Kirk Herbstreit Calls Out Controversial Youth Football Drill

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A video of a young football player getting constantly hit by his teammates at practice surfaced on Twitter Friday. While it isn’t clear who the coach is in this video, it is apparent the methods are dangerous.

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit was bothered by this video and took to social media to call out the school’s coaching staff.

“What is this drill called??? How to make kids quit playing football for the enjoyment of a few idiot little league coaches,” Herbstreit tweeted. “Parents do your homework-DO NOT ALLOW your kids to play for coaches that do drills like this. This IS NOT FOOTBALL!!!! Fire the coaches immediately!!”

Here’s the video that went viral Friday afternoon:

Herbstreit wasn’t the only person who was scared for the child’s safety.

ESPN analyst and former Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky called it “child abuse” in a reply to the video.

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Adam Snyder was also bothered by this drill, saying “fire these coaches on the spot,” the Spun reports.

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  1. Herbstreit is right. I played for a coach who ran drills like this, and it was absolutely miserable. I fractured a bone four separate times playing football; all of them occurred in practice. I’d wouldn’t hesitate to take my kid to a different team if I saw the coach doing this shit.

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