|Ron Brace gets some more quality time with folks back in Springfield||06.24.11 at 10:03 pm ET|
By Greg Cameron
SPRINGFIELD — Third-year Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace has been keeping busy this summer, despite his league being embroiled in a lockout since March. On Tuesday, the Boston College product returned to his hometown of Springfield to help raise funds for tornado relief. And Friday, he returned home once again for yesterday’s Football For You clinic at Springfield College.
The camp for Pioneer Valley youngsters gave them the opportunity to learn and train in many facets of the sport from many former Patriots including Steve King, Harold Shaw, Butch Mahoney, and Ronnie Lippett.
However, with the lockout, the NFL’s regular scheduled workouts and practices have been wiped out. As the lockout turns the corner on its third month, players have been working out on their own or in small groups at facilities that are not affiliated with any of the league’s franchises.
Earlier this spring, a number of Patriots worked out at Boston College, Brace’s alma mater. For the lineman, the workouts were a welcome change of pace from recent workouts for Brace.
“It was great. Our main thing for the guys was getting on pace,” Brace said. “We broke it up with who needed to work on what,” he added.
The events of this offseason have certainly been out of the ordinary for Brace. For him, the prospect of such a large amount of time management has weighed heavily on his mind.
“I haven’t had this much time off playing football since I started playing,” Brace said. “I seem to have always had some kind of team workouts for about three days, but I haven’t this year and workouts set up by players are definitely different,” he added.
Brace also added that it is tough for players to get a sense of where things stand physically with each player. Geography plays a big role in that as players are spread out all across the country.
This summer hasn’t gone without work for the third-year Patriot, as he’s been sweating it out this summer with his personal trainer in Wellesley for daily two-hour workouts. According to Brace, the workouts with his team-referred trainer have been far from easy.
“He basically makes life a living hell for those two hours that I’m with him,” Brace said. “My job now with the lockout, is to stay in shape.”
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