Calais Campbell was talking about the end of OTAs when he added that he wasn’t talking about the end of work. In fact, Campbell was going to spend some of his down time in Minnesota, where teammate Larry Fitzgerald spends his post-OTA offseason and where Fitz has a burgeoning workout group of NFL players.
The workouts started, Fitz said, with fellow NFLers he came into the league with – wide receivers Greg Jennings and Lee Evans, and cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Those are the guys with whom Fitz organizes the work. But so many others have started to come.
“Whoever comes, they come and we will get it in,” Fitzgerald said. “Everyone else has just heard word of mouth. I will get a text here and there.”
Fitzgerald said most players don’t come until after July 4, although he has already retreated to his summer home. He’s managed to work out a deal with the University of Minnesota, which allows use of their facilities. The majority of players come and go. “NFL guys, they come to work out one day and you don’t hear from them again,” Fitzgerald said, although he added, “it’s intense.”
Jennings told The Northwestern newspaper “It’s more than just running routes. That’s the perception a lot of people have. (But) you’re working. It will almost break you down. It will take you to that edge to see if you’re going to push through it or you make an excuse why you have to go home.”
And that’s one way to spend a summer vacation.
“Look at Fitz and the success he’s had,” Campbell said. “Why wouldn’t you want to do the same thing?”
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