Taos Tiger Football players, New Mexico's 4A champs, are getting ready to storm the fields once again this year and are doing so with a bit of professional help. Former …
Taos Tiger Football players, New Mexico's 4A champs, are getting ready to storm the fields once again this year and are doing so with a bit of professional help.
Former professional football player George Teague spent time with the Tigers July 18-20 in a small camp for the boys and offered his help on defensive and mental strategies for the team to use in the upcoming season. Players took to the field without pads and no tackling allowed during these preseason practices to go over some plays as well as fundamentals for the team.
"He's here to help our team get to that next level [of competition]," said head coach Art Abreu Jr.
Teague has been holding the summer practices with the team for the past four years and brings his knowledge and expertise on the pro field to the high school field.
Teague played for the University of Alabama before being drafted into the NFL in 1993 in the first round. His career spans seasons as a defensive back and a free safety with the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys. He retired in 2001 from the NFL and has been a high school football coach in Texas.
"I think [Abreu] has a solid foundation that he has built through this program," Teague said of the Tigers. "It's been good to watch their growth."
Teague's influence helped the Tigers prevail to the state championships in 2018 when the Tigers brought home the first place trophy for the first time in their history.
"The biggest challenge they have is to maintain that level," Teague said.
Abreu starts his "strongly suggested" conditioning sessions during the summer and is allowed to officially begin practice in the beginning of August for the upcoming season. During the conditioning sessions, Abreu works on plays, mental focus drills and weight-training routines for the team to be adhering to for the season. His said Teague's visits were important to give the team a pro's experience on the field.
"I just enjoy teaching them about life and the skills they will use as they become young men," Teague said.
The Taos Tigers now have only a few weeks before their season starts and will have to defend their title as state champions. The varsity team retained many of their squad and will be looking to add new legs to the roster once school starts.
With practices starting in the summer, team members get more time to bond with each other before the pads come on and have more time to gel as a unit before the season officially starts.
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