While the NFL's work stoppage has fans (and several players needing a cash influx) a little bit nervous that we may not see football start on time this fall, there has been a silver lining in players' being banned from the teams' facilities.
The work stoppage, which has included cancellation of all Organized Team Activities and team-run "voluntary" workouts, has given players time to travel, see their families and, for some, partake in charitable endeavors. Dolphin wide receiver Davone Bess traveled to Costa Rica to volunteer on several manual labor projects like building homes and digging ditches. Bronco safety David Bruton has been substitute teaching in his hometown in Ohio.
Texan cornerback Kareem Jackson's idea of "productive" clearly appears to be different from that of Bess and Bruton.