Former Crimson Knight football player Eugene “Buddy” Teevens IV ’07, New England Regional Sales Manager for Rogers Athletic, recently came to campus to deliver the MVP, or Mobile Virtual Player, to our football coaching staff. The MVP is a robotic tackling dummy that moves like a real football player and takes the hits during practice; it is used to aid in the prevention of concussions and injuries.
This state-of-the-art football tackling dummy is a high-tech solution that the School purchased through a generous gift of a past parent, which will make it safer for our boys to practice the sport of football.
Past Parent Eugene “Buddy” Teevens III, head football coach for Dartmouth College, and a leading voice for player safety, instituted in 2010 a no-tackling policy in his practices (full tackle is only allowed on game day). Teevens was the brainchild of the concept of MVP, challenging his (then) players, who were enrolled in the engineering program, to design a device that would allow his team a lesser chance of tackle-related injuries. Dartmouth alumni Elliot Kastner and Quinn Connell, MVP cofounders, turned their senior-year engineering project into a startup after a video of their robot went viral.
MVP partnered with Rogers Athletic, a leading manufacturer of football equipment, and debuted at Dartmouth College for practices in August 2015. It is currently used by over 15 NFL teams, nearly 30 colleges and universities, and over 20 high schools. Salisbury’s coaching staff is thrilled to have the opportunity to Knight the MVP on the field next week in preseason practices.