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A Mobile Virtual Player, a remote controlled robotic dummy, was introduced during Steelers workouts. The mobile dummies, developed at Dartmouth College, could aid in tackling development without the risk of players hitting each other.  “The applications we are quickly finding are endless,” coach Mike Tomlin told the team’s official website. “It never gets tired. It runs at an appropriate football speed. All of the position groups are getting an opportunity to use it. It’s funny, you just put it on the field and watch the guys and they show you the applications. It’s been fun watching that.”

Source: NFL

Date: November 17th, 2016

Link to video: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000664041/article/steelers-experimenting-with-robot-tackling-dummies

DIscussion

1) The Pittsburg Steelers head coach says “It’s funny, you just put it on the field and watch the guys and they show you the applications.”   What does he mean by this?

2) What sort of role might an MIS major have with an NFL team like the Pittsburg Steelers?

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