In today's society, it's important that we all join forces and do what we can in order to help each other. If we do so, the world will certainly be a much better place to live in.
According to reports, San Francisco 49ers" target="_blank">San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Travis LaBoy apparently believes in this principle as well. LaBoy was witnessed lending a helping hand to the University of Hawaii pass rushers during workouts at the Ching Athletic Complex.
Players, such as starting defensive end Kamalu Umu, raved about how much LaBoy's advice has helped. "He taught me his move...it's nothing fancy, but it works. It's a privilege for a guy like that to teach us his move. He's a big help," Umu said.
LaBoy has emphasized the importance of remaining focused at all times. "If you're not aware in practice, you're not going to be aware in the game," he said. "If you're not aware in the game, you might get your head knocked off. It's always good to know what's going on."
His own focus and overall talent have definitely helped him get to where he is today.
In 2004, the Tennessee Titans originally drafted him in the second round, with the 42nd overall selection. After four solid seasons with the team, he bolted in free agency—signing a five-year, $22 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
LaBoy was off to a quick start, including an impressive road performance on Week One against the 49ers, in which he recorded two sacks and a forced fumble.
Unfortunately, he began to face struggles thereafter. First, he was forced to undergo surgery to repair a torn bicep muscle in 2008. Then, after being released from the Cardinals, he suffered a foot injury that sidelined him for the entire 2009 season.
Despite skepticism regarding a comeback, LaBoy said he never had any doubts on whether or not he would play in the NFL again, stating, "I didn't really care what people thought. It was more about what I thought."
That mental toughness is one of the reasons why the 49ers gave him another chance by signing him to a one-year deal earlier in the offseason. The team is hoping that he will continue his success and add a boost to their pass rush as well as provide quality depth to their defense overall.
When asked why he chose San Francisco, as opposed to his other offers, LaBoy replied, "I needed to find a home, and I think I found it in San Francisco. I had a lot of options. But I wanted to be in San Francisco since I was a rookie. I took the opportunity to go there when I had it."
The thing I, personally, admired was his optimistic view on life. "Life's good," LaBoy said. "I can't complain, I've been very blessed. I hang out with my family and my kids. That's the most awesome time."
Albeit he has faced setbacks, LaBoy remains fixated on achieving his ultimate vision. "I still rely on the same things that kept me going from day one—wanting to make a name for myself, and wanting to be remembered as a good player," he said. "And the love for football. I love the game."
I'm certainly excited about LaBoy's future with the Faithful and I'm looking forward to watching him on gamedays. I'm confident that he will make solid contributions to the team, and I wish him the best of luck moving forward.