Darnell Dockett was talking about his offseason, one spent with alligators, snakes, spiders and a moment when he got into a cage with a lion.
“All my stuff was life-threatening,” Dockett said. “Any time I can do some life-threatening stuff and get away, I feel like I’m winning.”
That’s one way to look at it. Or in Dockett’s case, the only way.
“The lion isn’t going to just eat me straight away,” Dockett insisted. “He’s going to have his damn hands full. It was very exciting. I was doing swimming with sharks. I like stuff like that. I think that’s what life is all about, taking chances, and surviving them.”
Dockett isn’t exactly taking chances now that he’s back working out in Tempe, although he said the players are “having fun” getting back together, building chemistry, which is always important this time of year. But Dockett did admit “it’s kind of crazy working out with one of your arch-enemy O-lineman, that was kind of weird outside. But I’m glad he’s here.”
Dockett was referring to new Card Adam Snyder, against whom Dockett had gone up against 14 times while Snyder was a 49er (Snyder came into the league a year after Dockett’s 2004 debut.) Certainly, the Niners and Cards have had some emotional clashes over the years. Snyder said even with the publicity Dockett gets he is underrated, and admitted he was just a little nervous about meeting Dockett as a teammate Monday.
“We have had some battles,” Snyder said. “But I have said all along, he’s been very classy. He comes up to you have the game to shake your hand and says, ‘Great job.’ But at first, I mean, that’s 14 games we have (gone at each other.) I’m glad I don’t have to play against him on Sundays.”
“It’s a little … it takes a second to get acclimated,” Snyder said.
Still, it’s easier than climbing into a cage with a lion. I would think.
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