“When you’re tired in the fourth quarter that pinkish, grey tissue that you call a brain starts talking to you and the little man upstairs says ‘What do you want to do? I’m tired. I’m too tired right now I can’t do this.’ But that’s when you put yourself in that situation to say ‘Hey, I’m going to overcome all of this, man. I’ve been at the bottom. I don’t want to be there anymore. I want to be at the top. I want to be this elite guy. I want to be someone that is remembered.’”
Sorry local fast-food joint but you won’t be seeing Darrel Young‘s face in your drive-thru window anytime soon.
His palate might scream yummy, but his multi-colored brain tells him otherwise.
You remember when you were released on September 24th 2009, right? Exactly.
This week’s NFL Up! video takes a look at DY’s acorn cracking stares and what he does mentally to get himself ready to bulldoze personal bests in the weight room.
You’ve seen DY power through on several short yardage and goal line situations in the past. One-on-one with defensive lineman nearly twice his size, he’s made them look more like a JV football hopeful playing the sport for the first time than NFL contributor.
The moneymaker is his legs and he gets those babies ready to go with some kettleball swings.
I’m sure you’ve seen that one guy with goggles and knee-high socks attempt this in your local gym before, but probably with a three pound ball–that he ends up losing control of and chases around the gym.
By nature of his position, Young needs his entire body in peak condition. Whether it’s lead blocking for one of the backs, taking a pass out in the flat or barreling up the middle, he needs his body ready from head to toe for 60 minutes of action—and sometimes more than that.
Warm Up Exercise
Battle ropes and a look that would shatter double-paned windows. Need I say more?
All of that hard work has paid off.
To see more of the fullback’s workout, you’ll need to vote for him on NFL! Up’s site this week. He’s going against Tennessee Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley who plays capture the flag by himself.
Battle ropes>One-man flag games.
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