Hog Blog with Phillip Daniels
By: Phillip Daniels
Category: Washington Redskins News
After surgery it was off to rehab and I was going to rehab as hard as I could to prove people wrong that I could come back no matter what my age was. To tell you the truth, after surgery I was already a week ahead of schedule in that the powerlifting that I did in the off-season helped me retain a lot of the muscle that would have otherwise been lost through all the cutting of the muscle tissue. That's when I knew that God prepared me for surgery through powerlifting. Rehab was tough in that it was two and a half hours long and a lot of crazy exercises that really test all the small muscle groups. I would come out of rehab soaked in full body sweats from all the work I put in. When they would tell me to do 3 sets of 10, I would do 3 sets of 20. I doubled everything up to get back faster. After doing rehab for about four months, I started adding squats back to my routine as part of my rehab process. I started out doing 105 lbs for sets and would ease my way up every week and by February I was well over 500 lbs which was great considering I tore two ligaments and it was only a little over six months since I hurt my knee in July. Everyday I would gain more confidence in my knee and as it got stronger, I did more. I finally got back into full powerlifting in March and started gaining all the strength and confidence back and by April I was good to go.
Hurting my knee made me stronger both physically and mentally. Going into camp this year I felt better than I had ever felt in any point during my career. I guess it felt great to make believers out of all the people who said I could not come back at my age and do the things that I had done before the injury. Well to all of you non-believers, I'm back and better than ever. Age will never be a factor when you take care of yourself, eat right and have faith. The man above had a different plan for me. Nothing in life happens for no reason and I feel like He has made me not only better but stronger. Work for me is not finished yet and I wanted to come back to help my team win and I probably won't stop until we win the big game.
This week we will face the New York Giants. They have had our number these last few years but I feel that in the NFC East, anything can happen. This will be a very physical game and I feel the team that makes the fewest mistakes will come out on top. First games are always so hard to play because you don't know what new wrinkles the other team will put in if any at all. There will not be any sneaking up this week in that both teams know each other so well. So I guess it's time to strap it up and face the man in front of you and be as physical as possible.
I would like to take this time to thank everyone for their prayers and support. It will never go unappreciated and because of your love, I am back to 100%. As prayers go out, blessings come in and I feel that it is truly a blessing from God that I am back and doing the things that I am doing. Remember that God has a plan for us all and if you are going through some tough times right now, just remember your blessing is right around the corner if you keep your faith.
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