WATCH: NFL player uses Irish dancing to improve his on-field performance
Anyone who grew up in Ireland will probably have some kind of awareness of taking part in some kind of Irish dancing class, and are probably quite aware that keeping your top half is stiff and motionless as possible while your bottom half goes full Tazmanian Devil isn't the easiest thing in the world.
Some professional athletes are picking up on this fact too, and are now implementing it into their workout routine.
NFL team the Baltimore Ravens tweeted footage of their running back Alex Collins doing a little fancy footwork on their Twitter account on Thursday evening:
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 12, 2017
As reported by the Ravens official website, Collins states that:
“I have my own little routine. I have my own hard shoes and everything. People made fun of me, and I’m like, ‘It helps with my footwork and my conditioning.'"
Aside from it helping out with his performance on the field, Collins also posted footage of the dance to help out one of his fans who had also taken up Irish dancing and was experiencing a lot of bullying because of it.
Never stop doing the things you love because someone else doesnt agree. chase your dreams Carl and don’t let them stop you from being great! https://t.co/T4MI6QQe3h
— Alex Collins (@Budda03) October 7, 2017
This almost immediately makes Alex Collins one of the coolest people in the world, and we would like to buy him a pint.
Or, failing that, challenge him to an Irish dance-off.
While you're here, check out the latest episode of #SportsJOElive where we had Donegal pro boxer Jason Quigley, Cork Camogie star Ashling Thompson, alongside the ever-brilliant Dion Fanning on the couch!
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