How does an NFL player stay in shape while away from gyms or team facilities? If you are Baltimore Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley that calls for yard work.
The Ashburn, Virginia native is locked up at home like the rest of us, but his family has put him to work. Living with his mom, dad, and sister, McSorley does have a solid gym set up at home, but it’s not easy finding places to throw.
“That’s the hardest part,” McSorley said. “We’ve been able to get out there a couple of times. As long as we are keeping the groups under 10 people and staying six feet away from each other.”
McSorley fully understands the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic. He’s cautious with his throwing sessions. But let’s be real. It is necessary for a quarterback to do more than just weight training to be ready for when the game starts back up again.
“We disinfect the ball before and after we start and everyone is wearing gloves.”
For throwing sessions, McSorley has gone to an old friend, Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins. They’ve been challenging each other since their high school days. Haskins attended Bullis in Potomac, Md.
McSorley went to Briar Woods High in Ashburn, where he won three state championships. The two friends are less than two years apart in age. McSorley, 24, was a high-school senior when Haskins was a sophomore.
“Both of us push each other, we’re always going back and forth on what each of us sees in the other one, what we can do to help each other improve,” McSorley said. “It’s pretty cool now that we can do that going into our professional careers, it’s really helpful to have someone you feel like you are pushing and competing against.”
But McSorley doesn’t have to go far outside the Ravens quarterback room for leadership or experience. Both Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III, his fellow Baltimore quarterbacks, won the Heisman Trophy.
“It’s awesome. I’m the only one in the room that doesn’t have a Heisman,” McSorley said. “I’m able to learn from the guys that have had success at both levels.”
While RG3’s story is well documented, Jackson has managed to create his own. Falling in the 2018 NFL Draft to 32nd overall only to be named Most Valuable Player in his sophomore season.
“We’re all pretty close and have great chemistry together,” McSorley said. “We’re able to push and compete with each other to make each other better while having a great time.”
McSorley might not have a Heisman, but his college career at Penn State is not to be overlooked. He holds multiple school records in wins (31), completions (720), passing yards (9,899), passing touchdowns (77), total offense (11,596), rushing yards by a quarterback (1,697), rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (30), consecutive games with a touchdown pass (34) and 300-yard passing games (10).
But unlike Haskins, Jackson, or Griffin III, McSorley had to wait until the sixth round in 2019 to hear his name called for the NFL, a lifetime moment he shared with his family.
While the 2020 NFL draft will go on as scheduled on April 23rd, it will not be like years past. Every draftee will take the call at home. But that’s a good place to be, according to McSorley, who will immediately head to Uncle Julio’s if the pandemic ends while he’s still in Ashburn. After that? It’s back to Baltimore to help the Ravens make another push for the Super Bowl.
“Your family is the one that was there putting you into the game of football when you were a kid, always had your back when things got tough,” McSorley said. “For me it was really cool to share that moment with people that have made it special and memorable.”
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