Well to start off, I always welcome in new teammates with open arms. I know Boss Bailey, through Champ, obviously, and we have hung out a few times. He is a great guy, a great athlete and a great addition to the team. The other guys I don’t know as well but I am looking forward to meeting them and getting to know them and welcoming them to the Broncos. That is assuming I will still be a part of the team. This time of year, you never know what is going to happen.
Let’s see what have I been up to? Chris Rock was in Denver; I went to that and it was a great show. It was really really funny and one of the good things about comedy is you can have your own little social commentary and disguise it as jokes. That is one of the reasons that I like Chris Rock; he is one of my favorites because a large portion of the stand-up was just his opinions and social commentary in general. He talked a lot about the elections and it was all very hilarious and eye-opening at the same time. I assume it will be on HBO; that is what Chris normally does. So I highly recommend it when it comes out or if he comes back to Denver.
On Friday I leave for the NFL Players Association meetings. I will be spending a rough week in Maui. The meetings are long and sometimes heated and emotional because it is a lot of people dealing with their careers. We normally go from about 8 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 p.m. everyday and one thing that does make it more than bearable is walking out of those crowded and hot meeting rooms and going to the beach or doing something fun in Hawai’i. That is definitely the positive of going to the meetings.
It is definitely not all fun and games. There is a lot more work than fun, but it is something that I am passionate about. I know I have expressed my desire to be involved in the union for a while and I think I am going to make a run at the executive committee, which will be a huge step. I think I will be one of the youngest players to have ever made the executive committee. So I will have more on that when I get back in a couple of weeks to let you know how it goes. But I am definitely going to take a shot at being involved a little more heavily and moving up in the union to gain a little more respect.
I have taken my girlfriend with me the past couple of years to Maui and she is coming along this year as well. She is really excited about it this year. Last year she wasn’t that excited, but I have convinced her that traveling is a good thing, so she is really excited. We are also going to take a trip to Egypt before the season starts. Traveling and long plane rides are growing on her, so Egypt should be a lot of fun. But more importantly right now, Maui should be a lot of fun and we are looking forward to it.
She definitely deserves this trip. She is a teacher now, but she has applied to law school and recently got back acceptance letters to a bunch of good schools. Two days ago she got accepted to Harvard and she has also been accepted to Columbia, NYU, Georgetown and Howard. A couple of the big ones like Yale are still out there and I know she got accepted to Duke and Virginia as well. Those are my top choices because they are ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) schools. But wherever she wants to go is fine with me and I am really proud of her. We will have a good time out in Maui just relaxing.
Right now I am at the CU-Denver bookstore buying props for a College in Colorado public-service announcement that I will be doing soon. The next PSA will promote “College Friday,” which will be held on April 11. We try to get everyone in Colorado to wear an article of clothing from where they went to college or their favorite college to work or school. It really is to promote college for young people just to open dialogue between aspiring college students and college graduates. We got some great stories back from organizations who have participated in this from office Olympics or other weird events in the office. It is a really great event and it shows your support for College in Colorado. So on April 11, wear your college gear for “College Friday.”
I was glad to see so many responses from my last blog. I know there was a bit of lull after the season. I know a lot of responses were based on the rumors of me leaving. I appreciate all the support of the people.
With all the rumors floating around, it is a real helpless position – but it is not as stressful as you may think. When I was coming out of college – and at the Combine – it was really stressful because everything revolved on how well I did and how fast I ran. I ran pretty fast, so it all worked out. But here there is nothing I can do to sway anybody in any direction. The team made the decision to put a third-round tender on me. If they are going to trade me, that is their decision. If some team is going to come after me in free agency, that will be their decision as well. It isn’t relaxing, but not as stressful as it may appear. If I have to go, I have to go. I will be real upset but I won’t be complaining and either way, I will be happy.
I love Denver, so if something happens the difficult thing will be leaving my relationships with the community in Denver and a lot of people outside of football. I have been really involved and on top of that, we had a tragic situation which has forced us all to grow closer with one another. I have always been prepared mentally to not play for the same team my entire career because very few players do that. But the difficult part would be leaving the community I have been very involved in and leaving the people outside of the football program that I have developed an abnormally strong relationship with.
Before I go, I want to say hello to a fellow graduate of my high school Western School of Technology & Environmental Science who commented on the blog and a shout-out to all the Wolverines, current past and future.
Talk to you in a couple of weeks.
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