I know you come from Belle Glade (near Lake Okeechobee), which is a football factory. When you get back home, what kind of reaction do you get from the people down there now that you're doing well?
It's nothing but love. Everybody knows that James Lee is in the league, so there's nothing but love from the people there.
I know a lot of players have come out of Belle Glade. Who is the best player to come out of there?
Me! Hands down.
Well, in this poll, you can't vote for yourself.
Man, there's so many to choose from. Right now, we have Ray McDonald, who is a (defensive) lineman for the 49ers. Santonio Holmes is a wide receiver for the Jets. We have Fred Taylor, running back for the Patriots. We have (safety) Randy Phillips with the Lions. We have (Alric) Arnett, who is a receiver with the Lions.
And this is a small town, right? (The population is about 16,000.)
It's a small town. There's only one high school. All of us come from the same neighborhood. Everybody knows everybody.
How do you think it happened? How does such a small town produce so many players?
It's a mentality, man. Being that it's a small town, we see football as a way of getting out. There's nothing there to do. I mean, we don't even have a Walmart. So just to get outside of those boundaries, we use football. It's instilled. You see it from generation to generation, and it's happening. So guys just keep continuing to go to college and make it happen.
I know a little about the Muck Bowl, which is Glades Central High against Pahokee. What is that atmosphere like?
It's crazy, man.
Because Pahokee is a lot like Belle Glade, right?
Yeah. They have Anquan Boldin (and) Alphonso Smith, who is with the Lions. (The game) is crazy. It's a hard-nosed fight because you basically get the (bragging) rights for that year. You get that talking going between the players in the NFL, and you go back and forth. You talk trash. So I was able to do that this year.
What is all this business about chasing rabbits in Belle Glade?
It's just a thing we do. You go out into the (sugarcane) fields, and that's the way they say we get faster. It's really dirt, but it's really moist. So it's like quicksand. You run and you get up out of it and run down the rabbit. So once you get on regular grass or a field, you're moving like Superman.
Every week we ask this question: What's playing the most on your iPod right now?
I would say (rapper) Young Jeezy.
When you want to switch it up, when you want something different, what are you listening to?
Probably some slow music. Some R&B. Jamie Foxx or Usher maybe.
The other weekly question: What website do you think you visit the most?
Probably worldstarhiphop.com. That's a site where they have a lot of (music) videos and stuff. That and NFL.com.
I know you started your college career at Georgia, but you ended up transferring to South Carolina State, which is a historically black school. What was that experience like?
It was great, actually. The coaching staff, man, they took me in. The players took me in. They embraced me. I felt like I was kind of at home, with the band and the whole atmosphere. It wasn't a big school. It was small. You'd kind of see everybody every day. You got a chance to know your teachers. It was a real good experience for me.
At most black schools, this is always a question: What was the bigger draw, the football or the band?
We had a pretty good football team, and our band was definitely good. I would say, during the years I was there, it was the band. We didn't go to the championship or win our division, so I'll give the band their props.