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Wolfe sad to see Phoenix trip come to end

Northern Illinois tailback Garrett Wolfe runs from a Toledo defender in the Huskies’ 35-17 victory last season. Wolfe wrapped up his last day in Phoenix by winning a gold medal in five pool events on Saturday. NIU Media Services file photo SCOTT WALSTROM

Northern Illinois tailback Garrett Wolfe writes the second of a two-day diary of his experience this weekend at the Playboy All-America gathering in Phoenix at the Hilton Pointe Resort at Tapatio Cliffs. This is the 50th Anniversary of the annual Playboy preseason First-Team All-America team. Wolfe is the first player in Huskie football history to be named to the prestigious team. I haven't endured a 90-degree double practice in a long time, but if I remember how that feels like, nothing compares to how hot it is out here in Phoenix. It's unbelievably hot out here. It's my first time here so I really didn't know what to expect. I've been doing a lot of walking, and every time I take a breath, my nose dries up and gives me trouble. Despite the heat, it's been amazing. It was good to get into the pool to overcome the heat. Everyone showed their competitive nature in the pool events today. We played in five different games and it was all about winning. We played water basketball, volleyball, a game with buckets and another game. My team won every game today, so we walked away with a gold medal after taking the silver yesterday. It was just great to be around guys who have the same nature as me. The one thing that stands out in my eyes has been the way guys handle themselves. They represent their universities in a first-class manner. We got a chance to hang out for a while last night. We got to know everyone on another level. Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma tailback) and I sat down and talked on a personal level. We got a better understanding of each other. We both deal with the same things, but he's on a bigger scale. We just wanted to get a mutual understanding. It was just the little things. We weren't picking each other brains or anything like that. We just wanted to talk about the situations we've gone through. It's funny to see how almost everyone here has gone through a similiar situation, or more, like everyone else. Everyone here has watched everyone on television. We all know what we have had to go through to get here. It's just great to know people who play at the same level like yourself. It's just amazing to get a chance to be with players who will be future NFL stars. They are the future of the game and hopefully I can say the same thing. The photo shoot was awesome. It was very light-hearted. After the photo shoot, we got some of our own photos. It's going to be sad coming home to this miserable weather. To go from palm trees, sun and pools to wind and rain is something I am not feeling at all. In a sense, it's sad to see this all come to an end. But one thing is for sure, it got me ready to put in that work for a successful season.

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