You often hear teams talking about playing "1 game seasons" (which means that they are taking the season 1 game at a time) but most people dont really know what goes on during that preparation so I'm going to try to help paint the picture of what a week of preparation is like for your average NFL athlete.
So let's imagine for a second that you are the head coach of a a professional football team and it's week 7. It's Sunday afternoon and your team is in the lockeroom celebrating your victory and you are standing before them about to tell them the schedule for the upcoming week. Take into account that you have 7 days until your next game and one of them has to be an off day. So how do you help the team get the soreness from the previous game out, nurse their wounds, and get in a couple quality practices before the next game in 7 days?
A typical week of preparation involves a day off, one practice in pads, 3 practices without pads and a walkthrough the day before a game. Most teams have team meetings and workouts on Mondays in order to get all of the lactic acid out of the muscles and aid in rehabilitation and recuperation. The next day is usually an off day. The days after that involve practice along with a lot of film study and playbook study. The day before the game is more of a walk through tempo to make sure that everyone is well rested and give them time to prepare for the game in their own way. And then comes Sunday and we all know what that means #gameday
Remember when you were a little kid and loved to watch superheroes fight crime and rid the streets of danger? I do, my favorite superhero of all time was Superman. The guy was unstoppable! He could breath ice, shoot lasers out of his eyes, fly, and was indestructible. But as I got older my heroes set from being fictional characters to real people...but there comes a point in your life when you become someone else's hero. For example, I play in the NFL against some of the people that I have been looking up to since high school and now I play against them everyday and will one day become someone else's hero. And the fact is that we all have someone looking up to us, or in other words, we are all someone's hero...and we need to remember that. So the next time that you feel like doing something "risky" or "less than reputable" just stop and take a second to remind yourself that you are someone's role model because regardless of if you want to be one or not, you are. Always remember that someone somewhere looks up to you so don't let them down...
Just a random thought... As usual I'm open to any comments or suggestions. @bazookajoe72 on twitter, firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can just comment on this page. Also I'm looking for guest bloggers as well so get in touch if you're interested.