At his first offseason press conference last Monday, Coach Zorn recounted some of the words of advice he’d offered to his players as they returned home.
“I encouraged the married men and men that have children to be careful as they enter back into their homes and a normal lifestyle. You know, actually being around, and what that’s all about.
“And I know that from personal experience. You know, all of a sudden I walk back into the house but my wife has been completely in charge of everything for so many weeks, I step back in and go, ‘Why is that there?’ And that doesn’t go over real well. So we have to enter back in carefully.”
When you hear the jokes about a player coming out of retirement because his family can’t stand him (or vice versa) … well, after being around an NFL team for a season, I’d be willing to bet that there’s probably some truth to most of those jokes.
Being on a pro football team is often a huge time commitment, but it’s also an enormous mental commitment, and even when some of these guys are home in-season, they’re probably not really AT home in their heads. So Zorn really isn’t exaggerating when he describes the transition back to real life.
Of course, some players handle it better than others. Todd Yoder is a nine-year NFL vet, as well as a guy with an apparently enormous pain threshold. But when the season ends and his wife heads out of town, Yoder transforms smoothly into Mr. Mom, or Daddy Day Care, or whatever similar nickname you prefer.
Yoder was kind enough to let me ride along to see an afternoon in the glamorous offseason life of an NFL player, Flip camera and all. The tell-all video is after the jump!
Many thanks to Todd, Lily, and Luke Yoder for their hospitality and patience.
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