Coming off of game three I was frustrated with my performance. It was just one of those frustrating games where it seems that nothing is going your way and you are fighting yourself trying to get back on track. But there is only one version of the truth in football and that is the eye in the sky... the game film is your resume and you are signing your name to it every time you play. Coach Cecil says that there is no audio on the film for a reason. You can't talk a big game anymore, you have to walk it! Well after going back and looking at the video it was not as bad as I had originally thought. I was in the right spot on most all of the plays and made some good tackles, but needed to finish better and clean up some technique. I know I can play better and will look to get back to playing my game. Playing organized football since the 7th grade and all the way through now, it is always the lesson and result after watching film... "It's never as good as it seems, and it's never as bad as it seems."
I was a little nervous entering the facility that Sunday afternoon after the game. The cuts were looming and even as I entered the locker room they were already under way. These players come to work like any other day and suddenly you are asked to go talk to coach and bring your playbook. They say their goodbyes and just as quickly as it came, it is gone. I had never been in a situation like this before as you are pretty much guaranteed to be around in high school and college if you stay out of trouble. I am confident in my game and proud of what I have shown so far, but you never know where you stand in the coach's eyes and they don't give you any indication of where you stand. A lot of good players were cut in the last three days that I have become friends with and have worked with since arriving here in May. My thoughts and prayers are with them as they try to get on with another team or walk away from their dreams and move on from football. I have made it through the first round of cuts, but that was not my goal. I am heading into this final preseason game looking to earn a spot on the 53 man roster. It might be my last football game or it could be one that starts a long career. I will play hard, have fun, and have faith in God's plan. See you on the other side!
-Student of the Game