Apparently winning two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004 did not quench the athletic thirst of former cornerback Tyrone Poole.
Poole will be taking his talents to television, as the 47-year-old recently announced on Twitter he will be competing on NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" television show. His run will air on June 5th.
American Ninja Warrior is an intense, televised obstacle course competition, in which contestants' brute strength, speed, and agility are tested.
Poole says his dedication to staying in shape helped both during his Patriots tenure, and in his preparation for American Ninja Warrior.
"I remember when I first got to the Patriots, I sat down in Coach [Bill] Belichick's office, and I said, 'Coach, I've been training in Atlanta,'" Tyrone recalled to Patriots.com. "Bill said, 'We already know about you. I'm not worried about you in that area.' Even the trainer, he would tell me to go home. 'Tyrone, go home. You're doing too much.' I've always been into training."
If one hopes to do well on ANW, training is certainly required.
Poole trained at Ninja Quest, a gym that trains "ninja warriors," and said the training reminded him of his childhood.
"When we were kids we swing from one rod or rope to the next. When I went to Ninja Quest, [owner Glenn Davis] and some of his workers there began to familiarize me back with my childhood," he said. "This is how you want to swing and grab. There’s a technique in it. it still centers around principles of body structure and becoming familiar with your childhood."
While fans may have to wait until June 5th to see Poole's performance, Poole himself will be taking to obstacle course very soon, as his actual run will take place this weekend.
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