The List: Top 5 offseason activities

In this week's version of The List, Eric Allen looks at what a player spends his offseason doing.

Updated: March 19, 2007, 4:55 PM ET
By Eric Allen | ESPN.com

The offseason is a time for players to take some time to enjoy themselves and their families, but even in the offseason, you never can forget about football. Here are my top 5 offseason activities for NFL players.

Voluntary workouts: "Voluntary" should be in quotes because there is really nothing voluntary about them if you want to be ready for training camp. It's a great way to get ready for the next season and to start forging bonds with your teammates, especially the new ones.

Beach vacation: Trust me at some point during the season you're thinking about putting your feet in the cold water while you rest on some warm sand. It's no coincidence so many players spend most of the offseason in Miami.

Study tape and your playbook: Even while you're technically in your offseason, you're still getting ready for the next season and the challenges ahead. That never stops.

Keep in contact with agent: You want to stay in contact with him (or her) even when you don't have a new contract coming. You can keep your agent on his or her toes with requests for tickets and also keep on him or her about what is next in your career.

Enjoy life: That might be going on a vacation in Europe, seeing buddies from college, going to Vegas or just kicking it at home with the wife and kids. It's nice to just take time to enjoy what your hard work and suffering has brought you.

Eric Allen

NFL studio analyst
Eric Allen, a 14-year NFL veteran and was one of the NFL's premier defensive backs, joined ESPN in August 2002 as an NFL studio analyst. His primary role is providing analysis for ESPNEWS' Monday Quarterback.

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