Every football player has their doubters. Whether it’s a coach, fan, or rival player, someone has told them that their dreams are too big or impossible. But those words don’t make the gridiron’s best give up–they only make them work harder. Those haters are fuel to the fire. Don’t believe us? Here’s how some of the NFL’s brightest young stars have Conquered Their Can’t. Shout out to our friends at STACK.com for the content.
Latavius Murray, Oakland RB
“People don’t realize how tall I am… and I’m quicker than you think.”
Chris Harris, Jr., Denver CB
“I went undrafted, and some people told me to quit. But I ended up getting picked up by Broncos, and the rest is history.”
Lamarr Houston, Chicago LB
“When I went to college, everyone thought that would be my last stop because I went from a small town to a big college.”
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles RB
“I know what I can do, what I’m capable of; if I have a dream, I’m going to go accomplish it. But (the haters) add fuel to the fire.”
“There have been plenty of times when people said ‘You can’t make it’ to me. But at the end of the day, you’ve got to make a decision. You can do whatever you want to do, and be whatever you want to be. It’s all about the effort you put forth. I’m a testament to that. You’ve gotta be up when people are sleeping; you’ve gotta do extra workouts; you just need to do whatever it takes to be what you want to be. No one will just make it happen for you.”
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Any football fan who hasn’t been living under a rock during the past year has heard about the meniscus injury Myles Jack suffered on September 22. A non-contact drill near the end of a routine practice was the setting for the freak injury that robbed one of college football’s brightest stars of his junior year.
But we aren’t here to dwell on his injury. We’re here to detail the exhaustive training regimen that Jack went through to get back to full strength and make an impact at the pro level less than a year later.
“When I first got injured, I knew it was bad ,” Jack admitted. “It was devastating for sure, because one second I was playing football and then the next second, I couldn’t even walk. But I never thought that my career was over.”
The resilient linebacker immediately set his sights on getting back to full strength. “The next step for me was still the NFL,” he said. “Even with the injury, I knew I was ready because I put the work in.”
Jack wanted to come back bigger, stronger, faster, and better than ever, so he turned to the Fischer Sports Institute in Phoenix during the offseason.
“They were great, because they helped me focus on myself,” he explained. “The main thing this offseason was conditioning and getting my body back in shape because of the time I missed. I got a lot stronger there, too.”
One area of focus during all of Jack’s training sessions was constant movement. “A big emphasis was always moving around and doing drills while I was tired,” he said. “It kept me in great shape and will also be helpful during long drives in the NFL.”
Those intense workouts have obviously paid off, as the 20-year-old is now healthy and poised to make an impact right out of the gates for his new team in Jacksonville. But even now, with this crazy offseason and draft process in his rearview, Jack still has his fair share of doubters. Heck, almost every team doubted him enough to pass on him at least once during this April’s draft. A quick word of advice: Don’t bet against him.
“There have been plenty of times when people said ‘You wouldn’t make it’ to me” Jack said. “But at the end of the day, you’ve got to make a decision. You can do whatever you want to do, and be whatever you want to be. It’s all about the effort you put forth. I’m a testament to that. You’ve gotta be up when people are sleeping: you’ve gotta do extra workouts: you just need to do whatever it takes to be what you want to be. No one will just make it happen for you.”
Day in and day out, the rookie linebacker puts in the work to be the best.
Being a pro athlete like Jacksonville linebacker Myles Jack isn’t a 9-5 kind of job, it’s a 24/7/365 kind of job. From early morning workouts to daily meal preparation – not to mention finding absolutely essential time for sleep – every second of every day affects how successful Myles is on game day. To give you some perspective on what this rigorous schedule looks like, the rookie took us through a typical day in his life during this past offseason.
“I constantly ate smaller meals throughout the day, not just one or two big ones. It was a better way to fuel myself throughout the day.”
“I usually started working out at around 9. And the training sessions were very rapid-fire. For that entire 2-2½ hours, there would be very little break and we would just keep going.”
“After that session ended, I’d go and get stretched out and make sure everything felt good. I’d almost always hop in the ice tub to help my body relax and recover.”
“I always made sure that I was eating plenty of meats, fruits, and vegetables.”
“I’m a big sleeper, so I would usually try to get a 2-2½ hour nap in at some point in the afternoon. It really helped keep me energized.”
“When I did more training later in the day, a big emphasis was always moving around and doing stuff while I was tired. It kept me in great shape, and I needed to do stuff like that to adjust to the speed of the NFL.”
“Sometimes, after training, I would get a cool down in. It was all about doing whatever I needed to do to end the workout on the right note.”
“Some of my favorite meals were broccoli with chicken or steak. It was healthy for you and it tasted great!
“If I had a little downtime at the end of the day, I liked to sit back and watch TV. In my situation, I had so much going on that it was nice to just step back and kind of remove myself from the day for a bit.”
10-The Next Morning: Sleep
“Then I sleep the rest of the night away. Getting the right amount of sleep definitely keeps me replenished and ready to go for the next day.”
Myles certainly has the right mindset, regimen, and skills to make a mark immediately. Expect him to be a dominant force in pro football for years to come.