic Games, Barcelona NBC, 1992
  • Executive Producer, Special Events, ABC News, 1994–96
  • Executive, New Orleans Saints, 1997–99
  • Creator/CEO, RealTeam.com, 2000–2002
  • Creator/Executive Producer, Thin Ice for ABC Entertainment, 2008–10
  • CEO, O’Neil Productions/O’Neil Entertainment, 1981–present
  • Founder, Practice Like Pros, 2013
Education: B.A., English, University of Notre Dame ’71
M.S.J., Pulitzer School of Journalism, Columbia University ’74
Author: Fighting Back, Stein & Day Publishers, 1975
The Game Behind the Game, Harper & Row, 1989
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Thank you for considering a donation to Practice Like Pros. For all of us who love the game, player safety is suddenly the foremost issue. And there is no level of the game that demands more urgent attention than high school football, played by 1.1 million American boys. Practice Like Pros is an opportunity to make a difference, to engage in a movement bigger than our individual selves.

Practice Like Pros, Inc., is incorporated in Connecticut and registered with the IRS as a
501(c)(3) charity. As such, your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Mailing address:

Practice Like Pros
P.O. Box 1066
Weston, Connecticut 06883