I've never asked you whether you actually like your nickname. Everyone calls you that, but how do you feel about it?
I've come to like the name. In my junior year (of high school), when I actually got the nickname, I can remember walking through the mall and everybody saying, "Hey, your new name is Cadillac!" I was like, "What?" When you think of a Cadillac, you think of a big, smooth car. With me being a football player, I felt like I'm more of a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. I was a little fast, quick guy. But it just took off like wildfire.
So, who calls you just plain Carnell?
My mom, family. That's about it. The rest of it is 'Lac or Cadillac. To be honest with you, a lot of people who come to the (Bucs) never knew my name was Carnell. A lot of people I meet ask me, "So, your name is Carnell?" I tell them, that's my real name. I'll meet people and I always introduce myself as Carnell. I've had people tell me, "I always wondered why your mama named you Cadillac."
This is a weekly question: What's playing the most on your iPod?
What I'm listening to the most right now is (rapper) Rick Ross. I love his last album. That guy puts out some hot music. That guy, people are sleeping on him. He can really go.
What's on there that would surprise me?
I have some stuff I don't even know the name of, but I have stuff from this woman singing country music. I just wanted to put some variety on there for when I have guests or whatever, I can play a little of everything. It was just some random stuff, but it's not bad. Sometimes when I get bored and don't want to hear any rap or R&B, I'll throw it on there. Some of it is not bad at all.
The other weekly question is, what Web site do you visit the most?
I'm not real big on sitting on the computer. But I have to admit, the Web site I visit the most is probably Bank of America. I visit that one a lot. Let's just say I visit Bank of America very frequently.
You've been through a couple of really serious knee injuries. Are you now an expert on knees?
Teammates, if they want to know something about knee injuries, I'm the guy you want to talk to. I know a lot about it. If you have a little twinge in there or something's bothering you, I could pretty much diagnose you. I tell the doctors when they're checking guys out, "Ya'll want me to check that out for you? I do know a little something about knees."
You went to Auburn, so how much do you hate your rival, Alabama?
To be honest, I don't hate the University of Alabama. I just dislike the University of Alabama. I was actually a fan growing up of Alabama. They're the Alabama team that everybody roots for. Around my way, where I lived, it was always the Crimson Tide. But the more I started learning about Auburn, (I learned) Auburn is a great place. I do not hate Alabama, but I (strongly) dislike them.
For me, the longer I do this job, the more I need to get away from sports. If you go home and want to relax, are you going to watch a football game or a good movie?
I'm a very, very big sports fan, but for some reason, in the last couple years, I just can't watch sports. I cannot sit down and watch a whole football game or a whole basketball game. I definitely can't watch baseball. I would rather watch a really good movie and relax and chill. You get so much football on a daily basis because it's our job, and people are always asking you about football. So, you have so much football (around) you that once you're on your off time you just want to get away from it. A movie is a great way to do it.
You've always been a big bowler. Are you still bowling a lot and what's the best game you've rolled lately?
I still do it a lot. I haven't been bowling during the season. I am truly the best bowler — I won't say in the whole NFL — but I'm probably close. I bowl a lot. My high game is currently 279. I did that right before (training) camp. I threw nine strikes in a row. I was on the verge of that perfect game. Bowling is such a fantastic game because you're always chasing that perfect game. It hasn't happened, but it's coming.
That is incredible. So it came down to your last frame?
Yep, and I was shaking. I've never been under that much pressure on a football field. The word started spreading, and people were gathering around. I was trying to block it out. Then, my homeboy who I was bowling against started calling everybody, even though he didn't want me to do it because he knew I would talk crap to him. But I was shaking. I threw the ball, and I didn't get much spin on it, and I left the 9-pin. All I could say was, "Man!"