Redskins’ running back Tim Hightower said Wednesday he only gave his Redskins’ teammates, coaching staff and fans an “appetizer” of what he feels he could bring to the squad in 2011.
Unfortunately, as you might remember, Hightower’s 2011 season — his first with the Redskins — ended prematurely in Week 7 when he tore his ACL against the Carolina Panthers.
Hightower was a guest Wednesday on ESPN980′s “The Sports Fix” and talked about what he’s expecting from himself when training camp begins next week.
“I’m doing everything until they tell me not to,” Hightower said. “I don’t know any other way — I know full-speed, I know go hard every single day, and I’ve prepared my body during the long offseason and prepared myself, too, to put myself in this position. I’m taking it one day at a time, but come July 25, I’m anticipating going.”
The sixth-year veteran out of the University of Richmond said he has “a lot to prove” this season as he recovers from such a major injury.
Hightower also has two other young running backs behind him who turned in quality performances in 2011 in Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster.
“I’ve got a lot of unknowns, a lot of question marks,” Hightower admitted. “I am yet to really make a big, significant impact in this league, and even on this team. So that’s been my motivation. I kind of gave the Washington Redskins and the fans out there just an appetizer last year, for lack of better words, and it’s not enough. It wasn’t enough for me, and that’s what kept me going every single day of my rehab when there were days where I felt my body was hurting or some days you kind of second-guess yourself a little bit. That stuff kept me motivated, it kept me fueled, it kept me waking up at 12 at night or 2 in the morning just to do something. And I’m excited, you know. I appreciate the respect that I have for Coach Shanahan and the Washington Redskins nation. I’m looking forward to going out there and really leaving a mark with this team and this organization.”
It’s good to hear that honest approach from Hightower, who I’m imagining is just itching to get onto the field and get his first meaningful carry of the season.
Click here to listen to the entire conversation with Hightower.
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