Sunday, August 30, 2009

Chiefs and Church

We got back late last night (2:00AM) from our game in Kansas City. Thank goodness for comfortable seats on Delta Airlines! Even though the preseason doesn't count toward the post-season, it still feels good to get a win!

Kansas City was a lot of fun. John Carlson, Matt Hasselbeck, and I toured the WWI museum. It was right across the street from our hotel. I highly recommend the tour if you're ever in KC. My great-grandfather, Dwight Terrill, served in WWI, so it was cool to step back in time to see things as he might have seen them. The collection of weapons, tanks, and uniforms was extensive. Trench warfare is no joke.

I spent most of today catching up on sleep and letting my body heal after a late flight home. We finally got out of the house just in time for church at Eastlake. It's a great church if you're looking for one or just want a safe place to learn what Christianity is all about. Today's sermon was a great one. Gary Thompson was the guest speaker and his message was that God knows, "It's not easy to be me". He talked about how life is hard for all of us and there are things that make it difficult for each and everyone of us to just survive the day. He encouraged us to encourage others and to turn to God when we need someone who understands.

Interesting story about how we found Eastlake: It was my first year in the league (2004) and Rachel and I had been praying for God to help us grow toward him. We were both raised in Christian homes but neither of us had attended church during college. So, within about a week's time, both Matt Hasselbeck and Grant Wistrom invited us to go to church with them. If you know anything about Matt and Grant, you know that they're very different guys. So, when I heard that the church each of them had invited me to was the same church, I knew I had to check it out. We went one time and we were hooked.

Short week this week. We play the Raiders on Thursday night in the final preseason game. Practices and meetings get crammed together during the shortened weeks and players have to find a way to get their bodies recovered and ready for the game even faster. We're hoping for a packed house and A LOT of NOISE!

Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable weekend!

TODAY'S TOUCHDOWN: Journey woke up at 5:45 this morning for some reason after I had gone to bed at 3:00AM. Even though I'd said I would get up if Journey needed someone, Rachel knew how tired I was and went in there with her while I slept. Not much of a moment, but the sleep sure felt good. Rachel is my MVP.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chicken Wings

Even though it was a long day, it was a fun one. I started the day early again -- treatment at 6:30am. It was more active than the past few days, though. I did body-weight squats and a pool workout. It's encouraging to see the progress my back has made. I even got on the field to do some pass rush drills on a pop-up bag. I worked on the swim move mostly and an inside counter move.

Kerney looked sharp today in pass-rush drills too. It's good to see him having a healthy year. After practice, he was playing some solid hair-metal on the D-Line I-Pod. He brought in some loud speakers so we can try to compete with music coming from the secondary guys. It's usually a consistent sound coming from them -- Rap and R&B. The D-Line listens to those two as well, but we tend to have a wider variety of songs playing.

Edge was in the locker room today too. He looked different than I thought he would -- no gold teeth. I've heard from some of my former teammates in Arizona that he is an incredible teammate. I'm looking forward to seeing him on the field and getting to know him in the locker room.

The end of the day was the most fun. The D-Line got together to watch Kansas City game film and Coach Quinn brought chicken wings for all of us. Kansas City has a strong veteran offensive-line. It should be a good challenge for us on Saturday.

Gotta go play with my little girl -- she's waving her hand and saying, "Da Da Da Da Da Da".

Seeing both of my girls standing at the front door smiling at me when I got home!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


I was up at 5:30 this morning to head to the training room to get my back contusion worked on by our talented training staff. There's nothing worse than rehab -- it's mentally draining when you want to be out practicing with your teammates. But it's necessary to help get back to 100% for the game.

I was able to participate in individual drills today but sat out of the contact drills. It's funny to read what the media makes of what they see at practice. It sounded like I had to stop mid-practice today, but in reality that was the plan all along.

On my way through the locker room today I saw Edgerrin James' name being put on one of our lockers. I'm excited to have him as a teammate because I grew up as a Colts fan in Indiana. I used to joke that the Colts waited until I was in the NFL (and could no longer have them as my favorite team) to be good. We will miss TJ Duckett and hope he's successful somewhere else (just not against us!)

I got in some guitar playing this evening on the couch with Rachel -- The Beatles, mostly, after reading the recent Rolling Stone article about the band. It inspired me to go back and play a couple of favorites (I'm so Tired; Blackbird; Happiness is a Warm Gun).

Today's Touchdown:
Putting on my cleats today when I was expected not to be able to practice!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Welcome to Terrill's Touchdowns

My family is finally back in town and training camp is over. Now, we have less than three weeks before the football season is officially underway!

It’s hard to believe that this will be my sixth NFL season. It seems like just yesterday that my wife and I were lying in our apartment wondering if I would make the team my first NFL season. Rather than announcing who makes the team, they only announce who has been released. The process happens over a period of about three days — needless to say, that three day span has been sleepless for us every year.

This year is a little bit different for me because now I have a nine month old daughter. Rather than spending time worrying about what the future will bring, she helps me stay in the moment. I just sang nursery rhymes with her (the itsy bitsy spider is her favorite) and we rolled a small basketball back and forth across the living room floor.

When she smiles at me, my world is complete. I'm sure that those of you who are parents understand. She and her mother help to make me the happiest man in the world. I feel so blessed.

Well, I better head off. My girls are upstairs waiting for me to read a story before we all turn in for the night. Tomorrow is another day of football -I can’t wait!!!

Because there is no greater thrill in football than scoring a touchdown, each time I write a blog I’m going to include “today’s touchdown” — an awesome moment from my day. I'm interested to hear what your touchdowns were today too.


Watching a video about the purposes of marriage with Rachel. It was a great reminder for us that marriage is about reflecting God’s love and not a selfish endeavor. It is about serving each other and not getting our own needs met. Rachel and I both love working on our marriage — we’re lucky that we started off on the right foot six years ago and I still feel like the luckiest man alive when I wake up next to her every morning!