As the NFL season opens, you can go through every roster and point to the “You Gotta Be Kidding Me” injuries: Hamstring issues, quad strains, calf strains, groin pulls…you gotta be kidding me. The NFL season ended last January, you had five months before training camp in July. What were you doing? If you trained efficiently and effectively, there’s not a reason in the world you should be dealing with a calf strain or sore hamstring. Unless you took off the offseason.
There is no offseason.
At the end of every sports season, there should be a sign over the locker room door for every player to see as he or she exits:
“OFFSEASON DOESN’T MEAN TAKE THE SEASON OFF. IT MEANS YOU’RE OFF ON YOUR OWN UNTIL NEXT SEASON.”
My new Sports Illustrated column runs today. As always, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read it: http://www.si.com/edge/2014/09/03/tim-grover-there-is-no-offseason