As athletes, we all have our pre-game superstitions. In college, I would get up, shave my head, iron my socks and put on the same pair of underwear every Saturday before games.
However, the superstition of one top recruit takes it further than that. Nebraska commit Marcus McWilson is regarded as one of the best defensive back prospects in the country. The hard-hitting safety combines size, amazing speed and skill all into one impressive package.
During a recent interview, he discussed his pregame ritual. I can guarantee he’ll never intimidate another ball carrier after they read this.
“OK, I’ll just admit it; I have to listen to Justin Bieber before I hit the field before a game,” McWilson told USA TODAY. “That’s right, I said it. I listen to his song ‘Baby’ and I love it. I know I’ll get a lot of flack over this, but that’s just my thing. I’ve gotta do it. I just don’t feel right if I don’t hear it before the game.”
McWilson was asked if there was a particular reason why.
“I just love the song,” he said. “I know most of my teammates like the hard rock and rap songs, but I just like to mellow out before I play. It’s more relaxing and that makes me more loose. I play better when I hear Bieber. That’s just how it is.”
I can picture McWilson now with Beats by Dre headphones on, blasting Bieber while his teammates stare on in disbelief. But hey, whatever helps you perform, right?
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