The football season is a grind. So on off-days and in the offseason, I try to enjoy every moment. When I’m not playing football, I play plenty of golf and try to spend as much time as I can with my kids. I also try to travel as much as possible. I love to explore new places and new cultures.
But for me, there’s no place like home.
Follow me for a day at home in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
I start my day at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast. I remember going to FCA camps every year as a child. It was fun being around other kids who were grounded in their faith. My 12 years in Arizona have flown by. This community has welcomed me with open arms and really made me feel at home. I never get tired of the sunsets, with the clouds and the mountains as backdrops. One of my favorite things in life is having quality time with my kids. I love the experiences I’ve had in my travels. I have visited 96 countries so far, and every continent. I hope to be fortunate enough to visit four or five more countries this year. I enjoy immersing myself in another culture, getting off the beaten path and talking with local people, experiencing the cuisine, learning about the history and seeing things from a different vantage point. I love seeing how much my kids enjoy all of the things we do — playing ball, games and just having time together. I love different cuisines, all different types of food. At this point I have to watch my nutrition all year-round just to be able to keep myself in good condition. I love sushi. During the season, when I’m extra careful about my diet, I make sure to enjoy it one or two times a week. I started playing chess in the Horizons Youth Program at the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis when I was eight years old. It’s the ultimate thinking person’s game, very strategic. And you really have to think several steps ahead. I treasure every moment with my children.