On his love of limes
Everyone drinks lemonade, but growing up in Miami, I made limeade instead. People thought it was crazy, but it was so good. And I love Key lime pie. In Buffalo I have to go to a restaurant like Red Lobster to get it. When they put that strawberry sauce on the side of Key lime pie? Mmmm, mmmmm. Love it.
On his passion for bowling
I started playing consistently last year. My brother [Eugene Poole] got me into it. There's always this competition between us. We started looking for an edge, so we bought our own balls and shoes. I score around a 174. I only get to bowl now around twice a month, but we'll hit the lanes in Miami in the off-season.
On tearing three ligaments in his knee in the Jan. 3, 2003, national championship game while playing for Miami
It was devastating. It happened so quick. I just couldn't believe that it could happen to me. Especially during my last college game. But I always try and turn a negative into a positive. I wasn't ready at the time of the combine, six weeks later, but a few weeks after that, I could jog and catch some balls so I could do a little something for teams before the draft. [The Bills took him 23rd overall.] Things have turned out pretty positive for me since.
On the tattoo on his neck that says GUESS WHO'S BACK
After I sat out my whole first season, 2003, in Buffalo [recovering from his injury], people questioned if I'd ever return. I knew I would. I was working out and feeling good. I got the tattoo in Miami before the '04 season.
On the best active back out of Miami--him, Clinton Portis or Edgerrin James
Me. I had the best single season [1,753 yards as a Hurricane in 2002], so they would have to agree. I talk to those Miami guys all the time but not about that stuff. We don't throw stats in each other's faces. We just keep it cool.