Station Camp officially hired Brent Alexander to lead their football team a little over two months ago and in that span, Alexander has had time to make a few more decisions regarding the logistics of his football team.
However, this Q&A with the former Tennessee State Tiger and NFL standout, isn’t about Xs and Os. Instead, we dive into things like, the dumbest way he has been injured, who would star in a movie made about his life and if he considers himself a hoarder.
I want to give a huge thanks to Brent Alexander for spending time with me and answering some possibly wacky, out-of-the-park questions.
Zach Womble: What would you name your boat if you had one?
Brent Alexander: I would name it after my daughter, Nalyss. Although, if I told you her nickname she would probably kill me so let’s just stick with her legal name.
ZW: What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
BA: It would have to be food related. I love the Nestle Tolls homemade chocolate chip cookies.
ZW: Do you have any hidden talents?
BA: I don’t believe I do. Maybe something people don’t know about me is I like computer programming.
ZW: Favorite food?
BA: Fried chicken and collard greens.
ZW: Favorite sport that isn’t football?
BA: Tennis. I played throughout college recreationally and with my brothers growing up. One of my teammates and I would play as a way of decompressing during our time at TSU.
ZW: What is the most useless talent you have?
BA: I tend to worry too much.
ZW: What is the craziest way you have been injured?
BA: I was back home and was flying back out to New York, so I was running late to catch my flight and as I was running down the hallway to leave the house, I turned the corner and cut my toe wrong. I threw a bandaid on it at home, but the next morning I get to practice and my foot is killing me. Turns out they had to put about seven or eight stitches in for me to practice.
ZW: Who would you want to play your life if your life was made into a movie?
BA: Idris Elba
ZW: What is the best and worst purchase you’ve ever made?
BA: Several years ago I made an investment to buy an actual gold brick. I’ve had it about 20 years now in a safety deposit box. I’d say the worst purchase I’ve ever made is a car that I no longer have.
ZW: What is the craziest thing you’ve done as a teacher to get your kids interested in a lesson?
BA: This isn’t something I normally do, but if I really want to get their attention I will sing or dance.
ZW: Do you have a quote that has stuck with you?
BA: You should never waste an opportunity because you only get so many of them.
ZW: What is one thing you are not willing to do?
BA: Skydive. I see no point in doing that. What do you even gain from it? Nothing in my eyes.
ZW: What is your favorite book you’ve read?
BA: Oh wow. That’s a tough question. I wish I was at home so I could really look. Off the top of my head I’m going to say the Hobbit.
ZW: If you were given a one minute ad slot during the Super Bowl, what would you try and sell?
BA: I’m not exactly sure what, but I know it would do with the importance of getting your education.
ZW: Are you a fan of any sports team?
BA: Tennessee State Tigers and the Station Camp Bison.
ZW: Would you consider yourself a hoarder?
BA: Definitely. I’m trying to break the habit, but if I think I can fix something that is broken I try and hang on to it. I hate throwing things away.
ZW: Which is your favorite meal? Breakfast, lunch, or dinner? And, do you call it dinner or supper?
BA: I definitely call it dinner, but I would say that my favorite meal of the day is breakfast. I don’t eat it often, but it’s my favorite.
ZW: Do you remember your childhood dreams?
BA: Yes. I wanted to be a computer programmer or do something with Nintendo.
ZW: Are you a glass half full or glass half empty guy?
BA: Half empty.
ZW: How many bones have you broken?
BA: Not as many as you think. I’ve only broken one bone and it was the same bone on the same hand. My left hand, middle finger. It was late in my career and I never missed a game because of it.
ZW: If you could give 18 year old Brent advice, what would it be?
BA: Whew. That is a loaded question. I would say, don’t fear rejection. People telling you no is not that bad.
ZW: What is the thing you are most proud of in your life?
BA: My family and football.
ZW: What are you doing to stay busy during the quarantine?
BA: I’m communicating with players. As coaches we are going over the playbook, installing new things. We are making sure we stay organized and my school work. I’m trying to get my classes as organized as possible.