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Kickin' back | Myron Lewis

Kickin' back with Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Myron Lewis

You had four brothers, including an older brother (Hanik Milligan) who played in the NFL, and two others who played college football. What was it like growing up in a football family?

It was great growing up with older brothers who played football, just getting to see them out there on the field making plays. When you're a little kid and you see your brothers out there, you want to do what they're doing, and it brings a (desire) out of you to go out there and want to be like them.

So you always had something to aspire to because you were the youngest, right?

I'm the baby, and I had them to look up to. I always wanted to be just as good or better than any of them.

Did you learn anything specific from them? They all played defensive back. Did you take things from their games?

Of course. I got a lot of coaching points from them. Everything that I'm going through, they'd already been through it. They'd teach me how to watch film and just how to work against different types of receivers. But having them out there supporting me is big enough for me.

For your mother, that was a lot of football games to attend. So what was it like for her on weekends? Pretty busy?

My mom always tried to make it to the games. Actually, two of my brothers played at the University of Houston and played together. One was the free safety, and one played strong safety. So she was able to go watch both of them play. It was pretty busy for her to get out there and watch them.

She must me incredibly proud.

Of course, she is. She has five kids. We're all boys, and she's real happy to have us.

Our weekly question: What is playing the most on your iPod right now?

Pretty much, I listen to anything (with) Lil Wayne. Lil Wayne is always on my iPod. To me, he's the best rapper out there.

I see you have a few less tattoos than he does, though.

Oh, yeah. I have a few, but not as many as he does.

Other weekly question is, what website do you visit the most?

I would probably say I actually visit the Bucs website a lot. I actually like to listen to what Raheem (Morris) has to say about the team and his (opinion) about the game.

Do you ever get a laugh out of Raheem's press conferences?

Oh, yeah. I always get a laugh out of them. He's a funny coach.

Have you seen him do all these impressions? He does Aqib Talib all the time.

Oh, yeah. He does that in the meeting room, too. It's pretty funny. He does (assistant defensive backs coach Dwayne) Stukes, too.

What is the best impression he does?

I would say (Barrett) Ruud. But actually, all his impressions are pretty good.

Has he ever tried to do an impression of you?

No. I don't talk that much. He doesn't hear enough to do an impression on me.

You have a lot of variety in this rookie class. Who would you say is the class clown?

I would say Mike Williams.

I was thinking either him or Gerald McCoy. Why Mike Williams?

He's just a funny guy. Actually, it might be his laugh. In fact, every time he laughs, I just laugh. It sounds like a big guy's laugh: Ha, ha, ha! It's real, real funny. He's just a funny dude.

I see you graduated from Vanderbilt, which is a tough academic school, in three years. How did you do that?

I had an opportunity to go to summer school every year. And in my last semester, I was able to do an internship that was worth 12 credit hours. That was basically a whole semester over the summer. That kind of gave me a jump start on getting done early.

There are some athletes who aren't as serious as they should be about school. What is it about you that made you take school so seriously (Lewis was on the SEC academic honor roll in 2008)?

My mind-set was that, if I want to make it, I have to do my job off the field. Without the books, you won't be able to.


Myron Lewis

Position: Cornerback

Height, weight: 6-2, 203 pounds

Age: 23

Hometown: Pompano Beach

College: Vanderbilt; finished career with 10 interceptions and 170 tackles; named to All-SEC second team as a senior.

Pro: Drafted third round in 2010; has four tackles in limited action; will have an expanded role as nickel back because of Aqib Talib's season-ending injury.

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