What's going on y'all?
I hope all is well! It's been awhile, but this offseason went by fast. I can't believe I'm entering my sixth season in the league and my second year as a Niner. Time is flying! I'm still taking it all in, and I appreciate every opportunity that I have to lace up my cleats.
I enjoyed this offseason because it was a new challenge. We had to learn Coach Kelly's new offense, and we all had to work together to be on the same page. Last year wasn't good enough, and we are working our tails off to make sure that doesn't happen again. It was a new level of energy with the new faces in the building. I've enjoyed getting to know the new coaches around here, too. They are just as hungry as we are to be successful, and they challenge us every day.
I feel like we got better as a team this offseason, and I've continued to grow as an individual. I'm looking forward to getting back at it.
The coaches weren't the only change for me this offseason. My wife and I were blessed with another child. Anyone that follows me on social media knows we were having issues the entire pregnancy, but I'm so thankful that Kameron James Smith is here.
I was flying back to the East Coast every weekend during the offseason to see my family and attend doctor's appointments. My frequent flyer miles are crazy! But it was necessary for me to do that as a husband and father. It's important to find the right balance between the game and your family. Regardless of what people say, you can be a great father without sacrificing your football skills. That's why that month break between offseason workouts and camp is important.
I was able to get quality time in with my family and workout. I wish I could tell you we went on a cool vacation, but we didn't … lol. Kameron altered those plans. I was able to go fishing a few times and take my son T.J. and nephew Kyleem as well. Being on the water with a fishing pole is my happy place away from the game. There is nothing more relaxing and fun than chilling and trying to catch a big one. I still haven't been fishing in the Bay, so I need y'all to spill the beans on a good spot. Maybe we can go together, hit me up on Twitter.
Now that I'm back in California, all the fun and games are over. It's back to business. I'm looking forward to working hard and getting better with my teammates. Really I'm just ready for the first week of camp to be over … lol. I can pass any conditioning test, but there is only one way to get in football shape – you have to play football.
Conditioning isn't going to be an issue because y'all know who our coach is … lol. But camp is going to be a great time. As I've gotten older, I've learned to appreciate and embrace the process. It isn't a sprint. It's a marathon. You can never get too high or too low in this game. Knowing that will get you through anything.
I can't wait to get back to playing the game I love with the family here in San Francisco. I don't know what the future holds, but I know how committed we are to each other. That's half the battle. If we continue to work hard, the results that we all want will come. We appreciate y'all's support and look forward to giving y'all a team to be proud of.