How Connor Davis Added a Foot to His Broad Jump and Catapulted Himself Into a Pro Football Career

Connor Davis, a tight end for the AAF's Birmingham Iron, boasts a 10-foot broad jump at 276 pounds. Only 10 men in the history of the NFL Combine have achieved that.

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Connor Davis' path to professional football was far from conventional.


Connor Davis' path to professional football was far from conventional.

Season-ending knee injuries during both your freshman and junior year are enough to sink most college players' hopes of future stardom, but then again, Davis himself is quite unconventional.

The tight end out of Stony Brook University measures a colossal 6-foot-8 and 276 pounds. But size can only take you so far. To prep for the pros, Davis turned to Test Football Academy in New Jersey. It was there where he began supplementing with CarnoSyn beta-alanine to increase muscle, strength and explosiveness.

After several months of intense training at Test, Davis shed 16 pounds of fat while packing on 10 pounds of lean muscle. Not only that, but he also added four reps to his 225 Bench Press test while seeing his Broad Jump balloon to an astonishing 10 feet.

"I (hadn't) been able to break 9 feet in the Broad Jump since I was a freshman—and that was with 5 years of training in college. In three weeks of training and supplementing with CarnoSyn I was able to see my Broad Jump increase 8 inches. That absolutely blew me away," Davis says. "CarnoSyn provides an edge for me ... it allows me to attack my workouts with a higher intensity on a daily basis and also to maintain that intensity for longer."

The Broad Jump is a critical combine drill. It measures an athlete's ability to rapidly produce force, a key ability in the fast-twitch warfare of football. Since 2000, just 10 players weighing 275 pounds or heavier have jumped 10-plus feet in the Broad Jump at the NFL Combine. Seven of them were selected in either the first or second round of the NFL Draft. When a big man jumps far, people take notice.

Davis' impressive workout numbers helped him stand out among hundreds of pro football hopefuls, and the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football signed him to a contract. "Being able to maximize your time I really believe is what can set people apart in reaching their dreams and aspirations," Davis says.

CarnoSyn® beta-alanine delivers a high-quality form of beta-alanine, a naturally occurring beta amino acid that's essential for the synthesis of muscle carnosine. The more efficiently you synthesize muscle carnosine, the longer your body can delay the onset of muscle fatigue and muscle failure. That means more reps, faster times and better performance. It's that simple. If you're interested in cultivating serious mass, try this Pro-Approved Upper-Body Workout from Davis.

  • Barbell Bench Press. Sets/Reps: 1x8, 1x5, 1x5, 1x3, 1x3. Drop Set AMRAP (Davis starts at 275 pounds)
  • TRX Rear-Delt Fly. Sets/Reps: 3x8-10
  • Landmine Shoulder Press. Sets/Reps: 3x8-10
  • Landmine Row. Sets/Reps: 3x6
  • Incline DB Bench Press. Sets/Reps: 4x6-8
  • Weighted Chin-Up. Sets/Reps: 4x6-8

Photo Credit: Laura Barisonzi