Indianapolis, NFL Scouting Combine (PRWEB) February 21, 2013
The NFL Strength and Conditioning Coaches honored Cedric Smith (Houston Texans) Bob Rogucki (Baltimore Ravens) and Johnny Parker during their annual banquet at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Cedric Smith, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Houston Texans was voted the NFL Strength Coach of the Year; Bob Rogucki of the Baltimore Ravens accepted the Champions Award, and Johnny Parker received the Professional Achievement Award for his 24 years of exceptional NFL Strength and Conditioning Coaching.
Cedric Smith, the recipient of the NFL Strength Coach of the Year award, has been in the NFL for 19 years as both a player and a coach and is in his 3rd season with the Houston Texans. Smith entered the NFL as fullback, playing with Arizona Washington, New Orleans and Minnesota before becoming an NFL coach. He finished his NFL career with 40 carries for 100 yards (2.5 avg.) with two touchdowns and 20 receptions for 141 yards (7.1 avg.) with two scores. Prior to signing on as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach with the Texans, Smith coached for Kansas City and the Denver Broncos.
Smith has implemented a vigorous off-season program for the Texans that emphasizes strength training and cardiovascular endurance in conjunction with speed and flexibility training, a system that paid off on the Texas’s playing field this year.
Bob Rogucki, recipient of the Champions Award, is a 39-year coaching veteran with 22 of those years in the NFL. Now entering his sixth year as the Baltimore Ravens' Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, his philosophy is to direct a training regimen speciﬁc to the game of football involving protocols that build both muscular strength and endurance.
Rogucki works individually with every player and believes strength and conditioning is the basis of football success, a philosophy that the Baltimore Ravens validated in their run to the NFL Super Bowl Championship.
Johnny Parker, the legendary NFL Strength and conditioning Coach is this year’s recipient of the NFL Strength & Conditioning Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award. Starting as a High School Coach Parker went on to pioneer Football Strength and Conditioning in the Big Ten, introducing Strength and Conditioning Coaching at Indiana University in 1977. In 1984 he moved to the New York Giants as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Parker's strength and conditioning program was instrumental in the Giants 1986 season, which resulted in their dramatic Super Bowl win against the Denver Broncos. This win was followed by another Giants Super Bowl Championship four years later over the Buffalo Bills. In 1993, Parker joined Coach Bill Parcells as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the New England Patriots, helping to launch a new era of Patriot football.
2002 brought Parker to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that earned its first Super Bowl championship the following year. After a brief stint in the private sector, Parker spent three years with the San Francisco 49ers before retiring in 2008. During his years with the NFL Johnny Parker conditioned three different teams through four Super Bowls.
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