April 23, 2009
Why did you decide to come to NIU?
NIU was close and I already knew some people who went here. I knew it would be easier for my family to come and support me at my games.
What do you enjoy the most about being an athlete at NIU?
I think the best part is traveling to other places, meeting people, and most importantly building a brotherhood with your teammates.
What is the hardest part of being a student athlete?
Managing your time is difficult, because being a student-athlete is really time-consuming. You have to be organized otherwise you are going to miss something.
If you could accomplish just one thing while at NIU, what would it be and why?
Winning a MAC Championship. I think we can do it this year, and we are going to do it this year.
How do you prepare for a big contest?
I really don't have a routine except I like to talk to my older brother before the game. He will put a couple words in my ear and tell me what I have to do.
What is the best advice you have received from one of your coaches?
Work hard. They tell me all the time to work hard and that I could be really good if I work at it. Don't be happy with being on scholarship, continue to work hard and the sky is the limit.
Who is your favorite all-time NFL player?
Rodney Harrison, my mother's god-brother.
What is your favorite meal?
My mother's homemade dressing. I miss all of my mother's cooking.
What actor would play you in a movie about your life?
Omar Epps. My little sister always says I look like him.
What music would we find in your iPod?
I listen to Jay-Z and Beanie Siegel
What is your favorite class?
What is your favorite activity outside of sports?
My favorite class of all-time would be the Calculus class I took last spring. This semester I really like my Criminology class.
When I go back home to Harvard I just like to chill and hang with my friends: we go bowling, to the movies, to the pool hall.
What is the talent you'd most like to have?
I have always wanted to play the piano. Every time I see a piano I try to play it, but it sounds horrible. I remember my cousin taught me this one little Dr. Dre song, but I forget how to play it now. I would also like to be able to sing. My mom used to tell me I could sing when I was little, but everybody else told me I was horrible.
I am the video game champion of...
Madden 09 and 2K9.
The TV show I can't stop watching right now is...
24 or Heroes.
My favorite all-time movies are...
Armageddon and Seven Pounds.
The words I try to live by are...
Work hard, focus, determination, and just know that you can do whatever you put your mind to.
Something few people know about me is...
Some people see me as shy, but I am actually very talkative.