I saw some prime Charles Barkley in your game from the clips.
Yeah. I’ve been called Chuck. I’ve heard the Zion, the Dwight Howard stuff. I like the Chuck and the Zion comparisons more just because they got a little bit more of a handle.
As someone who prides themselves on conditioning and being in incredible shape, how much did getting Covid-19 last year throw you off? I know you’ve spoken about how important it is for people to get the vaccine.
It was different. I’d never been in a situation like that. I felt like I just couldn’t, no matter how much air I was getting in, it wasn’t working. I couldn’t use it for anything. It was almost like I was filtered. But it was strange, having the virus was tough because I had a lot of the symptoms. But just the recovery, it felt like such a long time, no games and using oxygen on the sidelines, which I rarely have had to do in my career. I’m glad I’m over it. And I’m hoping that nobody else has to deal with it. And there’s a vaccine for a reason and I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with it. I think it’s better to have it than to not have it, even if you do get it again, at least you’re lowering the chances of getting the virus. But, at the end of the day, it’s a person’s choice for their body and they’re the only one that can make that choice. After that, the rest of that falls on their family, their friends and whoever else is around them.
You really do seem like one of the chillest, most laid back guys in the NFL. How does that balance with playing such a violent sport?
I don’t know. I’m just myself. I can’t be anybody else, I can’t fit the mold of the typical football player, your grinding gritty tough guy. I can only be who I’ve always been and I’m not going to ever change myself for anybody else. I enjoy the things that I do. And, once football is over, I’m just going to fall back into the passions and the hobbies that I’ve always had.
Do you think that inspires kids who like football, but also have other interests outside of the game?
Absolutely. But I’ve just got to keep my head straight, keep on having success, keep on pushing for my team to have success. And I think kids will start to follow that lead, know that they don’t have to fall into a certain mold or be a certain person to have success on the football field. Just be you and enjoy the game.
Speaking of life after football, do you know what you want to do? Have you thought about it a lot?
Well, I don’t want to be a commentator. I know that.
Okay. We can check that off.
You can check that off right now. Once I’m done with football, I’m out. Maybe as a guest star for a big game. That might be fun. But I won’t be a Romo, none of that. A Howie Long. I’m good. I’ll do what I do now. I like playing video games, I like playing other sports. Might get me on a celebrity basketball game one time. You won’t get me into celebrity boxing. I think it’s foolish enough as it is. You’re not going to get me on that.
So, Logan Paul can’t challenge you. That’s not going to happen.
I’d beat the brakes off of Logan Paul, but I have bigger fish to fry. I got a career to take care of. But I feel like I’d like to be like Jim Brown, like he expanded his whole avenues of where he was going and what he was doing. I’d liked to do voiceover work with certain shows that I’ve watched, like anime. That’d be real fun. Get into movies and TV shows, and find a way to just stay busy, as well as to entertain that historical and paleontological side in my brain that wants to go do things all over the world.