Jamar Newsome's 'konfessions' of a lockout
Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 17:06
Jamar Newsome is used to waiting.
After advisers and NFL scouts told him that he had potential to be a late round selection in last April's NFL draft, the wide receiver waited through three days worth of draft selections — none of which were him. Newsome went undrafted and is now a rookie free agent.
Due to the league-sanctioned NFL lockout because of a labor dispute between players and the owners, Newsome, along with every other free agent, is unable to sign with any NFL team until the lockout is over.
"I'm just being patient, I'm patiently waiting," Newsome said. "I'm just working and working out."
Newsome now spends his days working inventory at Macy's and training vigorously at UCF's football training facility.
"It's an even balance just like when I was in school with the balance of school and working out," Newsome said.
Because of his hectic training schedule, Newsome is unable to work a full-time schedule while he waits to sign a contract with an NFL team. Instead of 40 hours, Newsome works 25 hours a week.
"I could [work full-time], but I choose not to simply because I know I won't have enough time to dedicate to working out," Newsome said.
The wait for an NFL contract shouldn't be much longer for Newsome, however. Various Associated Press reports have surfaced that an end to the lockout is in sight. While the negations between the union and the NFL owners continue, Newsome is staying in shape and staying motivated.
"My agent says it's an uncertain process," Newsome said. "He tells me to stay in shape and to keep myself moving but not to do anything too difficult that risks injuring myself, but to be ready."
Newsome trains regularly at UCF's football training complex with director of strength and conditioning, Ed Ellis. His training regimen, which mainly consists of wide receiver workouts, drills and routes, takes up 12 hours a week.
"I go train usually five times a week," Newsome said. "I'm doing the same type of workouts that have been successful for me over these years. Coach Ed Ellis has helped me know exactly what to do when I'm in the weight room."
Newsome hopes that the NFL lockout comes to an end soon, but until then, the waiting game continues.