Only 12 years old, Peyton Rottinghaus is still a very young football player that has plenty of time to develop into a standout quarterback. He is off to a roaring start.
Not only has Rottinghaus been playing football for seven years, he’s attended nine NFA camps since 2012. Combine his experience on the field, his NFA training and natural ability, and it adds up to a QB with a very bright future.
“Peyton is a great kid on his way to becoming a great quarterback,” NFA’s JC Boice said. “We are behind this kid!”
Playing for the Johnston (Iowa) Youth Football League Packers last season, Rottinghaus connected on 48 of 89 passes for 633 yards and 7 touchdowns while helping his team to a 3-3 record. He also played 4 all-star games.
Saving his best for last, Rottinghaus completed 11 of 16 passes for 194 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Packers’ final game of the regular season. He also rushed for another TD.
With 3 minutes left in the first half of the regular season finale, Rottinghaus drove his team 80 yards and connected on a 25-yard Hail Mary TD pass with no time left on the clock.
“It was a really good season,” Rottinghaus said. “I liked playing with my teammates, my best friends.”
As he prepares for his seventh grade season in the Johnston Youth Football League, Rottinghaus is working to improve his running game while cutting down on interceptions. Continuing to train with NFA will only help him achieve those goals.
Jimmy Rottinghaus coached his son during Peyton’s first six seasons and remembers seeing information about NFA.
“Back in 2012, my wife Emily received an email,” Jimmy recalled. “Peyton had an interest in learning how to be a quarterback and we were looking for someone to teach him. There was a camp in Lincoln and we originally though it was associated with the University of Nebraska. I had a work commitment so my wife took Peyton and she called me two hours into the camp and said, ‘This is something that is totally not what I expected.’ They’re intense camps and NFA has really helped Peyton in his development.”
Training with NFA and working one-on-one with coach Todd Espeland has had a monumental impact on the young QB.
“NFA has helped me a lot,” Peyton Rottinghaus said. “I’ve become a football player on the field and a better leader on and off the field because of all of the things I’ve learned. My confidence level is really high.”
At an NFA camp in Denver last year, Rottinghaus learned the F4 (Frame and Form, Flow and Fire) and incorporated the system into his game. It’s been a huge help.
“I’ve spent a lot of time on it,” he said. “It’s helping me a lot. It’s helped me increase the velocity on my throws, and the ball is jumping out of my hand.”