Aaron Schobel is a player that has a lot of pride. So naturally when there is criticism about his game he takes it personally and now after a season marred by injury is ready to use it to his advantage, as he prepares for the 2009 season knowing now that he won’t need surgery.
“If 100 guys tell me good game and the one guy at the end of the tunnel tells me I suck, all I think about is the guy that told me I suck and that’s the kind of crap that motivates me,” Schobel told Buffalobills.com. “That’s what sort of got me where I am. I don’t want to just be an average player. I want to feel like I’m one of the best if not the best and that’s how I’m going to prepare and that’s the mindset I’m going to take into it. Hopefully it works out that I prove people that think I’m over the hill wrong.”
In talking to him by phone the past couple of days I think it’s safe to say that Schobel is well aware of the criticism he got for missing the last 11 games, and not coming close to his sack numbers of the past, even though his injury was serious.
He realizes people think he’s on the decline, so he sounded pretty determined to show he’s still got a lot of football left in him.
“I guess I have to have the stats just to shut everybody up and that’s my motivation,” he said.
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