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Getting to know Gerald Alexander


What is your favorite TV show?

I like SportsCenter, even when I was growing up. I watch it over and over again. I love the Top 10 plays. If I want to have a good laugh, I like to watch South Park.

Last book you read?

Tony Dungy's book, Quiet Strength. I've never met him, but I feel like I know him just through his words and his book. I've always heard he was a great person, and I just wanted to read about the great man he is.

Who was your favorite non-football athlete to watch growing up?

Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson.

How about current athlete?

A-Rod, Derek Jeter, Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods … guys that dominate their sport week in and week out. It's hard to get to that point and stay there. It's mind-boggling.

Who is the one person you'd like to trade places with for a day?

Barack Obama. I'd just love to put myself in his shoes and see all the important decisions he makes. I'd love to have the ability to see what he goes through on a day-to-day basis.

What is your favorite U.S. city to visit?

I have a couple of them, Miami and Las Vegas. I always have a good time.

What was your favorite subject to study in school?

Math. I was good with numbers, so it came naturally to me.

What are your pet peeves?

I don't like it when people lie. People tell small lies sometimes, but to do it for no reason makes no sense.

If you could play another position, what would it be?

Quarterback. Everyone wants to be the quarterback.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

I don't know, probably a bird. I think it'd be cool to fly.

What is something you've always wanted to learn?

Probably fish. I've never been fishing.

What is your favorite stadium, college or NFL?

Boise State (Bronco Stadium).

How do you enjoy the offseason?

After a long season of being told what to do and places to be at a certain time, I enjoy being able to do what I want to do.

What do you want to do after you're done with football?

I'd like to be on ESPN. I studied communications in college and it's something I'm really interested in doing. A lot of former players do a great job of becoming household names after their playing career.

What song would you sing if you went on American Idol?

Billie Jean (by Michael Jackson). I'd do the whole act. I'd probably get on TV because it'd be so terrible.

Who is the person you most admire?

Probably my dad because he did what he needed to do, good or bad.

What is the most important thing in your life other than football?

Pleasing Jesus.

What's the toughest challenge you've ever faced?

When my dad was in prison. We were close, and I had to go through high school and college on my own. But my dad laid the foundation for me to do that.

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