Jan. 20, 2014
By Craig Buchanan
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — For former Colorado State center Weston Richburg, the chaos didn’t stop after the Rams’ thrilling, and improbable, come-from-behind victory over Washington State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21.
A native of Bushland, Texas, Richburg traveled home for just one day after his senior season ended before leaving his friends, family and everything he knew for the next chapter of his life: preparing for a career in the National Football League. Richburg now resides Scottsdale, Ariz. where he is taking part in the O-Line Performance training center under the direction of LeCharles Bentley.
Bentley graduated from Ohio State in 2001 where he was named as a consensus All-American before being drafted by the New Orleans Saints and enjoying a six-year career in the NFL playing for the Saints and the Cleveland Browns. In his six seasons in the NFL, Bentley made the Pro Bowl twice.
Upon retiring from the NFL, Bentley founded O-Line Performance, which is the country’s first training center designed solely around the needs of offensive linemen.
“It’s performance and not solely based on just football,” Richburg said. “We are training for football, but we are also worried about the performance aspect of a football athlete. We look at the diet and getting the body ready for football, and getting the most out of our body.”
Richburg attends the training center with just three other offensive linemen, who all hail from different parts of the nation, and believes that the personal attention, instruction and strict regimen he receives is invaluable for his preparation.
Above all else, Richburg believes that the mentorship and relationship he has built with Bentley will serve him well at the next level.
“He is the perfect person to turn to for me,” Richburg said of Bentley. “He’s seen it all and handled adversity. He serves as a reliable source for any questions I have, and what to expect at the next level.”
On a typical day, Richburg wakes up at 5:45 a.m. and gets some breakfast, he’s quick to note that they serve him four meals a day. He then heads to the gym and gets a two hour workout in from 7-9 a.m., before most college kids have even stirred from their bed. After his morning workout, Richburg takes the field for a position workout and a film session before submerging himself in a cold tub or embracing the heat in a sauna for recovery time. The recent graduate then eats lunch and has the afternoon to rest, noting that resting your body is just as important as working it out.
From the moment that Richburg arrived, his diet was turned upside down and completely revamped.
“When I first arrived, I was on a no-carb diet to cut fat and get leaner,” Richburg said. “A week ago we added carbs back in the diet to start bulking up and get to my ideal weight.”
That’s not where it stops for Richburg when it comes to his diet, however.
“Throughout the day, I’m probably taking about 60 different pills, supplements and shakes to help get my body right. I’m setting myself up to build a lot of muscle and help myself out physically.”
It seems like a lot of quick and drastic changes to the lifestyle that he has grown accustomed to living, but Richburg knows that these are the necessary steps to put himself in a position to succeed at the next level.
“It takes a lot more than just lifting weights and running,” Richburg said. “It takes discipline with your diet and doing everything you can do to keep your body in tip-top shape. Just doing the tiny details and sticking to a regular sleep schedule.”
Part of that discipline that Richburg stresses includes not missing out on a single day or opportunity to help himself out. While people all across the world were unwrapping their presents and spending Christmas Day with their families and loved ones, Richburg was alone for the holiday and got up early to get a leg-workout in. Richburg was also alone for New Year’s Eve, in which he brought the new year in in the confines of his room and was in bed early getting ready for his workout the next morning.
With a strong career at Colorado State and impressive individual workouts, Richburg has been gaining a lot of momentum among NFL Draft experts and has been projected by many to be one of the first centers selected in the draft. For Richburg, though, he has no problem tuning all of that talk out.
“It’s almost impossible to project even the top five picks in any draft, let alone where a center is going to go,” Richburg said. I don’t pay any attention to what they are saying. If you are focusing on that stuff and worrying about where you are getting picked, you are doing it all wrong.”
Consistent with his message, it appears that the glitz and glamor of an NFL lifestyle has not caught up with the former Ram. What exactly does the future NFL player do with his downtime right now?
Richburg chuckles a little bit before saying: “Most of the time, I just come back to my room, lower the shades and just go to sleep. Either that, or I’m watching Netflix or playing video games.”
Richburg's next appearance in front of fans will come on Saturday when he takes part in the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Richburg is excited to play in such a big game with all of the talented players all across the country, and to prove that he belongs there. Richburg, the first Ram to participate in the Senior Bowl since Joel Dresseen in 2004, will be a member of the North squad, where he will be teammates with players along the likes of Clemson’s quarterback Tajh Boyd.
“I’m excited,” Richburg said. “It’s been great work; I’m bigger and stronger, and my technique is more efficient. I’m excited to get out there and play with the big dogs.”
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