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Football Tackling Dummy to Debut on Colbert's 'Late Show'

Oct 06, 2015   |   by John Cramer   |   Dartmouth Now

The Mobile Virtual Player (MVP), a robotic tackling dummy developed jointly by Thayer School of Engineering and Robert L. Blackman Head Football Coach Buddy Teevens ’79, will take center stage Thursday on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The popular TV host will discuss football-related concussions and the MVP’s potential to reduce injuries on the practice field. Colbert, whose Colbert Report persona boasted of a (fictional) Dartmouth degree, will don a Dartmouth helmet to take on the MVP. The Late Show’s new host will also interview Teevens, a leading advocate for eliminating player-on-player tackling in practice, and Elliot Kastner ’13, Thayer ’14, who designed the MVP along with Quinn Connell ’13, Thayer ’14, and Thayer Research Engineer John Currier ’79, Thayer ’81.

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