Below I have posted some of the feedback that I received after posting my Hate Mail from 1/07/05 in the Ask Joe section of this site. The responses to that email were overwhelming and I thought that the readers of this website would find some of them entertaining. Enjoy!
Joe, keep doing what you’re doing, because you and your athletes are BMF (Bad Mother Fuckers). Don't let some jackass hating on you get under your skin. Not so silent Bob is just jealous cause he is fat and weak. People like that piss me off beyond reason!!!!
P.S. I wish I could have known about you when I was still playing college football, maybe I would still be playing? But now I am just a powerlifter who wishes he was in the NFL.
You can call this Fan Mail!
Joe - keep up the kick ass work man! You have motivated me as a strength coach and in the business sense - I also get hate mail, ha ha, and I only train guys out of my dungeon garage - when I was a teen bodybuilder I was also accused of being on roids, problem is too many people have no clue what intensity or dedication is - and so their results are crap as you know all too well....
Anyway man, keep up the great work w/all your clients - you guys are the original wrecking crew and I am not ashamed to say you have been a huge motivation for me!
Kick ass in 2005 brudda!!
Zach Even - Esh :)
Hi Joe. I'm from Denmark, so first I want to apologise if my spelling is not correct.
I don't have any question, just a comment. The guy that is accusing you and your students of those stupid things don't no what the hell he's talking about, and need to shut his fu**** piehole (1-07-05).
After I switch to your program (Westside for skinny bastards) My strength gains has exploded, and I guess as a side effect my hypertrophy gains as well.
It's because of people like you, who are honest, hardworking and have the ability to explain to ordinary guys like me how strength training works that I am where I'm today, else I would probably still be doing some stupid Flex routine.
So I just want to say thank you and keep up the good..... no excellent work.
This is in response to the not-so-silent Bob comment that you posted. I hope that you post some part of this to let those that have the belief that any part of his comments is true. Cowards truly like to hide behind their unjustified comments, he will never show up. I grew up a block from you and although we weren't ever the closest of friends, we always had a competitive respect for each other through our desire to be winners. True winners automatically get put on a high pedestal. Those who never achieved anything have to convince themselves that other people’s success must be from cheating. They never realize that there is a level of work and effort that makes certain things achievable. Not-so-silent Bob never worked that hard and never will.
The part that pissed me off the most is the dig on your father. I personally witnessed that you being raised by such a good family made you an over achiever from the time we were playing pee-wee sports on the playground. I honor your father for his service to the State as a Trooper and his service to this country in the Army. You don't have to be told to keep up what you’re doing, you’re rather self motivated and you always were. I congratulate your parents on raising a winner, something this guy won't ever be. Sorry I felt that I needed to put out a defense on this, but I was raised to take care of my own. I don't want you to beat the shit out of this clown. In my growing age I have mellowed slightly and I haven't had to fuck someone up in some time. So for your time that you took to give me advice, I will destroy this mother fucker. Give him my e-mail, place of business, whatever need be, I will supply any info.
Thanks to everyone for your support! I will continue to try and provide the most cutting-edge training information in the most understandable & entertaining way possible. - Joe D.
Q: Mr. DeFranco, I just received your Combine video and I must say I was glued to the TV for the entire video. Man, you know your stuff regarding those tests!! My question is who are you training for the combine this year? I really enjoy reading about the athletes that you train because you always produce such great results. And the pictures of your athletes motivate me everyday to train my butt off!!
Keep up the great work coach.
I’m glad you enjoyed the video. We’ve gotten nothing but rave reviews about it. It was the first video ever created on how to master the Combine tests and I think we delivered some top-notch information. I’m sure you will see a lot of copycat videos being released in the near future, but nothing can beat the original.
Believe it or not, I was going to take this year off from preparing guys for the NFL Combine and their Pro Days. I’m absolutely swamped right now running the business and preparing for our new mega-facility. To make a long story short, I was overwhelmed at how many agents contacted me regarding my Combine preparation program. In the end, I just couldn’t stay away for a whole year. Although I’m working non-stop, 7 days a week, I ended up taking on 15 prospects from 4 different NFL agencies. Unfortunately, we had to turn a lot of prospects away, but we have a great crop of “blue-collar” kids who are working their asses off. Most of these kids aren’t household names, but they will open up some eyes after the Combine and/or their Pro Days. These kids are a bunch of tough, overachieving, SOB’s who are destined to succeed. Here’s a sneak peak at a couple kids from our 2005 class.
Diamond Ferri, Safety, Syracuse University
Diamond may have had the best overall
individual performance of the college football season.
He started at both running back and safety this year
against Boston College. He rushed for 141 yards and
2 TD’s on offense and had a 44-yard interception
return for a TD to go along with his 6 tackles on
Look for this confident safety to shock some people with his speed at the NFL Combine. (Last week he performed 8 incline glute-ham raises with a mini band wrapped around his neck and holding a 25 lb. plate!)
Jamar Enzor, Middle Linebacker,
University of Cincinnati
Jamar has vertical jumped 39 ½” and ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash in training. This was with a deep thigh bruise that he suffered in the Gridiron Classic All-Star football game. Jamar will be 100% at the NFL Combine. At 245 lbs., a 4.4-second 40-yard dash will not be out of the question!
Carlyle Holiday, Wide Receiver / Quarterback, Notre Dame University
Carlyle may be one of the best overall athletes in the country. He is running his 40-yard dash in the 4.4’s and he’s bench-pressed 225 lbs. 17 times in training! He’s pictured above box-squatting 405 lbs. with an added 80 lbs. of chain. Not bad for a QB/wide receiver, huh?
Jimmy St. Louis, Tight End, Murray State University
The 6’05” tight end is up to 270 lbs. and running consistently in the low 4.6’s in the 40-yard dash! He has also vertical jumped 34” in training. Look for him to shoot up the draft boards after his NFL workouts. He is pictured above box-squatting 500 lbs.
Brian Markowski, Offensive Lineman, University of Connecticut
Last Tuesday, Brian vertical jumped 32 inches. On Thursday, he bench-pressed 225 lbs. 28 times. On Friday, he ran a 4.83-second 40-yard dash (weighing 293 lbs.). On Saturday, he box squatted 625 lbs. Not a bad week of training!
Rich Demers, Fullback, University of Massachusetts
Rich is a freak of nature. The 6’0” 255 lb. fullback has bench-pressed 225 lbs. 40 times in training (yes, I said 40) and he has run a 4.59-second 40-yard dash. He is pictured above benching 480 lbs.!
Grant Adams, Wide Receiver, Boston College
Grant has simultaneously transformed his body while increasing his speed. He has begun to master the agility tests, clocking in at 3.9 in the 20-yard shuttle and an amazing 6.3 in the 3-Cone drill.
Keron Henry, Wide Receiver, University of Connecticut
This 6’02” 222lb. explosive wide receiver has vertical jumped 39 ½ inches and broad jumped 10 feet in training already. He has mastered his 40-yard dash start and he’ll run his first full 40 this week. He is pictured above close grip bench-pressing 315 lbs. for 4 reps.
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