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This week, it's Buccaneer head coach Raheem Morris who is answering questions.
You may, like me, be inspired by some of the coach's answers.
10 Questions for Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Raheem Morris
1.) What is your all time favorite movie or song?
One of my all-time favorite movies, I got a couple, but I'll give you Gladiator. Gladiator is one of those movies I'd always go back home and watch before games and be inspired just by the speeches and the motivational parts of the movie. Just how it was, for his family, it was different things in the movie that inspire you and really pertain to football. So that has always been one of my favorite movies.
2.) Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?
No. What's the 'Smartphone?' Like this BlackBerry? Then yeah. BBM. BlackBerry Instant Messenger. It's kind of my favorite deal right now. Just using that. It's easy, it's great communication, you can see when somebody responds to your messages, you can see when they get your message. There's no guessing game. Just a nice form of communication without having to talk to everybody on the phone, and waste a bunch of time doing it.
3.) Who do you count as your mentor(s)?
You've got to give Mike Tomlin a lot of credit for what he was able to do for me when I was around him. You've got to give Monte Kiffin a lot of credit. You've also got to give a lot of credit to Joe Gardi, my college coach, and Donnie Somma, my high school coach. Besides of my parents, those guys were some of the biggest mentors in my life.
4.) What was your very first job?
I was a caddy at Baltusrol Golf Course. It was my junior year, going to work during the summers with Don Somma. He took us all down there, and we were caddies at Baltusrol Golf Course. That was one of my first jobs.
5.) If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
That's a really hard question. That's a hard question, not because you don't like anything about yourself, it's because you're so grateful about what you do have - about everything you've been given, about everything people been able to help you with. But, if I could change anything about myself, I guess it would be being a better family person. Being caught up in football your whole life, you kind of lose grasp of Thanksgiving and Christmas and some of those things - not being around it as much, and it loses some value in your own personal life, just based on what you do for your living. All that stuff ends up just being grey matter during the season, including my birthday, because it's in September, so I usually miss out on all those things."
6.) What do you consider your greatest success?
My greatest success has to be in 2002, when we won the Super Bowl here, as far as what we've been able to do, up until we had our child, my daughter, having Amaya Jayden Morris."
7.) Tell us something about you most people don't know?
I don't know what people don't know about me - I stand in front of the camera so much now. But I am a terrible golfer, although I think most people know that. If you've ever played behind me, or in front of me, you got a pretty good feel [for that]."
8.) If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?
I would love to have dinner with the leader of our nation, President Obama. Martin Luther King, to find out about his struggles and what he went through as a young man and kind of going through some of the similar things we all go through now, when you're a young man. I know it's not on the same level, or the same extent, but you know being a vocal leader for your team, or being a vocal leader for your whole team, it's just interesting to me how you lead. I just want to speak to all the leaders that I can, and as many as people that have leadership roles, the Gandhis, the Malcolm Xs, and it really doesn't' matter what type of leadership role they were in, it would just be interesting for me to go back and figure out their thought processes and go through their mentalities.
9.) What is in your fridge right now?
Water, for sure. Peppers and hummus, which I'm kind of addicted to right now. Which is really good, but that would certainly be some of the things in my refrigerator right now.
10. If you could have a different career, other then what you're doing now, what would it be?
Probably a teacher. I feel like as a coach, you are a teacher anyway, but being able to show the youth, and develop those guys and be an educator. To help them out, to help them to go on to be the best they can be. That's something I would do.
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