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DRAFT DIARIES: Randle El's hometown workout
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Hometown team would be hometown dreamWorkouts were really good last week. I met with the Bears on Sunday, which went extremely well. I was out at their complex catching and throwing the ball around, running routes, catching punts, etc. I felt real good and the coaches told me I did well, so that's a positive.
"We're not here to start no trouble. We're just here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle!" Then the horns would come in and blow DEE DEE!!! Haha! That was a fun team to watch. I loved Walter Payton. His heart was unreal in terms of playing hard and running hard. He never let anything or anybody get in his way. He'd keep going even if he was wrapped up in tackles that's the same way Barry Sanders used to play. I've always looked at those two that play the game right. They just played ball and let it all hang out every game. But whatever team I go to, I'm going to do my best to help that team win the Super Bowl the ultimate goal.
Brotherly loveIt was a lot of fun. I took my little brother and my cousin up there so they could watch the action. That's always cool when they let you bring some people along with you. That gave me a chance to spend some time with my little brother, which was great since I haven't been around that much the last 4 1/2 years because of school. I've got two brothers. Curtis is the oldest, he'll be 24 on the 21st the second day of the draft. He played four years at Indiana, then played some Arena Football and made the Lions for a little bit. Then my younger brother Anthony is about six years younger than me, but he's pretty mature already. We were always playing sports together when we were younger, until the age groups separated us in more formal leagues. I always tried to play with the older group, which Curtis would push me to do. I was always the best between us all, of course. Of course if you ask either of them, they'll say they were the best, haha. We competed hard against each other, but we never let it get out of hand. When we threw the ball out there, we always wanted to win and compete, but at the same time the competing only went so far because we had so much love for each other.
Avoiding pre-draft anxietyI've been lifting weights more and staying away from running too much. Since the draft is coming close, I am still running but I'm avoiding a lot of other active stuff. I was playing ball a lot at one point, but I had to put that basketball down, haha! I'm trying to get some things ready for my daughter's first birthday party, which is coming up on May 10th. I hope I'm still around, but I don't know if I'll be away at some mini-camp. But if I happen to be gone, I can celebrate it when I get back in town. I'm just waiting, you know? Patience will pay off. I'm waiting on God to bless us and that's all I'm doing. I've got my tune down, and I've had to. It's down to a few days until the draft, and I've been told the draft is the longest two days in the world. I really believe I'll get drafted that first day, but now it's just a matter of where God wants me to be.
Come back next week for Antwaan's final thoughts before the biggest weekend of his career, the NFL Draft.