We are proud to feature Delbert Alvarado as one of our GREAT trainers on #TeamTRAINlete. Delbert is an incredible resource for any young football kicker or soccer player. Delbert played his college football at the University of South Florida where he excelled. He is still actively working to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL. Delbert has signed free agent deals with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 and 2012 as well as playing for the Virginia Destroyers of the UFL in 2011. In his spare time when he is not working on CATCHING his dream of playing in the NFL, he is helping young kickers reach their next level! Delbert founded “Do Work Academy” where they set up camps, lessons and scholarships to help young kickers and soccer players succeed. Check out Delbert’s profile on TRAINlete
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1. You now train athletes after your incredible career...what are some things you learned during your playing days that you are trying to pass on to your athletes? The biggest thing is to trust your training during crunch time. I always say, "If you put the work in, and are well prepared there is nothing to worry about or fear." Confidence is a must! You have to believe in yourself before anyone else does.
2. What is the biggest change that you had to adapt to from the college game to the pros? Not only is it a job, it’s also the way you make your living. At the pro level it is such a narrow margin that determines who get the job that you can’t afford many bad days, if any! In short, you must get comfortable being uncomfortable.
3. What drill/workout do you recommend most for young kickers?Kicking/Punting starts with great body conditioning. I believe you need a strong core, and flexibility to be really effective at the college and pro levels. Then it’s about finding what methods of training give you the best results physically and statistically. It's a strong focus of mine with every athlete, helping them find that perfect routine.
4. What has been the proudest moment for you during your athletic career?To be honest, it has to be the experience I had this pre-season as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. We played our first game at "The Black Hole" vs. the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football. Just to reflect upon my journey to that point was surreal. All the ups and downs, the practices and training paying off!! I would be lying if I said I didn't tear up a little. The beauty of it is I know I’ll be back in a uniform soon, so I’m looking forward to it.
5. There's a false connotation that kickers are labeled as "not a part of the team". Could you offer some insight into your experiences with your teammates to put this to rest? I've really never had that experience as a kicker/punter. For one, I always make it a point to be involved with everything team related on and off the field. To be honest I’ve been blessed with great teammates over the years. I know that some kickers may feel left out or not so much part of the team at times. But when it comes down to the wire and you need a big punt or 3 points, those are the moments that make us locker room celebrities.
6. If you could give one piece of advice to a youth athlete looking to reach their next level, what would it be? "Do Work!" No excuses. Just put your head down and enjoy the process. It’s difficult, but a dream well worth chasing! In closing, if what we do as kickers and punters was easy, there would be a lot more doing it. At the pro level, there are 64 guys worldwide who get to be in the NFL yearly. It is a very small fraternity of guys. The reality is, unfortunately not everyone will get to experience it. BUT, that doesn't mean you can’t try, and doesn't mean you shouldn't. When it’s all said and done, the game of football is just the instrument we use to meet new people, it's a privilege. When our playing days are done, we will look back at the friendships and the relationships we built. The experiences and I think that's what we will hold dearest in our hearts. Great stuff from Delbert! Please follow him on Twitter
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here to set up your first lesson! Written and Interview By: Jeremy Clouse