Monday, March 21, 2011

Off Season Flow - The Lock Out

Well by now reality has set in, I’ve been official locked out by my employer. Imagine going to your job tomorrow and finding the doors locked. You receive notice in the mail that your health Insurance is canceled, you are not to enter the facilities not even to pick up personal belongings. Welcome to my world, I guess this is the part of professional Sports that no one likes. It’s our reality thought and we have to deal with it, in order to protect ourselves, past player and the future for those that will come behind us.

I plan on make the best of this situation and use this time to visit family and friends. I had a great week visiting my Dad and his family in Texas, and my Mom and Grandma in Florida. I even managed to find tickets to a Heat game and to my surprise enjoyed being just a fan. My little sister and I even caught a T-shirt and we were on Heat TV a couple of times showing off our dance moves in the stands. I also went deep into the Everglades, when we took a trip out to Billie Swamp Safari. I rode in an open airboat and a swamp buggy, looking at Alligators, Exotic Birds, and many other animals who make their home in the Everglades. It was also cool to learn about the Seminole Indians and their rich history, culture and tradition.

Its time to get back to training, so when this an agreement is finally reached I will be ready to go. I’ve been in Georgia working out harder than ever, as this is new territory for me. Having this lockout happen after my rookie season, I have to be ready to compete for a spot just like I was a rookie all over again. Nothing is guaranteed in the NFL, that’s why we are fighting so hard for a fair deal. The Players and Owners knows that 2011 without Football would be devastating to both sides, so I am hopeful that a deal will be worked out soon. The NFL have the best FANS in the world and they deserves our very best effort to reach a compromise and will accept nothing less…