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Don't Call Me Maybe -- Joel Dreessen
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I’m worried that for the rest of life, in the last days of August my palms will drip sweat, my chest will tighten with anxiety, and my heart rate will spike through the roof. With all 32 NFL teams finalizing their rosters over the Labor Day weekend, I couldn’t help but reflect back on my time spent on the roster bubble. No, really. I couldn’t help it. So I wrote it down…

After the final preseason game, rosters get trimmed from 75 players to 53 players. For most squads, if you’re playing in that final preseason game, you’re fighting for a job. The days following are like an intense cardio workout, but not from wind sprints or lifting weights; from staring at one's cell phone and praying "please don't call me."

For the top-half of the roster, the final preseason game goes like this: workout before the game, pre-game warmups, watch the game while chewing sunflower seeds and looking forward to having the next couple days off. This rite of passage is reserved for those secure in their status on the team. The other half of the roster grinds out that final game, playing special teams and nearly every snap of offense or defense in front of half filled stadiums of indifferent fans.

Truly a physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting 3 hours for guys trying to cling to their dream; trying to remain employed with a company that’s not quite sure if it wants them.

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New football website: http://www.footballbyfootball.com/ , nice piece by Joel...

Don't Call Me Maybe -- Joel Dreessen
No doubt, good stuff. A couple of snipets I particularly enjoyed...

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Michael Strahan knocked me on my ass, but I held my own against his backups in the run game and pass protection. My favorite moment came during 11-on-11 drills in the red zone. I beat man coverage on a corner route and leaped high in the back of the end zone to get my hands on a Jay Fiedler pass. I tapped my toes on both feet in bounds to confirm the touchdown, all while falling to the ground.


As I entered the cafeteria Coach Zernhelt approached me with a huge smile while performing the pre-Manziel money fingers celebration. I will never forget how he said, "Buck, you made it!"
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