I’ve been doing my off-season workouts in Miami for years. Why Miami? Miami is the place I wanted to be. Growing up seeing Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, and Sean Taylor, those guys that I model my game after, are all connected to Miami.
After missing the playoffs last year, me and my teammates had a bad taste in our mouth so this year we had to step up the grind level and that is what happen. It’s was one of my best offseasons. I worked out with some other NFL guys while down in Florida. Guys you see make plays every game, so it’s great to get the chance to pick their brains and see how they do things.
Beach workouts are something I’ve always done so we worked a lot in the sand. This year it was no rest, no off-season. Football is a year-round job. You are playing, or you are improving your game and getting ready to play. Either way, there is work to be done which means you have to put in the time and effort.
Growing up, I watched Sean Taylor every time he was on TV. I always wanted to see what he did, how he hit people, how he had range in the middle of the field, how he came downhill and knocked the ball loose. He was a dominant force on the field. I made it a goal when I was young to be that dominant force when I am playing.
I wanted to do it how he did. So, I put in the work. The work of grinding all year to be great and be the biggest dog you can possibly be when Sunday comes!
The grind got crazy my senior year in college. That’s when I first started two-a-days workouts. I would do two-a-days when no one was even at the school. One of my roommates asked me why I was always grinding. I said, “Yeah bro, I’m sick with grind-flu.”
There’s no cure for that. I’m sick with it; I’m stuck with the grind flu—and I still got it.