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Old 08-14-2018, 11:41 PM   #1
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Alvin Kamara Keeps His Rookie of the Year Trophy in His Closet

It's a Yahoo/GQ fluff piece but it is about the Saints stud Running Back...



In today's NFL, it's not quite enough to be just a running back. The days of the bruising between-the-tackles star are over. Now, if you want to be a star runner, you also have to be a playmaker: able to scrap for three yards up the middle, but also to peel out of the backfield to grab six passes a gameóand maybe return a few kicks in between. Most crucially: You need whatever superpower allows you to vanish into thin air, leaving defenders to tackle the spot where you just were. Basically, you need to be Alvin Kamara.
In his first season with the New Orleans Saints, Kamara bruised and sprinted and snagged passes, all while wearing the septum piercing and gold fronts he rocks in-game. And good lord did he make defenders miss. He did it so often that he racked up more than 700 yards passing and receiving, and found himself in the end zone sixteen times (once on a 106-yard kickoff return) on his way to capturing a Rookie of the Year trophy that now sits on his closet floor.


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Old 08-15-2018, 05:03 AM   #2
 
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I feel like that extends to your choice to live in downtown New Orleans, instead of out in the suburbs by the practice facility or something.
I couldn't leave the facility and drive two minutes and be at my house and act like, "Yeah, this is where I wanna live." Shoot, I want to live downtown, so I'm about to go live downtown.

You walk home after home games. What's that like?
I'm not really looking for the attention when I'm walking. We leave the locker room, me and whoever it is that came to the game, family, friends, and we just walk. Sometimes it's an issue. It'll be hot, or it'll be raining. They're like, "Man, we gonna have to call an Uber." And I'm like, "****, all right. I'll meet y'all at the house. I'm walking." I guess that kinda turned into a ritual.

Was that something that you did in high school or college, too, or something you started when you got to the league?
I just started. I live close to the stadium, so I was like, "I might as well walk." It's easier. And it just makes sense. It's harder to get in the car and drive from the game because there's so much traffic. I'm not about to call a Uber. I'm not about to take a taxi, because a taxi from the stadium to my house would probably be $30, when I could walk and get there in 10 minutes. It just makes sense.

It doesn't seem like you have to worry about a $30 taxi anymore, though.
It's still $30. It don't make sense. I'm not about to pay you $30 to take me four or five lights down the street. Like, it's not happening. And then they be trying to finesse on game day. They like, "It's $30 plus six dollars a person." And I'm like, "All right, **** you. I'm about to go. That's cool." And I just keep walking.


Tell me about your nose ring.
It was just something where I was like, "I'm gonna do it. **** it."

Did you have a nose ring role model?
Nah, not really. You see people with nose rings all the time. And then people be like, "Ah, you got a nose ring because of Young Thug or Lil Uzi." I'm like, "Nah, not really. I just got a nose ring 'cause I wanted it. I mean, you saw them with it and you don't got one, so..."

I would be terrified to play with that thing in.
It's not that bad.

No?
You gotta think. Go through a whole season and count up how many people get their helmets ripped off, and it's not really a lot.

It's just gotta be one!
Yeah, I mean, that's true. But I'm not too worried about it. Stay away from dudes and you'll be all right.

Does anyone ever trash talk you about it on the field?
Every game. They always talk ****. People always be like, "Ah, little Young Thug mother****er. I'm gonna pull your nose ring out." And I just be laughing.

What's your response?
"Is that what you worried about right now?" And I just smile. Because you know I wear my gold teeth, so I just smile at them and then it's someone else talking about, "Ah, you got gold teeth in." I'm like, "Okay. Obviously, y'all not paying attention to the score."
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Saving room on the shelf for super bowl MVP
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This young man has his head on right!
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