DE Osi Umenyiora’s first celebrity crush was on Lisa Bonnet who played daughter Denise on “The Cosby Show.” “My dad loved that show,” he said. “We used to watch it a lot in Nigeria, and I just loved her.”
One of T Kareem McKenzie’s favorite hobbies is photography. “Vacations, scenery, landscape, wildlife, stuff like that,” he said. “For me it’s about being able to capture something memorable, something that can transcend you back to that point in time and capture the beauty and essence of what you saw.”
If LB Chase Blackburn ever tried out for “American Idol,” he said he’d sing “Chatahoochie” by Alan Jackson. “That was the first song I ever memorized,” he said. He even sang that song at the team talent show when he was a rookie. How’d that work out? “Not good,” he said.
The best advice LB Gerris Wilkinson ever received was from his Uncle Horace about dating. “He told me to always start relationships off the way you want them to be down the line,” he said. “Don’t start off buying her everything in the world because you set the tone of the relationship early on.”
WR Domenik Hixon said his favorite book assigned to him in school was “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “It was a nice read,” Hixon said. “It was solid.”
DT Barry Cofield said he is a television junkie. “When I’m at home the TV is running non-stop,” he said. “I sleep with the TV on with a bunch of trashy reality shows. I like everything from ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ to ‘For the Love of Ray J.’ Everything that people are embarrassed to watch, I watch it all.”
G Chris Snee is also a fan of reality shows, particularly shows like “The Real World” that build and then destroy relationships for the sake of drama. “My wife makes fun of me for watching them,” he said. Would he ever have considered going on one of them? “No way,” he said. “No good comes from that.”
What’s the best Christmas gift LB Antonio Pierce ever received? He didn’t have to think long. “When I was 10 years old I got a 27-inch TV from my grandmother for my room,” he said. “I had been asking for it for years. I had already opened all my gifts and that one came out of nowhere. It wasn’t underneath the tree, I don’t know where they hid it. But it came out in the box and all I remember is being happy and wanting to go in my room and watch TV and play video games.”
DE Mathias Kiwanuka said if he could be on any reality or game show, he’d choose “Deal or No Deal.” “It’s a fun show to be around the models,” he said. Would he accept a deal from the banker? “I’m all in. No deals. It’s all or bust.”
DE Justin Tuck’s five favorite books: 1. The Bible; 2. “Dreams from My Father” by Barack Obama; 3. “Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell; 4. “The Blind Side” by Michael Lewis; “Forty Million Dollar Slaves” by William Rhoden.
K Lawrence Tynes’ favorite sports memory outside of football came in 1991 when his grandfather took him to Tiger Stadium for his first big league game. “Rob Deer hit a home run to win it in the bottom of the 11th inning,” he said.
LB Michael Boley said his favorite thing to celebrate are his children’s birthdays. “I grew up big on family, so any chance I get to celebrate my kids’ birthdays it’s amazing,” he said. “To see them grow and how fast they grow, it’s so fantastic.”
If OT William Beatty wasn’t a football player he’d be a chef. “I like to cook, experiment, and do different things,” he said. “It’d be a high-end restaurant. Small menus, big prices.”
The best gift LB Zak DeOssie ever gave was this past Christmas when he paid off his twin sister’s student loan. “I spent nine months in the womb with her and she’d do the same for me,” he said.
One of the most quotable movies of all time, as far as FB Madison Hedgecock is concerned, is “Dumb & Dumber.” His favorite lines from the flick: “Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this and totally redeem yourself!” as well as the one after the police officer yells for the boys to “Pullover!” “No, it's a cardigan but thanks for noticing.”
WR Steve Smith said Michael Jordan is his favorite athlete of all time. Although he grew up in California, he has family in Chicago so he got to see him play in person. He also saw him at a Five-Star Basketball Camp in Pennsylvania. “He was so competitive he didn’t even let my friend get a layup on him,” Smith said. “He was ridiculous.”
What’s RB Ahmad Bradshaw’s favorite meal? “Steak, mashed potatoes, a little gravy, some good green beans,” he said. “That’s a perfect meal. You can’t beat that.” Bradshaw enjoys a flank steak, but his first choice is filet mignon — medium-well.
When he was younger, LB Clint Sintim collected basketball cards. Why? “No real reason,” he said. “My brother (Darryl) did it. I just bought packets and put them in a wrapper and thought I was doing something.”
TE Kevin Boss played at Western Oregon, so that’s his favorite college basketball team. But because his father grew up in Detroit, he’s always rooted for Michigan and was a big fan of the Fab Five. “We were huge Michigan fans for football and basketball,” he said. “My dad raised us as fans of the Tigers and the Lions and we were for Michigan. Not Michigan State.”
G Rich Seubert’s five favorite ice cream desserts (with or without toppings): 1. Chocolate ice cream with peanut butter topping; 2. Strawberry cheesecake with marshmallow topping; 3. Just plain frozen vanilla custard from Rita’s; 4. A hot fudge sundae with nuts; 5. Butter pecan.
CB Terrell Thomas’ favorite vacation destination is Cabo San Lucas. He’s been there each of the last two offseasons, staying at the Esperanza. “This year I went for four days and had a great time,” he said. “You can see the fish right from the shoreline. I went snorkeling and you can swim with the dolphins. You can just relax. And the tequila out there is very delicious.”
Rookie WR Hakeem Nicks’ favorite movies: 1. Bad Boys; 2. Spider-Man; 3. Training Day; 4. Wanted; 5. Hitman.
S Kenny Phillips’ four favorite actors/actresses: 1. Mike Epps; 2. Denzel Washington; 3. Taraji P. Henson; 4. Idris Elba.