Yo, it’s not an easy life. Kid, you’ve got to go earn it, you’ve got to work hard to be good player; and it’s just not going to be given to you, regardless of your last name or your lineage.
“Parents can be persuasive and all that, but it’s better when the kids realize it for themselves and grasp it”
I don’t think I was into her at that point.
That’s the beauty of football, because whatever they did the last time, you’ve got an opportunity to correct it this time, They get no advantage.
“I love being in the action, I love being in the juice. I was chillin’ before and having a real good time. But when you go out there in the meat and potatoes of it all, I like the fact that you earn your salt. You earn the respect. You earn the looks and the nods and the things that they say about you. You earn that good stuff. I like being in it, because I like the pressure of being in it.”
You can’t be all serious and straight up-and-down. I’ll brighten up your … morning. Brighten up my morning. Because when I make you laugh, it makes me laugh inside. I just have fun with it. Just being a little different.
“We all were vulnerable. Among my cronies, one became a dancer, one went to college, another guy got killed and another dude got strung out on drugs. Some of them had motivation to distance themselves from that place, and some said the hell with it.”
“I was the biggest kid on the block, so they wouldn’t let me hang with them,” (They would say), ‘You’re too big. You can’t keep up. You’re not quick. You’re too slow. You’ll get caught.’
I may be young, but I’m not stupid… You’re asking a player who has a chance to make money he never had before … a young, desperate black male … to stay at a school that can’t really help me out as much as I can help myself? That’s ludicrous.This statement from BOB appears in print on Dec. 21, 1991, Section 1, Page 31 of the National edition with the headline: SPORTS PEOPLE: COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Whitfield to Turn Pro.