(June 16, 2013) -- Wrapping up his second annual football camp in Marlin and off to Miami to train for the upcoming NFL season, Danario Alexander is in a different spot than he's been in before. Healthy over the off-season for the first time in his pro career.
"I don't have to focus on rehabbing, I can just focus on getting better," said Alexander." "That's the thing, once you're hurt you're kind of idle, you're productivity isn't getting better everyday. I can go out there and focus on being in better shape, running better routes and not have to worry about injuring myself."
His talent has never been in question. During his senior season at the University of Missouri he led the nation in receiving yards. It was also the first time at Mizzou he played in every game since he was a freshman. Injuries have been a problem
"We were roommates all through college," said Jaguars defensive back and teammate at Missouri Kevin Rutland. "I was there. I was taking him to those rehab sessions. I've seen the ups and downs. And to really see him finally, it almost seems like he's getting what he deserves. He's put the work in for your in and year out. He's battled injuries. He's never given up and it's really a testament to his character."
His character was tested when he was cut by the Rams during training camp last season. But got another opportunity with the Chargers when he was signed in late October. An opportunity he took advantage of.
"A lot of guys can kind of fall back in the league. They're not able to get back into the flow of the game," said Alexander. "I took a step back and had to take a few weeks off, basically started from the bottom. I had a great opportunity with the Chargers last year. Had a pretty productive season."
"He had a tough time leaving St. Louis, it wasn't the best situation. But he had great opportunity to go to San Diego, I think they really like him out there," said Falcons linebacker and teammate at Missouri Sean Weatherspoon. "You guys can check the fantasy numbers, he's doing a great job. A lot of people out there picking him up in their leagues. So, I look forward to seeing him do bigger and better things."
"Everything happens for a reason. So, I think everything that has happened to him has kind of been a blessing for him," said Eagles receiver and teammate at Missouri Jeremy Maclin. "I think he's starting to shine. I think San Diego has themselves a really, really, really good receiver."
The next step for Alexander, to play in all 16 NFL games.
"I have to take initiative and make sure I do the right things during our days off or throughout the week to make sure I'm healthy for Sunday because that's all that counts," said Alexander. "As long as I stay on top of everything and make sure my body is functioning correctly I fee like I can go the full 16 games.