The NFL offseason is usually a smorgasbord of Mel Kiper trying to hold off Todd McShay's ascendance, an aging Steeler talking about brotherhood in the hopes that his emotional appeal will keep him from getting cut for another year, and Herm Edwards on the radio indiscriminately shouting, "IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE YOU HAVE TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT RUNNING THE FOOTBALL AND GET A HAT ON A HAT IF YOU WANNA BE A BALL CARRIER IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE THERE'S A LOT OF GUYS TRYING TO DO WHAT YOU DO AND GET WHAT YOU GOT." We don't pay a lot of attention to it.
But every once in a while you get a gem. And it's almost always when Ben speaks.
Ed Bouchette scored an interview with the Leader of Men, who last week restructured his contract to clear cap space and make it clear to everyone that he was willing to carry the contracts of all his Men on his back. Ed and Ben spent some time reflecting on last season's disappointment and how Ben is feeling this offseason. As always, no excuses (but Ben was hurt):
"Sometimes, certain passes just weren't right. I didn't trust myself to get enough zip on it to throw it out there. I tried to guide it too much instead of just throw it. ... But that's making excuses ... I'll be better, health-wise. ... I feel great. I think I ended the season healthier than I have in a long time. I know that sounds crazy because of my ribs and chest, but I played three or four games at the end of the season and I was actually getting healthy as the season was ending. ... Not one person in this locker room ends the season 100 percent. I didn't end the season 100 percent but I felt healthier and better than I have in a long time. I'm working out earlier this year. I took one week off, one week. I have no issues."Ben is so Ben. No word on whether he used his week off to take "mental reps" at St. Andrews Golf Club.
By the looks of his picture, there's no ceiling to how much Ben we might see when he retires. Maybe up to 350lbs worth.
|More Ben, please.|