Jul 8, 2011 12:24 AM
TUCSON -- So far the NFL lockouts been more of a relief than a concern to some players, like former Arizona Wildcat and current Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.
"Up until they say they are gonna start cutting games down, it's been a great off-season so far," Briggs said of the lockout.
Briggs, who has worked out for the past month with a few former Wildcats at Arizona Stadium, has also found the time to spar with trainer Pete Quezada and current Wildcats defensive end Mohammed Usman.
"It's been very refreshing actually," said Briggs of his extended off-season. "Being able to be out here where I can get a great workout in is important to me."
Now in his sixth year of training with Quezada, Briggs is keeping in shape during an unusual off-season where he and his fellow Bears are locked out of their team's facilities.
Hosting a professional athlete at the gym hasn't been a problem for Quezada. "He's a celebrity and everything, but here he can be himself, " said Quezada. "He says hi to everybody, everybody says hi to him just as if one of my other kids walked in."