New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty had a tough transition when he went from college ball at Baylor to the world of pro ball. He was good enough to make the cut and sign a contract, but the two worlds are different, and he needed to level up. So where does one go when they need to level up?
Video games, duh.
In a recent interview, Petty explained that as he plays Madden NFL, the way he’s playing is changing; he’s “not just picking run plays anymore.”
“It’s like, ‘Oh, they’ve got and under front [on defense].’ You start picking up things differently. That’s exciting for me,” he said. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said Petty has made big strides in the last year, and Petty describes his own advancement from draft to now as “night-and-day.”
While video games can’t teach you everything about, well, any subject, really, there’s certainly room for them to get someone used to some of the mental aspects of the game. Race drivers have used games like Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo to practice and improve on some of the real world courses in those games. Private pilots have used games like Flight Simulator to familiarize themselves with flight plans and instruments. For a player like Petty, who is already familiar with being out on the field, an experience like Madden would let him focus on the game’s strategic elements without the stress of the moment to moment play, seeing the game from a bird’s eye view instead of first person.
It’s cool to see professionals like Petty look to the world of games to get another perspective on their own job, and I hope he can take what he learns to the field to up his real-world game.