The Sideline Report with Jocques Crawford
Kream Keegan has been posted, so be sure to get your picks in this week before 11 a.m. Saturday.Let’s go ahead and get right to the latest Sideline Report, this one with running back/kick returner Jocques Crawford.!
The Sideline Report with Jocques Crawford
Jesse Newell: It says in the media guide that you like walks on the beach. Do you really like walks on the beach?!Jocques Crawford: (laughs) I meant it as kind of a joke. Me and my teammates used it in high school as a joke for Senior Day. I just kind of used it whenever I can because I think it’s hilarious, being that I’m not really going to the beach a lot. I’m sure I would enjoy it if I did go on the beach, though. (laughs)JN: Does that help you with the ladies, saying that you like walks on the beach?JC: Yeah, I think it does help with the ladies. They might like walks on the beach. I’m sure any lady likes walks on the beach. It’s kind of romantic, so ladies like that type of thing nowadays.JN: So you’re just going to keep that line in your back pocket until the day comes, right?JC: Yeah, I’m going to keep it in my back pocket until I get a little older and I can move to Florida or Cali where I can actually take a young lady on a walk on the beach.JN: So riding horses is in the media guide, too. Do you really do that?JC: (laughs) No, I’m scared of horses, actually. (laughs) I just thought that sounded good, too. I’ll throw it in the media guide, have a little fun with it.JN: So you are the perfect man in the media guide? That’s pretty much what you’re saying then?JC: Yeah, I try to be the perfect man in the media guide, try to get people to like me. I’m just trying to show them that I have a pleasing personality and I have sense of humor.JN: How many texts do you do a day?JC: Text messages? I don’t know. My phone kind of freezes up a lot because I text a lot. People back home – just random people – I get text messages all the time. I’ve actually got Facebook connected to my cell phone, too, so I do get a lot of text messages from that. Probably around 300 maybe. I text a lot. My phone bill actually gets shipped in a box.!JN: Really?JC: Yeah, my mom gets mad about it because FedEx has to drop it off. JN: What was her first reaction when she got a box for a phone bill?JC: She was just glad that I had free text messaging and didn’t go over my text messages. I think it’s hilarious that I get a phone bill shipped to me in a box, because it’s nothing but text messages.JN: Are you the most competitive person you know?JC: I don’t know. Frankly, I’m a very competitive person. I’ll compete with anybody, anywhere, any sport, anything. From Checkers to Chinese Checkers to Spades to on the field : sports I haven’t even played, I’m a very competitive person. I just like to do that. I think it’s fun to compete. I’ll take it seriously. If I lose, I won’t be mad about it as long as I did my best, but I just love to compete in anything I do.JN: You say you won’t get mad about things, but do you hate losing then?JC: I hate losing, but at the end of the day, if you put your all into it, if you don’t have those questions ‘I could’ve, should’ve, would’ve,’ then I don’t think you should be mad that you lost. You played your all. You gave your 100 percent.JN: Your father played football for Memphis. Who were you cheering for in the national championship game?JC: I guess whoever was leading at that time, because I was at junior college watching it. I was in a win-win situation, so it really didn’t matter to me. I guess if Memphis would have won, Kansas fans may not have liked me here, or when I go home (to Memphis), people see the Kansas stickers and flags on my trunk, and they don’t really like that. I was in a win-win situation. I was just glad my school in my hometown made it to the national championship.JN: What’s the reaction when they see the Jayhawk stickers back home?JC: It’s not appropriate to say right now. I do get some guys when I’m downtown, drunk guys that are drinking that say the dumbest stuff. They rip my flags off, so I just have to drive off. It’s tough to be a Jayhawk in Memphis. It’s kind of hard, especially when I hang out where the Memphis basketball players hang out. They don’t really like that.JN: Who was your favorite running back?JC: I liked Barry Sanders.JN: Why’s that?JC: Because he’s a pretty shifty running back. He made a lot of guys miss. Despite his size, he went out there and did the best that he could. He’s like one of the legends right now. JN: Were you trying to be Barry Sanders in your living room while watching him? Were you trying to emulate him growing up?!JC: Originally, my last name was Sanders (Jocques’ last name was changed to his father’s last name, Crawford, in seventh grade), so I used to always say I was Barry Sanders when we played pickup games and things like that when I was a younger kid. When I got on the field, I just tried to do things – shake moves and things like that. I remember my grandmother bought me a Barry Sanders jersey for Christmas. I wore it every day. I seriously wore it every day. I just had fun with it.JN: How old were you then?JC: I was probably around 8, 9 years old. Maybe younger. I can’t remember, I just remember that she bought me that Lions jersey. width=”350″ height=”250 width=”140″ height=”150 width=”130″ height=”150 width=”130″ height=”150