Jacksonville jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny looking forward to more football after Pro Bowl

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Dec 15, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills running back CJ Spiller (28) runs against Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny (51) during the first half of the game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY SportsJacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny had to hit the practice and sharpen his edge before he went on the field during the Pro Bowl to stand shoulder to shoulder against and with some of the best players in NFL. Conducted in Honolulu, this Pro Bowl marks the completion of his seventh season in NFL. The Jaguars ended their season this year with a score of 4-12 and Posluszny had the notion the season was done for him.
Originally San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis was invited to the Pro Bowl but he declined saying he was not fit enough to participate in it as he had just attended the NFC Championship Game. After that Posluszny was taken into consideration to fill in for him. On Monday he was officially invited to the Pro Bowl and was quick to respond, getting back into the game by hitting training and travelling to Hawaii.
Posluszny said that when he got the call he said it was some time since he had been in active football. He said he had been in light workout and been active playing games but had not trained to be ready for football and to that it takes special workout and training, something he had not been doing.
“I got the call and I said ‘I haven’t run full speed since we played Indy,’” Posluszny said. “That was tough. Once the season ended, I continued to work out but just doing fun things like playing basketball or going to swim. I lifted weights, but just to stay in shape not for performance standards.”
However Posluszny did manage to get back into the old football physique in time to attend the game.
“We kind of used the week of practice to get my feet back under me when it comes to linebacker specific movements,” Posluszny said. “So, on Sunday, I felt comfortable enough to play.”
In seven seasons this was the first time that Posluszny attended the Pro Bowls following invitation. His performance this season was by far the best of the Jaguars, with a total of 161 tackles, 2 interceptions and 3 tackles.
Posluszny said the Pro Bowl was a memorable experience and it was an honor to attend it.
“It was a great experience overall. You don’t know how many times you’re going to get a chance to do this. Believe me, I know the only reason I’m here is because the guys from San Francisco aren’t,” Posluszny said. “So, I felt very fortunate to come. Hawaii is beautiful and a place that people dream of going to, so I felt lucky all week.”
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