As a kid growing up in the Bronx, Tuzar Skipper always told his mom he was one day going to play in the NFL.
Now he's not only in the league, but in demand by multiple teams.
After signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a UDFA, Skipper was a force during preseason, racking up a team-best five sacks. He made the team's 53-man roster, but was waived shortly prior to the Steelers' first regular-season game due to a need for greater depth at gunner.
If no team put in a claim on Skipper, Pittsburgh fully intended to resign him. The New York Giants had other ideas, poaching the potential diamond in the rough and signing him to a contract. Now, Skipper's back in the big apple.
A defensive end out of the University of Toledo, Skipper racked up 60 tackles, 8.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss en route to third-team All-MAC honors last season. Then, during the pre-draft process, he posted some numbers that assuredly caught the attention of NFL personnel.
While preparing for his Pro Day at TEST Football Academy, Skipper began supplementing with CarnoSyn® beta-alanine, a ritual he continues to this day. CarnoSyn® 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.
In spite of Skipper's high metabolism, the intense training routine supported by CarnoSyn® beta-alanine helped him pack on twelve pounds of lean muscle. He also saw significant enhancements in his speed, strength and explosiveness. At UT's Pro Day in March, Skipper put up an astonishing 30 reps on the Bench Press—a total which would've ranked second among all edge defenders at the 2019 NFL Combine. He supplemented that spectacular feat of strength with a 10-foot-7 Broad Jump.
Now, the 6-foot-3, 246-pound Skipper will hope to follow in the footsteps of another MAC star who went undrafted before becoming a defensive force—James Harrison.
Harrison did it for the black and yellow, of course, but Skipper believes he can become a fixture for the G-Men.
"My job is to go out there and get after the quarterback, there's no other way to put it," Skipper recently told NorthJersey.com.
"I just have that itch for it, to get to the quarterback, and that's what I'm going to do: prove I belong here and I can be the player the Giants wanted."
As long as Skipper is in New York, you can expect him to be among the hardest workers in the building.
"The dog mentality is basically never letting someone outwork you," says Skipper. "You are always outworking the next man in front of you, even your teammates. It's the first one in the weight room and the last one out. First one on the field, last one-off type of thing."
Photo Credit: Toledo Athletics
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