Well, hello again to everyone. I hope you all are doing well. I am thankful that you all are interested in my Web site and reading my journal entries. Hopefully we will have some new and interesting things for you soon on the site.
As most of you know, I just got back from my first-ever NFL mini-camp, and boy I don’t know where to begin… I guess I should start off by saying that I had a good time in Pittsburgh with the team and the other rookies. All of the guys are great – they really are everything and more than I heard they were going to be.
Especially “THE BUS” Jerome Bettis… he is such a genuine person and a great leader on this team. He pulled me aside and gave me advice and small pointers, and a little bit of insight into the way it’s going to be for me in the near future.
I know that a lot of people are wondering about things in relation to Tommy Maddox, but I feel the media has been trying to make a bigger deal of it than it really is. Tommy is a great guy that has done nothing but helped me out so far – he’s a great leader and QB. I am glad that he is on the team and is there for me to learn from.
So anyway, the practices went well and it was great to get out and finally throw the football to receivers, not just my dad. (I had him in the street in front of our house wearing receiver gloves and catching passes for the last 3 weeks, which was pretty funny.)
I have started to memorize the playbook as best I can, and I am still reading over it every day trying to get more comfortable. The hardest thing about the whole camp wasn’t really the speed of the game (which is a lot faster), it was delivering the plays to the team in the huddle. We shift or motion on almost every play, so it was tough to remember everything, but I was getting better and better after a couple of practices.
I am trying to learn it all very quickly, and I hope to have it down soon. So I just thought I’d fill everyone in on how the first mini-camp went, and I hope that everyone enjoys the info. I will be looking forward to telling you all a little more after the next couple of practices.
Take care and God bless.