The contract worked out good. We were trying to get a $125,000 signing bonus,
so we got real close to that. A three-year deal is always great. All in all, I
had an increase in salary from last year, and the moneyís good. Iím happy
with what I do have, and I didnít really want to press for more.
I may buy the condo that Iím renting, because the area is nice. I may just
do that and wait a few years until my second deal comes around before I build
something really nice.
Iíve been trying to come up with different things to do for my taxes, so I
can put my money to good use so I wonít have to give everything to Uncle Sam.
And Iím working on different options and different plans so I can use my money
to benefit the area Iíll be living in. I plan to do something in Hampton, and
maybe Richmond, and definitely the Pittsburgh area. So Hampton and Richmond
Iím not really sure yet what Iím going to do in the way of charity
organizations. Nothing big has really ever happened to me and my family that
would really inspire me, like I donít know anybody thatís been killed by a
drunk driver, that might make me want to support Mothers Against Drunk Driving,
for example. Maybe Iíll help out a couple of organizations, or some smaller
organizations that need to build themselves up.
I have continued working out at Velocity in Richmond. Last week, Ernest
Wilford came down and worked out with me. This past Sunday, we had something at
Velocity where me and Ernest set up drills for some kids, basically drills we
learned at Virginia Tech. We set different drills up and let them do them, plus
some open-field tackling drills, some one-on-one. But we had the kids do
two-hand touch instead of tackling to the ground.
We talked to them about the importance of following directions, listening to
coaches, that kind of thing. These kids were mostly 12 or 13. These are kids
that work out there, that pay money to work out at Velocity. Different age
groups work out there. They have young kids all the way up to college kids that
work out there. So the kids came, and some of the people who work there, their
kids came. Some of the kids who were there knew who Ernest and I were, and some
of them didnít.
To me, being an older brother [to Xavier], I always tried to set a good
example for him. I tried to always keep my nose clean, just to let him know that
he shouldnít get in trouble. You canít be successful and be a bad person.
So, things like Ö I never smoked Ė I hate that. Iíve never done it before,
and Iíve never had reasons to do it. I was around it a lot, but Iíve never
been tempted to do it. And when I talk about smoking, Iím talking about
I never did nothing serious as far as getting in trouble. I did some stupid
stuff when I was young, though. One time my brother was sick, when I was in
third or fourth grade, my mother asked me to get him a glass of water. I wanted
his water to be cleaner, so I put some dishwashing liquid in it. He started
throwing up, and my mom tasted the water, and she got into me real good!
The same guy who hooked me up with the Carmelo Anthony thing a few weeks back
asked me if I wanted to go up to DC. They were shooting a commercial up in DC
with Kevin Jones, Laveranues Coles, LaVar Arrington, and Clinton Portis. They
were shooting a car dealership commercial at Gonzaga High School. They were in
the car, singing the car dealership jingle. They were in the car, like
lip-synching the song. To be honest, I donít know how itís going to come out
on the commercial!
We had to wait for some stuff to come in, some jerseys or something like
that, so it took a couple of hours, from about twelve oíclock to about two oíclock.
It was tight meeting some other players, and after that, Clinton Portis had a
cookout at his house.
There were some media people from Richmond who found out I was at Velocity,
and they wanted to come by and interview me and do a story on me working out at
Velocity. One of the news guys asked me, ďWhat do you think about Marcus
getting in trouble again over the weekend?Ē I was like, ďWhat?Ē I didnít
even know about it, and thatís how I found out about it.
Itís bad that he got in trouble again, because heís always in the
spotlight, you know. All he has to do is keep his nose clean, and pretty much he
has his ticket already for the NFL. Marcus is a great person. Heís cool to be
around with, you go to his place and chill, whatever. Even Mike Hinton was cool
to be around with. He just kept making mistakes and getting into trouble. All
those people you hear about getting in trouble, theyíre not bad people, they
just make bad mistakes.
When I was at Tech, my biggest thing was that I didnít want anything to
happen where my parents were going to find out anything about it. Like being
caught drinking and driving, and having it be on the news, and having my parents
hear about it on the news and my family hear about it on the news. For me, it
was more not wanting to disgrace my name with anything.
In one sense, you have to know when to say when to a player, but then again,
you have to give a player a chance. Everybody deserves second and third chances
sometimes. Everybodyís made mistakes in the past, and some peopleís mistakes
are worse than others.
Youíve got people who want to see him gone, but if he transfers to another
Division 1 school and does well, some of those same people will be wondering why
Coach Beamer didnít give him another chance. Itís a tough situation.
Iím not staying with Kevin Lewis in Richmond anymore. Heís gone back to
Virginia Tech. Iím staying with [former Hokie player] Franklin Bowser now. He
works construction here. I think heís a supervisor, so heís doing good for
himself. He did all four years of eligibility at Tech, and he got his
engineering degree. I think itís a Civil Engineering degree [Editorís Note:
Bowser was enrolled in Building Construction in 1999]. I played with him one or
two years at Virginia Tech, so I kept in touch with him, hollered at him every
once in a while, and when he heard I was in Richmond, he said I could come live
with him if I needed to.
Training camp starts on the 30th. During training camp, weíre going to be
at Saint Vincent College up in Latrobe. Weíve got four preseason games, and
the first one is against Detroit. Then our first home game of the regular season
is against Oakland, so thereís Jake Grove right there. Jake told me heís
going to cheap shot me, and I said, all right, weíll both get kicked out of
our first NFL game together. Jakeís all right -- I went to his wedding in
Blacksburg about two weeks ago.
I donít really know what to expect, with it being my first training camp,
so Iím a little anxious, but not too much. Itíll be good to get back into
everything, get my plays back to where I was in the end of my summer sessions.
Iíll be heading up to Pittsburgh on the 29th. Iím going back to Hampton
next weekend, but then itís off to Pittsburgh.
Iím going to play in a charity golf tournament this weekend that Ben
Wallace is putting together. Hopefully, Iíll hit the ball straight a little,
and when I hit it with a wedge, itíll go up in the air instead of straight
along the ground. I can drive pretty well, except the ball goes off to the right
every time. Every single time. I wonít hurt myself like Jim Davis did, but I
canít promise Iím not going to hurt anybody else!
Next Update: Training camp begins.
Previous Rookie Diaries With Nathaniel Adibi:
Rookie Diary #14: Adibi Working Out in Richmond,
Rookie Diary #13: Offseason Program Concludes,
Rookie Diary #12: Learning the System, 5/27/04
Rookie Diary #11: Steelers Minicamp, 5/18/04
Rookie Diary #10: Adibi's a Steeler, 4/30/04
Rookie Diary #9: Waiting for Draft Day, 4/23/04
Rookie Diary #8: Adibi Visits the Tennessee Titans, 4/16/04
Rookie Diary #7: The Second Pro Day, 4/2/04
Rookie Diary #6: A Solid Pro Day, 3/24/04
Rookie Diary #5: In Town for Pro Day, 3/17/04
Rookie Diary #4: Adibi's Time in Oakland Winds Down, 3/12/04
Rookie Diary #3: The Aftermath of the Combine, 3/4/04
Rookie Diary #2: Busy Weekend at the Combine for Adibi, 2/26/04
Rookie Diary #1: Adibi Prepares for the NFL Combine, 2/19/04