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Bigby on 2010 season: "Not the way I wanted it to turn out."

Nov. 6, 2013 11:15 AM
 
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Packers safety Atari Bigby saw his most extensive action of the season Sunday against the Patriots Ė playing much of the second half after Nick Collins went out with a rib injury. He finished with one special teams tackle. This is not what Bigby planned for 2010. First, he missed all of the organized team activity practices and minicamp while holding out for a contract extension from the Packers. He never got it, signed a restricted free-agent tender for one-year, $1.759 million and reported to training camp on time. However, Bigby didnít pass his conditioning test, had ankle surgery Aug. 6 and was placed on the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 31. Bigby was activated from the PUP list Nov. 6 and has only been active for three games after starting 11 games in 2009. A lingering hamstring injury kept him inactive Weeks 13-15. Along the way, rookie Morgan Burnett (now on injured reserve) and Charlie Peprah both passed Bigby on the depth chart. The fifth-year safety talked about his season Wednesday at his locker: How did you feel last week considering it was your first game with a significant amount of playing time? Played the whole half, felt kind of rusty, but I handled my business the way, I think, I was supposed to handle it. It was good getting back out there though. It felt good because I felt it was my turn. I was going to get a chance to show myself what I can do. Iíve been out the whole season, regardless for whatever reason. I just wanted to see for myself that I can actually go out there and compete after being off such a long time. How were you able to stay patient and wait for an opportunity? Believe it or not, itís all mental. Itís all just keeping your head into the game. Not getting too down. Not getting too far in the tank. Just knowing that one day youíre going to get a chance to get back out there. Youíve got to be ready. Have you reflected over the whole process? It hasnít been good. Itís not the way I wanted it to turn out. But itís not over, so Iím going to do what I can to salvage whatever I can when I get out there. I just want to show people I can run, I can still play football. Weíre going to let the chips fall where they may as far as No. 20 goes. Do you have something to prove to either those within this organization or others who may be watching from afar? Most definitely. Thatís the driving force. Because I know every time you step on the field, youíve got guys watching. After the game, guys came up to me that I didnít even know were watching me. Corwin Brown (Patriots defensive coach), he was my secondary coach at the Jets my rookie year. He came up and said, ĎAtari, Iím watching you. Keep doing what youíre doing.í Itís things like that that keeps me going. You donít think guys like that are watching you, but when you hear that, itís motivation. Do you talk about the entire situation with anyone? As far as the locker room goes, I try to keep it to myself. I donít want to affect anybody with anything negative. I try to be a positive guy. So, right now I donít talk about it with my teammates or anything. When I go home with my family, I might cry and complain to them. But once I walk into the building, itís all happy-go-lucky. How does your body feel? Physically? Iím good. Iím football ready. Itís about taking advantage of your opportunities. Has anyone told you what they need to see from you to get more opportunities? Letís put it like this: The things that I have to show, the people thatís watching, I donít know. Itís that kind of situation for me. Itís all good. At the end of the day, this is what I chose to do. This is what comes with the business. You have your highs and your lows. Sometimes youíre not going to be in a position thatís comfortable for you. But itís the guys that can battle back, fight through it and get back up when theyíre knocked down. I think my life, my career, thatís what I stand for. I donít want nobody else to define me. I want to control my own destiny. Thatís why I stay upbeat. Would you change anything if you could go back? No. And I say that with a straight face. No. I feel like Iím the same person off the field. Thatís just the way I am. Iím a guy thatís going to shoot for the stars. Iím the guy thatís going to go gusto and try to be the best. Try to do the best. Iím not going to settle for anything less. If I fall short, I want to know in my mind I tried my best. I wouldnít change anything because I shot for the top. I shot for the stars.

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