Lessons from Florida's Will Muschamp: Woodpeckers can't suffer concussions
By Zac Ellis
Did you know that woodpeckers can't suffer concussions? If not, Florida coach Will Muschamp has you covered.
Muschamp offered up that handy bit of information during a media briefing in Gainesville this week. The coach was asked whether the success of certain players bouncing back from ACL surgeries, like Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in 2012, will have any affect on the mindset of Gators defensive end Ronald Powell, who is attempting to come back from the same injury.
Here is Muschamp's response, in all of its glory:
Every situation when you're dealing with the human body's different. Every person is different.What you also might not know is that Muschamp is a part-time science teacher. OK, that part isn't really true, but the coach's information on woodpeckers is, according to Scientific American. The things you learn at an SEC press conference. (H/T SBNation.com)
Yesterday, we had Mickey Collins in, who's a concussion expert, was talking to us about when you deal with concussions and when you come back from concussions. And he talked about a coach he once dealt with that made the comment that, this player, you could take a shovel and hit him in the back of the head and nothing ever would happen, and this player could bump into a wall, and he's gonna have a concussion. And Mickey simply said the point, 'that's right.'
Everyone is different. And everyone handles it different.
A woodpecker's never gonna have a concussion. I bet you didn't know that. That's a true story. Isn't it? He said it. They got an extra bone in their neck. They have an extra bone in their neck, and they never can have a concussion. You learn something new every day, and you just learned something new.
So, my point being, everyone's different. I know one thing: he's really excited to practice.