You played for Greg Schiano at Rutgers. Do you ever recall a funny moment with him? Or is he just always serious?
I'd love to say yes, but we had some hard times when I was at Rutgers. We lost a lot of games.
He can't be that boring, can he?
I can just tell you that it was a lot of work back then. We were just trying to get things back on track. The comedy was more between the (players). We were always trying to get better as a team.
What lessons did you learn from Coach that impacted you in your life?
He deals with a lot of little things. In meetings, for example, he would teach us to have your eyes on him all the time. I think that kind of thing helps you in life in general in (communicating) and getting correct information. I've never been diagnosed, but I'm pretty sure I have (Attention Deficit Disorder) problems. I think the things he taught me helped me quite a bit.
These are my weekly questions: What's playing the most on your iPod right now?
Right now, I've gotten into the dubstep (electronic/dance) scene pretty big. I just think a lot of music has gone in so many directions these days. I'm a big music fan. I'm into rock, rap, everything. But lately, the electronic dance stuff has really grown on me, probably in the last two years. It's just a new form of music.
Are you a big concert guy?
I am. My wife and I love going out to shows and festivals, and I'm into guitar.
Do you play electric or acoustic guitar? And are you any good?
I play electric and acoustic. I can play and sing. I don't know that I could step in and play with a band or anything, but I do make music.
What's the range of your musical taste?
Well, it's pretty much everything but country. Oh, and probably not classical music. But outside of that, I probably listen to everything. I'm open to anything.
Another weekly question: What website do you visit the most?
Probably Nike.com, especially after moving down here. I have to get some clothes for this warm weather after moving from St. Louis and living (in the offseason) up north.
What reality TV show do you never miss?
My wife is really into the Real Housewives shows, so I'm kind of subject to that. I do like the Rob Dyrdek stuff like Rob & Big and Fantasy Factory (on MTV). That's just good comedy. I TiVo all that stuff.
I overheard you talking about fishing in the locker room. Are you an outdoors guy?
I grew up in the country. I didn't really get into hunting too much because nature was my back yard. I didn't feel good about shooting Bambi. But when it came to fishing, my grandmother lived on a lake, so I did freshwater fishing on lakes for bass my entire life. I've been trying to get into it a little bit down here. Andrew (Economos) was telling me they've been night fishing for tarpon and stuff like that. I've gotten out a little. Haven't been too successful yet, but I'm still learning.
When's the first time you dropped a pole in the water?
I remember fishing with a stick and string when I was 4 years old. It's been my entire life.
You're talking about your home in upstate New York. What do you love most about it?
It's just a beautiful place. Where I grew up, it's just open country with rolling hills. It was real nice just to have that. When I went to Rutgers, being near the city was kind of a shock for me. But I love it because when I go back home, it's a sanctuary. We live 500 feet off the road, so we're kind of in the middle of nowhere. That's where I hang out during the bye week.
You might miss home, but are you at least looking forward to the winter in Florida?
I'm definitely looking forward to that. It's funny, though. As soon as we get done (with the season), we have to go right back, leaving this beautiful place to go back to the snow. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to the great weather down here. Every day, the weather's great. I've never been in a tropical climate. I mean, you walk outside and you see palm trees. Sometimes, it half feels like vacation. It's been great for me and the family.
Stephen F. Holder can be reached at [email protected]