North Bergen purchases remote controlled tackling dummies for youth football teams

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The Township of North Bergen has purchased four remote controlled tackling dummies, with the high school buying two more, in hopes of preventing injuries for their youth football teams.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The Mobile Virtual Players (MVPs) are life-sized, remote-controlled tackling dummies that can charge across the field at up to 20 miles per hour, will be used to facilitate practice sessions.

Utilized by some college and NFL teams, MVPs allow players to practice hard, while eliminating any possibility of helmet-to-helmet contact.

The robotic tackling dummy is built to simulate the size, weight, speed, and agility of a player, allowing high-quality full contact reps in a more controlled, game-relevant environment while mitigating risk to players.

Mayor Nick Sacco and Parks & Recreation Commissioner Hugo Cabrera purchased the MVPs as part of their ongoing effort to protect the health and safety of our student athletes.

Town spokes JP Escobar said that the high school purchased two MVPs of their own from MVP Robotics. He said that the new sports paraphernalia costs about $3,750 a piece, including shipping and handling.

According to the MVP Robotics website, their robotic tackling dummy is the first of its kids “to help improve performance and reduce injuries and unnecessary player on player contact during practices.”

The product has been featured on mainstream programs such as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and NFL’s “Hard Knocks.”