The game I played for Tennessee was against Green Bay, and I played the
second half of the game. I know all of the first stringers played the first
series of the second half, and then everyone else played the rest of the game.
The first series of the second half was pretty long, so we backups played a good
amount, but itís still not as long as we could have gotten because of how long
the first team was in for on the first series of the second half.
I played pretty good, I actually played pretty well, I was chasing the
quarterback a lot, but I didnít have any sacks. I was playing defensive end. I
was just fighting on the field, trying to get to the quarterback, you know.
Other than that, not too much happened. We beat up on Green Bay pretty good that
It was a lot more comfortable playing defensive end than linebacker. Itís
what I am comfortable with anyway; I didnít have any problem playing it at
all. I just feel more comfortable and more natural at it.
I wouldnít say I had a problem with the transition because it was playing
defensive end. So there was no problem, I just went in there and played. I just
talked to the coaches to get the basics. It was tight because my cousin lives
there. So I had people there already and I wasnít there by myself like I was
Everybody there at Tennessee was cool. I spent a lot of time talking to
Carlos Hall, I think heís one of the starting defense ends. Everybody was
helping me out. It's a great organization, a great place, but for whatever
reason, things happen. People start getting hurt; they have to bring other
people in. So, therefore, they had to release me. I was released on that Sunday,
following the Friday night game I played in.
Then Pittsburgh picked me back up because a player that they released got
picked up by St. Louis, and they had an open spot, so they picked me up. I
practiced with them for the week and that weekend the player that St. Louis
picked up was released, so he was available again. So, Pittsburgh released me
again on Monday. I was there for a week.
When Pittsburgh released me the first time, I guess I canít say I was madÖmore
disappointed than anything I guess. But I knew I was part of it. And then
Pittsburgh picked me right back up again. I didnít even realize what happened
until a week later until I found out the reason I was released was because the
other guy was released again. So it was just like ďdang.Ē That pretty much
told me they really wanted the other guy more than they wanted meóthere was no
reason for me to be there.
Iím a guy that goes with the flow, but then again I hate moving. I am a
person that doesnít like to move around a lot. I am not saying I donít like
change, I just hate moving. I hate the fact of packing everything together,
moving to another spot, and having to do it all over again, and have to learn my
way around a new cityÖstuff like that. At least when I go to a place like
Tennessee, I can get with somebody like a cousin who can take me around. Iíd
rather go to a place like that than do everything on my own. Itís tight going
to a city by myself, but I donít like having to learn it.
Itís not that I have bitter feelings towards Pittsburgh, it is that I got
hurt the first week. They felt like I was behind, there is nothing I can do
about that. Injuries come with the territory, but unfortunately I got hurt at
the beginning of the preseason camp and there was nothing I could do about my
reps. They felt more comfortable with other dudes. It just comes with the
territory, when I talk to other people, they just tell me you need to have thick
skin when you deal with the people in the NFL because so much stuff happens.
I went back to Blacksburg and started working out, doing treatment on
everything. The first week I didnít go anywhere, the second week I had a call
from Atlanta and worked out down in Atlanta. Then they started off like 3-0, so
they didnít want to do any changes. A team, as long as they are winning, they
donít like to make changes.
So after that week, I went to Cincinnati and worked out for them. They had a
lot of stuff going on, they were going to hold me overnight to see what Coach
(Marvin) Lewis was going to do. The thing with Cincinnati was that they werenít
sure which way Coach Lewis wanted to take the team with some of the injuries
that were going on. He decided to take another route that didnít involve me.
The following week I went to Jacksonville. I worked out at linebacker and
d-end there. Thatís weird because it was like me and another guy were the only
two working out. After the workout, they put us on an early flight to go home.
So weíre going to the airport and the guy who is taking us there gets a phone
call. He hangs up, we get out, say bye to each other, and weíre about to say
bye to the Jacksonville guy who took us to the airport. We say bye to him, then
he looks at me and says, ďYouíre staying.Ē I only had like two pairs of
pants and a couple of shirts, four pair of underwear. So this past weekend, thatís
why I went home, to get some more clothes.
Iím in a hotel right now. Iím not exactly sure what Iím gonna do right
now. I might live with Ernest (Wilford) for a little bit, or I might just get an
apartment. Iím not totally sure yet. What I had in my lease last time was that
if I got released, my lease automatically terminated, so thatís not a big
Being on the practice squad is pretty much being like a redshirt in a sense.
If another team picks you up, you canít go from your practice squad to their
practice squad; you go to the active roster for at least three weeks. You can
always be released from the practice squad or the active roster.
Everybody here is real cool. Coach Del Rio is a great coach, heís real
honest and real cool.. In practice squad, I work at linebacker. In individual
drills, I do linebacker and d-end. We just picked up a guy from Cincinnatiís
practice squad so (getting called up) can happen at any time. You just have to
make the best out of the situation youíre in. You just have to show a good
work ethic. I plan on going in tomorrow and doing some stuff on my day off to
show them I am here to work and give 100 percent in everything I do.
If youíre on the practice squad forever, youíre making 70 thousand
dollars a year. Thatís not bad, but your whole goal is to be on the active
roster. I think everyone knows when to say when, when things arenít working
out for them. It is different amounts of time for people; some can go to Arena,
Canadian Football, NFL Europe, then making an NFL squad. Some play NFL Europe
one or two years and say Ďyou know, this is not working out, time to give up.í
It all depends on the situation and how long you think you can take it. If you
think about it, in the NFL, the practice is easy. The only thing that is
different is meetings all day. Instead of class all day, it is meetings. I wonít
be able to see Tech play much this year. It costs too much money to fly back and
forth and we have a light practice on Saturday mornings.
It is a rollercoaster type thing. I guess right now I am relieved to be with
a team and I just have to make the best of the situation. You hear about stuff,
but youíre not prepared for anything until you go through it.
Previous Rookie Diaries With Nathaniel Adibi:
Rookie Diary #18: Steelers Cut Adibi; Titans Pick
Him Up, 9/3/04
Rookie Diary #17: Adibi Misses First Preseason Game
With Injury, 8/20/04
Rookie Diary #16: Training Camp Opens, 8/11/04
Rookie Diary #15: Adibi Signs Contract, 7/23/04
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