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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Eric Weddle’s Leadership on Full Display
Eric Weddle has stuck to the same routine each offseason. He takes two weeks completely off, allowing for his body and mind to recover. Then, it’s off and running. Time to gear up for the next season.
“We obviously have to get better,” he said. “We were three games short of a World Championship. Anything short of that, you didn’t reach your goal, so it’s unacceptable in our eyes. But we made strides. We got back into the playoffs which was a huge plus not only for this organization, but for the players who have been here a long time who have worked extremely hard. To finally get back to that position was really exciting.”
But that is all in the past according to Weddle. The Bolts can’t rest on their laurels, and instead must use 2013’s successes as motivation to have an even better 2014 season. In fact, that’s why he believes the offseason program is crucial.
Life in the NFL can be complex at times, but Weddle has learned to compartmentalize it and break it down to simple, specific terms that allow for his individual goals in the offseason to translate into team wide goals come the season.
“You look at yourself as an individual,” he said. “You have certain motivations for this upcoming season. You
The fact that Weddle is always striving to improve himself is one of the reasons he is not only beloved by the city of San Diego, but is a team captain who owns the respect and admiration of all his teammates.
“Never be satisfied,” he said. “Understand that you haven’t arrived. I haven’t arrived. I still need to get better. I still need to work hard. I still need to push myself and push this entire defense and this team to get to the next level. If everyone really thinks that way and humbles themselves to get coached up, to really push each other and not have an ego, then your play will be outstanding the next season.”