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This profile was last updated on 9/2/10  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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Cliff Stoudt- QB Consultant ...
www.nextlevelfootball.net, 2 Sept 2010 [cached]
Cliff Stoudt- QB Consultant
After spending 15 seasons playing ...
www.nextlevelfootball.net, 27 July 2008 [cached]
After spending 15 seasons playing quarterback at the professional level with four different NFL franchises (Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, and Dallas Cowboys) and a USFL franchise (Birmingham Stallions), it's safe to say that Cliff Stoudt knows a thing or two about the quarterback position.
During Stoudt's time in the pro's he earned two Super Bowl rings as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.Recently, Stoudt has put his tremendous knowledge of the position to good use as he has been tutoring a handful of Central Ohio high school quarterbacks with the hope that he may help them attain their goals on the football field, however high those goals may be.
"Some of these kids I can make better high school quarterbacks," Stoudt explained."Some of the kids I can hopefully help them get to the next level, if you will, whether it be Division III or II or I-AA or the big time, but every kid can be helped.The main thing is that unlike baseball where you have a pitching coach or a fielding coach there aren't coaches in football on staffs that really teach quarterbacks how to throw.It's not an easy thing to do, there's a lot that goes into it and I don't try to overwhelm them."
With so much knowledge of the game, it would easy for Stoudt to overwhelm his students but he's got a system in place that helps bring them along at a steady pace.
"I will pick one thing per night and then I'll pull in Plan B the next time and then something else the next time," he explained."My sessions are 10 hours long.We have 10 one-hour sessions and by the end of that, they've got everything I've taught and then they've got to spend a lot of time working on it themselves."
Stoudt's sessions have been so helpful that many kids are coming back for more than one 10-hour session.
"I've got kids like Ryan Gannon that's back for his third summer," Stoudt explained.
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Another part of Stoudt's philosophy is that each quarterback is different and thus needs to be taught differently.With that being said, there are a few basics that he tries to instill in each of his quarterbacks.
"The main thing is, you heard me talking about trunk rotation," he said."A lot of the kids learn to throw by taking a long stride towards the target and it's just like a golf swing, you've got to get your hips into it and get a good leg drive and really your arm just goes along for the ride if you do it right.I don't want to pound the same thing down everybody's throat because everybody plays differently but things like trunk rotation and using your legs, trying to get a high release to maximize your height, that's pretty standard but I also try to take each kid and see what he does naturally and try to work with that."
The physical aspect of the quarterback position isn't the only focus that Stoudt has in his teachings.Stoudt also helps develop the mental aspect of the position and often times will play the role of psychiatrist in his sessions.
"What was it that Terry Bradshaw said?Football is 50-percent physical and 90-percent mental?"Stoudt joked.
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While Stoudt teaches quarterbacks from all over Central Ohio, two of his top students come from his very own household with his sons Zack Stoudt and Cole Stoudt.
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"This is the third year I've worked with Cliff," Gannon explained.
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"I've been working with (Cliff) once a week for about eight weeks," he said.
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Getting back on the football field has made Cosgray extremely anxious and that is something that is being worked on in his sessions with Stoudt.
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In addition to working with quarterbacks in the evenings, Stoudt also serves as Vice-President of Next Level Football, which is an organization that runs high school football camps and combines.
Electric Impulse Communications: Leslie on TV - Host of the Time Warner TV show Forum 360
www.electricimpulse.com, 28 July 2008 [cached]
Cliff Stoudt, former Pittsburgh Steeler's Quarterback
Sonoran News In Depth
www.sonorannews.com, 3 Sept 2005 [cached]
Professional athletes and coaches Cliff Stoudt (Pittsburgh Steelers), Rich Dodson (Denver Broncos), Bert Campaneris (Oakland As), Dave Smoot (Virginia Squires), Tim Kempton (LA Clippers) and Vince Tobin (Arizona Cardinals) showed up to participate in Harolds 4th-annual Ball Wash Open golf tournament.
Birmingham Stallions
www.thenewusfl.com, 16 Oct 2012 [cached]
The Stallions starting QB in 1984 & 1985 was Cliff Stoudt, a long-time backup to Terry Bradshaw with the Steelers.
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Stoudt had finally taken over for the injured Bradshaw in 1983 and had played very well for the first half of the season, but his game fell apart in the second half of the season leading Steeler fans to harshly turn on him. After the season, Stoudt quickly decided it wasn't worth staying in Pittsburgh and signed with the Stallions. (Amusingly, the expansion Pittsburgh Maulers' lone sellout was the game where Cliff Stoudt returned to Pittsburgh. Steeler fans pelted the hated Stoudt with snowballs throughout the game, but Stoudt and Birmingham won, 30-18.)
In Birmingham, Stoudt proved to be an excellent QB, finishing in the league's top 5 in 1984 and 1985, among such peers as Jim Kelly and Chuck Fusina and leading the team to two divisional titles.
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