There have been numerous articles saying that NFL players will get out of shape, travel, party, you name it, so long as it's not practice plays. In fact, the press has been a bit aggressive toward the players' actions as the NFL lockout lingers on.
Yet QB Jason Campbell and defensive lineman Richard Seymour feel that rules are made to be broken. Campbell and Seymour are promoting a four day mini-camp for the Oakland Raiders players to keep them in shape for the upcoming season.
To increase the chances of getting fellow players to the camp they have centralized the training in Duluth, Georgia so that east and west coast players can attend the camp, which includes offense-against-defense plays. Weight lifting and running will also be promoted, and the camp is just a symbol of great leadership by the Oakland Raiders' players.
One side note is that Nnamdi Asomugha has to see what is happening, and hopefully the camaraderie and leadership of his fellow teammates will awaken something inside so that he will remain a Raider.
How can you leave a team that is your home, a family that is working to better themselves while opponents are lost in the lockout?
The camp sends out a huge message to the NFL and opponents that the Oakland Raiders are a true team. The players realize that the lockout can lift and it would be in their best interest if they maintain the level of athleticism that will be required to dominate the AFC West.
While there may be players on other NFL teams doing precisely what the press has foretold, the Oakland Raiders are determined to come out as winners next season (if there is a season) and the seasons thereafter. The only way to bring this goal into focus is to work as a unit, as a team, as the Oakland Raiders.
QB Jason Campbell and DL Richard Seymour have really stepped up in this writer's opinion to lead the Oakland Raiders to victory.
They are proving that money is not the reason why they play football, it is because they love the game. They love the competition and they expect their team to continue to rise to every occasion.
Jason Campbell is in his second season in Oakland and is showing leadership that has not been seen since the days of Rich Gannon. Raiders fans, this is huge! Already wide receivers Louis Murphy and Darius Heyward-Bey have been practicing and soon Jacoby Ford plans to train alongside the fastest WRs around.
Richard Seymour could easily relax during the lockout. He already has his Super Bowl rings and for most players, they would be enjoying the time off.
Richard Seymour is not an ordinary player. In fact, he has said that he will retire an Oakland Raider. With that being said, he also wants to retire a winner.
The Oakland Raiders are truly becoming the finest team in the NFL. They had a few years of slumber, but by replacing underachievers with motivators like Seymour, it very easy to distinguish between the two and see why the Silver and Black is back.
Go Jason Campbell and Richard Seymour. Go Oakland Raiders. And thanks for making us fans proud of ya!