Redskins’ Kerrigan says yoga’s not for the mild
As Ryan Kerrigan enters his eighth year in the NFL, he reflects on being able to play, what advice he would give to himself as a rookie, and his newest interest.
Question: What is the key to surviving training camp?
Answer: I think having seven years under my belt, I have a great appreciation for how awesome it is to be a pro football player, so I don’t look at it as, “I have to practice.” I just look at it as, “I get to practice today. I get to go through walk-through today and meetings.” Having that mindset makes things a lot better and a lot more fun.
Question: Don’t you have bad days?
Answer: There are days when you are tired and don’t feel like hitting anybody or running around but then you remind yourself, “I’m lucky.”
I’m one of a few in the world that gets to do this.
Question: If you could go back and tell rookie Ryan Kerrigan one thing, what would it be?
Answer: Take care of your body out of season the way you do in season. I got that piece of advice from Vernon Davis this past offseason and it really hit home for me.
Question: You’ve added yoga to your training. How challenging is it?
Answer: There’s the impression of yoga that it’s this easy, calm meditation. Yoga is hard as hell. I don’t necessarily enjoy it. It’s incredibly hard. I would much rather go lift weights or run because yoga is putting your body in positions that you’re not used to it going in, and most times it’s in a really hot room.
I just want to put it out there that it’s not some foo-foo, little, feel-good workout.
Question: What’s your best position?
Answer: I feel pretty good about my Warrior 3. I’m pretty strong in that. Or child’s pose, I’m good at that one, too. (Laughing)
Question: You are going after him every day in camp. What’s been your first impression of Alex Smith?
Answer: Guys really like him. He’s a phenomenal leader that’s really come in and taken the reins of the team, immediately. I really admire him for that. Plus, he’s come in and made some really nice throws during camp and taken command of the offense.
Question: There seems to be a lot of urgency in the talk from Jay Gruden when it comes to this team. What do you sense that’s different about the atmosphere around this team?
Answer: I feel like we have that mentality every year. I’ve never gone into a season thinking, “we’ll lay a nice foundation and hopefully, build next year.” No, I’m like, “Let’s go win some damn games.” That’s the mentality I think everyone has.
Going forward we need to have that sense of urgency because we have the talent on the roster and the coaching staff to be able to be a really good team. We just have to put it together as a team.
Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan says he’s grateful for the opportunity to play in the NFL.