Today is commonly referred to as”Report Day” in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Hotel check-in at 10, medical updates at noon, miscellaneous updates and meetings followed by the big team meeting tonight. Curfew at 11 and the first practice tomorrow. It’s an exciting time for players, support staff, coaches and fans alike.
This is the start of my 25th season in the NFL after 3 training camps as a summer intern athletic trainer/physical therapist with the New York Giants. I have to admit I’m more exited about this 2012 season than I have been for 10 years! With new ownership, a new Head Coach, more than a dozen new coaches, a new locker room and a new positive approach to winning, I’m not alone with my enthusiasm for the Jaguars in 2012.
From the opportunity that New York Giants Head Athletic Trainer Ronnie Barnes blessed me with in 1984 by offering me the one summer internship with the New York Giants to spending well over ½ of my life employed in the NFL, I’m honored to represent “the shield” of the NFL. Ronnie remains a close friend and mentor who I respect immensely.
Training camp is the start of so many opportunities for so many people. From the surprise superstar players’ careers blossoming, to loyal coaches growing as teachers, to hard-working medical staffs taking huge strides in keeping players healthy at an elite level to fans passionately supporting their team, so much good comes out of the start of a professional season.
The Game Plan
I plan on posting a weekly training camp blog with the inside scoop on life within an NFL franchise. When I live football 24/7 with 90 players and 60+ football staff members, there is no shortage of interesting info to write about. I will never write about any specific player injuries for obvious reasons.
Questions From You
What do you want to read about from an NFL training camp?
What “behind the magic curtain” NFL insight would you be interested in learning?
Is there a question that you’ve always had about an NFL team that SportCenter just doesn’t seem to answer?
I’m all ears and I look forward to sharing my life in the NFL with you. Go Jags!