August 3, 2007

To become the best, Hardy trained like the best

In order to be the best at your respective profession, you have to think and act like the best.

It's an old adage, but to James Hardy there's nothing old or cliche about it.

Hardy took that exact mantra to heart this summer when he spent a little over two weeks in Orlando, working out at the complex of legendary NFL trainer Tom Shaw, a man who is known as a guru in his field for developing college prospects into professional players. Over the years, Shaw has worked with big names, like Peyton Manning, Reggie Bush, Tom Brady and most notably top draft pick Calvin Johnson, whom Hardy deemed the best receiver in college football last year.

And to become the best, Hardy says you have to emulate the best, so the junior receiver saved up his money and footed the bill for a trip to Disney this summer where he got the opportunity to workout with Shaw and train alongside some of the best athletes in the nation.

"I had to pay for everything, but I've been saving up my money and just to get to go down there and do it. It was worth it," Hardy said.

There, Hardy did everything from calisthenics to parachute work on the track.

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