I am Truly Blessed With A Multitude Of Incredible Twitter Followers!
By Max Emfinger
Founder of MEARS PLAYER RATING SYSTEM, 1976, Dallas, TX
Founder of First HS Football Recruiting Service, 1979, Houston, TX
Founder of First Select Baseball Team, 1992, Houston, TX
Founder of First 7on7 National Championship, 2001, Houston, TX
Founder of HS All-American Bowl Game, 2005, Shreveport, LA
Founder of Super Elite Top Gun Combine, 2007, Honolulu, HI
A few years ago, one of my friends called me and asked me if I was on Twitter yet. “What is Twitter?” So I checked it out and decided that it would be a great way for me to Communicate with High School and College Football Players, Coaches, and Parents; and so I opened-up a New Twitter Account.
So as I opened-up my New Twitter Account, I had to Write a New Twitter Profile so people would know a little more about me and then want to Follow Me on Twitter. Since I believe in the Constitution and I also am a Conservative, Christian, Navy Vet, Patriot, and Love my Dog; I decided to put all of that in my New Twitter Profile. I also put Former Dallas Cowboys Scout, Baylor Football, and Founder of my All-American Bowl Game.
Almost Immediately, I started getting a Multitude of Twitter Followers, but instead of getting Football Players and other Football oriented Twitter Followers, I started getting Constitutional, Conservatives, Christians, and Patriots. I also Called this New Twitter Account: Max Emfinger Patriot.
After getting 550K Twitter Followers with this new Max Emfinger Patriot Account; I have now Opened-up another New Twitter Account and have Called it: Max Emfinger Scout.
Many of my Christian, Conservative Followers do not know that I Founded the First High School Recruiting Service in 1979 and then Founding my MEARS Rating System in 1976. And then I also Founded The First 7on7 National Championship in 2002 and then my 12th Annual All-American Bowl Game in 2005. Since the Christians and Conservatives don’t know about all of this, the Coaches and Players also do not know about it. For this reason, I Opened-up my Second Twitter Account and I would like to Welcome Everyone in my Max Emfinger Patriot Account and my Max Emfinger Scout Account, to Visit both of my Twitter Accounts and Follow Me if you like what you see.
Below, are my Two Twitter Accounts
Max Emfinger Scout
#DALLASCOWBOYS Scout 1975-76 #JESUS #CHRIST #PATRIOT #NAVYVET #BAYLOR #DOGS 1st HS FB Recruiting Serv 1979; #MEARS Rating System 1980; 12th Annual #AA #BowlGame
DALLAS COWBOYS SUPER SCOUT
Forty Years Ago, in 1975, when I was a Talent Scout with the Dallas Cowboys, my Boss, Gil Brandt invited me to Follow him down the hallway where we went into a Conference Room where Head Coach Tom Landry and Defensive Coordinator Ernie Stautner were waiting to Talk to me. “Max, we want you To Coordinate a Dallas Cowboys Team Project for us,” said Coach Landry. “We want you To Coordinate the Rating and Ranking of every Active NFL Player and then Color-Code every player in the NFL as to their Rating and Ranking.”
COACH TOM LANDRY
Legendary Dallas Cowboys Head Coach
GOLD = NFL All-Pro Player
BLUE = NFL Future All-Pro or Past All-Pro Player
RED = Average NFL Player
NOTE: A huge “Flip-Chart” was developed with each NFL Team. Then, a Color-Coded Business-Card with Name, Height, Weight, and Forty for each NFL Player placed in the “Flip-Chart” sleeve for each position on the football field for both the Teams on Offense and Defense of each NFL Team. The Late Legendary Head Coach Tom Landry and The Late Legendary Defensive Coordinator Ernie Stautner used this First Color-Coded Rating System as info in their weekly Scouting Report in preparation for their next game of the Season.
Coach Tom Landry, First Super Scout Gil Brandt, and Owner Tex Schramm
My job with the Dallas Cowboys was to Evaluate, Rate, and Rank College Football Players for the NFL Draft. My boss, Gil Brandt, also asked me to Evaluate, Rate, and Rank all of the Top Texas High School Football Players for the 1976 Football Recruiting Season and I made a Texas Top 100 Recruiting List to give to all of the College Football Coaches.
Then when Coach Landry asked me to Evaluate, Rate, Rank, and Color-Code Every Football Player in the NFL, I was probably the First and Last Talent Scout on the Planet who was asked to Evaluate High School, College, and Professional NFL Football Players in the same Football Season. After finishing this Dallas Cowboys Scouting Project, Coach Landry and Coach Stautner gave me the Title of Super Scout: “Coach Stautner, I think we have us a Real Super Scout!”
After you read about the Development of The MEARS RATING SYSTEM; and why it is so Important in having Accurate Measurables; you can Compare your MEARS RATING to Football Players in the 2015 NFL Draft.
DEVELOPING MEARS RATING SYSTEM
The MEARS RATING SYSTEM, or a similar type Rating System, is very important for the NFL Scouts, and the NFL Scouting Combine is the first time that Really “Accurate Measurables” are recorded on the NFL Players Before The NFL Scouting Combine. It’s easy to say someone can run a 4.4 or a 4.3 Forty, but before an Accurate Hand-Held Timing by a Professional Talent Scout or either by a slower, but Accurate Laser Timing is done, most Forty Times are less than Accurate.
Technique is also very important and that is why College Football Players before the Annual NFL Scouting Combine before entering the NFL Draft will hire a Sports Trainer to train them and teach them how to do a proper Vertical Jump, Pro-Agility Shuttle, and a Standing Broad Jump.
You can get a very good idea about a High School Football Player if he participates in a Legitimate Super Football Combine, but many High School Football Players do not get a chance to participate in Super Combines. If a High School Football Player is being recruited by 40 D-1 Schools, then you have to assume that he is an outstanding Football Player, but how can you give this player a MEARS RATING if he does not have Valid and Accurate Measurables?
The answer is Very Simple! If you have some of his Speed Measurables, you can approximate his other Speed Measurables based upon his Game Film Evaluation or Actual Game Evaluation, giving him the Maximum Points in most of his Speed Measurables for his position.
Most High School and College Football Players don’t even know what their Measurables are and you would think that they would, but they don’t. Many times, a High School Player or College Football Player will list what he thinks is his best Forty Time as a 4.8 and then twenty minutes later run a 4.6 Forty or better. Also, you must keep in mind that with a little instruction and training, most High School and College Football Players can improve their Speed Measurables by Two and Three Tenths of a Second and can improve on their Distance Measurables by as much as Six to Eight Inches. Some of this Information may not mean as much to you as other parts, but all Football Players and Coaches still need to understand How and Why the MEARS RATING SYSTEM was Developed and how it has Evolved over the Years.
Before I brought my original MEARS RATING SYSTEM back, I decided that it needed a little Tweaking and so I called one of my old friends, The Legendary and long-time Strength Coach and Genius, Boyd Epley. Before Coach Epley (In The Photo Below) was hired by Legendary Nebraska Nebraska Cornhuskers Head Coach and Athletic Director Bob Devaney in September 1969, as The Nebraska Strength and Conditioning Coach, College Football Teams in America did not have Strength and Conditioning Coaches and this type of coach was non-existent.
For years it had existed largely as an underground movement at only a handful of schools like a Knights Templar-esque Secret Society, but Coach Boyd Epley changed all of that and he is still considered today to be the Father and Founder of the new Strength and Training methods that we now use today. Coach Epley was the one person that I wanted to help me with my Tweak. In 1978, Coach Epley formed the National Strength And Conditioning Association and he is still the Director.
“Max, we have got to set a Standard for every Position for every Set of Measurable that we test at a Super Combine,” said Coach Epley and then we worked on a Set of Standards for each position. For Example: “The Standard for an Offensive Tackle, has always been 6-5 and 275 for Forty Years and although the Players are always getting Bigger, Stronger, and Faster, we don’t need to keep changing the Medium Standard, said Coach Epley, “but our MEARS RATINGS will always continue to get Higher as the Players will achieve to get Bigger, Stronger, and Faster.”
This Formula is based on each individual position and is based on a MEDIUM STANDARD for that position for every test or measurable in a Super Combine. So each position has a standard for each test and measurable. A player will get plus points for every tenth of a second over the position standard, but a maximum of 400 points. Example: Trent Williams ran a 4.79 Forty and the standard for an Offensive Lineman is 5.3, so he received the maximum 400 points.
Forty-Yard Dash – The Forty-Yard Dash (40) is a test of raw speed, stamina, and explosiveness. It is a test of pure speed from Point A to Point B. Technique is also very important. This is a very good test of measure for all skill players who may have to run 40-yards in a game. The Running Back standard is a 4.6 Forty and gets ten points per each tenth over the standard. Example: In the 2010 NFL Super Combine, Trindon Holliday ran a 4.21 Forty and got 390 points; while our 2013 Game MVP Josh Cleveland ran a 4.29 Forty and received 310-points.
Patrick Peterson (6-0, 219, 4.31) of LSU was a Real Super Combine Freak. There may have never been a player who had tested as well at every Measurable, up to 2011, for his position as Peterson was able to do at the 2011 NFL Super Combine. First of all, how many Cover Cornerbacks have ever weighed-in at 219 pounds?
Most Cornerbacks are streamlined to be fast, quick, and light. So then when he ran a 4.31 Forty and did a 4.07 Pro-Agility Shuttle, you will have to admit that he’s a Super Combine Freak. Then Peterson got a 38-inch Vertical Jump; did a 126 Standing Broad Jump; and 15 Reps of 225 on the Bench Press, and set a World Record with a 2,048 MEARS RATING. Later, in the 2011 NFL Super Combine, Cam Newton broke his MEARS WORLD RECORD with a 2,070 MEARS RATING. Jake Locker Recorded a 2,057 MEARS RATING. Under 2015 Standards, Peterson would have Recorded a 2,418 MEARS RATING at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine.
Before the 2012 Scouting Combine, only two Linebackers had ever Recorded a 2,000 MEARS RATING. In the 2011 NFL Super Combine, MLB Martez Wilson (6-4, 250, 4.42) of Illinois and OLB Von Miller (6-2.5, 246, 4.46) of Texas A&M recorded 2,000 MEARS RATING as Wilson got a 2,030 MEARS RATING and Miller recorded a 2,012 MEARS RATING. Then, in the 2012 NFL Super Combine, Luke Kuechly (6-3, 242, 4.49) of Boston College recorded a 38-inch Vertical Jump; did a 4.12 Pro-Shuttle; did 123-Inch Standing Broad Jump; and did 27 reps of 225 on the Bench Press for an Outstanding 2,009 MEARS RATING.
Vertical Jump – The Vertical Jump (VJ) is a test of leg explosiveness, power, and quickness. Technique is also very important in this test. This test is a good measurable for Wide Receivers, Cornerbacks, and Safeties. The standard for an Offensive Lineman is a 24-Inch Vertical Jump. Each inch over the standard, a player gets 20 points. Southern Cal DE Nick Perry did an incredible 38.5-inch Vertical Jump and received 290 points. The Defensive Back Standard for the Vertical Jump is 28. Eric Berry did a 43-Inch Vertical Jump and received 300 points; while Trindon Holliday did a 42-inch Vertical Jump and received 280 points.
Pro-Agility Shuttle – The Pro-Agility Shuttle (SH) is a test of agility, speed, lateral quickness, change of direction, and overall body coordination. Technique is also very important is this test. An athlete should be able to do this test in about two tenths of a second faster than he can run a Forty-Yard Dash. For Example: Trent Williams did an Incredible 4.51 Pro-Agility Shuttle and the medium standard for an Offensive Lineman is a 5.1. The maximum number of points that is given in this test is 400 points, so Williams got the maximum points.
Standing Broad Jump – The Standing Broad Jump (SBJ) is a test that is similar to the Vertical Jump in that it measures how far you can jump instead of how high. It is also similar to the long jump in track, except the player will not get a running start, but rather jump from a standing position. It measures explosion, power, quickness, and lower body strength. It is a great measure for Running Backs, Tight Ends, and Linebackers. Example: WR Armand Williams did a sensational 139-inch Standing Broad Jump at my 2009 Zachary, Louisiana Top Gun Combine. The Standard for a Wide Receiver is 102-Inches and he got 5 points for every inch over 105, so Williams got 185 SBJ Points. Armand Williams also did a 42-inch Vertical Jump to go with his Incredible Standing Broad Jump and was given 280 VJ Points. He then played in the 2010 All-American Bowl Game Classic and caught four passes for 218-yards and a touchdown and was selected as the Game MVP. Williams was Offered a Late Scholarship by LSU and Signed with the Tigers on National Signing Date.
Bench Press – The Bench Press (BP) is a test of pure strength and stamina. The test measures how many bench press reps a high school or college athlete can do of 185 pounds or 225-pounds. Technique is also very important. This test is a good measure for every player on the football field although Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers and Cornerbacks do not need to excel in this event. College and Pro Players use 225 pounds on the bench press instead of 185 pounds. The points do not change. Each Athlete gets 20 points for every rep over his standard, but a maximum of 200-points. Example: Lamarr Houston did 30 Reps of 225 Pounds on the Bench Press and got 120-points. In our 2006 All-American Bowl Game Classic, OC Ryan McMahon, who later started four years for Florida State, did 48-Reps and got the maximum 200-points. In our recent 2013 All-American Bowl Game Classic, OC Barry James and DE Charles Bender did 40 Reps of 185-Pounds and they both received the maximum 200-points.
Technique – Technique is also very important in every single event, especially in the running events. The Pro-Shuttle and Standing Broad Jump is all Technique. Getting a bad start in the other running events can make the difference in a great timing or a poor timing. Although the SPARQ RATING SYSTEM became popular, it still had some flaws, because the SPARQ RATING SYSTEM was not originally based on a player’s position, but his weight. If the System is not based on the Position of the Player, then how are you going to decide who the best Player is at that Position? If the RATING SYSTEM is based on the Player Position, you’ll know how he relates.
If you have only one Draft Choice or Scholarship left, the MEARS RATING SYSTEM will give you the highest rated player regardless of position. To get this MEARS RATING, more information, including Height, Weight, Forty, Vertical Jump, Pro-Shuttle, Standing Broad Jump, and 185-Pound Bench Press Reps for High School Football Players and 225-Pound Bench Press Reps for College Football Players are put into the formula and all of this is based upon the standard for his position. “You really don’t need the Three Cone Drill, because it is not needed if you use the Pro-Agility Shuttle with the other Measurables,” said Coach Boyd Epley.
“Quarterbacks and Kickers are always going to be hard to measure, because they either do not go to Super Elite Combines or they do extremely poor at the Combine,” said Coach Epley. So these two positions must be evaluated very carefully on film or in person and then their rating is going to be estimated. Max, you will learn how to evaluate them and give them an honest rating.”
When I was with the Dallas Cowboys in 1975-76, we had a Player Rating System that we used in the 1976 NFL Draft. That Player Rating System was used to conclude that Running Back Tony Dorsett was our #1 Draft Choice in that 1976 NFL Draft. Then when I left the Cowboys in 1976, I developed a similar Player Rating System.
THIS IS NOT THE FIRST GOLD, BLUE, AND RED RATING SYSTEM!
I shelved this Player Rating System until 2001, when NIKE Sports developed a similar Rating System and called it the SPARQ RATING SYSTEM. I then implemented my Player Rating System again and called it The MAX EMFINGER ASSET RATING SYSTEM or MEARS RATING SYSTEM.
ASSET stands for Agility, Strength, Stamina, Explosiveness, and Technique. These are Essential Tools or Athletic Skills that can indicate Superior Athletic Performance in any competitive Sport or Event. This new MEARS RATING SYSTEM or a similar Player Rating System, identifies overall Athletic Ability, and it can be used by Top College and Pro Coaches around the country as an initial indicator of the Athletic Potential of an athlete on the football field.
MEARS RATING FORMULA
There is a Set Standard Measurable that is Set for Every Position on the Football Field to include Each Measurable that is Measured at a Super Combine. These Set Standards will not Change, but since the Football Players at Every Level are getting Bigger, Stronger, and Faster; the MEARS RATINGS will Continue to get Higher and Higher and Higher, as evidenced by the recent 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, where Three Players; including Vic Beasley, Byron Jones, and Davis Tull broke the MEARS RATING World Record of 2,448 MEARS RATING that was Set by Robert GRIFFIN III in the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.
FORMULA (1,000 Points To Start)
Height = 10 Points per inch over the Standard
Weight = 2 Pounds per Pound over the Standard
Forty = 10 Points Per 10th over the Standard (400 Max)
Vertical Jump = 20 Points per inch over the Standard (No Limit)
Pro-Schuttle = 10 Points Per 10th over the Standard (400 Max)
Standing Broad Jump = 5 Points per inch over the Standard (No Limit)
Bench Press = 20 Points per Rep Past Standard (200 Max)
Whether you are a College Football Coach and you only have one scholarship left to give in your current recruiting class or you are an NFL or any other Professional Football Team and you only have one Draft Choice left on your current Professional or NFL Draft Board, there needs to be a Player Rating System that you can go to and based on the highest rated player, would give you the very best player available irregardless of position.
By 2001, all of the other High School Recruiting Services were using a Five-Star Player Rating System Method which Does Not Measure Anything. One year, at the start of the Spring, there were 45 Wide Receivers who were Rated by that Recruiting Service, with a Four-Star Player Rating. We went to bed one night and the next morning there were only 25. Someone at that Recruiting Service had decided that there could only be 25 Four-Star Wide Receivers and he had demoted 20 of the Wide Receivers to a Three-Star Player Rating. So Just What does a Five-Star or Four-Star or Three-Star really mean, If Anything.