Q: Did you play any other sports in high school?
A: I ran track and played basketball early on. I went to (state championships) for track in the long jump and relay races.
Q: Do you try to model your game after any current or former pro?
A: Growing up, I wanted to play safety and be like Sean Taylor. Eventually, I started to model my game after the guys in the Legion of Boom – tall, lanky defensive backs who shut it down.
Q: If you could play another position, what would it be?
A: Quarterback. A lot of people don’t know it, but I can throw the ball really well and I think I’d be able to control a huddle.
Q: What was the most memorable game you’ve played in?
A: My first varsity start in high school was pretty memorable. That was back when everything was easier. I had two interceptions returned for touchdowns and a fumble recovery.
Q: First sports jersey you owned?
A: I had a Michael Vick Falcons jersey growing up. That was my first.
Q: What was your first job growing up?
A: I used to bulletproof cars for the government and Secret Service for a company called Texas Armoring Corporation. I was in charge of the gas tanks, making sure they were lined with bulletproof materials.
Q: Any nicknames growing up?
Q: Biggest pet peeve?
A: Burping – that’s gross.
Q: Strangest thing you like to eat?
A: Bottle cap candies. Everyone looks at me weird when I say that but I eat a lot of them.
Q: Favorite movie?
A: The Dark Knight
Q: Favorite emoji?
A: The weird eyebrows one.
Q: Does your family have a history of playing sports?
A: My whole generation – cousins and all – were really athletic. My brother, Rodney, played football at Langston and my sister, Aleshia, played basketball at South Florida. Plus, my uncle Eric was a first-round pick by the Bills in 2000 and played five seasons.
Q: Favorite vacation spot?
A: New Orleans. The food there is amazing.
Q: Favorite thing to do when you’re not at the VMAC?
A: I relax and play video games, mostly Fortnite.
Q: What is your proudest achievement outside of football?
A: My proudest achievement is my daughter. Pictures of her calm me down before games and remind me why I play.