Hey, people, thanks for your support this week for our team.
Man, it was a long flight back from Seattle. I want to talk a little about the power of Alicia Keys, how I can relate to Drake’s music and KY Finis’ inspirational beats, but first some football.
I wish I could sing, I’ve thought I’d trade my athletic abilities to be able to sing, man! Being a pro athlete is something special, but singing is something else.
That was a real tough loss against Seattle. I’ve never been a part of anything like that, never seen it on TV even. But at the end of the day, the refs made the call and there’s no way we can go back and change it. We’ve got to deal with it and prepare for the Saints—and do all the little things necessary to win games. We didn’t do that this past week.
They say you learn from adversity, and it does make you stronger. People did sympathize with what happened to us. We all saw the outcry on Twitter—people were very vocal. Other players around the league were supportive, different public figures. Even the President chimed in on the debate by tweeting—“NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs’ lockout is settled soon.” It was pretty widespread, but I didn’t want to dwell on it anymore. I just wanted to get back and get ready for the next game. And you know what, we have such great fans, they were there at our stadium when we came back to practice, showing their support.
We’re all glad the regular officials are back, but at the end of the day, we have to execute on offense, defense and special teams, and play to the level we know we can. Truth is, you’ve got to play above any officials.
Now, one thing that inspires me on and off the field is music. It has the capability to express your emotions when you don’t have the words to describe how you feel at times. I grew up in Alcoa, Tennessee listening to gospel music, my grandmother had me in church from when I was a child. I thought I had a good voice back then—now, like most people, it’s just singing in the shower or badly with earphones on! I wish I could sing, I’ve thought I’d trade my athletic abilities to be able to sing, man! Being a pro athlete is something special, but singing is something else.
If you checked my iPod, Wale, J. Cole and Drake, that’s pretty much what I’m listening to now. I like Drake’s music a lot, especially before he went mainstream, when he was talking about the way he grew up, girl problems, being an underdog, how he had so much motivation to get to where he was trying to go… I’ve been in those situations, so I can relate.
I also like just checking out different uptempo beats—one of the guys I love listening to is KY, just the way he puts beats together. It gets me pumped up for games. He’s done a lot of stuff for guys like 2 Chainz, and he’s someone I’ve got to know a little bit.
As for girls, I look at Beyoncé as a great singer and a great performer, a terrific person who’s also a great actress. I love her, but my favorite is Alicia Keys. When I listen to her sing, I feel like she’s singing to me personally, and it just hits you in the heart.
One music person I’d like to meet is Demi Lovato from The X Factor. And Diamond White on that show has that “it” thing going on. Her mom’s raised her on her own, they live in a little box apartment, and she just wants to give her mom a better life. You can tell by the way she sings, she sings for a purpose. I love seeing people who are inspired and motivated for reasons that push out that energy.
Alright, I have to give a shoutout to my Kentucky Wildcats, who’ve got a big SEC divisional game against South Carolina. We desperately need a win! Go Cats!
—As told to Ashley Jude Collie