Big, strong, and FAST! These are the characteristics associated with American Football players. The odds of genetically possessing all three of these attributes is very rare and separates the greats from the average players. Each of these traits can be improved through proper training, in theory (you can’t train to grow 6 inches in height). Contrary to the recent trend of sport specialization, Football players can get bigger, stronger, and FASTER playing other sports. I emphasize the word FAST because I will explain the benefits of running track (as a sprinter) to increase your football speed and overall athleticism.