Let me start by saying thank you for all of your support. I know you supported me all the way up to last week, and I hope you’ll keep supporting me through the rest of my rehab.
I am as disappointed as all of you that I’m not going to be out there the rest of the season, but let me just say that I most definitely plan on being ready when training camp rolls around for the 2009 season. I’ve just got to be patient like I was the first half of the season. I’ve got to stay positive and work through it, and things will work out.
Right now I’m not in pain. I can walk around without crutches. I’ve just got to go through prehab. That’s what they call the rehab before surgery. Right now the knee is pretty swollen, so I’m just icing it and doing some quad exercises to keep my leg strong. I think I meet with Greek soon to talk about surgery — I’m just trying to get out of the swollen stage.
The good news is I know what I can do out there on a football field in the NFL. I felt great. I felt like I started off a little slow in the first part, then picked it up as the game went on. I was getting more and more comfortable and I feel like it showed. It was great getting into the endzone. I couldn’t have wanted anything else more than to score a touchdown in the National Football League. Unfortunately I got sidetracked again, another speedbump in the road, but once again I’m going to just be positive and do my rehab and get back as soon as possible.
It’s tough not to feel like I’m a little snake-bitten, that this keeps happening to me. But you know what? That also means I’ve learned how to deal with it. I missed the second half of my senior year at Arizona State, but I got through my rehab and ended up getting drafted into the perfect situation in Denver. Then I hurt my elbow in training camp, but I got through my rehab and ended up starting a game in the NFL, not to mention getting into the endzone. So now I’m hurt again. But I’m going to stick through it and come out the other side even stronger, and definitely ready to go and continue making strides in my sophomore season.
You know how I always talked about coming back a vet, not a rookie? I’ll most definitely be a vet when I’m back next season. Until then I’ve got to do what I’ve been doing — just staying around the guys, staying positive. You can’t get down on yourself. It’s not a good feeling once you do.
The other good news is I have my brother living with me. He’s always going to tell me the truth and be honest with me. Family, you’ve always got to have somebody close to you around, and he’s definitely been helping me with keeping my spirits up.
I’m keeping my head up, no worries. Thanks again for all the support. I’ll check back in next week.