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“I just had high hopes for it last year,” said Okudah, via DetroitLions.com. “I felt like I was living a nightmare. They just gave me the confidence that you know, the Achilles will be the least of your worries. It’s going to be about mentally recovering and taking care of the rest of his body. For me, it was really reassuring to go into the process. I feel like I’m hungry like I haven’t eaten in years. That hunger has been in me since the injury. Really, even before the injury, so I had this feeling, man, it’s been two years. Just this hunger. So, I’m ready to go out there and play to the best of my ability.
HC Lions Dan Campbell said that after watching Okudah this offseason, he had no concerns about his ability to move quickly on football.
“We’re not worried about Jeff’s motor skills,” Campbell said. “Like, he’s going to be able to move. You look at him, with his footwork and the things he does, he can do all that stuff. It’s really important right now, he’s just continuing to grow mentally and he allow to get the walkthrough reps and just to get the study of the film. Those things are important to him right now. So it’s good to have him here, to have him available to do that. When the time is right, to go full speed ahead when we get him to camp, he’ll be ready.
QB Packers Aaron Rodgers says he often thinks about retirement to pursue other interests.
“I think about retirement all the time,” Rodgers said, via Dov Kleiman. “When you commit, you are 100%. But the older you get, the more interests change, and I think the grind wears you down a bit more.
Rodgers added that he could “definitely see the end coming” with his career.
“Football is the easiest part” Rogers said. “It’s joy. It’s the other things that tire you out and make you think about life after football. [Tom Brady] obviously sets the bar so high playing so many years, but I can definitely see the end coming.
BC Vikings Kris Boyd, originally from Texas, started a GoFundMe page to support the families of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas. The link to the page is here.
Boyd also explained why he decided to start raising money for the families of the Uvalde tragedy.
“I just feel like it’s something I had to do, given that I’m from Texas and I have such a huge platform and I’m a father, brother, older brother of my little sister and my little brother and that I am an older cousin.” Boyd told the Dallas Morning News. “Just thinking how could this have happened?” How it had been somewhere like that. It hit near you like East Texas? It’s heartbreaking. It’s devastating. I feel like no one should really have to go through this. There were many situations where I could have spoken. I kind of always loved [being] in the back seat and [not] say anything. For some reason it’s different. It’s as if it touched me and pushed me to speak, to say something. That’s what I’m doing.”
“It’s nothing that we should normalize”, Boyd added. “You have children aged 6 to 10 maximum and everyone is doing a [social media] post then they go back to their day. It’s like something we [shouldn’t] normalize. You feel we need to do more. We all know what needs to be done, but I’m not really here to talk about gun laws and politics. But I use my platform to help the lives of families as much as I can [and] gives us a lot right now. There is still a lot to do with everyone. »