2015 was a year full of ups and downs. Regarding football specifically, I went through some difficult things, including an injury that got me on IR and eventually released. But I look at it all as a character builder for me. When unexpected challenges come up, I always feel like it’s an opportunity to see how you respond to it. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to respond in 2016 to some of the things that impacted me in 2015.
I have several goals I’m hoping to accomplish. One of my main goals includes building up Camp One, the non-profit that I started last year. We are aiming to teach at-risk youth to be entrepreneurs through programs that introduce them to technology and computer science. Our first programs are scheduled to kick off this summer in Oakland. My inspiration came as a result of being introduced to so many tech companies and venture capitalists out here. I really want to inform kids in this area about what’s going on in their environment. The tech industry is huge out here, and many of our at-risk youth don’t know too much about it. I’ve also taken a liking to the whole tech space and have actually been an angel investor in one company and met some top VCs. That’s gotten me excited and interested in tech.
It’s funny because I’ve had these plans for my non-profit for a while. But it’s been just that – plans – because I’ve never had the time to really commit myself to it. If I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it right, and I want to know everything that’s going on. It’s difficult to do that and focus on football. You never want to be injured or out, but being out has given me the opportunity to get all of this set up. Football is very, very important to me, but what I do with what I’m blessed with is more important. This is something that I really want to accomplish, so I’m happy to be moving forward with this initiative.
On the football field, my goal, first and foremost, is to stay healthy. I’m very confident in my abilities, and I know that if I stay healthy, I’ll be able to do all the things that I want to do on the field. I feel like I can accomplish anything that I set out to do, and I am 100 percent confident that I will sign with a team as long as I stay healthy. These past weeks I’ve gotten to the point where I’m about 100 percent. I’m ready to go.
I’m excited about what’s to come in 2016. When you play NFL football, you are used to a lot of unknowns. That’s just what we deal with. For me, I get excited about a lot of unknowns. I’m not sure what’s going to happen this coming year, but I’m excited for the experiences to come. I enjoy the journey.