NFL players don’t have many chances to relax and unwind during the season, so every opportunity to do so is cherished.
That’s a big reason why Fridays are a big deal for players across the league. Teams get to work early on Friday mornings ahead of Sunday games, and that opens up the rest of the day for players to spend time with family and friends. They’re able to get away from football for a little bit before refocusing on Sunday’s showdown.
“Admittedly, feeding other life interests on an NFL Friday was only possible because of the pillow that Saturday provided,” former NFL linebacker Matt Chatham wrote on FootballByFootball.com. “You could have (relaxing) Friday fun, but still catch up on any rest the next day and be fueled just right for Sunday.
“Fridays are critical for NFL players. Mine were an essential ingredient in keeping sane in a crazy profession.”
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