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Staley's Rookie Diary, The Spike


Check out Joe Staley's most recent rookie diary entry where he discusses his housing situation, Mom's departure, and his first spike.

I've gotten back into movies lately. In fact, a group of us went last night to see I am Legend, but in the last three days, I've been watching movies like crazy. I watched Superbad again, Raging Bull for the first time, and I saw Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which I stopped halfway through because I did not like it. It was one of those trippy movies and I didn't know what the plot was so I just quit.

So, let's see, what's new? Well, I decided not to buy a house for now and just to continue renting. I just can't bring myself to spend that much money on something just for me. If I was starting a family I would do it, but just for me, nah.

I'm just going to rent for now, but maybe extend my radius and try to find a condo somewhere that I can rent in Palo Alto or Los Gatos where there's a little bit more to do than over by the facility.

My mom left so I was sad, but I'll see her next week since they'll be coming to the Cleveland game. I think I've got about 20 people coming for that game, and I have to get some hotel rooms and tickets, and it's going to be a production.

I was told that I was a little bit overly fired up on Saturday night during stretching, but personally I like to play with a lot of fire and I get very pumped up, which is how I think everyone should be. So I was running around having a good time out there.

Shaun Hill said something in the locker room before the game about if he scored a touchdown he was going to let a lineman spike the ball for him. I'm pretty sure he was joking, but I took it seriously. When I saw him running for the touchdown, I knew I had an opportunity to spike the ball, something I had never done before, so I raced into the end zone to be first. He tossed me the ball and I tried to give it the hardest spike I could. All of my friends saw it on television so I got a lot of text messages about it.

It felt great to win. I think it was the most complete game we had played all year as far as having offense, defense and special teams all playing well.

It's a goal of mine to make the Pro Bowl and it was great to see that Joe Staley made it as a rookie. He definitely deserved the vote and that just sets the bar for all of us to keep working to achieve that honor, and most importantly get us on a winning track. He's a very special player and he's already getting acknowledged as one of the best in the game. That's a huge deal.

I was happy for Andy Lee to go too, but I wish he wasn't on the field so much this year because it would have meant we as an offense did a better job. It's a testament to Andy because whenever he's called upon, he does a fantastic job of changing the field position and helping us out.

There's not too much else going on although I did get a deal to do a commercial for a car dealership back home, and in return I can lease a car any time I go home. That is great because it means I don't have to ship my car home in the off-season. I got an apartment all set up back in Grand Rapids, right downtown, for the off-season. It's a furnished apartment and very nice.

We've got Tampa this Sunday. It's our last home game and we definitely want it to be a win and since it might be B.Y.'s last home game, that's even more incentive to really play our hearts out for him. I have really enjoyed playing at home this season. I think we've got a great atmosphere and great fans and even though we haven't given them the kind of record we know they expect from us, they still get loud and cheer us on. We appreciate that and we'll look forward to your support again this Sunday as we close out the home schedule.

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