TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
Just two weeks from Wednesday, the NFL offseason comes to an end as the Dallas Cowboys will be in Oxnard, California ready to open training camp. In reality, there is no offseason for an NFL player, not if they want to keep their jobs. East Texas Sports caught up with several area pros, working to keep their edge, before the start of camp.
With NFL training camp just a few weeks away, it would be easy for players to take some time off and relax. But not for East Texans such as Kendall Hunter, Josh Aubrey, Jeremy Johnson, and David Snow. "Guys have a tendency to take off during the summer so I feel like being a new guy and a newcomer in the system I need to come in work hard and be in shape," New England Patriots wide receiver Jeremy Johnson said.
Cleveland Browns defensive back Josh Aubrey added, "I'm just motivated by my mom, dad, my brothers, and sisters because I am always playing for somebody else other than me." David Snow, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman, said, "I believe in teh philosophy that hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard. That's been my motto my whole career, and I keep it going into the pro's."
Its a privilege to play in the NFL and these guys realize no ones job is ever safe. "In this league, if someone passes you up, they just cut you and you dont have a job anymore," Snow said. San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter added, "There is always someone trying to get your spot, and I am the type of guy who is trying to get better and be one of the best guys that has ever played in the league."
Training at APEC and under Bobby Stroupe also offers a different kind of workout that focuses on other aspects of the game. "Balance and core work and just little things that you will see on the field that help you get to the top of your game," Hunter said.
They may not always want to push their bodies to the limit, but it helps when former high school teammates and opponents workout together. "When you see your competition everyday out here working, you want to work just as hard as them, if not harder," Aubrey said.
Hunter added, "It's all family. We compete and push each other. Sometimes we talk a little noise to make each other better."
And in the end, football players are trying to get to the top.