Do you plan to rap about your football career in your new songs? Or will you keep those two things separate?
Yeah, my football career is separate. I might mention some lines or some little stuff, but for the most part… Get that Himmothy 2. There might be some things dropped in there. You never know.

Are you still thinking about your football career, too, right? You’re trying to return next season?
Yeah. I’m a football player, man. I’m a professional athlete. Let’s not get that twisted. That’s my main thing. But right now, what I do with music is what I do when I’m not playing. So once I’m able to get my surgery and get cleaned up, hopefully the album will already be out. I’ll be able to sit down on a routine and do what I need to do to get myself the opportunity to play again.

Have you been talking with any teams?
Yeah, a couple teams called.

Now that it’s been a few weeks, how do you feel about how things ended in Tampa?
It’s not a good feeling with the way it ended, but I just feel good that I represented myself the right way. I could have handled my emotions better from walking off the field and making a distraction, but in that moment, I just didn’t want to be a part of it no more. You’re sacrificing your health to play with someone, and they don’t really respect that, so to me that was a smack in the face. But I think we all, as people, have got to learn how to control our emotions in hostile environments, via him, via me, via everyone. So I’m just glad I did what my heart said in the moment. I could have handled it better, but I think you’ve got to stand up for yourself.

Do you think people still misunderstand what happened that day? Are there misconceptions?
Of course. Yes, there are a lot of misconceptions about what happened, because obviously I’m a target in the media, for whatever that entails. Imagine you are at a place and your boss tells you, “Get the hell out of here.” What are you going to do? You’re going to wait until they send you the flight itinerary, or are you going to be gone?

Have you spoken with Tom recently?
He’s trying to win the Super Bowl, last time I heard.

Do you have a Super Bowl pick this year?
May the best man win.

“Hopefully you see me at Rolling Loud. Hopefully you see with my shirt off everywhere, getting people excited.”

That’s a fair answer. Do you have a favorite memory from the past few weeks, making music?
Yeah, I was in the studio with Ye. He was finishing his verse and then he started asking for some bars, like, “Who got bars?” I’m like, “Yo, that’s your job. That ain’t my job to have no bars.” [Laughs.] It was pretty funny. Ye is really a down to earth guy, humble guy. You know, just being in the studio with him, and he’s asking me for bars and listening to my bars… [Laughs.] 

I’ve been really grateful to be around so many great people, and to be embraced. We all need good people in our corner, and we all need a support system of people that you can kumbaya with and make you feel good. So I’m grateful for your guys’ time, and grateful for people like Ye, people like Rich, people like Tim that’s in my corner, making sure I’m feeling that love.

Are you thinking about getting involved in other forms of entertainment, too? Acting? Movies?
Man, I’m thinking about working with Amazon—getting a documentary, and releasing music through that. I know these guys have got a big deal with the NFL, putting the game on Thursday. So maybe we could get into a little commentating with Snoop Dogg, get it to the community, and release the documentary through Amazon. Just to give the world a better perspective of AB and what I went through, how I deal with things, how I overcome adversity, and what I’ve been facing that everyone’s been seeing from the outside. Just get to see it from my point of view and see it in my shoes.

How far do you want to take your rap career? What are your biggest goals in music?
I want to go platinum. I want to be the first athlete that people really respect for the craft, for the music. I want to show people that you can be your best self and do different things and get the most out of it, if you do the right things. I just want to set the standard high. Hopefully you see me at Rolling Loud. Hopefully you see with my shirt off everywhere, getting people excited.

Anything else you want people to know?
Yeah, call God.