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Kickin' back with Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes

What music does the Bucs’ Geno Hayes listen to most often? Rappers, “some laid-back stuff” and a few legends such as Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye.

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

What music does the Bucs’ Geno Hayes listen to most often? Rappers, “some laid-back stuff” and a few legends such as Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye.

With all this talk about Bobby Bowden, I was wondering what a former FSU player thinks should happen to him.

I personally think he should leave on his own. He built that program to where it is today. You can't just get rid of someone who has put so much hard work in. Really, he's not really coaching all the players. He's there to provide support and advice on how to do things. They try to put everything on him, but it's not all his fault.

So, do you think he takes too much criticism for FSU's problems?

That's how it is for a head coach. But at the same time, he's a legend. You can't just tell him he has to go. No way.

When I covered Florida State, I always heard Bobby giving his grandfatherly speeches. What do you remember?

He had plenty. He was a funny dude, but he was also a godly man. He was always giving us something inspirational and getting us to look at the bigger picture. It wasn't always about football.

Last FSU question: Will FSU ever get back to its glory days?

I think they will. I think right now it's just about a lack of playmakers. Last week against Boston College, that game could have been over with a pick. Guys just have to start making plays. That's when it will turn around. Those types of plays spark something in a team. Somebody has to step up and do it.

One of our weekly questions: What do you play the most on your iPod?

I don't have an iPod. I have a Zune (music player). Everybody has an iPod. I wanted to be different. That's my thing. So, if I lose mine, everybody will know whose it is. But you would most likely hear me listening to (rappers) Nas, Jay-Z, some Talib Kweli — some laid-back stuff. The kind of stuff that can ease your mind. And I like Lupe Fiasco, especially. That keeps it cool. I do keep a lot of old-school stuff on there. Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, some Teddy Pendergrass, Barry White. I was raised by my pops, and he's about 60. So, I was raised listening to that.

The other weekly question: What Web site do you visit the most?

I would say I check up on my MySpace page a lot. I'll go to Buccaneers.com and Warchant.com to check up on Florida State.

You're from Greenville, Fla. Tell me something about Greenville and what your recollections are.

Greenville is a small town, man. A small country-style town. There's not very much to do. There's one or two (traffic) lights, and all of them are yellow lights. They're just caution lights. You just ride through. You don't even know you're rolling through the town. But I have a lot of great memories of going around town with childhood friends, just hanging out in the woods doing country stuff.

If I visited you there, what would be the one thing we would have to see or do?

We would have to go to my auntie's house and throw a good ol' juke. You go down in the woods and have a nice little party. You'll love that.

What do you mean by country stuff? Are you talking about fishing or hunting?

Well, it's the country, so you can find some moonshine and stuff like that. Pretty much anything that came to your mind.

Speaking of moonshine, when you were drafted last year, you weren't even old enough to drink. Did you catch a lot of flak?

I was 20 years old. I was the youngest guy on the team. When we went out, they asked me for ID. I was like, "Um, I don't have it on me right now. But I'm 21." They didn't let me slide. They made fun of me. They still clown me about it now.

Is there someone outside your immediate family who had a big impact on your life?

I would say my high school coach, Frankie Carroll. He had a huge impact. He was a guy who always wanted us to go out and work hard at whatever we did and build a name for yourself and respect your name. That's the only thing you have in this world, really. That's one of the things that he always instilled in us, and I (follow) it to this day.

Is there an athlete, past or present, you would pay good money to watch?

Barry Sanders, hands down. Either him or Mike Singletary. I would pay whatever to see that. Barry was just exciting to watch. You'd be like, "Wow, I can't believe he just did that." He would just cut, go full speed, and then stop on a dime, then go full speed and stop on a dime again. And Mike Singletary, he was just that guy who was always out there lurking. He wasn't that big, but when it came down to it, he really knew what was going on on the field. And you knew he was there because he'd be looking at you with those eyes.

.Fast facts

Geno Hayes

Position: Outside linebacker

Height, weight: 6-1, 226 pounds

Age: 22

Hometown: Greenville

College: Florida State; All-ACC second team (Sporting News) in 2007; 156 tackles, eight sacks and 291/2 tackles for loss; 21 starts in 35 games.

Pro: Drafted by Bucs in sixth round in 2008; promoted to starter this season; second on team with 37 total tackles; leads Bucs with four tackles for loss.

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