As the NFL offseason has hit full swing, Rob Ninkovich, LB, Patriots, has had time to reflect on the Super Bowl run and everything he’s done to get to where he is today.
Ninkovich and Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft recently attended Team IMPACT’s “Game Day Gala”, an event to help raise money to pair children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses with college athletic teams. At the event he took time to answer some questions from the media.
On what it’s like to go through the offseason as a defending champion: Ninkovich answers, “I’ve always been really close, but it’s awesome to have been able to do that. Now it’s time to hit the reset button because everyone’s going to be looking at us and trying to come after us.
“You always have to be prepared. The history of the Patriots, we’ve always been a very good football team, and a lot of other teams like to measure themselves accordingly. Again, I think that every year is a new year. With me going into my 10th season, I’m learning that you just gotta kind of start all over. You forget about everything that happened last year. It was awesome! It was great to win a Super Bowl, and it took me a long time to do it. Now it’s just focusing in on 2015, a new season, and I’m excited.”
On going into his tenth season: “Tenth year. Thirty-one [years old]. Is thirty-one old? I’m good. I feel great. I had a great season again. I’m going to have another good offseason. I’m always trying to get better. I have to break that eight [sacks] number. The last three years I’ve been at eight, so I need to get to 8 or more. I’ve been thinking about that for the last two years.
“It’s been a blast. I just have to continue to enjoy it because when you start saying 10, 11, 12 [years], then there’s not much after that. I’m just happy to have the opportunity that I’ve had here.”
On his involvement with Team IMPACT: “Team Impact, the things that they do for the community and the children, it’s awesome to be a part of that! Not only for the kids that they’re helping, the teams that are a part of it to lift the spirits of everyone involved. Happy to be here! Happy to support everything that it’s about and it’s a great, great thing
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