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This week let’s talk about what it feels like to get decked on the football field, the new Gears of War video game, that Mayweather boxing fight last weekend, and why I feel the Panthers are very close to breaking out.

I had my first 100-yard receiving game against Super Bowl champs Green Bay last weekend. It was great to get the ball in space and turn upfield. As a running back, you just want the ball in your hands, in whatever way to help the team and get an opportunity to affect the game’s outcome. It was different, but since we’ve been successful passing and haven’t been running the ball much, I have to help any way I can. QB Cam Newton has had back-to-back 400-yard passing games, but at some point we’re going to bust out the rushing game!

While we’ve started 0-2, we’ve been competitive in both games. We have the tools, the players, and the coaching to get the job done. It’s just a matter of growing from the losses and executing in all phases—defense, offense and special teams. Once we all come around and gel, we’ll be a really good team.

I was asked how playing football can make you a better man. Football, like life, can be real humbling. You practice hard, you prepare intensely for Sundays, then you go out there and hope that everything falls into place and that the outcome is a win. But it doesn’t always happen that way. Sometimes you get knocked down on the journey to where you want to go. That’s what life is all about: getting knocked down, and then what are you going to do while you’re down? What are you going to do to get yourself back up? Think about it.

Someone showed me that a 200-pound DB combined with his 4.5 speed can lay 1,600 pounds of tackling force on a running back. So what’s that like? It really depends on whether you know it’s coming or not. If you don’t know the defender is about to lay one on you, it’s like a flash and stinging all over your body. But if I know it’s coming, I try to deliver the blow before he delivers it, get my shoulder and body into it, so that the impact isn’t so much on me but on him. As an offensive player it feels real good when you take a rival to the ground. That’s just brute force from my end, laying it on a defender. It’s always good to turn the tables on them whether you’re blocking down, driving through them, or stiff-arming them aside.

We work real hard at football but rest is key—that’s how you recover from injuries, nicks and bruises. It’s necessary to let your body lie down and just not work. Even if you’re walking around, you may still be putting stress on your body, especially if you’re hurt. For me, instead of going out and doing some activity, it’s important to stay home, rest up, maybe watch movies on Netflix, play some videogames or write some of my music.

OK, did you get your copy of the new GOW3 video game? I bypassed the gaming stores and went straight to Wal-Mart, where there were no lines. I’m a big fan of games like GOW and Call of Duty. And I like playing them online, competing with my friends back in Washington and California. The competitiveness is what I like the most. A lot of NFL guys like these games, as they help channel our competitive side away from the field.

As for Netflix, it’s been a great option for me. I’ve been watching a range of stuff from comedies like The Office, which I’ve seen right from season one to now, to action shows like 24 and Prison Break. Right now I’m into Sons of Anarchy. I’m also a big fan of Entourage. It’s kind of the life that most guys want to live. Just hanging out with your school buddies. The characters are cool guys—everyone’s got their own deal going on.

OK, two more things. The Mayweather-Ortiz fight was good until Ortiz tried to head-butt Floyd. It kind of turned downhill from then. If I’d been Ortiz, I wouldn’t have let my guard down, especially against Mayweather, one of the greatest boxers of all time. I don’t know what he was thinking but he got decked—maybe payback for trying to head-butt his opponent. And the Ducks’ All-American running back LaMichael James, whose 42 career TDs have tied Oregon’s school record, is one of my early picks for the Heisman. His acceleration is out of control. I’ve never seen anybody just stop and then go like that at the College level.

Finally, no matter what’s going on in your life, you got to keep pushing on. Let me know if you’ve got any questions and check me out on Twitter—@Jonathanstewar1—and on my website—jstew28.com.

’Till next time, JStew out!


As told to Ashley Jude Collie