No rest for Zach Thomas
Keith Traylor practices only once a day. And today, Az-Zahir Hakim took the morning off in what coach Cam Cameron said was an attempt to rest the veteran.
So I asked Thomas, who is about to start his 12th NFL season why he doesn't take a practice off here and there to save himself for later in the season.
He looked at me like I was from Mars.
"I'm not going to do that," Thomas said. "Right now, more than anything I need the work because I'm still rusty. I need to get ready for the season so I got to be in there."
But, but, but what about keeping the legs fresh?
"Nobody knows if that works or not," Thomas said. "A few years ago people said we worked too hard in camp and that's the reason we would fade late. But we're working like the Chargers did last year and they seemed to stay pretty fresh all season. Who knows."
The point that struck me most is that in an age when many players don't want to be a part of camp as they age (remember Dan Wilkinson?) and some players are more worried about the numbers in their check book than the mark they leave on the history book (Michael Strahan), Thomas is truly a throwback.
He wants to be the best. And works -- hard -- to get there.