The return today by a handful of players to the team complex was a welcome change after the long, slow summer. Strength and conditioning coach John Lott was clearly happy to be back in his element, training players.
Nowhere was it more apparent, however, than this morning, while team president Michael Bidwill was presiding over the monthly staff meeting in the main auditorium. Usually empty, the auditorium serves as a thru-way for players coming from one part of the parking lot to the locker room. There are times when a player comes through the door and freezes, realizing a meeting was going on. Offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges was that guy this morning, until Bidwill waved him through.
As the affable Bridges walked down the side, the staff began to clap, bringing a smile to Bridges’ face. As he went to pass the main stage, he went to shake Bidwill’s hand — and it turned into a welcome-back hug.
“It was great to see all (the staff) and you do miss the people around here,” Bridges said. “This is our job too. We punch the clock like everyone else, and you miss your co-workers. It was funny, though. He had his arms out, and I didn’t want to leave him hanging.”
It wasn’t exactly Kraft-Saturday (at the seven-minute mark) — definitely more light-hearted — but the sentiment was the same.
It’s back to work. Back to football.
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