Hello everyone. We obviously don’t have a game this week, but I thought it would be cool to fill you guys in on what I did during my bye week. In this blog, I will take you through my schedule and everything I have been doing over the past few days! One thing I feel like fans don’t get to experience, is what athletes do off the field. This blog will take you inside my life and give you a taste of the different things I do when I’m not competing on the field!
My week started off with a flight into L.A. to appear on the set of Sports Nation on Thursday. It was a blast to mic up and go on set with Marcellus Wiley and John Cena for their 12:00 pm show! Marcellus and John are two hilarious dudes who made it a lot of fun chopping up film segments and discussing trending sports topics. I really enjoyed the experience and getting to tour the L.A. ESPN headquarters. Although it doesn’t come close to the size of the Bristol, CT headquarters, it still had a lot of working parts with SportsNation and SportsCenter being ran through there.
After we finished up at ESPN, it was off to lunch to discuss the details for my XBOX One appearance that night. We had some time to kill, so we decided to eat by the mall in Beverly Hills then hit up some stores! I’ve always considered myself a tight wad with my money but today I was in a spending mood! I spent a majority of the afternoon checking out all the stores with my brother Branton and my cousin JMo. I am a huge fan of Creative Recreation jeans, so I had to grab me a new pair to rock at the event that night.
The XBOX One event took place at Milk Studios in downtown L.A. They had the place packed out with XBOX consoles, TV’s, and of course… celebrities. DJ Idris was in attendance, and provided some great tunes for everyone. After talking with Chuck Liddell about some UFC moves and hanging with Hank Baskett and Mckay Pfeiffer, I was able to get down and hit the gaming floor! I spent a majority of my time playing the new Battle Field game. The graphics and online gaming experience were awesome, and I loved the headphones they provided to enhance the game play! I got to tell you folks, although I am a huge fan of first person shooter games, my heart still lies with Assassin’s Creed and Grand Theft Auto! As a gamer, I really enjoy games that let me do whatever I want and Assassin’s Creed and GTA give me the pleasure of doing that!
After the XBOX event, it was off to the hotel to pack for my flight to San Francisco on Friday morning. As a Stanford alum – I am always supporting the Cardinal football team whenever I can. I took the opportunity to head up to Berkeley and catch their game against Cal on Saturday. It’s always a good time hanging out with Stanford fans and watching my Alma Mater play. I couldn’t be more proud of Stanford and what they were able to accomplish this year. With their win yesterday, they have officially taken over first place in the Pac 12 North!
Once the game was over, it was time to head back to the airport to catch a flight down to LA for a Fox Sports NFL Sunday appearance! This is an appearance that I have been looking forward to for quite some time. It is always a good time when you go on set with NFL greats and discuss matchups and other football topics. Terry, Howie, and the whole NFL Sunday crew keep the conversation fun and very comical. These guys all have great personalities and do a great job of breaking down games. I don’t want to brag, but I feel as if I was able to hold my own!
The Fox appearance is concluded, and I am sitting here on my flight home – putting this blog together for all of you! As a professional athlete, I am blessed to be able to do a lot of cool things. One thing I will never do, is take any of this for granted. I am very fortunate to play for a great NFL team and be surrounded by the best fans in the league! You guys have made every minute of my career a blast! I hope all of you enjoyed this blog. I thought I would change it up a bit this week! Until next time 12’s!