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Kickin' back | Erik Lorig

Kickin' back with Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Erik Lorig

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I understand from being in the locker room that you have a nickname. It's King Leonidis from the movie 300. Everyone around here seems to have a nickname. Are you okay with that one?

I'm really okay with that one. I like to take on that mentality (Leonidis was a warrior in the movie). I know physically, it's because of the beard and I'm a little chiseled up under the shirt. … But I'm okay with that one.

Did you see the movie? And were you impressed with that character?

I have. More than a few times. It was a really impressive performance.

You have a pretty big rookie class. Who would you say is the craziest member of the rookie class? Who is the guy who is goofy, crazy, funny?

The goofiest guy is Gerald McCoy, definitely. I've spent a lot of time with him in the defensive line (meeting) room, and he's just goofy. He's got a really good personality and the way that he carries himself, but on top of that, he's always making a joke about anything.

But does he have a nickname?

You know what? No, he's gotten away without one. Maybe I ought to start one.

I know you're from California, and I'm wondering how you're adjusting to life in Florida. Is it a whole new world?

It is a whole new world in terms of weather. When I was back in California, I grew up on the coast. I went to school basically on the coast. Then I got here, and I was still by the water, but I got here in April, and it was hot! I mean, dripping hot. And I'd never been in anything like that before, like that kind of humidity. I've had dry heat, which is another beast, for sure. But after a while, my body kind of didn't mind it.

What about Tampa reminds you of home?

Tampa, Fla., it's the South, but to me it still has a California kind of attitude. It's kind of laid back, easygoing. In that way, it does feel like home. And the weather right now, it feels like what California feels like 12 months out of the year. Right now, this time of year, when I step out on the field, it feels like I'm back home.

I know you went to Stanford, and I'm wondering who's the better Stanford alum: Tiger Woods, John Elway or John McEnroe, and why?

I'd have to say Elway.

Because he's the football player?

No. It's just, one, he's a California guy. He was born and raised in California. He's a legend. No. 2, I was actually in the same fraternity he was. And third, he comes back to Stanford every year and he's real supportive and definitely speaks out for Stanford. Then there's what he did in Denver and in the NFL.

We ask this weekly: What's playing the most on your iPod right now?

You know who: Gnarls Barkley. That's kind of new to the iPod right now.

What website do you think you visit the most?

There's this one website, or actually an iPhone application, I use a lot. It's called Pulse (News Reader). It's kind of a news source for all kinds of news — sports, tech, all kinds of news that you want. But what sets it apart is that it's got a little different interface. It's got four little links, like the ESPN one and a couple others I like to follow. So I feel plugged in.


Erik Lorig

Position: Fullback

Age: 24

Height, weight: 6-4, 275 pounds

Hometown: Palos Verde, Calif.

College: Stanford; started 25 of his final 29 games; finished senior season with 161/2 tackles for loss, 41/2 sacks and 95 tackles; recruited as a tight end.

Pro: Drafted as defensive end but moved to offense; has started past three games as a blocking fullback in place of injured Earnest Graham.

Kickin' back with Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Erik Lorig 11/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 1:22pm]
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