Parnell has THE ring!

You never know who might pop up in the Indoor Practice Facility, but you can bet it's only athletes trying to get better. Read about it inside.

On any given day, one can peek into the weight room at the Indoor Practice Facility and see just about any former or current Rebel breaking a sweat.

From Eli Manning to Derrick Burgess to Michael Oher to Jamarca Sanford to Terrance Metcalf to Dexter McCluster to all the current Rebels.

It's a building designed for one purpose - to get better.

Those who take full advantage of the amenities provided, usually do keep improving.

It's little wonder many former Rebel greats, now in the National Football League, are seen laboring at their craft virtually any time from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, while watching a baseball camp for young kids, we ran into New Orleans Saint Jermey Parnell, Baltimore Raven Michael Oher, Minnesota Viking Jamarca Sanford and Montreal Aloette Daverin Geralds.

Jeremy Parnell

Parnell was flashing his Super Bowl ring while the others were admiring the glittering, diamond-laden bling.

Parnell is pumped about his future with the Saints.

"I'm now playing left tackle on offense," said the massive Parnell, all 6-9, 305 pounds of him. "I think I have a great shot to make the 53-man roster. We'll keep three OTs and I think I am in line for one of those spots.

"Let's put it this way - the competition is open for that third tackle spot and I think I have as good a shot as anyone."

Parnell said his offseason goal is to get his weight right where the Saints want it - 310 pounds.

"I'm almost there, just five more pounds," he grinned, in between 35-yard sprints in the stadium heat.

Oher aiming for Pro Browl, Sanford looking to build

Oher's goals are similar, only not to get a "job" but to keep one and to go to an even higher level after a tremendous rookie year last season.

"I want to be All-Pro," he declared. "It's why I come out here on my own when it's 100 degrees outside.

"That's what it takes and that's what I am willing to give."

Jamarca Sanford

Sanford is heading into his second season with a more elevated mindset as well.

The personable Jamarca was a backup safety who made some dynamic plays in spot duty as a rookie. His goal for 2010 is to crack the starting lineup.

"I'll play free and strong safety. I had a good rookie year that I am proud of, but every football player wants to be known as a starter," Sanford noted. "My dream wasn't to just play in the NFL, it is to excel and the only way to do that is to earn a starting position.

"I'm going to keep working hard until it is time to report and whoever I am competing against is going to have to deal with a player who is in shape. The NFL is a business, it's not personal, and if you aren't working in the offseason, you are falling behind the rest of the guys in the league because 99% of them are working just as hard."

Geralds finds a home

Geralds latched on to Montreal of the CFL in a couple of exhibition/practice games this summer, but he tore his meniscus and has come back "home" for surgery and rehab, which he anticipates will take about three weeks.

"The regular season starts the first of July, so I won't be back for the opener, but I can be back by mid-July and I have been told there will be a spot for me then," he said.

Montreal is the defending Grey Cup Champion.

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