(My Helmet History)
I'm back! After a couple of weeks of clearing my mind, finally settling into my St Louis apartment, and building some washer boards (still not done) in my spare time... I am returning to my blog. It has been a crazy couple of weeks and we have finished the first quarter of the season. As a member of the practice squad I did everything the team did as normal including lifting, meetings, and practice. The only difference is that you run scout team and don't suit up or travel for games. It was a role that took me back to my red-shirt days at Texas Tech where I ran scout team against Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree. Except this time my job is not guaranteed. I took this as an opportunity to get in the weight room more and give the best look I could for the upcoming opponent. Well the first four games haven't gone as planned or expected for both the team and myself individually. I can't speak for the team as I was on the practice squad, but for myself this struggle had brought me to focus on something we had learned in Rookie School.
"The process of getting what you want" is what John Hartwig called it. John and his company Pro/Spur is all about character building and he taught us this lesson at one of our Rookie School sessions that the Rams put on every Monday afternoon. The lesson was simple, but exactly what I needed to focus on. He got us to write out what our goals were, long and short term, in both football and life. Then the steps that you can take and control in order to get you there. One of my short term goals was to make the 53 man roster and the steps I could take to get me there. For the first time after this lesson I was truly not thinking about roster moves and focused on working as hard as I could to improve myself and be intentional about taking steps to reach my goals. I refused to get my hopes up anymore trying to guess what was going to happen, as I had been disappointed a lot so far. Well it might have been a coincidence, but I finally got the opportunity I was looking for and was pulled out of meetings to get bumped up to active roster! I was sent upstairs to sign my new contract and then told to go back to watching film...haha back to work. We have a big game coming up this week because it is the next one. The scrutiny and pressure to perform will always be there from the coaches on down. But we must continue to stay together, focus on the process, and focus on things we can control in our plan to get back on track. I look forward to my first NFL game and doing everything I can to help the team win!
-Student of the Game