While the majority of the Philadelphia Eagles team has their eyes set on the upcoming 2012 season that will likely make or break the career of both head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Michael Vick, one player isnm’t really thinking much about football right now.
That would be defensive end Jason Babin, who has far more ‘important’ things on his mind right now.
Babin recently returned from a 12-day trip down in Cold Bay, Alaska, where he took part in a bear hunting expedition.
The trip didn’t go as Babin planned, however, and he said he did more surviving than hunting. Babin said that he didn’t see the bar he wanted and he didn’t want to just shoot a little bear, because that’s not “proper steward of the outdoors”.
Babin also missed the start of OTA practices last week because poor weather delayed his flight home from Alaska. Technically the practices are optional, although every player really should be there.
“I’m not a skipper,” said Babin. “I’m upset I missed because, if you guys don’t know, I don’t miss stuff,” Babin said. “I’m not late. It was one of those things I think they were really concerned like, ‘Where am I?’ because my phone didn’t work.”
Now Babin is planning to go to Spain in July to run with the bulls. “It’s kind of a rite of passage,” Babin said. “It’s a stamp. I guess in my brain I have a figurative man card that’s got certain punches that need to be punched out.”
Babin’s bull running expedition is one that has caused a few people in the past to suffer significant injuries, and sometimes even death, but Babin says he isn’t concerned about any of that right now.
“Bulls can’t turn the corner on cobblestone, so as long as you’re on the inside you’re going to be alright,” Babin said. “I broke the tape down like game film.”
My prediction is that the Eagles are not very happy that their 18-sack Pro Bowler from the previous season is going on such a trip so close to the season when he should be concentrating on football.