Roots in Westchester and a love for the game of football – they’re two of the ways NFL star Ray Rice and the Eck brothers of Rye, Jordan and Connor, are connected. There is a third common denominator as well, and each is quick to point it out.
All three athletes spent a portion of their summer working out at Lifestyle Integrated Fitness Training (LIFT), a strength and conditioning company co-founded by Matt Tauber. Tauber, Rye High School’s head athletic trainer and strength coach, shares in the credit for the Garnets’ recent football dynasty. In addition, many athletes from high school to the professional level attribute some of their personal success to him.
“Matt and I have a history dating back to my days at New Rochelle High School when I hurt my shoulder and he was the trainer there,” said Rice, the running back who enjoyed a breakout season for the Baltimore Ravens in 2009. “I trust him totally when it comes to training techniques and it has paid dividends. I strengthened parts of my body he felt needed work, like my hamstrings, core and shoulders.”