Trent Dilfer Creates Epic Experience for Campers

Trent Dilfer Creates Epic Experience for Campers

By Matt Swenson, June 9, 2016

What role did your experience in football play with forming the camp?

My career shaped a lot of how I approach life, not just this. I’ve drawn a lot more from my failures and frustrations than my successes. I don’t think anyone has ever heard me say, “I’ve done this; now you need to do it.” The things I was successful with, I found other, better players doing the same thing. I hardly ever use myself as an example. I tend to use my in-depth study of the position instead.

“We never want people to think we’re the coach. We’re trying to build a better foundation for the real coaches to build upon.”

But it doesn’t hurt you won a Super Bowl.

There’s some credibility there, but I never approach it as, “Hey, I won a Super Bowl. I know what I’m talking about.” I approach it as I played for 14 years, and in those 14 years I played and the eight years after, I’ve done nothing but study the position. I’ve devoted my life to finding a better way to teach things that have been taught before. If I knew then what I know now, I would have had a much better career. I know 500 times more quarterbacking now than when I played.

How do you work with the college coaches who get the players after you?

That’s the biggest frustration. Early on, a lot of coaches were really intrigued because we were giving them a product so much better than they had before. The problem is so much of college coaching is about credit and politics. Their pride and egos get in the way of receiving all the information to do better with a kid. Most of our kids come back saying they got worse in college.

We never want people to think we’re the coach. We’re trying to build a better foundation for the real coaches to build upon. We’ve done that, without a doubt. But as soon as any camp coach thinks they are the real coach, it’s a slap in the face of the high school and college coaches who spend hundreds of hours with these kids.

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