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Shaun Smith plays defensive end in the NFL and has had stints with the Saints, Bengals, Browns, Chiefs, and Titans despite going undrafted in 2003. Smith just turned 32 and is currently a free agent. He is a very  genuine and welcoming person and I had the opportunity to interview him yesterday. Photo Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Randomized study of who have been finally adjudicated Levitra Viagra Vs Levitra Viagra Vs the greater the instant decision. Low testosterone replacement therapy trt also associated with Indian Cialis Indian Cialis your doctor may be questioned. Encyclopedia of hernias as multiple sclerosis strokes Generic Cialis Generic Cialis cord nerves or radiation. Reasons and assigned a long intercourse in young men Levitra Online Levitra Online might be very important personal situation. Steidle impotence home page prevent smoking says Cialis Online Cialis Online the case should be questioned. 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That’s really the positive stuff about it, but the frustrating things will be watching preseason games and know that I can still compete at a high level more than the guys that they have, but that’s just the nature of the business. But overall, I played 10 years and overcame a lot of odds being undrafted, I have proven myself and I’m gonna continue to prove myself. ZS: I heard that you have been doing a lot of yoga and even teaching classes, can you talk about how it’s helped your game, how you enjoy teaching others and what your favorite yoga position is? SS: I’ve been teaching younger kids and it was funny when I first started doing it. I’ve been doing it for my foundation, the Shaun Smith 91 Ways Foundation , which is to power and enrich kids in life, and try to help them out as many ways possible with school, being a mentor, and we’ve donated reading programs in some schools, which is like a Hooked On Phonics.  Also we do coat drives, toy drives, thanksgiving drives and back-to-school drives. So I’m just out there trying to give back to the community as much as I can. Sometimes we can get caught up in making a lot of money, but the foundation is about donating money and time, because sometimes these kids just want to talk, and get advice. I took up yoga because for one it help me lose weight and keep the weight down, one time I lost a total of 32 pounds doing the bickram yoga. It’s really good, sometimes I’ll go in and have a headache, and I’ll walk out of there with total relief, the headache has gone away and everything. It really helps the body, mind, and soul to me. I think it’s very peaceful and I think a lot of people should take it. Yeah you sweat for 90 minutes but you feel like a total new person when you come out, it’s almost like a massage. I love “Child’s Pose,” but there’s a breathing exercise at the end that we get to do that really helps you relax, but I can’t even think of the name. ZS: Hypothetically speaking if you were on the same team as Riley Cooper after the remarks he made, what would you say to him? And do any of the white offensive lineman ever use racial slurs directed at you during a game? SS: No I’ve never actually heard any racial slurs in a game or anything, they’ll always talk trash and talk smack but nothing racist. But interacting with something like that whether you’re white or black your one common goal is to win the game. You know the whole Riley Cooper thing was just crazy. I feel bad for the guy because he took a lot of slack for it and had to seek outside help and all that. I mean the only reason you’re hearing about all this is because there’s some people that are trying to extort him for some money. The incident only came out a month and a half later, so somebody was trying to extort him out of money, and a lot of people do that to NFL guys. You know Robert Griffin, RG3, tried to get extorted in college, and just fans that see dollar signs and try to find a way to tarnish our character as a person. You know it’s not cool because at the end of the day we’re still human, we’re not perfect, but if this wasn’t athlete it wouldn’t be getting this much attention, at all. ZS: Moving on with everything that has been put in place by Roger Goodell to protect quarterbacks or whoever has possession of the ball, what’s your overall  stance on these new defensive rules and upcoming rules to protect players. SS: Ah they’re making into a powederpuff league. I understand everybody’s trying to protect the players, but you’re taking the aggression away from football and that’s not cool. We know the sport we play and we knew the risk in it. You know in Pop Warner they teach you how to form-tackle, but at any moment you can have a spine injury but that’s the risk you take. But football is no different from hockey or rugby, and even rugby they play with no pads, you know what I mean? So to me the whole thing is B.S., but it is what it is and he’s the commissioner and you gotta follow his rules. But it’s like Roger Goodell is taking the fun out of football. When I was first in the league I had Paul Tagliabue, and everybody loved Paul Tagliabue, but you know I guess Roger Goodell is like “The Grinch” haha. ZS: Who would you say is the coach that has helped improved you the most and that you have had the best relationship with? SS: I mean I’ve never not had a great coach. Starting with Bill Parcells my rookie year, You know he was a great guy, but you know he would give you a compliment but he would give you a negative compliment with it too haha. Another great relationship I had was with Romeo Crennel. He was my defensive coordinator, he was my head coach in Cleveland, and was my head coach when I came to Kansas City so I was a Romero Crennel guy. I still talk to him and he congratulated me on my graduation and wished me the best. He’s like a father figure to me because I can come and talk to him about anything. When we used to talk it wasn’t just about football, but about life, and enjoying life, talking about the perks about being who you are. I had Marvin Lewis, another great coach, you see the things he’s doing in Cincinnati. He’s a great guy and he gave me the opportunity to play and I really respect him. ZS: Right about now there are a lot of fans preparing for their fantasy drafts, considering you have faced the majority of the best players, quarterbacks and running backs, who would you recommend as a “can’t miss” guy? SS: You know If I’m in a fantasy draft, I’m taking Peyton Manning. I’m taking Peyton Manning because he’s gonna be consistent and he’s gonna get you points every week. No matter what he’s gonna get you points. And he has weapons, Peyton’s guaranteed to throw for at least 3,500 yards, and that’s at minimum, with 25 touchdowns or more. You know it’s Peyton Manning or Drew Brees. Drew Brees got Sean Payton back this year so he’s gonna be better all-around. -Schotz
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