By Adam Duerson
Jeffery A. Salter
Virginia's Wali Lundy isn't bragging when he says he wants a highlight reel of his playing career set to Tina Turner's The Best. The song, the junior running back (399 rushing yards, 10 TDs in four games) says, gets him juiced. An aspiring rapper "if football doesn't work out," Lundy keeps two rhyme books filled with lyrics and can spit out songs from Def Leppard through Jay-Z. Here Lundy offers his best locker room listening.
KIRK FRANKLIN'S NU NATION God's Property
You've gotta have some gospel in you. Growing up, it was in my spirit. My aunts played it all the time, and it stuck. Before a big game, like the Tire Bowl, I'll listen to this to bring me back down to Earth. It soothes me and gives me focus.
ROCKY IV SOUNDTRACK
I just bought the five-DVD set, and this stuff gets me and my boys pumped. Eye of the Tiger, Living in America and that song when he's driving through the tunnel [No Easy Way Out, by Robert Tepper]. Damn!
NOTORIOUS B.I.G. Ready to Die
Biggie's spittin' about how things are going to go down when he dies, where he'll go and all that. If you're on the football field, you're trying to cement how you'll be remembered, so I find this pretty appropriate.
LIL JON & THE EAST SIDE BOYZ Kings of Crunk
It's basically a bunch of yelling and screaming, but damn, does it get us going in the locker room. If I could take you out on the field with me, this is what you would hear guys yelling.
MEMPHIS BLEEK Understanding
There's a Beanie Sigel track on here [My Mind Right remix] about going to war and how he could beat anybody, and that's really the mentality you have to have in football. We listened to this before every high school game one year.
KANYE WEST College Dropout
I can't really agree with some of Kanye's politics when it comes to going to college, but beyond that I think he's got some very positive messages.
MICHAEL JACKSON Thriller
I always do the zombie dance from Thriller,
and I used to moonwalk all over the place as a kid. I wouldn't mind busting that out in the end zone someday.
STAR WARS SOUNDTRACK
We didn't have a marching band at UVA until this year, so in the  Tire Bowl we had a high school band from Charlotte playing for us. When they played the Imperial March after my touchdown, it was the most intimidating thing ever.
Issue date: September 30, 2004