Terrence Cody failed his conditioning test with the Baltimore Ravens today. Though plenty of jokes have been made on Twitter – “how can anyone be surprised?” was the general consensus – it’s tough to understand how this could have happened.
How could Cody, knowing he should be in top physical condition, bomb out on his test, forcing the team to put him (along with CB Walt Harris, who also failed the test) on the Physically Unable to Perform list? I agree with the Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston. This doesn’t set a good precedent.
“I find it hard to believe that a player with the opportunity of a life time, a chance to make millions of dollars, wouldn't be in top condition,” Preston writes. “The problem with Cody is that if he can't invest time to get in shape now, what will he be like four or five years down the road once he has tasted success?”
And it’s not just a lack of discipline. If you’re out of shape, you could be more susceptible to injuries. See Smith, Andre (2009) about that.
Coach John Harbaugh said this to reporters: "We expect all of our guys to be in world-class shape. So, he’ll be in world-class shape soon enough."
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