Well I guess the Super Bowl is a good place to start. It was an extremely entertaining game. I enjoyed it and it was fun to watch, although the commercials were a bit of a let down this year. I think the stain talking on the shirt was my favorite; I got a real good laugh out of it.
But the game was very entertaining which was more important. I hate seeing a blowout in the Super Bowl so it was a fun game to watch and great to see that amazing play by David Tyree and Eli Manning that everyone has been talking about. I honestly felt a little sorry for the Patriots afterwards. Just seeing them get so close to a major mark in history and falling short. But then again I am no position to feel sorry for the Patriots. They had a great season despite falling short of history.
It was great to see two former teammates Domenik Hixon and Jeff Shoate be a part of the Giants. Anytime you spend that much time with guys — Hixon a year-and-a-half and Shoate was here as long as I was before leaving mid-season — you are happy to see them succeed. There is a little bit of jealousy to be honest. I definitely want to get a ring and those guys got sent off and landed into a great situation and are able to get a Super Bowl ring. I would say an extremely large percentage of players in this league never play in a Super Bowl, so I am proud of them and happy for them but a little jealous at the same time to be honest.
As far as watching them game, no parties or anything like that. Just watched the game at my house with my dog.
Last week I was a part of the Colorado caucus which was a new and exciting experience for me being from the east coast. Out there we do primaries, which is just like an election where you go in and vote. But the caucus process is new to me. You go in there as a part of group decided by where you live and your group has to take a vote and as a total the group has one vote. I know I am not explaining anything new to those from Colorado, but it was new to me.
In Maryland it is just like a regular election, so this was a fun and new experience. Speaking of Maryland, they are voting today. I just spoke to my girlfriend and found out they don’t close schools for the primaries like they did when I was in school. That was a good day off; we were all under 18 so it was a nice day to have off.
After some lifting and running this morning, some teammates and I went over and played a little basketball. It is definitely a lot of fun and we are some pretty completive guys. We were playing really hard so it is another way of working out, sometimes a little more fun. D.J. (Williams), Dre’ (Bly) and I have been running on the treadmill and lifting which is not as much fun as competing. I guess you get a little more out of it because you don’t want to lose to a guy you have to see and you don’t want to get scored on. Mike Bell was over there also along with some of the offensive linemen. We just bumped into them in the weight room and decided to play some ball. It wasn’t offense vs. defense because it would have gotten ugly. So we split up, because those offensive guys wouldn’t have stood a chance.
Not much else too exciting going on. At the end of the month I am heading to the combine for some meetings. I am part of the player advisory committee and we are going to the competition meetings, the player advisory meetings and the conduct advisory meetings for about three days at the end of the combine.
As soon as I got in the league one of the things that was really important to me was being a part of the union and doing my part to help improve the union. I think a lot of players in the union, they like to complain from the sidelines about how we should be better and how baseball, basketball and even hockey’s union is stronger than ours. You read a lot of that and hear a lot of that, but instead of complaining I would recommend getting involved which is what I have tried to do. Then you can have your say-so.
It is a really cool expereince. I first went to these meetings following my second year so I was by far the youngest guy there. They listened and took a lot of my input; I didn’t feel like I was there just to be there. We had meetings mixed in with the commissioner and a lot of big wigs at the NFL office. They were all open to listen to me and the rest of the players which is really cool. That is important to our union growing and becoming stronger.
After that I have nothing major planned. Just trying to stay in shape.
I saw where we signed a former college teammate of mine William Kershaw. He is a great player and one of the many talented linebackers that Maryland has had over the years. I don’t think he got as much credit as he deserved because he came out after E.J. Henderson, who won the Butkus Award and he came out the same year as D’Qwell Jackson, who was the runner up for the Butkus and was ACC Defensive Player of the Year that season. And the year before that, Shawn Merriman came out who was a talented linebacker. So Kershaw got overshadowed a bit, I think he is really talented. Once he finds the right opportunity in the right place I am sure he will fit in quite well. I hope that this is that opportunity for him. I am excited for him to be here.
Anyway, I will talk to you again towards the end of the month when I return from the combine.