January 3rd, 2007
First let me wish you all a Happy New Year.
I hope you all get everything you wish for in 2008!
I guess I should start by saying that I hope you all noticed my new website design.
The guys at Dreams Corp. have done an awesome job, and I hope you all enjoy the new features and graphics!
I had a really hectic but exciting December and January gets even crazier!
I shot a TV commercial for a car insurance company that will start airing in 2008 on December 12th in Washington DC.
My youngest son, Noah, celebrated his first Christmas this year, which was exciting for us.
The Lions had a great event on December 23rd, where they brought back my old O-Line to help celebrate our 1997 season. For those of you who don't remember, those guys helped me rush for 2053 yards that season, including a NFL record 14 straight 100 yard games.
After the game Ford hosted a reception for us, and I think everyone really had a great time.
It was so much fun for us to catch up, and to see each other families.
So I am sending out a big thank to the Lions and Ford for putting that wonderful day together.
Here is a link to a story that they did about the day on Lions.com -
I was able to spend New Years skiing in Colorado with my brother Byron and our sons Christian and BJ.
We try and get out there to ski every winter, but it was nice that it
happened on New Years. I think the boys really enjoyed it, and it is
always great to see my brother. We are only a year apart, so we have been very close all our lives (especially with so many sisters).
My January will be very busy, but lucky for me somehow Golf Tournaments are now considered “WORK” for us retired NFL guys. It is hard to believe, but I get to play in three amazing tournaments in January and this is the rundown:
1 - I am playing in a NFL Alumni Tournament in Arizona on January 8th
2 - I am playing in Michael Jordan’s Tournament in the Bahamas from January 16th – January 21st
3 – I’m playing in Jim Brown’s Golf Tournament during Super Bowl in Arizona on January 31st
If you had told me that I would have gotten to just attend any of these
tournaments when I was a kid, I would have been amazed. To get to play in these tourneys and help these guys with their charities is such a great honor for me, I can’t even begin to describe how lucky I feel.
Speaking of charity… I am working with Miller Lite on a program this Super Bowl that I feel is very important.
Miller Lite is auctioning me off to raise money for the Jimmy V Fund!
I am a huge NCAA hoops fan, and Jimmy V was one of my favorite coaches. I got to hear him speak once, and he was a very special guy.
That is why I am so excited about this program.
Miller Lite is auctioning off the chance to have me come to your Super Bowl party this year, and 100% of the auction proceeds will go to the Jimmy V fund.
I am definitely excited to spend Super Bowl with some real fans on their home turf, as well as raise money for a great cause like this.
My sister Nancy died of a rare form of Cancer called Scleroderma, so Cancer research is a subject that is close to my heart and I feel lucky to be able to be part of this Miller Lite Program.
As soon as the auction is open for bidding, check back to my site for a link to the auction’s site.
Well as you can see I will be very busy for the next 30 days, but I wanted to check in here with my fans and let them know what is going on with me.
October 1st, 2007
I hope everyone is enjoying the start of the football seasons as much as I am.
My OK State Cowboys are not off to the best start, but I am so excited about what they are doing in Stillwater I know we are going to be all right.
We are meeting with the Lions this month to discuss possibilities to bring back the 1997 season team to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the 2053 yard season. I can’t believe it has been 10 years, and I am really looking forward to seeing the guys and getting out to Ford Field.
I have been trying to get in as much Golf as possible before it gets to cold here in Detroit, so between that and my four young sons, my summer has been pretty jammed up.
It has been great to spend so much time with my boys, and I realize how lucky I am to have been able to retire before I started my family. I never realized how much I could love someone, but kids are the best. My boys are 13, 5, 3, and 6 months, so it’s a lot of work, but I really love it. They are all great kids, but it is amazing how different they all are.
I was in Denver this month and got to do a personal appearance for Hitachi and Athlon Sports. It was a really nice event at the ESPN Zone and I was really surprised to see so many fans out there. It always means a lot to me when I get a chance to talk with some Lions fans about the good old days in the Silver dome.
On October 27th, I will doing a public signing in the Detroit area. It has been over two years since I have done anything other than a book signing in Detroit, so I am excited to see all the fans. I know people think this hard to believe, but I actually like these signings with the public. I get to see and meet other great retired athletes, and I get to see all these unique products that people create for me to sign. I really like to talk to the kids too. To see fathers and sons wearing my jersey together makes me proud.
I also will be shooting a commercial for an auto insurance company this month. I do like being in commercials as long as I believe in the product, but I will say commercial shoots are very weird. You spend most of the day in a trailer, and they have 20 different people that have 20 different jobs to take care of for you. It is always interesting to see the final commercial, because you always think – How did they get that commercial from all the little bits we shot out of order?
My wife’s birthday is also in October, so we will be going to Disney with the kids.
That’s all for now.