Dallas Cowboys become the first NFL team to go all-in on VR
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When an old-school coach like Mike "Da Bears" Ditka gets behind virtual reality as a football training device, you know there's something there. And now, the Dallas Cowboys are the first NFL team to adopt VR tech from a Stanford-based company called StriVR Labs, according toESPN. The franchise dedicated a new room at its training facility to the tech, which it'll use to help quarterbacks, linebackers and safeties. Players will put on an Oculus Rift or other headset and then watch scrimmages recorded by 360-degree cameras attached to players' helmets.
Compared to watching regular films, Dallas coach Jason Garrett said, "this allows you to get a little closer (to the action) so you can coach better." On top of helping starters, the system gives backup players simulated reps for a better taste of live play. The Cowboys were among the teams that saw a demo of the tech at the NFL Combines in February, according to Fox Sports. One coach at the preview said "I was expecting something kinda cheesy... and when I was about to write them off, they put the headset on you and shoot! It's real."