ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 19: Fullback Chris Gronkowski #44 of the Dallas Cowboys flips after a tackle by Zackary Bowman #35 of the Chicago Bears at Cowboys Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris Gronkowski;Zackary Bowman
With a lockout in place, many NFL veterans are planning on other ways to occupy their time should football be lost in 2011.
Tennessee Titans’ running back Chris Johnson, as well as the Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson have publicly mulled the idea of taking up competitive track. The Bengals’ Chad Johnson has been offered a try-out with the Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City.
For young players with a less than guaranteed future in the NFL, like the Cowboys’ second-year fullback Chris Gronkowski, preparing for the 2011 season remains at the forefront of their plans. Gronkowski recently described his offseason plans under the lockout to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, at a charity bowling event for 40 boys and girls in Arlington.
“The NFLPA has identified places that will help us out, and will let us train for free or for cheap,” Gronkowski said. “It's something I'll have to look into. I trained in Miami last year with my brothers [two of his four brothers, Rob and Dan, are NFL tight ends, with the Patriots and Broncos, respectively], and I might go back there if there's nothing else here.”
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