Where Are They Now? Rubio Long Snapper Jeff Palmer

For the next installment of “Where Are They Now?” we head to Southern California to hear from Rubio Long Snapper Jeff Palmer. Palmer played his high school football in Orange County then made his way to the Oregon Ducks where he still holds the record for most field goal snaps in a career. Oh, did I mention he is about 5’10” and 190 (dripping wet and holding barbells)

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1.  What is your current occupation?

I have been an Account Executive for MetLife for a little over two years, selling employee benefits through brokers to companies with 10 to 5,000 employees.

2. Where do you live?

I am in the process of moving from San Francisco to San Diego, currently living in Dana Point, CA.

3. Married/ Kids? Single. No kids

4. What is your fondest memory of your time playing college football? Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 4.48.33 PM

My fondest memory of my entire time at Oregon was running on the field the second the clock hit 0 at the 2012 Rose Bowl. We had lost our two previous bowl games, and the guys that were still on the team for the Rose Bowl had a huge weight lifted off of our shoulders when we won that game. It was the culmination of a pretty special season for us.

5. If you could give ONE bit of advice to the current Rubio Long Snappers, what would it be?

Obviously work hard on the football side of things, but work even harder on the academic side and get involved with any networking opportunities that your school offers you. You never know what types of opportunities may come your way after your playing career is over, and the vast majority of guys will be done playing for good when your college eligibility is up.

6. If you could give ONE bit of advice to the current Rubio Long Snapping PARENTS, what would it be? 

Always be positive. Your son is getting the opportunity to do what millions of kids only dream of doing- running on to the field on Saturdays for a college football game. You can’t take everything so seriously. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, so just sit back and enjoy watching your son have fun and grow up.

7. When was the last time you snapped a ball and for what reason?

I snap at least one ball a day down the hallway in my apartment just so I can tell myself- “still got it.” A lot of my brokers and coworkers ask me to snap a ball to them once they find out I played football as well.

 8.   If you could go back and play football in college again, would you go to the same school or a different one? Why? 

No doubt in my mind I would go to Oregon again. Everyone hears about Nike, the uniforms, the facilities, and the flashy offense, but what a lot of people don’t know is how well the Athletic Department sets its student-athletes up for success after their time runs out. There were countless networking and mentoring events to attend during our time there, which allowed me to develop relationships with people I otherwise would have never had the chance to meet.

 9. Any regrets during college? Something you wish you had done or maybe hadn’t?

I actually wish I did not try to graduate as quickly as I did. I should have stayed in Eugene as long as possible because yes, being out in the real world is fun, but it comes with a lot more responsibility than you realize when you are still in school. 

I wish I didn’t have a girlfriend my senior year…what an idiot.

10.   What tremendous thing have you been a part of or experienced since you graduated? 3a549d2

I got to spend some time in Colorado working for Wounded Warriors right after I graduated. We spent time at Air Force Academy as well as the Olympic Training Facilities, but it was so rewarding helping the veterans and hearing their stories and about the daily struggles since returning home. It really put things into perspective for me.

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Advice to Incoming Freshman from College Long Snappers

I offer up a ton of advice on this blog, my Twitter, my Facebook, through texts, e-mails and my camps. In my opinion, it is all good.

But, sometimes, the youth would like to hear from others as close to their own age as possible. No problem.

I asked several Rubio Long Snappers, who have just finished their first collegiate season of football, a simple question, “What is one bit of advice you would give to an incoming freshman Long Snapper now that you have essentially wrapped up your first year?

Here are their responses….

“Earn the respect of non specialists by working hard in the weight room and conditioning so they don’t just stereotype you as being just a “longsnapper”. Will go a long way with the coaches and put you a step ahead of the guy in front of you if there is one.” Conor Fry – North Carolina

“Never be satisfied. Although you may not come in and be the starter the first day you step on campus, once you earn that starting spot on the team you cannot get complacent. If you get complacent, somebody will catch up to you. While you are resting, someone else is getting better. Are you working? Or are you resting?” Reid Ferguson – LSU

“Have fun with it, enjoy the experience. If you redshirt embrace it, and get better. Make sure you are healthy and physically fit coming into your first year. The weight room and running will be difficult, so make sure you are prepared, and finally make sure to always be on time, which is 10 minutes early. That’s the best advice I can give, really kids just got to enjoy the gift they have been given.” Nolan Dowling – Western Kentucky

“Come in CONFIDENT, not cocky. They need to remember that they are a freshman again, no one cares that you were number 1 in the nation or a 5 star snapper. Although they should because they couldn’t do it. And don’t expect special treatment from coaches anymore. Once you step on that field you’re just another player, not someone they have to impress anymore.” Jake Abraham – Georgia Southern

“Realize that the strength staff is on your side. They will make fun of your athleticism and your position at first just keep working hard and keep your confidence up and they will come around. Also, to Enjoy the Process. The off season workouts, summer lifts, practices, and season are really hard and tiring. Find your own way to make them fun. Lastly, dont think of what you’re losing out on (parties & junk) but think about how much you’re gaining. (Discipline & work ethic)” John DePalma – West Virginia

“Be prepared for anything! Coaches will go to extreme lengths just to see how mentally tough a snapper is.  You’re gonna have bad days or a bad snap every now and then; it is how you respond to adversity that matters.  If coach is chewing you out and up in your face just nod yes sir and move on to the next snap.  Mental toughness is key!” Steven Romero – New Mexico

Have a short memory.  If you have a bad snap, coaches are going to get on you for it but you need to come back and respond.Duke Moran – CAL

Listen to the guys who currently share your position on the team. You may think you know all there is about physically snapping, but being a snapper entails much more than just throwing the ball between your legs (as you know). The mental aspect is more than half the game, and by creating a comfortability level with the men you share all your time with is essential to your success. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others for help, because in reality, the people you want to ask were all freshman at one point and have taken your path before. They don’t care how good you were in high school, they want you to excel at the collegiate level and to benefit the team in all possible ways.” Joe Marvin – Penn St. 

For me one thing I never did was really practice snapping on a command and I really struggled with that coming into camp. So if I was going to give advice going into your first year for a long snapper I would say to be able to snap on a command along with on your own. Be able to snap out of your comfort zone for sure.Matt Cincotta – Marshall

You have to come in with a mindset that you are the best but practice like you are second string and fighting for a job. Football has a lot of distractions but the reason you are there is to get your education first. Basically this is something you have never experienced so you have to do something you have never done before.Daniel LaMontagne – Furman

Make a great first impression on your coaches, teammates, and professors. Also to enjoy and soak it all in because it’ll fly by before you know it.Scott Daly – Notre Dame

Not everything is gonna go exactly how you planned out in your head but just keep grinding, it’ll be worth it in the end.” William Eads – Middle Tennessee

GO TO CLASS!!! If you don’t go, YOU FAIL! Also learn how to manage your time. Time management is key for a college football player, especially of you make the travel squad. Study, study, study. If your grades are not up to par the coaches will leave you at home, it happened to a few guys here.Ryan Eustace – Arkansas St.

Always stay warm and make sure you’re paying attention to the game because standing on the sidelines will cause your legs to get cold, and there are a lot of distractionsRyan DiSalvo – San Jose St.

Come to the practice, lift, or run with an intense intrinsic attitude to improve yourself because it so easy to just go through the motions being that specialists are sort of dismissed by the coaching staff at times.” Jeff Overbaugh – San Diego St. 

“The most important thing to remember as a freshman long snapper on a college team is to have fun. Seriously, it sounds cheesy but taking this sport too seriously will be the death of you. You have worked so hard to get to where you are, and now that you’re here it’s important to take a step back and appreciate what you’re a part of. I wish all of you the best of luck. You have accomplished something few people can, and you should be beyond proud.Sodie Orr – Cal Poly SLO

You’ve made it to college however you have not arrived. You must work just as hard as you did making it to where you are now.Greg Hohenstein – Bowling Green

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ASK RUBIO – Comfort after overeating, my days as a teacher, snapping Damon?!?!?

Dear Rubio….

the holiday season is upon us, and there will  be an abundance of eating. Do you recommend a recliner or a couch after the second helping?
-SoonToBeStuffedLSD

SoonToBeStuffedLSD…

Personally, I have to go with couch. If one really does some damage at the table, a chair (recliner or not) won’t suffice. I like to have the option of leaning right into a full lay to a pass out and a couch is the only thing that can make that happen!
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Dear Rubio…

When did you decide you wanted to be a history school teacher?  After almost 6 years of teaching history was it a difficult decision to stop teaching school?
-East Coast Hair

East Coast Hair…
When I was in the 3rd grade, I knew I would be a teacher. I have many family members that are teachers so it was very familiar to me. I loved teaching (majority of teaching time was with 6th graders) because to me, it was a lot like telling stories. As long as I could get the kids to remember the stories (the history), I would be doing my job. There is a lot about this aspect of my life in the movie RUBIO.

It was VERY hard to leave teaching. VERY, VERY hard. I went from a “sure thing” in teaching to “I really hope this works out” in Long Snapping. I think it worked out well:)
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Dear Rubio…

“Have you ever long snapped Damon Dale Rubio into bed?”
-The Wookie Parent

Wookie Parent…
One simply does not snap Damon. He snaps them. Usually, he is what I would describe as the Tasmanian Devil hopped up on a gallon of Red Bull as we approach bed time. Jolie and I try to get him down and close the door before he starts spinning out of control and takes us out. On that note, if I was to snap Damon, it would be a pearl:)
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Remember, if you would like to ASK RUBIO a question on any topic (honestly, it shouldn’t be on Long Snapping since you can find almost all questions answered on my blog and on RubioLongSnapping.com, just go ahead and send your question(s) to Rubio@RubioLongSnapping.com with the subject line: ASK RUBIO.

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The Dozen Most Common Questions I Get About Long Snapping

1. What makes a Long Snapper great? The answer is HERE

2. How do you make a highlight tape for a Long Snapper? The answer is HERE

3. How do I know when to attend camps? The answer is HERE

4. Do I, or my son, need private lessons for Long Snapping? The answer is HERE

5. How do I get exposure as a Long Snapper? The answer is HERE

6. What is the difference between a walk on, a preferred walk on and a scholarship? The answer is HERE

7. What does the recruiting process of a Long Snapper look like? The answer is HERE

8. How do I get recruited as a Long Snapper? The answer is HERE

9. Should I make my highlight tape available on YouTube or on DVD? The answer is HERE

10. How should I hold my hands on the ball when Long Snapping? The answer is HERE

11. What is Gray Shirting? The answer is HERE

12. And, last but not least, why do you not need to call Rubio “coach?” The answer is HERE

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Advice for Current College Athletes from Former College & Pro Athletes

Last week, I posted a blog that was current college freshman Long Snappers giving advice to incoming college freshman Long Snappers. It was great to read and, hopefully, gave some insight to the next batch of dominant college Long Snappers.

I decided to take it a step further and asked several of my former college Long Snappers if they have any advice they would like to give to the current batch of college Long Snappers. There is some absolutely terrific bits of wisdom here and well worth reading.

Here is what they had to offer up…

Justin Drescher – Colorado/New Orleans Saints “Enjoy all aspects of college and be a well rounded individual by the end of your time, because it only lasts 4-5 years! Its a short period of your life where you get to grow from a boy to young man, so cherish each and every moment no matter the difficulties in Football, Academics and Social life!”

Jason Bertoni – Arizona Choose the people you hangout with wisely, pick people that can help you grow and not hold you back. You will not only be judged for your actions but theirs as well.

Jeff Palmer – University of Oregon Embrace the grind with as many classes and tutors as early on as possible in your career so that you can enjoy your experience later in your career. Have fun early on but embrace the grind and accept the heavy workload because it will be rewarding to be an older leader on your team taking fun elective classes, having the younger guys on your team asking you for advice, and having more spare time to start preparing for your future (whether its training for the NFL or networking to find a job).

Tanner Gibas – University of Kansas “Make sure you make friends and get involved in as many things outside of football as possible. You never know when your last play is.”

Brandon Long – Rice University “Best thing you can do is get in with the O-line and avoid being seen as a kicker. Makes life easier. Also, have fun and don’t put added pressure on yourself, everything in athletics is a mind game at some point.”

Carson Tinker – University of Alabama “Know that you aren’t as athletic as everyone but work like you are”

 John Finch – Purdue “Realize that you are on the team to do one job and don’t expect any respect or gratitude from anyone until you perform on the field on Saturdays. No one owes you anything. Show up and do your job.”

Neal Dahlman – Bowling GreenKeep education number one, maintain a high GPA. There is life after football. As far as football, treat everyday like an interview, there is always someone out there working just as hard or harder than you. Continue improving to earn or keep your spot, never be complacent.”

 Tom Harrington – Western Michigan “Don’t let a coach change anything that they do.  A lot of times coaches want a snapper to change something in their form or the way they snap.  Do what got you to college and continue to work at that.  Most college special teams coaches has no idea about long snapping and how to teach someone.  I know it’s hard to tell your coach no but if its in your best interest then do it.”

Casey Hales – Duke “Take a minute and reflect on the 1st dream you had about being a long snapper in college. What did that dream look like? What did you look forward to most about playing in college? Now, take a moment and think about how that dream has changed or stayed the same.  Are you doing all you can to maximize what you want out of your experience? My advice, take a hard look at how you spend your time. Make the most out of your situation. Take advantage of all the resources around you to make your college football experience the best it can be. Work with Rubio! Spend time with your strength and conditioning coaches, nutritionists, and your academic support staff. You are living the dream right now, be grateful you are where you are and EMBRACE.”

Kevin Ballinger – Purdue “Keep working and have fun. You’re in a very unique position of playing at a high level without people noticing you. Take advantage of every opportunity a regular student does not get. Every student at your school would kill to be in your position. Secondly, work hard. The guys behind you who aren’t playing are working to take your spot. Finch is one of my best friends but my goal everyday was to take his spot on the field. Work so hard that the coaches have no choice but to play you. Have fun when it’s time to have fun, work hard when it’s time to work hard.” 

Tyler Schmitt – San Diego St./ Seattle Seahawks “My biggest piece of advice to a college snapper would be to think/ and train like you are a linebacker. Because on punt, you are a linebacker. Your NOT a kicker! Whether its running with the team in the morning, weightlifting, film ect. you need to train like a position player. Not only will you gain respect from other teammates, but your snapping will improve. The biggest advantage will be making tackles, which in a such a competitive position these days, is crucial.”

Evan Jacobsen – New Mexico Always try to perfect your art. You are there to snap so do it correctly. Our season never ends. Challenge yourself. Make your target smaller and smaller each time. Push yourself conditioning and weight room wise. Try to be the strongest player on the team. Always practice blocking because you never know what scheme you will run next year (I changed 4 times). In short, always push yourself and always get better. DO NOT PLATEAU. Do not be satisfied and watch film and critique yourself. Always try and improve. Listen to Rubio.

Zach Nolan – Stanford “Basically, every day is a chance to make an improvement, no matter how big or how small.  It’s a simple idea, but it’s something that really changed my outlook when I really started to think about it.  Everyone’s goal is always to be perfect.  Unfortunately, perfection is something that we can never truly attain.  There are so many things that we need and want to get better at, but if each day you set a goal that you’re going to pick one area that you hope to improve upon and put forth all your effort into that one aspect of your life (whether it’s on the field or off), you can get closer and closer to achieving perfection.  I believe every day is an unbelievable opportunity, and it’s up to you whether you take advantage of that opportunity or let it slip away.”

Mike Zupancic – Eastern Michigan “Never get complacent, if you want to be the best you must constantly work on your weaknesses. Every challenge that you face, bad weather or tough block, use it as an opportunity to become the best.”

Brendan Lopez – Washington Embrace the reality that one day you won’t play football anymore.  Every player has to come to terms with this and the sooner you do it the more successful you will be in the future. Thinking about the future can be very uncomfortable but having a plan and a goal in mind early on is better then trying to figure something out once you get there.  Don’t let playing football deter you from pursuing a career you might think is out of reach.  Apply to the business school, take organic chemistry, strive to be a doctor or an entrepreneur.  Playing football will only enhance these goals because every time you say “I play college football” you will automatically have a leg up on the other guy who didn’t.  Always have a goal and never settle for where you are today.” 

Corey Gibas – Texas A&MI have two pieces of Advice for current long snappers. School/Academics- Use all the resources your school and your athletic department provides for you. You have a busy schedule to maintain so lessen your stress level with the help provided. Get all your hard core curriculum classes out of the way so your junior and senior years are easy. Football- Cherish every moment you have left on and off the field. It’s not going to be the practices, workouts, or meetings your going to miss. Once you have ended your career you will miss the locker room, team functions, game day, traveling for away games, and your teammates. Those are the things your going to miss the most so cherish each moment. Take pictures so you can look back at this awesome moment of your life. Also share with people that did not get the opportunity you have received. Give back to the game as well. It’s treated you well during your life time so give back to it in anyway possible. Stay humble and never quit.

Corey Adams – Kansas St. Our very first team meeting in training camp, our coach asked the seniors to get up and say something to the younger players. The first person to stand up was the most respected senior (Jordy Nelson) and the room when completely silent. He was one of the people who let his actions speak louder than his words, so hearing him speak in front of the whole team was rare. The thing he said was “Freshmen, don’t rush to get out of here. Slow down and enjoy every minute with your friends, teammates and brothers. After this, whether you play professionally or get a job in the real world, everything becomes a business. You won’t ever have an atmosphere like this, where you are with your best friends every single day of the week, all working together towards the same goal with the same purpose in mind.” At the time, I was a freshmen thinking I knew everything in the world. I heard what he was saying, but didn’t really listen to his message. Five very short years later, I had been in and out of a couple NFL training camps, and now work as a financial analyst. I quickly realized what Jordy had said at my first ever team meeting in college was dead on. You may be on another team, either in the NFL or corporate world, but you don’t have the bond you have with your teammates in college. They start out as strangers, but quickly turn into lifelong friends.”

PJ Tobyansen – UCLA “The one bit of advice i would like to give to a current college Long Snapper is – enjoying the dedication to preparation. What I mean by that is of course every college longsnapper is dedicated to his craft of Long Snapping. But to understand truly why you are doing things, and to truly enjoy the process will carry these habits latter on in life – to make you truly successful weather you go pro in the NFL or pro in something else. Today I work in the movie business for Marvel – currently working on Iron Man 3. I would not be where I am today without the lessons Rubio taught me, and enjoying the dedication to preparation. As Rubio always says -Taking the time to do things properly – quality reps over quantity.  Practicing, staying late so you truly know the in and outs of your assignments or task.  Muscle memory – doing things the RIGHT WAY over and over and over so when it comes time to shine in a crunch situation you know that you are truly prepared and can truly enjoy the moment.(YOU DONT HAVE TO THINK) If you truly understand this and enjoy this and practice these keys. It will  truly make you successful and let you rise quicker in your career or later in life. Like today working at Marvel people always say I cant believe how young you are. well I owe my success to those hobbits I learned while long snapping in college and truly enjoying my dedication to my preparation. It works! If you dont enjoy it why do it? Only you can make things work. always enjoy what you are doing. Always have a smile on your face, enjoy the moment. (and you can because you do not have to think if you are ready or not)” 

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Rubio, Can You Give Me Some Pointers?

That is probably the most common question I receive through email, phone, Twitter and Facebook and the answer is, of course, YES!

But, I don’t.

Why? Cause life doesn’t work that way. Do you simply want an answer or do you want the right answer? Confused? Let me explain.

I could easily give you some cookie-cutter, plain Jane answer to appease you, but what good does that really do? If you want me to give you a specific answer and one that actually works, I need to see exactly what I am dealing with.

Think of it this way, would you call your mechanic and spray him about how bad your car is and how it needs to be fixed but then NOT bring it into them? No. You would get the car to them so they could see it, decipher the problem and rectify the situation.

The same goes with me. As soon as I see you live (video’s fine, but it is harder for me to explain unless you are right next to me. At that point, I know you’ll get it), I can fix your issues within a matter of seconds. Don’t get me wrong, I can easily give you some generic answer to make you feel better but it won’t make you better. Side note: those that give you a quick answer right off the bat, most likely don’t know what they are talking about and are just trying to make it look like they do.

I can fix any single problem you have with Long Snapping and I can do it quick. This is my job and I take it very, very seriously. You want to be more accurate, more consistent, snap faster, block better, etc? Check, check, check and check. No problem at all, but let me see you first. I want to make sure you are getting a correct answer the first time (as I am sure you do too).

Remember, there are no shortcuts to greatness. Rarely does someone just have an immediate knack for Long Snapping. Every single one of my top kids started the same way….not knowing what they are doing. They began slow, worked hard on their form, their mental attitude and Bam!, they now know what they are doing with their Long Snapping. They worked smart and not just hard. You can spend all day pushing on a door to get out of a room but if it says to pull you might want to re-evaluate your methods.

Kind of funny how Long Snapping is just like life, huh?
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Chris-Rubio-2Rubio Long Snapping is, by far, the biggest and best resource for Long Snappers in the country. Offering the best instruction and most exposure in the world. Rubio Long Snapping can help you to become the best snapper you can be!

In just 12 years, Chris Rubio, President and Owner of Rubio Long Snapping, has become the #1 Long Snapping instructor in the country and the go-to man when a college coach needs a Long Snapper. Colleges from across the country rely on “Rubio’s” word day in and day out on who the best Long Snappers are in the country. Rubio Long Snapping has assisted in over 300 Long Snappers earning FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to major colleges and universities just for Long Snapping and many into the NFL as well.

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