Nat Berhe didn't play in a game in his second season with the New York Giants and learned a lot about life in the NFL.
It can be taken away very quickly.
The safety missed all of last season with a calf injury that turned out to be a little more than a pulled muscle. He developed a blood clot in the leg and had to have it removed.
After an offseason of rehabilitation, Berhe was listed as "full go" when the Giants opened a three-day voluntary minicamp under new coach Ben McAdoo.
"I have had a year off and it was probably one of the longest years of my life," Berhe said Wednesday after the second day of workouts.
Berhe is not only back, he is returning with the same opportunity as a year ago when the Giants came into the spring with a starting job open at safety.
Actually both safety jobs were open last season with Antrel Rolle signing with the Bears and the team electing not to re-sign Stevie Brown and Quintin Demps.
The Giants drafted Landon Collins in the second round last season and signed veteran Brandon Meriweather to handle the other job.
Meriweather was not re-signed, and Behre will compete with Cooper Taylor, Mykkele Thompson and Bennett Jackson for the other starting spot.
A fifth-round draft pick who played in all 16 games as a rookie, Berhe said he isn't looking simply to make the roster.
"I don't put any limitations on myself - never have, never will," he said. "I am who I am, I am a football player and I play the game like it is everything to me and I play to win." >> Read more