Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
HOUSTON -- My Thursday was highlighted by a conversation with Antonio Smith, and I give him a big thumbs-up. He's a very cool guy and was generous with his time.
Much of what we talked about will be sprinkled into posts to come.
What set him apart in this scenario was his mode of transportation.
While teammates trudge, shuffle or mosey through the underbelly of Reliant Stadium, Smith gets around on a Segway X2.
Travis Johnson was trying to hijack it after Smith pulled up for our chat, but while he stepped off it to talk, he didn't allow his defensive linemate to borrow his wheels.
"It's pretty much just fun," he said. "I'm not going to lie, it has saved my legs a little bit. But for the most part it's just fun. It's a lazy-man machine."
Does he allow others to ride it? Does it disappear on him?
"Oh anybody," he said, before proudly posing for this picture. [Curse that light in the background.] "I don't discriminate. It never disappears. They'll come ask first."