Updated February 18, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Football Dummies

video play icon
Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in February of 2019. While tackling and blocking practice is most effective when training with a live partner, it is also dangerous, as it increases the chances of injury in one or both individuals. Because football dummies are well-padded, they mitigate the risk of getting hurt, yet still allow you to work on your hits. We've also included some that are designed to be laid flat on the ground for footwork drills. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best football dummy on Amazon.

10. GoSports GS-BP-01

9. Goalrilla Heavy-Duty Cylinder

8. Combat Sports Blocking Pad

7. Goalrilla Step Over

6. Pro Down Step Over

5. Goalrilla TR0002W

4. Sports Unlimited Tackling Ring

3. Pro Down Round

2. Pro Down Collegiate Shield

1. SafeTackle Pro

Editor's Notes

February 15, 2019:

We realize tackling football dummies are most effective when they truly mimic real-world conditions, which is why we included models like the SafeTackle Pro and Sports Unlimited Tackling Ring, as they are about as close as you can get to feeling like you are hitting another person. They are pricey though, which is why we also included more budget-friendly options like the Pro Down Collegiate Shield and GoSports GS-BP-01, so anybody can afford the necessary equipment to practice at home. If you are worried about holding the dummy and a player missing and accidentally hitting your legs, you'll probably want to consider the full-length Pro Down Round or Goalrilla Heavy-Duty Cylinder. Finally, if fancy footwork is what you are after, then you should definitely opt for the Pro Down Step Over or Goalrilla Step Over.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on February 18, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


Thanks for reading the fine print. About the Wiki: We don't accept sponsorships, free goods, samples, promotional products, or other benefits from any of the product brands featured on this page, except in cases where those brands are manufactured by the retailer to which we are linking. For our full ranking methodology, please read about us, linked below. The Wiki is a participant in associate programs from Amazon, Walmart, Ebay, Target, and others, and may earn advertising fees when you use our links to these websites. These fees will not increase your purchase price, which will be the same as any direct visitor to the merchant’s website. If you believe that your product should be included in this review, you may contact us, but we cannot guarantee a response, even if you send us flowers.