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#RB84 Blog - Rome Wasn't Built in One Day

Ryan Broyles Blog

I've done it hundreds of times but it always feels like the first time; pounding heart, dry throat, jittery hands, loose legs and a focused mind...focused on proving how ready and willing I was to get back on that field.

 

The first snap came and I already felt back in my zone! One game down and I can say I've gained some confidence. After fighting so hard to bounce back from my last injury I feel really good. It's a blessing to be doing what I love and putting on that NFL jersey once again!

 

Everyone’s biggest critic is themselves, I am no different.

 

It’s a blessing and a curse haha. Mentally I feel like I never skipped a beat but coming off an injury physically can be hard, even when I felt like I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel I knew my breakthrough was around the corner. Physically I am progressing nicely but there is still much work to be done. I'll chip away at it one day at a time. As they say, 'Rome wasn't built in one day'.

 

Over the last week the team has been practicing hard and as always, looking great. We were excited to take on the Browns this past weekend. Preseason games don't count but they obviously mean a lot. We take these games seriously. Guys are fighting for a spot on this team and many of us are going through it together. Now we're back in the lab ('lab' = meetings, film, practice, ect) to clean up some things and move forward. We are two weeks into camp, which blows my mind because it feels like half a year?! Lol.

 

Some people think we have it easy but putting in twelve hour days, sometimes, is no easy task...always a blessing though, just not always the easiest.

 

Off the field I'm missing my wife and pups more than ever. I don’t know if others feel this way but when I’m not with Mary Beth my life isn’t complete, it feels like a part of me is missing when we’re apart. She's my rock and I lean on her for everything. I love the way she cares for me and everyone else! Life is tough when she isn't by my side, but She will be in Michigan soon and I’m counting down the days (as I know some of her friends are too ha)!

 

So back to camp, its pretty much a beast in and of itself... mentally, physically and all the “other ...ly” words possible lol. It's what makes it fun though. It’s awesome to be in the locker-room bonding and growing together as a team, I know its a “job” but its one job that you really have to trust and learn about other people because at the end of the day that “trust” will win you games. It’s cool and sometimes even surreal to be apart of. The coolest thing is everyone is apart of something and no matter if it's football or anything else in life, it's important. We all impact people daily so remember to keep that smile on your face!