The off-season can be a lonely time for an NFL player who knows he’s going to be out of a job.
Vinny Testaverde knew the New York Jets did not want him anymore. They told him to stay away from the practice facility. The easy thing would have been to relax, play golf and enjoy the spoils of a 17-year NFL career with his wife and children.
Testaverde didn’t do the easy thing.
Every morning, he went to the gym in his basement and lifted weights for two hours. After breakfast, he would go to a field near his home in New York to throw passes and run.
…Cowboys coach Bill Parcells does not know if Testaverde can be a 16-game starter at age
40. He just knows he has the chance to do so.
—Todd Archer, The Dallas Morning News “Testaverde ready for his shot with Cowboys”
Testaverde started 15 of 16 games for the Cowboys in the 2004 season, though he only lead the team to a 5-10 record. He spent three more seasons in the league—one each with the Jets, Patriots and Panthers—before retiring.