On where the Oct.
16 Monday Night comeback against Arizona ranks among the craziest games he has
Number 1. We just
kept getting things going our way, like we couldn't lose. It was good to have a
game like that--it keeps you on your feet and makes you appreciate winning.
On making his
fourth-grade peewee football team
I was very
overweight [155 pounds], and they told me I couldn't make the team. So I ran
around the neighborhood in a plastic bag until I dropped some weight. If you
don't have a sweat bag, you make your own. It was something I'd seen my father
[Tommie Sr.] do. He had been in the military, and that's how he trained.
On growing up in
Texas with Tommie Sr., a Pentecostal minister, and mother, Janie, a former
I rebelled. I ran
with the wrong crowd. I've been in juvenile detention centers, alternative
schools--everything. But I learned Christ for myself. The thing in life is
maturity. Whatever you go through, whether it's relationships, financial
issues--anything--your parents can only do so much. There comes a time when you
start to realize you're embarrassing Mom and Dad.
I do everything in
threes. I eat three blueberry pancakes for breakfast every morning. I always
put three pieces of Winterfresh gum in my mouth. I do something else in threes,
but I don't want you to think I'm, like, crazy.
I have a record
label and a studio [in Chicago] and I sing, but for now it's just a hobby. I
sing every year at the Super Bowl gospel celebration. One day maybe I'll come
out with an album. My dad had an album out a long time ago. Now he has a
quartet, and they travel around and sing.