“When You Get Injured”June 24th, 2014
Now’s the time of year when NFL rookies gather to learn all about saying no to weed, using a limo while drunk and craving Taco Bell, and how to avoid flushing away all their riches and ending up as a used boat salesman at 30 years old.
The NFL calls it the “Rookie Symposium.” It’s the event where Aqib Talib got into a fist fight in 2008.
During a chat with good guy running back Doug Martin about his comeback from shoulder surgery, Martin shared with Joe a impactful memory of his rookie symposium that and helped him prepare for a rough fall and winter last season.
“They said when you get, when you get injured,” Martin explained of what the mindset drilled into rookies. “So going into [your career] you know about the risk and not worry about that because that will slow you down.”
Martin said it was a message that stuck and really prepared him for the painful shoulder tear he suffered against the Falcons in Week 6 last season.
The message is rather poignant given that the Bucs’ top two draft picks this year, manbeasts Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, are not 100 percent right now. Evans tweaked a hamstring 10 yards in front of Joe during spring practice, and Seferian-Jenkins is rehabbing a surgically repaired foot fracture.
Perhaps the “when you get injured line” is, in part, why the Bucs pounced on rookie Charles Sims in the third round. Both Martin and Mike James landed under the knife last season. You just can’t label those guys as durable. Remember, Martin also has had concussion issues during his brief career.