Questions and Answers with Colts running back Deji Karim.
Q: With the public associating NFL Players with money and fame, it is obvious that it is more than that. What do you love most about football that's kept you playing?
A: "Just being able to go on the field and just get everything, just play and have fun. It's a game that you get to play for fun and there are things that come with it. You know, you also have teammates that become more than teammates, as friends. It's a great thing. The sport is a great thing. You know, I love it."
*Q: Do you remember your first job? *
A: "Actually I do. I was working at McDonalds when I was fourteen years old. It was a different dynamic. I started playing football at nine and I got into the real world and I started doing work, sitting there taking peoples' orders, mopping floors, having to deal with people who didn't have the right order. It was crazy, but I'm glad that I had that experience in my life."
Q: Other than playing running back, what other position would you be playing?
A: "I would probably be playing somewhere on the defense, like a defensive back, a safety or a corner."
Q: Do you like hitting people?
A: "No, not really but I can, I will. If I'm on defense, you're right, I will. I'd probably play defensive back."
*Q: What is your best football memory? *
A: "I don't have a particular one, probably getting drafted. That would probably be it. I felt like it was somewhat like an accomplishment. I still have more plans. I still have more goals, but that was definitely one of them."
Q: Who is the person that is most responsible for your success? Who was your mentor?
A: "My mom. She weathered me through the storm of everything. She's always been there for me. I'm the oldest. My little brothers and sisters have kept me thriving. My wife right now, I'm going for the gold for her."
Q: What was your favorite sport growing up?
A: "It was football. I liked football, basketball and baseball. I already knew I wasn't going to be tall enough for basketball so I continued football."
Q: Did you play different sports in high school?
A: "Yes, I did football, basketball and track. Yeah, that was kind of fun, until I stopped growing."
*Q: Who was your favorite athlete growing up? *
A: "Deion Sanders, without a doubt. No questions asked. That was my favorite. I walked past him in the 2011 Super Bowl. I was literally this close like we are and I couldn't say anything. I was star-struck."
Q: Outside of football, what do you like to do during your spare time? Do you have any special interests or hobbies?
A: "I spend time with my wife. I play video games. I like to bowl. I like to do that during my off time. Besides that, I try to stay out of trouble all the time."
Q: If you weren't playing for an NFL team, what would you be doing?
A: "That's a good question. I would probably be coaching at a high school. I don't know. I might be trying to figure out a way to get into profession bowling."
*Q: What are your plans after football? *
A: "I really don't know, probably coaching or doing something with kids. I like working with the youth."
*Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals? *
A: "Just to pray. That's pretty much it. I talk to my mom. I don't talk to anybody else and get it on."
Q: Do you have a quote you live by or a quote that inspires you when playing football?
A: "(I like), 'Don't get mad, get even.' That's what my mom told me since the day I stepped on the field as a nine-year old. I used to get mad when something happens. 'Don't get mad, get even.' That's how I live my life."