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Terps Do Yoga

I hesitate to even mention this, for fear that Washington Post corporate partner Slate will make fun of me for laziness. Two years ago, Slate published a piece about football players and their wacky workout habits that described reporters describing these wacky workout habits.

A fresh, insider's guide to the offseason habits of our favorite NFL stars? No, more like 2005's most prominent manifestation of the annual lazy-reporter chestnut: the wacky workout story. Beat writers never tire of telling us that football players improve their reflexes and flexibility by doing yoga, karate, and ballet. At this point, they might as well tell us that our heroes wear helmets....

Still, the genre shows no signs of abating. In the last few years, nearly every newspaper that covers the NFL or college football has run a story about a side of beef who swallows his pride and assumes the lotus position.

Well, whatever. More than a dozen Terps spent the offseason doing yoga and newspapers are writing about it. And the twist: the Yoga instructor was hot!

"I heard the instructor was pretty good looking," Ralph Friedgen said in Heather Dinich's blog. "I'm sure that had something to do with it."

The Frederick News-Post focuses the yoga story around Dan Gronkowski, a tight end from Buffalo, who apparently neglected to describe the instructor's hotness:

While the very name "yoga" conjures up images of Zen masters and eccentrics, it also appeals to more mainstream guys like college football players.

"A bunch of us did it. It was more for the bigger guys with tight muscles," Gronkowski said. "It definitely worked out. I always wanted to (do yoga)."

Other bigger guys with tight muscles who have been going yoga this summer include Titans offensive lineman Mike Otto, Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell, LSU safety Craig Steltz, Redskins guard Todd Wade, Florida State DB Myron Rolle, Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, Seahawks DE Patrick Kerney, and no doubt Ricky Williams, who spawned an entire genre of yoga jokes.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 9, 2007; 10:57 AM ET
Categories:  College Football  
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