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NFL 101: Rookie English

Posted Aug 20, 2009

In his latest entry into his rookie diary, Chargers first-round draft pick Larry English discusses his first training camp and the frustration brought on by his hamstring injury.

It’s been a fast paced month or so. I knew getting ready for the upcoming season would be a lot of hard work and dedication.  So far that definitely holds true.

My first few days of camp went real smoothly. The guys here have been really helpful catching me up to speed with everything. My first day of practice, Coach Turner put me on the spot and did a fun little warm up drill before practice where he had me pass rush against the first-team offensive linemen. Some of the guys were talking a little trash because I was a first round pick and all. I have to say that the trash talk fired me up a bit and the defense ended up prevailing, as it should.

I was really excited for our practices at Qualcomm Stadium in front of our fans but unfortunately I injured my hamstring the week of our first one. I’ve been working to get back on the field ever since. I also had to miss our first preseason game against Seattle, which was very disappointing. If it were up to me, I would’ve played because I really wanted to be out there, help the team and get my chance to play in my first NFL game. But I realize that in order for this injury to not nag me all year long, it’s important to get it taken care of now.

Every day I have been working hard at strengthening my hamstrings as well as making the rest of my body strong for the season. Because camp is so tough and the days are so long, it is important for all of us to really take care of our bodies. When I’m not working on my physical conditioning, I’m staying in shape mentally. Every chance I get, I’m studying my playbook, watching film and getting everything down for this long season.

When I have some time to unwind, I’m always trying to get some rest. Though the days are so long, everything happens really fast so when I have extra time, I’m usually sleeping. Even though I have a blast every night hanging out with the guys at the hotel, I’m pretty excited to finally sleep in my own bed and in my new house out here.

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