Terrence “Cheeseburger” Cody: An Example Of What Is Wrong With the NFL

July 29, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Baltimore Ravens rookie defensive tackle Terrence Cody passed a conditioning test on his third try during training camp.
Cody, who has been nicknamed "Cheeseburger" by his teammates, is listed at 6'4" and 349 pounds. Cody has struggled with his weight in the past, showing up at the Senior Bowl at 370 pounds.
The conditioning test that he failed is not some overly complicated battery of tests. According to Ravens coach John Harbaugh, the test is this: Run 25 yards up and back three times within a set period of time.  
The time is modified by position, so the faster, lighter player does not have an advantage over the larger, slower player. The players do receive a break of 70 seconds between one interval.
The problem I have with this is how the Ravens and the NFL treat these conditioning tests like a joke. The test should be pass/fail. A professional athlete should come to camp in shape and ready to at the very least pass a simple test.  
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