Player Diary: Brendon Ayanbadejo

The special teams ace talks about playing a lot in the season finale, getting this weekend off and the playoff run to come.

I had more game time against the Vikings in the season and I felt pretty good out there. I was making some strong runs, finishing plays. Other than getting a little sore after the game, I'm feeling good.

I was conscious initially about protecting my ankle and my knee, but once the ball is snapped reality gets kind of pushed aside and you just go for it. Prior to the game I wanted to be sure I didn't leave that leg lagging or anything like that for it to get rolled on. You never want that to happen.

I was satisfied with my results. After not being out of there for a while and then just coming in, it worked well. It was the first time I'd played a lot of linebacker for a little while so there was some concern initially about that, but everything worked out fine.

That artificial turf can be a place where you want to be careful about your knees. It can get a little rough on that kind of a surface if you aren't paying attention. The footing was good though in Minneapolis. I don't think anybody had problems with it. I liked the fact that the turf was fast. That works right into my game.

I'm heading down to Miami this weekend for a little rest and relaxation. I'll be sitting out in that Florida sun getting a tan and resting up for the playoffs. Most of the guys here are planning trips like that, heading home to see their families and to celebrate the holidays that we missed.

The bye week is such a good thing for all of us. Just a few days off like that at this point in the season can make a real difference. Fresh legs are important once you are in the playoffs.

I've never had an NFL playoff experience and I'm really looking forward to that. I think the intensity could be higher than what we've experienced up to now because there is much more at stake. You lose and you're out. But thinking back on our season, some of the recent games have had that extra energy as well, almost like a playoff atmosphere so this probably won't be that different.

I don't really care which team we face. I think we're prepared to handle whatever will come at us. I'm looking forward to starting with a home game in Soldier Field. That should be a real experience.

Brendon Ayanbadejo has agreed to share his observations of life in the National Football League with Bear Report readers. Brendon will be checking in via the website on a weekly basis.


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