CARSON, Calif. -- My time at Athletes Performance has been outstanding in that I've been able to spend time with some of the greatest pro and college football players in a very different element — the usually closed-off environment of the training facility. I've also talked with some of the best athletic trainers in the business, and I'll be doing more of that for Shutdown Corner in the near future.
Occasionally, inspiration gets the best of you. While having dinner on Wednesday night with Travelle Gaines, the Big Kahuna of API's football training, I happened to mention that I'd always wanted to run a legitimate, electronically timed 40-yard dash at a professional facility. Of course, since I have the body of a professional sportswriter who keeps forgetting to go to the gym, Travelle thought this would be a hoot. So, on Thursday afternoon, after he finished his training session with Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, Travelle turned his attention to me. He had his staff set up the