'Mobile Virtual Players' Make Football Practice Safer

By: Joey Haar - Nov 28, 2016
References: mobilevirtualplayer & digitaltrends
As a sport, football has received criticism in recent years for the head injuries that impact players on a frequent basis, and Mobile Virtual Players are a way for teams to run practices while reducing that risk. The Mobile Virtual Players (or MVPs) are smart tackling dummies that make it easier for teams to run practice without having to make contact with one another.

Tackling dummies are a mainstay of football practice, but they come with limitations. Due to their immobility, they can't effectively be used for live scrimmages. The MVPs are motorized and self-righting, making them the perfect gear to reduce full contact during practice.

The practice robots have been used by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, and Dallas Cowboys of the NFL, as well as by several college and high school teams.