Hey, people, what’s up? Big-time December football is in the air, so let’s talk about it and also my tips for staying in tip-top shape.

This time of year, things get more intense. Many teams are competing for limited playoff berths. Some are on the bubble, some are like our team last year, trying to hold onto the #1 spot to keep home-field advantage. You get different vibes from different teams. This year, we’re fighting to sustain our playoff spot.

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I’ve always believed that pressure can break glass or it can create diamonds. I’m trying to be one of those diamonds.

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Three of our last four games are against division rivals, and it starts with Detroit this weekend. They’ll give us everything they’ve got, and we have to make sure that we handle our business. It’s going to be a hard-nosed game, and I love it. I’ve always believed that pressure can break glass or it can create diamonds. I’m trying to be one of those diamonds.

Last year at this time, we were 12-0. This year we’re 8-4. So the season’s gone a little different. But we feel we have as good a chance as last year. The biggest thing is to get into the playoffs. We pretty much control our own destiny for the rest of this month. If we continue to win, we’ll continue to head our division and that will put us in the playoffs. Then the playoffs turn into a whole different game.

I want to give a shout-out to some of our unsung heroes, like our kicker Mason Crosby. He made a couple of big kicks this past week, we had a long 11-minute drive, and Mason capped it off with a field goal to put us up by two scores. Kickers get messed with a bit more, but they’re not any different. They don’t have to go to as many meetings as the rest of us, but they practice the same amount of time. And they have a tough job when there’s a game-winning or game-extending opportunity with little time left—making that big field goal.

A wide receiver giving props to a kicker? Now we’ve heard everything…

Interested in how I stay in tip-top shape? Definitely cross-training and doing different things can be beneficial and fun. But the biggest thing is making that commitment, being dedicated to going out and doing it every day that you can. You gotta keep up the routine to get in the groove. That’s the biggest thing. People lose the commitment, maybe because they’re not seeing results fast enough, but you just got to put in the time.

During the NFL season, we’re trying to keep our strength and maintain the same training regimen, working out three times a week. I get so much running done in practice and in games, that’s my routine. But in the off-season, I’d like to get into yoga more because I know more flexibility will only make me a better player.

You also have to listen to your body. You have to be mentally strong, but at the same time you have to be physically smart. You can’t overdo it, because that’s when you get muscle strains or extend your body beyond certain limits. So you want to find that happy medium between physical and mental.

As for food, you have to be smart with the way you eat. I try to follow the 80/20 rule where you eat good 80 percent of the time, and 20 percent of the time you splurge a little bit. So you can have that chocolate cake that you want, that soda or whatever it is. I try to keep my diet balanced, and I try different proteins for my daily intake—chicken and a lot of different fish. I feel fish is the lightest to eat.

You also need quality rest, along with nutrition and workouts. I believe in finding a balance with everything.

Seasons greetings, everyone. Be safe, and follow me on Twitter @rcobb18.

—As told to Ashley Jude Collie