The NFL today announced that NFL Legend
and Pro Bowl offensive lineman LECHARLES BENTLEY has been named Senior
Advisor of Player Performance and Development.
In this capacity, Bentley will advise NFL
Executive Vice President of Football Operations TROY VINCENT, SR on
player performance and the development of resources, enhancements, metrics and
best practices designed to enhance the game. Additionally, he will work closely
with NFL youth and high school football and other key stakeholders to promote
the growth of football across all levels.
“The game of football continues to evolve
by applying science, technology, and rules in its ongoing effort to advance
player protection and remove unnecessary risk from the game,” Vincent said.
“LeCharles Bentley is a world-class thought leader in analyzing the metrics and
developing improved playing techniques.”
Bentley will additionally assist in
expanding the NFL Way to Play initiative. Created in 2018, NFL Way to Play aims
to protect players from unnecessary risk and foster culture change across all
levels of football. Since its inception, Bentley has helped enhance the
curriculum, hosting educational clinics throughout the football community and
creating more than 100 videos to
assist coaches and players on position-based drills that exemplify proper
playing technique. In this role, Bentley will work the UK Academy
to strengthen the NFL’s international development, performance drills,
equipment and coaching.
“I’m honored to be able
to use cutting-edge research and data to assist leadership at the NFL in player
protection and risk reduction throughout all levels of football.” Bentley said.
“Under the leadership of Roger Goodell and Troy Vincent, along with head
coaches around the NFL, we are committed to growing and enhancing the game of
football all over the world.”
was selected in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the New Orleans
Saints. During his four seasons with the team (2002-2005), he was named to the
Pro Bowl twice and established himself as one of the league’s best lineman.
“Educating players and coaches on the techniques
that have been proven to reduce risk on the field is a critical part of the
NFL’s overall efforts keep players protected,” said NFL
Engineering Committee Chair DR. JEFF CRANDALL.
Crandall and his colleagues analyze data and video to determine
which styles of play are least likely to result in injury on the field, working
directly with experts, including LeCharles Bentley, to review videos of
on-field play, discuss techniques, and use computer vision to characterize
“I’m excited to see how LeCharles continues to contribute to these
efforts by using his perspective as a former player to help current players
understand the importance of using proven playing techniques to mitigate risk,”
of Cleveland, Bentley
founded the world’s first brick and mortar training center for offensive line
development in 2009. He holds certifications in strength & conditioning,
sports nutrition, Functional Movement Screening, Olympic weightlifting, and
Fascial Stretch Therapy. Bentley is also the founder of LB Design Equipment and
holds multiple patents on tools created specifically for developing offensive
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