FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The water break was over, and 35-year-old Todd McClure had his No. 62 jersey at the front of the pack of the Atlanta Falcons' offensive players returning to the field in Tuesday's practice.
For a rookie like Peter Konz, it's an important lesson. Even with a heavy brace on his right knee, McClure finds a way to run instead of walk because leading is his natural role.
"The best example," Konz said of McClure.
McClure, Atlanta's starting center since 2000, is beginning his 13th season with the team. He said Tuesday he hasn't decided if this will be his final season. Just in case, he says he is savoring every moment -- even training camp in the Georgia heat and humidity.
"I've always kind of approached it like that in my mindset," McClure said. "In this league, you never know when it's going to be your last day, so it's nothing new. But in the same breath, I'm cherishing every moment and every opportunity. I've been blessed to play as long as I have.