This attacking mindset is not always prevalent in the NFL during practices. Most players prefer to "save" their maximal effort for a game. Early in his career, a teammate pulled Seau aside at practice and asked why he practiced so hard. Seau said, "...I get paid to practice. I play the game for free." Seau said that any player could feel the adrenaline rush of a game atmosphere and play in a fired-up state, but that it took a particular and special player to practice at game speed and with game intensity.