Editor’s note: This is the first of several diary entries from fourth-round pick and strong safety Darrell Stuckey. Feel free to leave Darrell a comment or a question and he will review the posts.
I think one of the greatest things about the opportunity that I have to play is the environment that I’m in.
The greatest opportunity is to play in a place that wants you to be there.
And that’s exactly what I feel here.
It started with an event at Chargers Park.
When I went out to the Shoot for the Cure HD, to see the response by the fans that came out there to support that and to see how much money we raised was nice. Raising $70,000 is not easy. Doing that in one night in four hours with the amount of fans we had out there and the sponsorships we had out there, it’s great to be here. It’s a grateful feeling.
I went to UCLA after the rookie symposium to speak to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, there were more than 670 kids there. A thousand people. It was a blessing to be there and you could feel the aura of the kids and the fans that love San Diego.
I love being here and it’s a great opportunity to play here.
I think one of the most important things coming to a new team is the environment around you to fulfill your full potential. The average person never reaches their full potential because of themselves. They’re afraid to push themselves further than the limits.
But when you’re around a group of people that’s all pushing in the same direction, they’re going to force you to push yourself farther than you would normally push yourself. You don’t want to let them down or you don’t want to fall by the wayside. You don’t want to be dead weight.
It’s an opportunity to go out there and play to the best of your ability. You may make mistakes. As a rookie, the hardest part is getting past those mistakes because you feel like, ‘Oh, man, they’re going to ride me for this. I’m not getting any better,’ and stuff like that. You find yourself being harder on yourself than you normally would.
The coaches may not look at it that way. They may not give you as much feedback as you would like to have about certain things, so you’re really up in the air about whether it was a good day or a bad day. With me, if I mess up three times, those three times will stand out to me and I won’t remember any of the positive things that happened that day.
I’ve got to go out there and realize that the environment I’m in will form who I am and who I’m going to be. Being surrounded by Eric Weddle and Quentin Jammer, Brandon Hughes, Antoine Cason and even Nathan Vasher, they all are very positive guys and they all push you to be better players.
Tags: Darrell Stuckey
Posted in Miscellaneous, Training Camp | 10 Comments »