NFL Training

In lieu of a Rubio Long Snapping NFL camp this year, I will be personally offering private lessons in Northern Idaho. Spots are limited and I will not be taking a mass group.

After speaking with college and NFL coaches, scouts and agents, I was advised to run specific lessons, this year, with each NFL ready Long Snapper to offer more one on one interaction to give back to the scouts and agents. Last year alone, Rubio Long Snapping had ELEVEN Long Snapper earn tryouts based on Rubio Long Snapping film and my word.

For this year, Rubio Long Snapping will not be running a NFL Free Agent camp to focus solely on the private lessons with NFL Free Agents

One of the things the coaches, scouts and agents liked the most is that there was no bias. If you can snap and move at the next level, I tell them that. If you can’t snap and move at the next level, I tell them that as well. I don’t care if I have seen you snap at my camps or not. This is all about a bottom line with the NFL. You either are the full package or you are not.

With eleven guys getting tryouts, it is quite clear that my word is good and definitely respected.

The lessons will offer the following….

  • Private instruction with me in an indoor location
  • Film to review as well film to send out to agents and teams with my stamp of approval on it.
  • Game plan to get each Long Snapper ready for their pro day.
  • Detailed planning on meetings with agents and coaches.

I will get you ready, it is up to you what you do when you get there!

If interested, email Rubio@RubioLongSnapping.com as are limited and once they are gone, they are gone.

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Rubio Long Snapping is, by far, the biggest and best resource for Long Snappers in the country. Rubio has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the USA Today, Deadspin and countless other publications.

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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Where Are They Now? Rubio Long Snapper Justin Drescher

iFor the next installment of “Where Are They Now?” we head to New Orleans to hear from Rubio Long Snapper Justin Drescher who went to high school in Texas, received a full scholarship to Colorado and has been excelling ever since….

1.  What is your current occupation?

Long Snapper for the New Orleans Saints

2. Where do you live?

New Orleans in season and Denver in off season

3. Married/ Kids?

No wife and No kids

4. What is your fondest memory of your time playing college football? 

My fondest moment on the field came my Sophomore year when I recovered a fumble to set up the tying score against OU the #3 ranked team at the time than snapping the game winner couple mins later to beat them on last second field goal. But some of my favorite moments came off the field while floating the Boulder Creek, summer workouts and the cook outs.

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

To have a balanced college experience and to find friends outside of the athletes you see everyday. It will help you get a different perspective of college and it serves as a good get away of the daily grind that can sometimes take over.

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

To give your child the support and resources so that they can make informed decisions for their future. Sometimes it may not always be the best decision but know failures can lead to great success.

temp_MH18601--nfl_mezz_1280_10247. When was the last time you snapped a ball and for what reason? 

About 3 hours ago at practice in punt period getting ready for last preseason game

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

I would definitely choose to go back to University of Colorado. It allowed me to grow up and mature while also providing me with a great degree. It introduced me to some of my best friends that I still stay in weekly contact with that I couldn’t imagine not having those relationships.

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

My biggest regret was graduating and leaving Boulder Co in 3 and half years. It went by way to fast. The real world, Yes, I worked at Home Depot and Substitute taught while trying to make the NFL was not all that cool.

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

I would say coolest thing for me, was going from Substitute teacher on a Monday to playing in my first Career NFL game on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys in Dallas, my hometown. It was a surreal moment for me to play my fist career game in front of my family and friends. I even rode home with my family in the backseat just like the good ol’ days of playing pee wee football.

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Rubio Long Snapping NFL Camp

291116_2368646975707_1857804060_oRubio Long Snapping has an excellent tradition of high school, college and NFL success.  Established in 1999, Chris Sailer & Chris Rubio have worked with thousands of youth, high school, college and professional kickers, punters and long snappers.

Over the years, they built strong and lasting relationships with high school, college and NFL coaches.  The trust that has been built based on on the field training/technique, evaluations and recommendations is untouchable.

NFL coaches have asked us to step deeper into the NFL recruitment process and the Long Snappers have asked us to set up a non-biased camp that simply showcases their talents for the NFL. We have made that happen with coaches present and high quality video being shot for each Long Snapper.

After the camp, Rubio Long Snapping will send out a detailed evaluation of each Long Snapper. This simple email sparked SEVERAL NFL tryouts last year.

Rubio Long Snapping and Chris Sailer Kicking will hold its 2nd Annual NFL combine March 17th in Las Vegas, NV.

Take a deeper look into the success Rubio Long Snapping has had, and continues to have, in the NFL…

Carson Tinker – Jacksonville Jaguars
Justin Drescher – New Orleans Saints
Jon Weeks – Houston Texas
Aaron Brewer – Denver Broncos
Tyler Schmitt – Seattle Seahawks
Christian Yount – Cleveland Browns
Nick Sundberg – Washington Redskins
Rick Lovato – Green Bay Backers
Joe Cardona – New England Patriots
Andrew East – Seattle Seahawks
Nate Boyer – Seattle Seahawks
Corey Adams – Dallas Cowboys
Chris Maikranz – Houston Texans
Drew Ferris – New York Jets
Drew Howell – Tampa Bay Bucaneers

The Chris Sailer Kicking & Rubio Long Snapping NFL Combine will be held March 17th in Las Vegas.

All American Park
1551 S. Buffalo Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89117

College Seniors: 8:30 – 11:30
NFL Free Agents (At least 1 year removed from college) 12:00 – 3:00
*Professional Video will be taken of each athlete

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Rubio Long Snappers Getting Shots in the NFL!

Rubio Long Snapping not only dominated the weekend in Las Vegas, it also dominated it across the country.

It turns out that five Rubio Long Snappers impressed the scouts enough on their pro days to get invited to camps across the country. I couldn’t be more proud of these guys and I know everyone is cheering them on.

  • Chris Maikranz (Lamar University) is headed to camp with the Houston Texans
  • Drew Howell (Oregon) is headed to camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • JR Carr (Tennessee) is headed to camp with the Washington Redskins
  • Trevor Gillette (Rice) is headed to camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • Ryan Iverson (Colorado) is headed to camp with the Detroit Lions.

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It really is OK to be a fan – give it a try sometime

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Here is an article I wrote for my local paper, The Lewiston Tribune, that was published today and I thought you might embrace….

Recently, I attended a Seahawks game with some very good friends of mine. The atmosphere was electric in the stadium and within my group. It was a good time for everyone – unless of course you happened to be a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

One member of the group I was with really caught my eye, and my heart. He has been a fan of the Seahawks for his whole 23 years of life. He never has played football. He has a very common job in the valley. He graduated from the local high school. He has a girlfriend. He is your average man, but he is also a fan, and he was at his first game.

The night before the game began, he was ready for it to begin. It was like watching a child the night before Christmas. My friend’s anxiousness was infectious. All he could talk about on the ride over was the game and how he “was ready!” He’s a fan.

The day of the game, he vaulted out of bed and wanted to get to the stadium immediately. It didn’t even matter to him that the gates wouldn’t even open for several hours. He was ready. He’s a fan.

At the game, his excitement was off the charts. His being a fan was, to sum it up, awesome to watch.

He watched each play as though there would be an exam at the conclusion of the game. He yelled, respectfully, at the refs when they blew a call. He high-fived. He screamed. He cheered. He wondered out loud how people had the audacity to leave the game early – even though the game was completely out of hand. He’s a fan.

Being a fan had built his hopes up for years. Being a fan had made him travel for hours upon hours to the game. Being a fan had got him to the stadium. Being a fan gave him something. Being a fan had driven him to this point. Being a fan would make his day, his week, his month, his year, maybe even his life, whole. He’s a fan.

Watching him made me wonder. Is he over the top? Is his behavior “normal?”

My friend is perhaps a little over the top, but I believe being a fan should be encouraged.

It is always talked about how much sports can do for the athlete; what about what sports can do for the fan?

Being a fan has given my friend, and others, drive, motivation, desire and hope for years. That is what sports can do.

It is OK to allow yourself to be a fan. Encourage your children to be fans. Show them the proper way and lead the way. Being a fan is just as much a part of the game as the players are in sports.

It’s OK to get “really into” a team. It’s OK to show your pride by wearing a jersey. It’s great to feel the ecstasy when your team does well or the pain when they don’t. That is life, sports are life and being a fan is a part of sports.

Be a fan. Cheer. Cry. Yell. Scream. Wonder. Anticipate. Be a fan.

Maybe one day, someone will be a fan of you.

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Lesson with NFL Free Agent Evan Jacobsen

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Long time Rubio Long Snapper Evan Jacobsen came out to Lewiston, ID to get some fine tuning to be ready for an NFL team to call.

Evan started for four years at the University of New Mexico and did a fantastic job while playing for the Lobos. They were, let’s just say, not the greatest team in the world, so Evan was able to snap A LOT of punts. He performed well at his NFL Pro Day and was selected for an All-Star game during his senior year.

Immediately I noticed that Evan has really transformed his body. He is down to a very, very solid 242 lbs and stands at 6 feet tall. He is lean and muscular with his athleticism greatly increased since his final game at New Mexico. As per the standard for an NFL Long Snapper, he showed great accuracy and consistency. His ball is very catchable and has good speed. You don’t have to move at all to catch his snap and that is what the NFL wants to see in their Long Snappers. His blocking is good and he stays low. Very solid overall two days for Evan.

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Hartson, Tinker & Zupancic Sign Free Agent Contracts…

Rubio Long Snapping had 3 top alumni sign NFL Free Agent Contracts yesterday. We are very proud of the following 3 guys:

Brandon Hartson – Chicago Bears:

Hartson a University of Houston Product has the ideal frame at 6’2 and 250 pounds and talent to have along career in the NFL. Check out this previous post on Hartson, Click Here!

Carson Tinker – Jacksonville Jaguars

Tinker out of Alabama possesses all the tools to be doinate force in the NFL for a long time a great pick-up for the Jags!

Click Here for more about Tinker!

Mike Zupancic – New England Patriots

Zupancic is a 2-time Special Teams MVP out of Eastern Michigan. Zupancic has great velocity on his snaps and a perfect frame for the NFL. Check out this post for more about Zupancic’s MVP awards.

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Rubio Long Snapping and Eating Contests, Huh?

Rubio Long Snapping alum Christian Yount has had an interesting career. He was the top rated high school Long Snapper in the country. He played for UCLA .He was signed by the Tampa Bay Bucs after being undrafted in 2011. There are stories he even has challenged eating phenomenon Takeru Kobayashi to a food eating contest.

His current endeavor is being the Long Snapper for the Cleveland Browns. He was signed by Cleveland in late November of 2011. Yount solidified himself as a Dawg Pound favorite in Cleveland after executing a nice forearm block on Ray Lewis of the team’s hated rival Baltimore Ravens in the 2012 season.

The 2012 season resulted in 2 assists on tackles and two solo tackles. He seems to have found a home in Buckeye Country. This warm weather guy seems to be performing well in frigid Ohio.

The 2013 season looks promising for the young Browns and Yount as they mature in a very tough NFL division. We’ll keep you posted on this Rubio Long Snapping grad as he continues to progress.

We’ll also let you know if Kobayashi ever responds to his eating challenge!

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Free Agent vs. Draft Pick, Does it Really Matter?

When players in the National Football League, join a team, many are signed as part of the draft. A draft pick occurs when NFL teams evaluate college players and offer them a position on the team within the 7 rounds of the Draft. Although it is the most known solution, it is not the only option and sometimes a team will decide to sign a player as a free agent.

Free agents are the players who are not drafted in the Draft to a specific team and have the freedom to sign a contract with any team. In many cases, the free agent is a player whose contract has expired or who has not yet signed a contract. Long Snappers in general are signed as free agents, either coming out of college or during their NFL career. Most specialists are signed as free agent, although it is becoming more common as of late to be drafted.

So, what’s better being a draft pick or a free agent?  When you look at it with a large lens there isn’t really a difference, nothing is guaranteed in the NFL. Just because a player is drafted, doesn’t guarantee them a spot on the 53 man roster. Most mid to late round draft picks definitely do not have much of an advantage over free agents. These players are evaluated throughout mini camps, off-season workouts and training camp in which they have equal chances to showcase their talents to make the team.

Every team is different in what they are looking for and will strategically draft and sign players accordingly. In the world of Long Snapping most Long Snappers are taken as free agents after the draft. This obviously doesn’t make a difference in regards the Long Snapper, because they make the team regardless if they have the talent to do so.

Keep an eye out after the Draft later this month to see which Rubio Long Snappers were signed as free agents.

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Athletes at All Levels Can Get Use Out of Twitter

Here is an article that I had published in my local paper, The Lewiston Tribune, a couple week ago, that I think you will enjoy. Embrace:

 

Last Wednesday, the Lewiston Tribune printed an article by longtime coach Nick Menegas. The article spoke of social media, Twitter to be specific, and the negative effect it has on today’s athlete and society.

I read it and was confused. Although there are some negatives with Twitter, as there are negatives with anything, there are also tons of great aspects about it that I would like to shed some light on.

Who am I and why listen to me? I was a long snapper (the guy who snaps the ball to the kickers) at UCLA. I am now a private football coach who is based in Lewiston. I train long snappers at camps across the country.

That is merely one aspect of my job. I also rank them and help them get to colleges. Last year, I had over 75 of my long snappers go on to play college ball. I am a very avid user of social media. I encourage my athletes to appropriately use social media to stay connected and promote themselves.

Twitter (think of it as merely mass texting in which you get texts/info from those you choose to follow) is a great thing that can be a valuable asset for people and businesses. In the Lewiston sports world alone, think how much easier it would be for parents if the local high school had a Twitter account to immediately announce highlights, pictures, scores and players during the games to family members who maybe can’t be in attendance at every single event. Imagine simply looking at your computer or cellphone and getting updates about your son’s/daughter’s game since you couldn’t make it all the way up to Coeur d’Alene. Wouldn’t that be great?

Twitter can be used improperly, of course. Just like anything, put it in the wrong hands, bad things can happen. Can it hurt an athlete’s image? Absolutely. Here is the best part about Twitter: If I am a parent and I don’t like what “Joe Athlete” is saying on Twitter, I simply don’t follow them. If I don’t follow someone, I don’t know what they are saying and it doesn’t affect my children or me.

Twitter can also benefit professional athletes and their fans. Coach Menegas mentioned how all he knew about Jim Brown was what he read about him on the sports page. That is true, but why wouldn’t you want more from someone who you admired? Imagine how much more he could have benefited from Jim Brown if he was allowed a bit more into his personal life. Maybe see him as more than just a jock? Maybe showing a fun personality? Maybe hearing Jim Brown offering up advice on football or life? Maybe hearing his thoughts on a movie, a restaurant, a game, etc.? Maybe making him more accessible and therefore more human?

And, in saying that, imagine how much Jim Brown could have benefited from Twitter. More fans mean more endorsements, which, in turn, would mean more money for him and his family.

Twitter, and social media in general, should not only be utilized by professional athletes. Social media needs to be embraced whole-heartedly by the youth. It is a way for them to follow their dream school, maybe a college athlete they like, a coach they would like to contact (the NCAA has not sanctioned against this, so why not utilize it?) or even have a conversation with other fans.

The world of sports, like the rest of the world, has changed drastically since the days of just reading about your favorite athlete in the paper. Think about it. You now have several all-sports channels on TV and radio. And, with Twitter, the sports world has become even more visible and immediate. Society wants things now and Twitter allows that for the fans and the athletes.

The world is advancing, changing and getting quicker. It is not stopping and either you get on the train or be prepared to get ran over.

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”

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Rubio Long Snapper Christian Yount Signs Tender with Cleveland Browns

Long time Rubio Long Snapper Christian Yount has signed an exclusive rights tender with the Cleveland Browns!

Translation: the Browns REALLY like Christian and are locking him in before his contract expires next year. Think of it as buying your lady a pre-engagement, engagement ring:)

As you know, hopefully, Christian has been with Rubio Long Snapping since 2004. He was the first Long Snapper ever to be offered a scholarship his JUNIOR year in high school and he is the only Playboy All-American ever chosen….two times, too!

Congratulations to Christian Yount….and the Browns!

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Average Long Snapper Salary in the NFL

In this day and age of the NFL player salaries have increased drastically and the guaranteed amounts have as well. For this past 2012 season the Rookie NFL minimum salary was $390,000.

Long Snappers are no exception. Jon Condo of the Oakland Raiders is the highest paid Long Snapper in the NFL at a base salary of $1,200,000 per year. The list goes on with the top ten highest paid Long Snappers all making over $500,000 per year.  Former Rubio Long Snapper and current Houston Texan Jon Weeks made $540,000 in 2012.

With the average length of career for Long Snappers being much higher than your average player, Long Snappers stand to earn a healthy living for many years. Obviously training, precision and health play a major role in long term careers.

Rubio Long Snapping places many Long Snappers in the NFL and is the key to helping them create these long term careers.

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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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Long time Rubio Long Snapper Justin Drescher Signs New Contract with New Orleans Saints!

Long time Rubio Long Snapper Justin Drescher has signed a new, four year deal with the New Orleans Saints!

Drescher is a 2006 graduate out of Southlake HS in TX. He attended many Rubio Long Snapping camps and was a TOP 12 member that finished a 5 Star Long Snapper. Went to Colorado on full scholarship and never stopped improving.

He is coming off a terrific year where his punter made All-Pro. Originally mentioned here, there is no doubt Drescher should have received All-Pro as well. Seriously, I am pretty sure the punter never kicked a ball that Drescher didn’t basically hand to him.

When I congratulated Drescher on his new contract his response to me was something that fills your heart….”Thanks Rubio. I appreciate what you have done for me and helped me get to this point.” Embrace

Congratulations to Justin Drescher!!!

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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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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)” 

Best of the Best

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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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Rubio Long Snapping January in Review

To say January was a “busy” month for Rubio Long Snapping would be the understatement of the Long Snapping world! The month was filled with player commitments, current college player success stories, alumni in the NFL Playoffs and The National Event in Las Vegas!

In just the month of January, Rubio Long Snapping had over 10 players commit to Universities. Some of those players include: Jerred Sonneborn (Washington State), Zach Smith (USC), AJ Hantak (Eastern Illinois) amongst many others.

Many Rubio Long Snappers continue to excel beyond high school and into their respected colleges; here are a few players that just recently accomplished great things at their schools:

  • Joe St. Germain – Recently earned a Full Scholarship at Virginia Tech University after a flawless Redshirt Freshman season.
  • Jeff Palmer – Set a record at the University of Oregon for playing in 52 games straight.

Off the field stories are always a popular topic for Rubio Long Snappers and January was no different click here to take a look at a great story from Tyler Schmidt, click here.

The National Event in Las Vegas was a huge success with Cole Mazza taking the title. Click Here for a recap of the event.

Finally to cap it all off Rubio Long Snapping Alums competed at the highest level of the sport and on one of the biggest stages the NFL Playoffs. Aaron Brewer (Broncos), Jonathon Weeks (Texans) and Nick Sundberg (Redskins) were all featured in the playoffs this year. Here is more about the three…Click Here.

We aren’t slowing down in February either, stay tuned for the upcoming announcement of the final Top 12’er!

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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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Chris Sailer Kicking and Rubio Long Snapping Alums Square off in Denver this Weekend!

This weekend’s Divisional AFC Playoff game in Denver, CO featuring the Baltimore Ravens vs. the Denver Broncos includes two Chris Sailer Kicking and Rubio Long Snapping alums. The featured alums are both rookies and stars in the making.

Justin Tucker, Kicker for the Baltimore Ravens is having a phenomenal season and was just a few votes away from being selected for the Pro Bowl. Tucker has connected on 30 of 33 field goals this year and has been a reliable asset on special teams for the AFC North Champs Ravens.

Denver Broncos Long Snapper Aaron Brewer is another standout Rookie out of San Diego State. Brewer has started all 16 games this season and will look for his first playoff victory this weekend. Brewer beat out veteran Long Snapper Lonie Paxton in training camp and has never looked back.

Look for these two Rookies in the game’s most critical moments to see who comes out on top.

Chris Sailer Kicking and Rubio Long Snapping are proud of the success of these two great football players on and off the field.

Good Luck guys!

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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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Sunday Funday!

Every once in a while, a photo is snapped at just the right moment and everything becomes magical. This is one of those moments:)

I saw this bizarre picture of long time Rubio Long Snapper Christian Yount of the Cleveland Browns before his game with the Packers and simply had to make a contest out of it.

The best caption for the picture wins a Rubio Long Snapping shirt, hat and bracelet!

All entries must be made ON THIS BLOG….simply comment below with your name attached. I will not be taking any entries from my email, text, Facebook or Twitter. Your entry must be made in the comment section of this blog.

Game on and contest ends Monday, January 7th at noon pst.

HERE IS THE WINNER!!!!!

Congrats

 

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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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Rubio Long Snapper Tyler Schmitt Doing Great Things

If you have been involved with Rubio Long Snapping since it’s inception, you know the name Tyler Schmitt.

Tyler is one of the original Rubio Long Snappers and, quite possibly, the greatest one to come through the ranks. Tyler is a 2004 graduate that went on to play his college ball at San Diego St. He was dominant there and was drafted, yes drafted, by the Seattle Seahawks! Tyler was an extremely athletic Long Snapper that is known for mind-boggling speed. He still holds, to this day, the fastest snap I have ever timed personally…..a .53 at 15 yards!!!! That is not a typo and you know how strict I am with my timing. If you ever saw Tyler snap in person, it was a spectacle.

Needless to say, Tyler ended up injuring his back with the Seahawks and had to hang up his cleats. It was a sad day for all. But, when one door closes, another opens….and this one opened up to a whole new world for Tyler.

Tyler is now a professional photographer that is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. He captures some of the most amazing images I have ever seen and doing a great thing with his talent. According to his website and Facebook page,

Ty Schmitt is a former NFL long snapper who sells Landscape photography to help support current and former military families. For every print sold Ty donates 50% of his earnings to help those who make the ultimate sacrifice.”

Below are just a couple of his photos and I highly recommend you check out his images. They are truly remarkable and, obviously, help out a TERRIFIC cause.

Beyond FULL embrace to Rubio Long Snapper Tyler Schmitt!
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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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Rubio Long Snappers Featured in 2013 NFL Playoffs

Three former Rubio Long Snapper Alumni will be featured in the upcoming NFL Playoffs kicking off this weekend! Those Long Snappers Include:

Jonathan Weeks – Houston Texans

Former Rubio Long Snapper and Baylor Bear Jon Weeks has been the trusted hand for the Houston Texans for the last 3 seasons, starting every game. Weeks joined the Texans in 2010 and made the team after training camp, he has started since. Look for Weeks and the Texans this weekend against the Bengals, whom they eliminated last year from the playoffs.

Nick Sundberg – Washington Redskins

Sunberg broke into the league with the Carolina Panthers in 2009 as a Free Agent and continued his career with the Baltimore Ravens eventually winding up with the Redskins in 2010. Nick appeared in 16 games last year and 8 this year for the Skins. Nick and the Redskins are taking on the Seattle Seahawks in this weekend’s NFL Wildcard Playoff round.

Aaron Brewer – Denver Broncos

The 6’5” Brewer is a rookie and has appeared in all 16 games this year for the Broncos. Known not only for his excellent Long Snapping Skills, but for his long blond locks, Brewer made his first career Special Teams tackle in week 8 of this season. The Rubio Long Snapping and San Diego State alum will be featured in the coming weeks as the Broncos have the number one seed in the upcoming AFC playoffs!

Rubio Long Snapping well represented in this year’s 2012 NFL Playoffs!

Nick Sundberg – Washington Redskins

Aaron Brewer – Denver Broncos

 

 

 

 

 

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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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So, if a K/P gets All-Pro, their Long Snapper automatically does as well, right?

The NFL recently announced it’s All-Pro team for the 2012 season. On this list, there is every player listed EXCEPT Long Snapper. Obviously, this is an outrage but I have a solution.

Long time Rubio Long Snapper Justin Drescher of the New Orleans Saints had his punter picked…therefore, Drescher is automatically in. Done.

Long time Rubio Long Snapper Christian Yount of the Cleveland Browns had his kicker picked…therefore, Yount is automatically in. Done.

Glad I solved that problem. I am off to work on this whole fiscal cliff issue:)

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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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