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created excitement on the field (five TDs), but off the field he's toned down.
"You can't have a great game, then party all week at this level," he
says. "I wake up, go to work, go home. I don't go out. You've got to keep
yourself contained and disciplined." The 5'7" Drew credits that
discipline with helping him drop 15 pounds (he's 210); he avoids McDonald's and
Taco Bell, which he favored at UCLA. And he has a new friend at home: Phillip,
a bulldog puppy (above). "He's a great companion," Jones-Drew says.
"All I do is hang out with him."
He started all 52
games in four years at Boise State, so his demotion from the starting lineup
after the preseason opener was a shock. "I relied on my wife [Megan],"
he says. "She said, 'You're going to be all right. Everybody has a bad
day.' " Packers O-line coach Joe Philbin told Colledge, "Deal with it
and react positively," and Colledge responded. "I decided I wouldn't go
in the tank," he says. "I was going to work hard to earn my spot
back." Colledge has started every game since Week 2.
The rookie leader
with 73 tackles has used his NFL riches to help "my mom, Martha," he
says. "She worked in a steel plant in Alabama. She has headaches, back
spasms, her hands hurt. I don't know how she did it, but we were never in
need." Martha still watches over DeMeco. "She says football's
dangerous," he says. "She'll say, 'I saw you get up limping. You hurt
your leg, but you won't tell me.' I say, 'I'm O.K. Don't worry!'"
The NFL's only
rookie kicker (above) replaces the man who won two Super Bowls in New
England--as fans keep reminding him. "'Where's Vinatieri?' I've heard every
variation of that," says Gostkowski, who signed a four-year, $2 million
contract. "I've advised myself not to spend a lot of money," he says,
though he's made one splurge. "The truck I drove in college [ Memphis], I
had in high school. A '97 Ford Ranger with 150,000 miles. It could barely make
it up a hill. People had autographed their names on it with keys."
Gostkowski now owns a new Ford F-150 truck. "My dream car," he
Sims went a less
cuddly route than Jones-Drew, rewarding himself for being selected ninth
overall with a saltwater aquarium and a multicolored, venomous lionfish (left).
"Touch their fins, they sting you," says Sims, who has been stinging
enough ballcarriers to rank 10th in the NFL with 65 tackles. "You can look
at the fish. That's all you can do."