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    An Offseason With Adam Goldberg

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    July 21, 2006

    Author: Mike Wobschall, vikings.com


    What are vacations like for you? A little rest and relaxation, maybe some fishing or boating. How about a trip to the Caribbean? Or maybe just the in-laws. Yes, these vacation activities are something with which most of us are very familiar, including some of your favorite NFL players.

    With the NFL regular season ending sometime around February, and then training camp beginning in late July, NFL players have roughly five months or so of leisure. But they are not away from the football field or practice facility for that entire time. Teams hold minicamps and organized team activities, both of which require players to report back to team headquarters to work out and be with the team.

    Vikings.com caught up with offensive lineman Adam Goldberg earlier this week inside Winter Park. He helped us shed some light on the life of an NFL player during the off-season.

    Unlike Vikings offensive lineman Adam Goldberg, most NFL players do not play in the same area they've always called home. But Goldberg, an Edina native, does have that luxury and it makes his off-season a little different from many other players.

    "Most guys who live and play in the same city spend a lot of time with their strength and conditioning coach," Goldberg said. "So I've gotten to know Tom Kanavy and his staff really well. And it's been a really productive off-season.

    "There have been a lot of guys in town obviously, which is probably a product of taking more time to get to know the new system and getting to know the new coaches."

    Okay, so we know Goldberg and his teammates workout during the off-season. However, not having to worry about practice each day or traveling to different NFL cities each weekend must give them more freedom in regard to their workouts, right?

    "During the season we're spending most of our energy getting ready for the next Sunday," Goldberg explained. "During the off-season, there's no next Sunday to get ready for. So everyone's goals are a little more long-term and that allows you to be a little more aggressive in your training. During the season the energy you have to try to get faster and stronger is taken up by practice, so you go into more of a maintenance or injury-prevention mode during the season."

    Despite the fact that for over six months each year the players are with each other daily, many of the guys maintain contact and even see each other on occasion during the off-season. For some players, relationships go beyond the weight room and the huddle. Spouses and kids get to know one another, and the off-season is a time for them to be together.

    "You especially stay in contact with guys from your position group," Goldberg said. "The guys who have kids that live out of state we try to keep in touch with. Mike Rosenthal just had a baby boy, so we all are in contact with him and wishing him congratulations. We like to stay in touch because even though we get way too much of each other during the season we still like each other's company."

    But there is always room for a little privacy and peace and quiet. The grind of an NFL season can be trying on any family because of the time commitment required. During a typical regular season workday, players arrive at the facility early in the morning and leave as the sun begins to set. Players like Goldberg value the off-season as prime time they can spend with the most important people in their lives.

    "My wife is from Wyoming and I went to school in Wyoming so we usually spend an extended period of time there right after the season," Goldberg said. "And then my wife and I usually try to get away one time when it's just us and we leave the baby with grandparents. It's nice to get some rest and relaxation with just her because the season doesn't allow for that at all. It's a long season and there's not a lot of time, so it's nice to get that during the off-season."

    But soon enough June turns into July and training camp is on the horizon. It's time to get back to work and prepare for another grueling NFL campaign. The seeds of a championship season are planted during the dog days of summer, as teams practice twice a day for two weeks in August before moving back to their headquarters for the remainder of the pre-season. And before you know it, September arrives and it's time to kickoff another NFL season.

    "Training camp is always something you go into with mixed feelings," Goldberg says. "It's clearly the toughest part of the year so in that sense you're dreading it. But at the same time, you're not in this sport if you don't like competition and training camp is twice a day competition and that part of it is great. And it's also great to have that fellowship and camaraderie with the guys during camp. I'm excited for training camp and I think we'll have a good camp this year."

    Spending a few minutes with one particular Minnesota Viking shows us that those who value precious vacation time number far beyond office cubicles and desk chairs - your favorite NFL players do too.

    An Offseason With Adam

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    Re: An Offseason With Adam Goldberg

    I hope this guy got a heck of a lot better.

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    Re: An Offseason With Adam Goldberg

    He'll be better for all the new competition around him. Hicks and Hutch raise the bar, combined with Mckinnie and Birk, the whole groups play will improve. Johnson will be better with Rosenthal pushing him. Great backups will be so crucial to us later in the season. Having a Great O-Line is something you build a whole team around. Skol Vikes!

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    Re: An Offseason With Adam Goldberg

    "PurpleTide" wrote:
    He'll be better for all the new competition around him. Hicks and Hutch raise the bar, combined with Mckinnie and Birk, the whole groups play will improve. Johnson will be better with Rosenthal pushing him. Great backups will be so crucial to us later in the season. Having a Great O-Line is something you build a whole team around. Skol Vikes!
    True...good post.

    Unless defenses key on our weak spot (Goldberg). :wink:

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