Tuesday, July 2 2013, 09:48 AM MDT
Paul Kruger: LDS Mission
Paul Kruger tells Shauna about leaving the football field for a few years to go on an LDS mission.
SHAUNA LAKE: You left football for a couple of years to serve a mission for the LDS Church. Was that a difficult decision for you?
PAUL KRUGER: Not really. To be honest, I didn’t plan on going. When the time came, I just had a really strong feeling that I should go. I wanted to go serve, and I wanted to dedicate that time. I felt like that was a responsibility.
SHAUNA LAKE: Was that a positive experience for you?
PAUL KRUGER: It was a great experience, a life changing experience.
SHAUNA LAKE: Do you bring that onto the football field with you? Those lessons that you learned that weren’t necessarily physical like the things you’re doing now?
PAUL KRUGER: Yeah. A mission can be extremely challenging in some ways. You know, there’s a lot of monotony and a lot of days where things aren’t going your way and so it’s like why are we out here doing all of this? That can happen in any realm of career, especially football. There are so many days where you don’t want to be out there, it’s too hot, your body’s hurting, and you just don’t want to do it. You get tired of people yelling at you, it’s just like I’m tired of this. Especially in college and high school, you aren’t being rewarded on a regular basis. In the NFL, you get a paycheck so it’s like okay I think I can make it through one more week. But yeah, in college there are a lot of days where it’s just extremely hard. So I was able to carry that over I think. You know you can learn that you’ve got to push through, anything rewarding is going to require a lot of dedication and hard work.
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