Kickin' back with Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn

Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who has about 2,000 friends on Facebook (down from about 5,000), had to wait until middle school to start playing football because he was too big.

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Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who has about 2,000 friends on Facebook (down from about 5,000), had to wait until middle school to start playing football because he was too big.

Who was your favorite athlete as a kid?

I'd say Jerome Bettis from watching him play; Ray Lewis, too, of course. And I was into baseball back in the day, so I'd say Ken Griffey Jr. and Mark Mc­Gwire.

What was it about Jerome Bettis that drew you to him?

It was just that he ran the ball hard. No one could tackle him. And he was a bigger guy, so me being a big guy, I used to like to watch him play.

Didn't you play baseball?

Yes, in sixth and seventh grades. But I gave it up. It was too boring. I started playing football in eighth grade.

What position did you play in baseball?

Man, they stuck me out in rightfield. It's lonely out there. Plus, all I could do was hit. I couldn't catch worth nothing.

So what prompted you to play football?

My brother played when he was growing up. I could never play because I was too big. But once I got into middle school and there weren't weight classes anymore, that's when I started.

Time for my weekly questions. What's playing the most on your iPod right now?

I don't know. Let's look at my recent plays (pulls out his iPhone). I have Jay-Z and Kanye West. I have the new Lil' Wayne album on here. That's about it, man. I listen to the same stuff over and over.

Would anything on there surprise me?

Well, I have some Black Eyed Peas, some Bruno Mars. Then there's some other stuff on here. I don't even know what this is. I think I used to listen to this back at Iowa. This is a pretty new phone. I had a lot of weird stuff on my old one back in school. You wouldn't even have thought it was mine.

What website do you visit the most?

Twitter, probably. And I'd say Facebook. Definitely Facebook. I'm always on there. I need to get off of it.

How many friends do you have on Facebook?

I used to have 5,000. I think I deleted most of them, though. I think I have around 2,000 now. They were basically people I didn't know. People are always talking junk, so I had to delete them. Then they started that new chat (feature), and people just want to talk all the time. Come on, man. If I don't know you, I don't really want to talk to you. I was just trying to be nice. I had to be a jerk and delete everybody.

What reality show do you watch the most?

Right now, I've been watching Real World: San Diego. That's crazy. I also watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Those ladies are crazy, man. I also watch Jersey Shore every now and then. They basically just get drunk and party.

So I hear your mom is moving to town. Is that going to be nice?

Um … yes (laughing). She's close enough, but she's also 30 minutes away. So close but not too close. It'll be good to have her down here.

Does she like to cook?

Yes. That's the problem. That's been the problem in high school, in college and now.

What's wrong with that?

Because I'm 285 (pounds). I'm just eating everything.

What's the best dish she makes? What is the one thing you cannot resist?

What won't I eat? She makes this shrimp and chicken Alfredo. It's off the chain. And her breakfast is always good. Fried chicken, of course. Her spaghetti is on point. Everything, basically. That's why it's a problem.

I hear she moved to Iowa City, too (when he was at the University of Iowa). Is that true?

Yes, for my senior year.

Seems like she's determined to make a mama's boy out of you.

Well, she's trying — hard.

So what do you spend most of your time doing when you're not at One Buc Place?

I really just hang out with my dogs, playing with them and walking them.

What kind of dogs do you have?

I have a pit bull and a bull mastiff. When I walk around the neighborhood, nobody messes with me because I have two big dogs. So it's pretty peaceful actually.

. BIOGRAPHY

Adrian Clayborn

Position: Defensive endAge: 23

Height/weight: 6-3, 287Hometown: St. Louis

College: Iowa; consensus All-America and all-Big Ten selection as a senior; in four seasons, recorded 19 sacks, seven forced fumbles and 192 tackles.

Pro: Selected in the first-round (20th overall) by the Bucs in 2011; has started all six games, recording two sacks, 12 tackles and a forced fumble.

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