Michigan Wolverines’ Woolfolk and the psychology of pass defense

You’ve heard the “voice of God” in those old NFL Films clips. That ultra-deep, ludicrously over-dramatic and mortally serious narrating by the late, great John Facenda:

for the Autumn wind is a Raider, pillaging just for fun. He’ll knock you ’round and upside down. And laugh when he’s conquered and won.

My favorite Facenda prose describes the island duel between wide receiver and defensive back, in which no quarter is asked, nor expected. And “the loser bleeds alone on an empty field.”

There’s a reason wide receivers are typically the most outwardly brash, and overt showmen of the gridiron. Likewise, there’s a reason defensive backs are usually the most mentally astute on the field. The WR-DB clash is as much a mental and psychological confrontation as it is physical one.

I’ll let Michigan Wolverines star CB-S Troy Woolfolk, a DB with All-Big Ten and NFL Draft written all over him, explain the brains behind the brawn.

By Paul M. Banks

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