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Why Oklahoma State hypnotizes its quarterbacks

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08:20 AM ET 08.23 | Nearly every week for two seasons, Brandon Weeden would sit in a chair and hear, "Breathe in through your nose, and breathe out, 'Let go.'" Weeden believes his frequent visits to Paige Wacker, or HypnoPaige, helped him navigate life as a Big 12 starting quarterback. And many other Oklahoma State athletes and coaches agree, which is why Wacker has become a key figure in several teams' training regimens. ... One could look at hypnotherapy as another example of an out-of-the-box tactic in Mike Gundy's program. But it's not an entirely uncommon practice. ... At OSU, the football, women's soccer, baseball and softball teams have turned to Wacker for guidance.

The Oklahoman

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August 23, 2012  08:30 AM ET

He looked hypnotized standing in the pocket like a statue on every play.

August 23, 2012  08:36 AM ET

Is that Paige Wacker or "Dr. Wacko?"

August 23, 2012  08:39 AM ET

Breathe in the good thoughts breathe out the bad.

August 23, 2012  08:40 AM ET

Wax on - Wax off .... Same theory right?

August 23, 2012  08:43 AM ET

You can breathe all you want, but once James Harrison gets you in his cross-hairs you'd better duck!

August 23, 2012  08:54 AM ET

That's just wacky.

August 23, 2012  08:54 AM ET

Wow I almost got hypnotized by his name! My uncle was good at hypnotizing people and bring up a good story of the day I wore a Boise State Shirt in Ok!

August 23, 2012  08:55 AM ET

Well..he's parlayed this into a starting job at Cleveland....not too shabby....

August 23, 2012  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

You can breathe all you want, but once James Harrison gets you in his cross-hairs you'd better duck!

I think duck was his key word for both football games and his sessions...spooky!

August 23, 2012  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Well..he's parlayed this into a starting job at Cleveland....not too shabby....

"CLEVELAND" its better than Buffalo!

August 23, 2012  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He looked hypnotized standing in the pocket like a statue on every play.

Yep....deer in headlights. LOL

Passing Yards, Season - 4,727 (2011)
Total Offense, Season - 4,625 (2011)
Completed Passes, Season - 408 (2011)
Completion Percentage, Season - 72.3 (2011)
Passing Yards, Single Game - 502 (2011, versus Kansas State)
Completions, Single Game - 47 (2011, versus Texas A&M)

August 23, 2012  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Well..he's parlayed this into a starting job at Cleveland....not too shabby....

Cleveland is going with a huge youth movement in 2012.

August 23, 2012  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Cleveland is going with a huge youth movement in 2012.

LOL...Weeden is 3 yrs older than McCoy...

August 23, 2012  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Yep....deer in headlights. LOLPassing Yards, Season - 4,727 (2011)Total Offense, Season - 4,625 (2011)Completed Passes, Season - 408 (2011)Completion Percentage, Season - 72.3 (2011)Passing Yards, Single Game - 502 (2011, versus Kansas State)Completions, Single Game - 47 (2011, versus Texas A&M)

There is no doubt he is a great pocket passer. And he has the arm to make those "NFL" throws like the deep out, deep sideline and corner end zone.

But he is a pocket passer in the truest sense. And yes he stood there like a statue and made those throws.

August 23, 2012  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

LOL...Weeden is 3 yrs older than McCoy...

Did I Mention McCoy or Weeden in that post? Go check their roster. They are going with a youth movement in 2012.

August 23, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Good thing Sandusky wasn't a coach at Okie Lite.

August 23, 2012  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Good thing Sandusky wasn't a coach at Okie Lite.

Cha Ching................ roflmao

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August 23, 2012  09:17 AM ET

Weeden'll probably win at least one ballgame this year using the "Lower Wacker Drive."

(Okay, that's a bad Chicago-centric attempt. Apologies.)

 
August 23, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

It still wont matter 5-10 years from now

or 1-5 years from now

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