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Friday, October 29, 2010
Listen up: AFC East pregame playlist

By Tim Graham

Music is such an integral element of a player's pregame ritual.

For the past few weeks, I've been compiling a playlist from some of the AFC East's biggest names in hopes of providing readers a little glimpse into what gets players focused and their blood coursing.

Donte Whitner
Donte Whitner, like many players around the league, listens to music during warm-ups for motivation.
Not everybody could provide a specific song for the playlist.

"I don't know if I technically have a go-to song, but I have a go-to artist," Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington said. "It would be Lil Wayne. I hit his beats. I'm more of a beat kind of guy than a lyrical guy. The beat is exciting, a party kind of beat. It gets you hyped and puts you in that mood."

Ricky Williams couldn't give me a song for the list because he listens to music devoid of lyrics.

"I don't listen to music when I'm in the locker room because it blocks me out from everything that's going on," Williams said. "On the bus from the hotel to the stadium I listen to ambient music, not a lot of words, just a beat with a little chanting. Something like you might hear at Starbucks. It's abstract and helps me get into a certain frame of mind."

Perhaps a couple seats away on the same charter bus, Dolphins left tackle Jake Long is listening to genres substantially more common around the NFL.

"On the drive in I'll listen to some country and relax a little bit," Long said. "When I'm getting taped I'll listen to AC/DC and Kid Rock and Metallica and Black Label Society, some hardcore stuff to get the juices flowing and get me excited."

Here's your AFC East pregame playlist, to which ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss contributed: