Chinese NFL Vet leads AFLC Training Camp
- Updated: March 7, 2014
Wuhan, China – AFLC and GMI (Ganlan Media International) concluded five days of intensive training in advance of a full weekend of live scrimmages, as US-style arena football continues to march towards the kickoff of China’s first pro league.
A veteran group of US coaches and officials have spent the past week training their Chinese counterparts, who represent the six China Sports Universities who first signed on to seed a training ground of native players in May of 2013.
NFL veteran Ed Wang, the first Chinese player ever drafted into the NFL, a 6’5″, 305 lb offensive tackle, is making his coaching debut on his native soil. “Most of the student athletes here have been at sports universities since they were nine or ten years old. For the most part, they are the only child in their families, so their teammates have become family. That’s critical in football. Once they grasp the fundamentals of our game, football will have great appeal to them.”
Wang, who played his own college ball at Virginia Tech, along with his brother, will be on hand to observe the Chinese coaches and players pull on full pads and play a round-robin weekend-long tournament of scrimmages beginning Saturday at Wuhan Sports University, the site of the just-completed training camp.