AFC South: 2012 life minus football

The AFC South blog asked Texans rookie guard Brandon Brooks what he would be doing if there was no football in his life.

Here’s his reply:

“I’d be teaching. I’d probably teach psychology, that’s what I got my undergrad in. I loved every class I took in psychology. Hopefully when this is all over with, I can go back, go to grad school, take a practice, do all of that stuff, become a teacher. I wouldn’t say you can tell the future with psychology, but you kind of understand why people make the decisions they make, the thought process they go through before they make that decision. … I’d say it already comes into play when it comes to meeting people and reading people.”
The AFC South blog asked Tennessee Titans center Eugene Amano what he would be doing if there was no football in his life.

Here’s his reply:

“I’d probably be in law enforcement. I got my degree in criminal justice. I’d want to do something in federal law enforcement, FBI, U.S. Marshall, something like that. Something that would keep me out active. I can’t be at a desk, so I’ve got to work in the field somewhere. I’ve been shooting in the range and all that. We’ll see what happens.”
The AFC South blog asked Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Dwight Freeney what he would be doing if there was no football in his life.

Here’s his reply:

“Probably teaching. I like kids. I do well with kids, just teaching them. Philosophy? I don’t know what it would be. I actually ended up liking school late. I like to get them a little early, probably between 10 and 14, right in middle school, before they get to high school.”
The AFC South blog asked Jacksonville Jaguars guard Uche Nwaneri what he would be doing if there was no football in his life.

Here’s his reply:

“If football wasn’t part of my life, I’d probably be in the family business. My parents run home health care agencies. They have always kind of wanted to pass that down to us. I could have definitely seen myself being involved with that. … I could see myself managing, definitely. My parents have always been very generous. They came to this country with nothing and they worked hard and were able to build something for themselves. And they’ve always tried to bring people with them. That’s really what they’ve taught me and my siblings -- always have a hand out to help people.”
The AFC South blog asked Tennessee Titans defensive end Kamerion Wimbley what he would be doing if there was no football in his life.

Here’s his reply:

“I would probably be attending dog shows all over the country and spending a lot of time with my family, my wife and daughter. I show dogs and I watch. I have American Bullies. We have a champion, his name is Neo, he’s my top dog. He’s won shows in North Carolina, Florida, we’ve shown him in California. He’s been around. I’ve just been interested in dogs since I was a little kid, always a fascination with animals and the companionship that you develop with a dog. Also I used to train with them a lot in high school, they helped me get into shape -- running with them and walking long distances.”
The AFC South blog asked Indianapolis Colts cornerback Jerraud Powers what he would be doing if there was no football in his life.

Here’s his reply:

“I would probably be broadcasting or in some type of marketing business. I definitely think I’ve got a natural ability at speaking well on camera, and I love all sports. So I could definitely see myself going to school and getting that degree and becoming a broadcaster for a sports channel that covers all sports. I could also [see] myself easily working for a company where I have to travel and market products to try and get people to buy. I picked those two, because other than coaching high school sports and youth sports, I don't see me doing anything else.”
The AFC South blog asked Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis what he would be doing if there was no football in his life.

Here’s his reply:

“Anything that would involve communication and public relations and would allow me to be able to work with people, that’s kind of my niche. I love working with kids, I love animals. For a while I wanted to be a veterinarian. My mom had me when she was 15 years old. Growing up in the hood and being out there with other kids and seeing how hard it was, I was always one of the ones who wanted to grow up and give back. I haven’t really narrowed it down because my call was football. So we’ll see.”
The AFC South blog asked Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing what he would be doing if there was no football in his life.

Here’s his reply:

“I think I’d be into the military and try to go to the highest rank possible, maybe be a Navy Seal. I’ve always had a super respect and I’ve always been fascinated by that. It’s something my dad did, he was in the Army. It's something I would like to do as well. I definitely like a challenge. Something like being at the highest level of football, I would try to replicate that somewhere else. I do swim a lot, and I grew up going to Long Beach Island, N.J.”
The AFC South blog asked Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer what he would be doing if there was no football in his life.

Here’s his reply:

“I’d be running a company. My father had several businesses -- a plumbing business, a refrigeration business. There were six boys. Each one of us was going to have a different company. I decided to go into coaching and my brothers are all retired now and I am still working and I am the oldest. They are all head coaches and I’m still an assistant coach.”
The AFC South blog asked Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea what he would be doing if there was no football in his life.

Here’s his reply:

“I’d most definitely be working with some kids back in my hometown of Newport News, Va., or I would have stayed in the DC area (where I went to Howard). My major was criminal justice, so it could be probation officer or anything.”

Life minus football: Greg Olson

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The AFC South blog asked Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Greg Olson what he would be doing if there was no football in his life.

Here’s his reply:

“I’d hope I could be fishing. I don’t know financially if I could do that, but if I could I’d be on the professional salt water fishing tour. If not, I’d be teaching. Both my parents are teachers and I believe I’m a teacher right now. I’ve got a brother that teaches. I think teaching is in my blood. I was a math major in college, so I’d probably start out with math. I like high school level. Maybe algebra, maybe a little calculus.”
The AFC South blog asked Houston Texans running back Arian Foster what he would be doing if there was no football in his life.

Here’s his reply:

“Something in the music business, I’m not sure what though. I’d probably be in A&R (artists and repertoire). I had an internship set up and Interscope this offseason but I had to fix a couple of things so I couldn’t make it. But I’ve been in contact with a lot of people over there, some high heads over there and they know what I can do. I’m looking forward to working with them in the future. It’s something I fell in love with at an early age and it’s not going anywhere.”
The AFC South blog asked Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner what he would be doing if there was no football in his life.

Here’s his reply:

“I probably would be somewhere doing statistical analysis for a company, doing accounting or trying to be an engineer. Those are the types of fields I would have gone into if there was no such thing as football for me. Anything to do with numbers. I like playing with numbers and trying to find out percentages. When I did an internship with a bank one time I talked with people who handle the numbers, trying to figure out the assets and liabilities. I think all that would be really, really interesting to me.”
The AFC South blog asked Indianapolis Colts safety Tom Zbikowski what he would be doing if there was no football in his life.

Here’s his reply:

“I’m thinking about going into some kind of medical field afterwards maybe, but a lot of that is keyed because of football and boxing. I’d like to study the brain a little bit more and try to become a neurologist maybe if I could, if I don’t have dementia by the time I’m done. We’ll see though.”
The AFC South blog asked Houston Texans outside linebacker Connor Barwin what he would be doing if there was no football in his life.

Here’s his reply:

“I wrote a blog this spring reviewing a concert for the Houston Press here. Maybe I’d get into some kind of music reviewing or something like that. That review was Fitz and the Tantrums. It was a great blog, short. I’m not going to tell you about it, you have to read it. I just enjoy music. Houston’s got an incredibly diverse musical scene -- it’s another reason I’d like to stay here. I just enjoy going to shows and live music. I used to play a little guitar in college but I haven’t really picked it up lately.”

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