Another big step this week, everybody. First it was being able to get back to working on my conditioning. Then it was being able to lift weights with my left arm again. Now, it’s something even bigger.
I was at practice yesterday. My first NFL practice, and being a rookie, it felt good, even if I was just watching it go down and not participating yet. I missed practice. It’s been a while since I’ve been in that atmosphere. Watching guys make plays, guys working hard and just playing the game. I just missed that competitiveness. I’m definitely excited to get back, and it’s been great to be back out at practice. Now I’m just kind of taking steps to get back in the flow of things, and hopefully next week I’ll be able to put the cleats on and run around.
Coach Shanahan said there’s a chance I’ll be back out on the practice field making plays on my own starting next week, so I’ve just got to stay working hard with rehab and keep conditioning to make sure it happens. Whenever I get called on, I’ll be ready to go. I can’t wait to get back.
Usually you think the main thing I would miss is being on the field on Sundays, but at this point I miss practice just as much. Practice is a huge key to the game — if you do well in practice, you’ll do well in the game. If you don’t do well in practice, you probably ain’t going to even be playing in the game. So I always look forward to having a great practice every day, and I’m ready to start that trend up again next week.
I don’t have any plans to play in the game next week, just hopefully I’ll be back on the practice field. I’ve got to get my football conditioning up. You can condition all you want, run black lines and gassers all day, but conditioning for the game of football is a different kind of conditioning. Luckily the trainers and strength staff are doing what they can to make sure I’m in tip-top shape and I’ll be ready.
I told you all a couple weeks ago that I was itching to get back on the field. Right now it’s even worse. I’m fiending. I’m really excited. Especially since it’s coming up real soon. I can’t wait to put on that uniform and make some plays. And believe me, I will make some plays.
Thanks for everybody’s encouragement as I’ve been getting back toward the field. Speaking of which, I saw that my grandma wrote a comment to me in last week’s blog. She’s always trying to keep in contact one way or the other.
Grammies: Hopefully I’ll be back next week, and hopefully y’all get to come out to the game when I get back. I can’t wait to see you. Miss you.
As for the rest of you: Thanks for your support. I know it’s been tough while I’ve been out of the game, rehabbing, but I appreciate you all sticking with me. Now that I’m hopefully getting back out to practice, I’ll hopefully be able to reward you all with my performance on the field soon.
All right, keep reading, and maybe this time next week I’ll be telling you about my first week of regular season practice in the NFL.