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Leinart Speaks Out on Training Camp so Far

Matt Leinart spoke to the media today about being camp so far:

Matt Leinart: You always look at a lot of guys who sat for a long time. The thing is, I have experience. I played my rookie year. I played a little bit my second year and I got hurt and now I haven’t played since I’ve been hurt. I look at it that I’m healthy, I feel good, I’ve grown up a lot as a football player in the last two years, studying and preparing. I feel great. I just have to keep working and keep preparing.

Reporter: You look taller out there.

Matt Leinart: I’ve got these orthotics in there. They make me taller. I love them. I noticed it. They have these special-made orthotics and they make me tall, so I kind of like them. I am the lightest I have ever been probably since college, even before college. I feel good, though, I feel strong. Just a good mentality going into the year.

Reporter: What is your weight?

Matt Leinart: 227, 228, which is pretty light, but it’s good.

Reporter: The assumption would be that you didn’t seek out orthotics just to appear taller.

Matt Leinart: The whole team has orthotics just to help your feet because your feet take a beating out here. That’s it. No really big deal.

Reporter: How much did your offseason MMA training play into this?

Matt Leinart: Um, you know, it was, for me it was just to try something new. It kind of got blown up into this big thing and for me. I wasn’t doing it because of that. That work is intense and it’s hard and it takes a lot of work to do that. But it was just, I think it developed a different mindset for me. The work itself is hard, but as far as physically, it helps with your hips, your flexibility. It’s a full-body workout.

As far as mentally, that is where it really helps because you push yourself to the limits and those fighters, those guys are unbelievable athletes — what they do and what they put their bodies through. Getting in the ring is one thing. The workouts and conditioning to prepare for fights, it’s unbelievable what they do. I got a taste of that and it was cool. It was just different. I feel great. It helped me slim down, but tone up and get stronger, too.

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