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Lawson on 10 years in NFL

Posted by Chris Brown on June 3, 2015 – 9:10 am

Manny Lawson is about to begin his 10th NFL season and third with the Bills this fall. In an era where the average NFL career lasts just over three years, Lawson is the exception to the rule. Here is just one of his mantras for getting to 10 years in the league.

“Take one year at a time,” said Lawson in a recent appearance on the John Murphy Show. “Don’t look too far ahead. Just take the initiative now and whatever choices and opportunities that you have right now you have to go with that. If you don’t take care of the year you’re in right now there is no next year. So you have to take care of the year you’re in right now.”

Lawson also sticks to a rigorous offseason program to stay fit all year round, which he attributes to his ability to stay healthy. The strong side linebacker has missed just three games in the last seven seasons.

Each of the last two offseasons Lawson has elected not to attend most of the voluntary offseason practices, but this spring he was at both the voluntary veteran minicamp in April and the first week of OTAs. He explained why he chose to attend those voluntary sessions this year.

“One, just to size up the new personnel and coaching staff,” Lawson said. “You want to get an understanding of what they expect out of you and what you can do for them. I want my teammates to know that even though I wasn’t here for a lot of the voluntary workouts I’m still here and still in shape and still know what my job is supposed to be. You can count on me. That’s what I wanted to also show the coaches. Just to get us off on the right foot moving into the season.”

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