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Football Physics Idea

I am a nerd. I'll be the first one to admit that. I want to go to college to study aeronautical engineering and then get a job in that field, so naturally, I'm interested in physics. One of the many reasons that football is my favorite sport is the physics behind it. Sure in basketball you have angles and trajectories to worry about when you shoot the ball and a bat hitting a baseball is one of the best examples of impulse that you can find, but for a person who likes to study forces and pressure, football has it all. How much power does Bruce Carter generate when he hits someone? (6600 Watts) How much force does Dez exert on the ground when he's going up for a jump ball? Just HOW strong does Travis Frederick have to be to stop a bull rush?

Does this sound interesting to you? I'm considering doing a fanpost series called "Football Physics" where I take a question and then get a numerical answer using physics. Kind of like Sports Science on ESPN, except I explain how I get the answer and it's not on ESPN (that's a plus, right?). Warning you, this is going to be advanced kinematics, possibly with some Calculus involved if I can get myself to do it, but if enough people want to see it, I'll do it. Vote in the poll and leave a comment saying hell yes or hell no. I appreciate your input. GO COWBOYS!!!

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