Former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy admits he made many mistakes in his first three years as part of the Green Bay Packers organization.
The 2013 NFL Rookie of the Year, who rushed for more than 1,100 yards in each of his first two seasons (plus 20 combined touchdowns), did not take good care of his body. That became apparent in 2015 when Lacy rushed for a career-low 758 yards and was often benched for his lack of productivity.
“My first two years, I pretty much did whatever I wanted,” Lacy said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “Last year same thing, just different results. It’s something I crossed I’m glad earlier than later. You learn it and keep going.”
“Keep going” seems to be Lacy’s motto this offseason — he has attacked it with seemingly renewed vigor, and has returned to the Packers after going through an intense weight loss program.
Of course, it took Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy saying Lacy could not play in 2016 at the same weight before he actually took the lesson to heart.
“You get a wake-up call,” Lacy said. “That was my wake-up call. Better sooner than later.”