"Even in the locker room, there are guys who get hurt and you can have certain conversations with them," he said. "Because it's tough. When guys get hurt playing pro football or pro whatever, and you can't go out there to practice ... as much as we hate going to practice, when you look out the window and see everybody else practicing, it is a terrible feeling. Nobody wants to be in that training room when you're stuck in there and you can't go out. So it's important for guys like myself, who've been through those types of things, to offer an encouraging word."