The six-week lull leading up to NFL training camps is nearly over.
For fans, the dead period following the NFL draft and minicamps is one of the most boring times of the year. Pure speculative stories regarding roster movement and position battles emerge as the only form of information for which NFL fans can indulge.
However, the offseason dead period is anything but a break for the players who roam the field on chilly Sundays in the fall. The blood, sweat and tears during the four-month season are only half of their battle.
Offseason training away from team facilities can make the difference between a breakout season and a forgettable one. Talented players can sometimes mask their poor physical shape, but the most consistent players on Sundays are the ones who never take an offseason.
Let’s take a look at a handful of players who push the limits of exhaustion, speed and strength to become impact players on the gridiron.