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Kickin' back | Gaines Adams

Kickin' back: Gaines Adams opens up

MELISSA LYTTLE   |   Times

MELISSA LYTTLE | Times

Despite possibly being the quietest man in the Tampa Bay locker room, Gaines Adams reveals, among other things, he prefers old-school Michael Jackson and would opt for down-home soul food over an upscale steak dinner any day.

Greg White says you bought a boxer puppy to be like him. True?

No. We're going to flip that around. Greg White got a boxer because I said I was getting one. I was talking about getting a boxer since before training camp. Then, next thing I know, Greg White is telling me, "Hey, I got this white boxer. You need to come over and see it." You know how Greg is. You have to just leave that alone because you're not going to win even if it's not true.

He's still a puppy?

Yes. He's 17 weeks. He's a brown one. He has a white chest and white socks on the feet. He's already like 36 pounds. He's going to be a big one.

Okay, easy one. This is a weekly question: What Web site do you visit the most?

I don't get on the computer that much. I'm usually just playing games online. I use a site called candystand.com. I play video game (systems), too. PlayStation and Xbox. I'm trying to find a Wii. I cannot find a Wii still.

The other regular question is: What do you play most on your iPod?

(Rapper) 'Lil Wayne, probably.

Okay. That's pretty popular. Is there something on there I'd be surprised about?

Well, I have a lot of Michael Jackson. I have some Thriller on there. The old stuff. I have a good bit of it.

Too bad he didn't stick with the old stuff, huh?

Who knows how good he could have been if he would have? You have to remember, it wasn't just one group of people listening to Michael. The whole world was listening to Michael. I mean, everybody. So, you're from a small town, Greenwood, S.C. So, what's cooking at the Adams' household for Sunday dinner?

Well, these days, there's nothing cooking. There's no more kids at home. So, you ain't getting a Sunday meal anymore. I mean, nothing.

Well, what if it's a special occasion?

Well, everybody will usually come to our house. We would have everything. All the good Southern food: Fried chicken, mac and cheese, some ham, some greens — the good stuff. Man, you're making me hungry. Oh, and some fresh corn, too. I do miss that. Back home in South Carolina, you have a lot of little soul food restaurants you can run to and get some quick, decent food. Down here, you don't really see that.

You're busy now because we're in the season, but how do you spend your free time in the offseason?

I like to have fun, but I also try to make time for my son. I don't have much time to hang with him right now.

How old is he now?

He's 3. Gaines Adams V. He's back home getting spoiled. It just continues when he comes here.

Are you starting to see his personality come through?

Oh, yes. He has this little bad attitude. He's talking back to his mom, telling her "No." That kind of stuff. I think we're definitely in the terrible twos and threes.

Gaines Adams

Age: 25

Position: Defensive end

Height, weight: 6-5, 258 pounds

College: Clemson; tied for first in school history with 28 career sacks; unanimous All-America selection and ACC defensive player of the year in 2006; notched 12.5 sacks that season; returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown as a senior.

Pro: Drafted fourth overall by Bucs in 2007; finished with six sacks, first among rookies; selected to All-Rookie team; recorded 55 tackles and two forced fumbles as a rookie.

Kickin' back: Gaines Adams opens up 09/13/08 [Last modified: Monday, September 15, 2008 2:36pm]
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