Well here we are in 2009, and I’m in Kansas with family. It’s good to be here with everyone to start off a new year.
Hope all of you had a good night and started off the year on the right foot.
That’s what I’m hoping to do. This is going to be my last blog — my rookie season is officially over, and since it’s my rookie blog, this is the end of the road. I’ll pass the torch on to another first-year guy next season.
This season for me, as most of you know, was kind of up and down. Shaky, if you will. It started off well in camp, then I go down with my arm, so I go through a bunch of rehab and get back, then my second game back I tear my ACL. So it’s been all about highs and lows.
But in all honesty, just being able to play in the NFL, being able to just be who I am today, I’m very happy with myself. I’m happy with where I am right now, but I’ve also got to keep working hard to get back to the field — I’ve got to get healthy and stay healthy and be able to contribute to the team. I guess you could say that’s one of my New Year’s Resolutions.
If I had to describe the season in one word, it would be rollercoaster. With a lot of big wins and a lot of big losses, your emotions get thrown up and down, so you’ve got to learn how to handle adversity when it comes you way, and you’ve got to come out on top.
Obviously the big development right now is that Coach Shanahan got let go. I appreciate everything he did for me, giving me a chance to show what I can do in the NFL. So coming into next year, we’ll have a new coach. I’ll just say that in terms of having a new coach and a new playbook and all that, it doesn’t affect my mindset in terms of coming into next season too much. I look at it like this — I jumped around with the playbooks and the offense all this season, but I have confidence in myself as a player. I’ve just got to go out and ball out and do what I know I can do. I’ve got to be comfortable with myself, and I feel I am.
To all the fans that stuck with me through everything this season, and especially those of you that have been reading my blog and comment and everything — I appreciate all of you. It’s a new year, 2009, and I appreciate your support — I’ll be back next year and ready to go.
Thanks again and thanks for reading.