Red­skins’ Ker­ri­gan says yoga’s not for the mild

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - SUNDAY PUNCH -

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.

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