Might NASCAR’s Carl Edwards have a future — in the NFL?

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So if this whole NASCAR thing doesn’t work out – and don’t forget he IS in the final season of his existing contract with Roush Fenway Racing – maybe Carl Edwards has a future in the NFL.

In yet another attempt to prove to naysayers that NASCAR drivers are indeed full-fledged athletes, Edwards recently went through a simulated NFL-style combine to show his athletic prowess.

In a final tuneup before the start of the 2014 NASCAR season, Edwards worked out at Velocity Sports Performance in Bristol, Tenn., in front of former University of Tennessee and national champion head football coach Phil Fulmer and current East Tennessee State head coach Carl Torbush.

Edwards went through a number of skill tests that measured elements including agility, quickness and flexibility. In addition, he went through a number of drills involving passing, pass defense and blocking.

Even though Edwards’ height and buff upper body might make him a great candidate for a wide receiver, Fullmer and Torbush thought he was a natural at another position.

“I learned a little bit about being a defensive back,” Edwards said. “I realized as these guys talked to me that the sport of football is very technical – just like racing. You have to work on it for years to get better.”

Fullmer and Torbush were impressed by Edwards’ natural athletic talent. He handled everything thrown at him with aplomb, leading the coaches to half-jokingly/half-seriously suggest that maybe Edwards should declare himself eligible for April’s NFL Draft.

At 34, Edwards would be an old NFL rookie. But being one of the most fit and in-shape drivers in the NASCAR garage, Edwards has speed not just in his race car, but in his two legs.

The biggest question mark, though, is we already know what he can do going forward in a Sprint Cup car. But how would he do backpedaling against some pretty swift – and younger – NFL wide receivers?

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Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”