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Trueblood's (not so) grand finale

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January

One of the things that got lost in the shuffle on game day last Sunday was this very interesting conversation I had with right tackle Jeremy Trueblood.

Anyone who watched the game knows Trueblood had a hard time containing Giants defensive end Michael Strahan. Of course, he wasn't the first nor will he be the last.

Anyway, after listening to Bruce Allen on Thursday say that the position coaches are finalizing their reports on their individual players this week, I sort of wondered what Trueblood's report might say. Will it say he had a good year but a tough day in the wild card game, or will it say he has a long way to go? I think the former is more likely because Trueblood was mostly solid in 2007.

Either way, back to the conversation we had Sunday. Trueblood was angry with himself for allowing Strahan to get by him and to Jeff Garcia a few times. So, during the offseason, he has a strategy for motivating himself to work hard in the weight room and in conditioning.

Check out his quote: "I don't like getting Jeff hit at all. It's going to drive me nuts all through the offseason. I swear I'm going to find a picture of him getting hit and put it up somewhere and I'm going to work my butt off all offseason. I've done it before in college. It (ticks) me off and makes me work harder. Believe you me: there will be a picture of that somewhere to push me."

It's certainly creative, and you have to love Trueblood's determination. All in all, Trueblood made some pretty good progress from his rookie season to 2007. If he keeps it up, he'll be a good one for a long time to come.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:56pm]

    

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