New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray's 201-yard, four touchdown performance against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11 instantly made him a household name amongst football fans.
But, after showing up late for practice the next week, Gray was benched and saw his momentum fizzle out due to an ankle injury near the end of the season.
Gray was a healthy scratch for the team's AFC Divisional Playoff win over the Baltimore Ravens last week, but isn't letting that damper his optimism.
“No there’s no frustration,” Gray said, via ESPN.com. “When the team is winning, I’m coming in every day. I’m getting better in my preparation and the little things and I’m also staying healthy. I’m excited for the opportunity to play my role whatever it is. We got a chance to go to the Super Bowl. I’m only focused on this one game.”
If coach Belichick happens to call on Gray to attack the Colts defense once again, Gray is ready.
“We are playing in the AFC Championship. It’s the biggest game of my life,” Gray said emphatically. “I do feel fresh, the freshest I’ve felt in a long time. And I’m excited.
“Enough talking. Let’s go out and do it between the lines.”