|Offseason academies keep NFL players in shape|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 21 August 2014 21:38|
By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - This past offseason, Chiefs offensive lineman Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson could have made like a couple of college kids on spring break, sleeping `til noon and then hitting the beach.
Instead, they rose with the sun and worked until they dropped.
You see, Allen and Stephenson joined a growing number of players taking part in offseason camps and academies, often organized and run by former NFL players. The lure is simple: The rare opportunity for guys with gumption to get ahead in a business that has become particular about the amount of time players can spend with their regular coaches at their team facilities.