Posted: 9:24 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013
By Jason Lieser
Florida DT Dominique Easley has not spent much time watching football in his life, so he does not have a grasp on much of what happens outside of his team.
For example, Easley had no idea that ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit was a four-year letter winner as a quarterback at Ohio State. After Florida’s 24-6 win over Toledo, he was informed that Herbstreit picked the Rockets to upset the Gators.
“I don’t listen to him,” Easley replied. “He probably even never played football.”
He did play football.
“Oh, he did?” Easley said. “I didn’t know.”
[Before we get into the rest of this, it is worth noting that Easley kicked off his senior year with a great game. Toledo’s offensive line could not hold him back, and he finished the day with three tackles and three quarterback hurries. He looked faster than he has at any point in his UF career]
For a guy who loves football enough to play it at Florida and ultimately pursue a pro career, Easley seems to have little interest in the game.
At SEC Media Days last month, he was puzzled when a reporter asked him about legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant. Easley had no idea who that was and asked the reporter if he was referring to some kind of cartoon character.
Easley’s explanation was that he grew up in Staten Island, N.Y., and did not follow football as a child.
When asked today how a guy who plays football at such a high level could have so little interest in watching the game on TV, he said he really does not love football that much.
Here is the transcript of how that conversation went:
Reporter: Did you watch Miami’s game Friday?
Easley: “Nah, I don’t watch football.”
Reporter: You don’t watch football?
Easley: “Watch me some Spongebob, man.”
Reporter: Do you get bored watching football?
Easley: “Yeah, I just don’t really care about it. I just don’t care about it.”
Reporter: How is it possible that you enjoy playing but don’t enjoy watching?
Easley: “I enjoy beating up people.”
Reporter: So you’ll do whatever job allows you to do that?
Reporter: So you’d be happy being a boxer?
Easley: “Nah, I don’t like getting punched in the face. I like the pads.”