Dozens of free agents switch teams every year in the NFL. But only a select few are leaving the Super Bowl champions, like new Cardinals guard Daryn Colledge did. A couple of months ago Colledge got his Super Bowl ring, knowing there was a chance he’d be leaving (the one bonus of the lockout — no one had officially “left” the team yet, unlike a normal offseason timeline) and he admitted returning there for Friday’s preseason game will create some emotions.
“I played their five years, I have a ton of friends still on the team, I enjoyed my time there,” Colledge said. “It’s a great place to play – it has a lot of history and a lot of tradition. I won a championship there. But I know my guys are extremely happy for me to be here, I am extremely happy to be here. It’s one of those things, ‘Hey it’s great to see you guys but it’s time for a different chapter.’ “
The ring ceremony was the end of Colledge’s previous story he said. It was a final chance to reminisce about a Super Bowl season and a great moment, but “it was the last page, that final chapter. That book is closed. And they will tell you the same thing.”
Colledge’s story just puts the hyper-focus on the treadmill of the NFL. A dream season is great, especially when it ends the way it did for Colledge and the Packers. Soon, training camp begins again and last year, is, well, last year. The Cardinals went through the same thing after their Super Bowl run. Moving on — fairly quickly — is a requirement.
“It feels like a long time ago,” Colledge said. “But you do have to start back to work. I mean, when was the last time we had a repeat Super Bowl champion? As soon as you put that ring on, bring that trophy home, you are the hunted. And you want to be the team that quietly stalks their way to the championship and not be at the front.”
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