With the NFL lockout going on, one issue players have been facing is finding a place to practice. Unlike when business is operating normally, players are locked out of their teams’ facilities and must find their own place to work out. Some athletes like Matt Hasselbeck and John Carlson have resorted to practicing in store parking lots while other practice at local fields. Unless you’re Bears tight end Greg Olsen, in which case you’re finding that to be a challenge.
On Thursday, Olsen went on the radio in Chicago on ESPN 1000 and said he had a tough time practicing. “The other day I got kicked off a high school field trying to go out and do some field work, so it’s not easy,” he said. Olsen continued, “I live right down the street from Stevenson. The other day I went out there, done it a bunch of times, and all of a sudden they kicked me off. I tried calling everyone over there to see if I could, and no one would call me back.”
Since doing the interview, Olsen has complained that the story was blown out of proportion. I guess that could be possible, but forgive me if I’m wrong here but wasn’t Olsen the one who shared the story and made it public in the first place? How can you complain about your words being twisted when you’re the one saying it? Anyway, that’s besides the point for me. What stands out to me is that this is another example of a football player finding it tough to practice because of the lockout. If there weren’t one, Olsen would probably be getting in work at Halas Hall with some of his teammates instead of worrying about hanging out at high school fields.