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Kickin' back with Bucs safety Mark Barron

Bucs rookie safety Mark Barron says he isn’t shy (or sneaky). Rather, “Sometimes, I just don’t feel like talking.”

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

Bucs rookie safety Mark Barron says he isn’t shy (or sneaky). Rather, “Sometimes, I just don’t feel like talking.”

First of all, everyone knows you are extremely quiet. Is that the real you, or are you different behind closed doors?

It really just depends on my mood. Some people take it as me being shy, but it's not that. I'm actually not shy at all. To be honest, sometimes, I just don't feel like talking.

Who are the people who can get the real personality to come out of you?

Well, there's a couple of people. My mom and one of my best friends. But that's about it.

You know what they say about quiet people: They're sneaky. Is that just a stereotype?

I've been called that before. I don't think I am. But I just don't tell people all my business, either. That's the way I look at it.

We've been talking a lot about Doug Martin's nickname (Muscle Hamster). Do you have a nickname?

I've had a few. The Red Barron is one. Gerald (McCoy) came up with a little nickname for me. It's S.K. It stands for Silent Killer. In college, some people called me Silent Assassin, too.

Okay, here are the weekly questions: What's playing most right now on your iPod?

Right now, I'd say (rappers) Yo Gotti and Lil' Boosie.

Would anything on there surprise me?

Well, I used to have a little bit of Michael Jackson on there. There ain't no country music or rock 'n' roll or nothing. But see, that question all depends on what you think about me.

That's true. But remember, no one knows anything about you. We already established that. How about this: What do you play on game day?

There's one song I listen to every week. It's Used to Be by Meek Mill. I listen to that every week just because it takes me back to some things that have motivated me from the beginning.

Another weekly question: What website do you visit the most?

It's WorldStarHipHop.com. They just have so many funny videos and crazy stuff on there.

Also, what reality show do you watch the most?

Well, I catch some of all of them now and then. But I like T.I. & Tiny. But I watch a lot of them. I watch all the Real Housewives shows.

You don't seem like you'd ever want to be on a reality show.

Me? Be on a reality? No, I can't see it. I need my privacy. I'd probably get tired of that real fast.

You'll like this: Will Alabama ever lose another game? (asked before Saturday's game)

Not any time soon. I can't see it happening. (Editor's note: Oops.)

Are they as good as you guys were last season, when you were there?

I don't know because I'm not there, but they look pretty good to me. I knew it was going to be that way. When I first got here, people kept asking me whether I thought they were going to be as good because (my class) left. I tried to explain that we were leaving but the talent behind us was just as good. They didn't believe me. Now they're telling me, "Man, you weren't lying!"

So you grew up in Mobile. Were you a kid who always knew you wanted to go to 'Bama?

No. Actually, growing up, my favorite team was Virginia Tech. You know, Michael Vick and all that. They recruited me. But the whole Alabama thing came about when I was going through the recruiting process and taking visits to different schools. I just felt most comfortable at Alabama. I felt that was the best place for me.

Is there a lot of pressure for a kid from Alabama to go to school there?

Well, see, the thing is, when I was going to school, not everyone was going to Alabama. Everyone was going to LSU. When I first started getting recruited, I thought I was going to end up at LSU because I knew people who had gone there. I actually didn't know anybody at Alabama. But things changed.

Tell me something interesting that people don't know about (Alabama coach) Nick Saban.

People probably don't realize he's not as (mean) as people think he is. I mean, he can be. But it's not like he's like that all the time. As far as my experiences with him, I never had any bad experiences or an instance where he rubbed me the wrong way. Now I've seen some of what you think he's like. I have definitely seen it.

Could he be the best coach in the country?

If he's not, he's definitely one of the best. And it's because of the way he runs his program. He knows what it takes and that you have to have great people around you. And he set it up so that it's so efficient. He takes advantage of everything: time, resources, everything. It's run just like an NFL program, and that's why it's successful.

.Biography

Mark Barron

Position: SafetyAge: 23

Height/weight: 6-3, 213Hometown: Mobile, Ala.

College: Alabama; two-time All-American (unanimous pick as a senior); finalist for Jim Thorpe (best defensive back) and Chuck Bednarik (top defensive player) awards as a senior; 12 interceptions in 38 starts.

Pro: Drafted seventh overall in April; third on the team with 48 tackles; seven passes defensed and one interception.

Kickin' back with Bucs safety Mark Barron 11/09/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 10, 2012 9:24pm]

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