Getting ready to strip down was just a step in the journey back to the Super Bowl
This is an online exclusive story from ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue 2014, which hits newsstands July 11. Read the full interview here!
I'm kind of shy, to be honest. If I go to the pool or something, I keep my shirt on unless I'm getting in the water.
I just want to be able to get back to the Super Bowl again. That's what gets you up in the morning. That's what lets you sleep good at night -- knowing that you worked your tail off that day.
My hair is a silent tribute to my mom. She passed away 11 years ago from breast cancer. She was always fond of my hair when I grew it out in high school. Every day I wake up in the morning, I can say, "Mom, I'm going to go out there and attack the day to the best of my ability." Her voice is still on my voice mail. Her [driver's] license is always with me -- I keep it close at all times.
I've gotten [my hair] pulled a couple of times, but nothing intentional. I try not to let anyone catch me from behind.