Trench Warfare: Falcons legend shares pass rushing expertise

Atlanta Falcons legend Chuck Smith takes a moment with coaches from Sandy Creek and Newnan High at the conclusion of his free pass rushing camp Wednesday. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

It’s quarterback hunting season. Atlanta Falcons legend Chuck Smith traveled to Sandy Creek High School Wednesday afternoon to host a free pass rushing clinic for area players, setting up the opposition for a season of hurt.

Smith, who piled up 58.5 sacks in eight seasons in Atlanta, shared his four-point pass rushing system of Vision, Get Off, Hands, and Hips.

“It’s a fun way of teaching pass rushing,” he said. “We worked on raw pass rushing. The kids got better and learned something that I hope they carry on with them throughout their football careers.”

Smith said he was humbled the coaches allowed him to work with their players.

“It’s a specialty that a lot of kids don’t necessarily get enough time to learn because coaches are so busy. It’s hard for them to focus on pass rushing,” he said. “I can offer the perspective from the outside looking in and try to be a resource. It’s just a small piece that adds to the value of the football experience for that player.”

His reason for giving back is a simple one.

“Because I’ve been gifted with something that God blessed me with, I want everyone else to have a chance to learn,” he said.

The free camp is part of his community outreach through Chuck Smith Training Systems. Through his website he offers VIP videos to help your future star sharpen up his skills. For more information on his program, visit www.ChuckSmithTraining.com.

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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