spring training is officially over. it was a productive offseason filled with improvements. now i have 6 or so weeks to fine tune my craft and be ready for the start of training camp in late july. right before leaving the facility on the last day of veteran mini-camp i negotiated a new report weight, 215 lbs, but with a stipulation. I must be 4.5 percent body fat. I can do it but it will be a challenge, making this summer a focused and fun one to look forward too.
too keep from losing my balance i plan on sprinkling in a few mini vacations, the first one being a short trip to costa rica coming up soon. any other vacations will be weekend trips within the states. these next 6 weeks are crucial to my training camp success.
aside from football, i have been steadily embracing my creative side through photography. it has become one of the other activities that consistently puts me in a flow state. its incredible. im going to start posting my photography on here as periodically as possible. i encourage anyone that may read this to find an outlet outside of work that can help you reach your flow. that feeling is unmatched.
week two of spring training has concluded and I’ve found a routine that I’ve really become rather fond of. 4 hours of quality film study, field work, and weight training followed by another hour in the sauna and recovery pool. by the time I leave the facility I feel like new man. unfortunately that only lasts for a few hours, then comes the all too familiar soreness. I love it. there was a little wrinkle in this week though. the 2017 NFL draft. that event always brings back memories of a very humbling draft for myself back in 2015, but thats neither here nor there. In the next few weeks the new rookies will be arriving at the facility hungry and ready to take someones job. bring on the speculators.
we drafted two receivers in the early rounds of the draft this year, and like clock work, i had text messages from people asking why we were piling on receivers. tweets from people predicting my future as a result of the draft. my rookie year, I might have started freaking out, but I’ve been through this before and made it out alive. regardless of any changes that the organization makes, how I work and prepare myself remains consistent. whatever the outcome, it won’t be because I didn’t leave it all out on the field and give myself the best shot. I know that as a cold hard fact. I’ve caught passes in the NFL, I’ve made tackles in the NFL, I’ve made game changing plays in the NFL, and I’ve scored in the NFL. I know I can play with the best. the rest is out of my control and I’ve finally come to realize that, and as a result, I can focus on whats important and really have a peace of mind. these guys we drafted are good and can help the team get where we need to be, and as a third year player I’ll do anything to help them along in the process. I know the day will come where I won’t be playing professional ball, but rest assured I’m going to make it hard on them to get rid of me.
the principle of controlling what you can control and letting everything else happen is something I’ve found is critical in mindfulness and quality of life. I’ve come to believe that the world doesn’t happen to you, it conspires with you, so long as you put yourself in the best position you can. if I was forced out of the game today, i would be able to leave with no regrets and a peace of mind, and I’m okay with that.
control what you can control