November 11, 2005 - by
Broderick Bunkley — The Man Behind The Mask

Nov. 11, 2005

Cool, calm, chill and laid-back are not typically the first words that come to mind when you describe a 6-foot-3, 284-pound defensive tackle, but then again you haven’t met Brodrick Bunkley. Though he is aggressive on the field — he currently ranks among the Florida State all-time leaders in career tackles for minus yardage — Bunkley says during his free time all he wants to do is relax and play video games. Recently, the Tampa, Fla., native sat down to discuss the man behind the face mask.

Q: How would you describe yourself?
BB: I am a pretty calm cat until I get frustrated. I am very quiet, but also open to people who are inviting. I’m just a pretty cool fellow. Basically, I’m just really laid-back.

Q: How would others describe you?
BB: Other people describe me as crazy because I’m sort of the clown on the team. They see me and they think I’m from a different planet, but I don’t really pay them attention because I know that I am cool.

Q: What do you do for fun, other than playing football?
BB: I like to play video games on Xbox®. My two favorite games are Madden and Halo. I usually get together with four or five of the fellas and we all play on teams. Also, I like to work out. I try to get in the gym as much as possible. I like to watch TV. Other than that I am not really much of a going out type of guy. I usually just stay home and study up on football.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
BB: I always wanted to visit Hawaii and possibly look at it as a place to stay, but I haven’t been there so I wouldn’t know. Hawaii would definitely be one of my destinations because it looks beautiful on TV. I always wanted to try surfing even though I am a little too big for it (laughs).

Q: What’s your biggest fear in life?
BB: My biggest fear is being alone. I grew up around a lot of people. When I first got up here I didn’t know anyone so those were some tough moments. I just don’t want to grow up and be alone and not have anyone to love or to love me.

Q: What’s something you would like to change about yourself?
BB: My attitude, because I am a cool guy, but on the field when things aren’t going right I snap and I start yelling. I just probably need to be more understanding of what is going on. Sometimes I get a little hot headed.

Q: What talents outside of football do you possess?
BB: Besides playing video games, I know how to work nunchuks. I know a little bit of karate. I took lessons a long time ago, but I quit after I got kicked in the stomach by my sensei. I use to beat everybody I went up against. I was a white belt, which is the first classification, and he would put me up against green belts and brown belts. I beat everybody because I was so much bigger than everybody. Then one day my sensei wanted to use me as a demonstration and he kicked me in the stomach so hard. I knew right then I had to get out of the program. I don’t dance. I can cook to a certain extent, the basics — spaghetti, ramen
noodles and I make great pancakes.

Q: Who would you say are your friends on the team?
BB: It is hard to say. I have my roommate, Sam McGrew. Then there is Ernie Sims, A.J. Nicholson … we all are a pretty tight knit group. It is hard to say because you might not speak to everybody but everybody shares the same relationship, like brothers. I still look at Chris Davis as a brother, since we stayed at Burt Reynolds Hall together, and Pat Watkins. It is impossible to pick one or two people that I am close friends with because I am friends with everybody.

Q: What do you hope to be doing after your football career?
BB: I just hope to have my life established. I want to run a couple of businesses, hopefully a couple of night clubs. Really I just want to have enough money to take care of my family back in Tampa. My parents have always worked so it would be nice to be able to let them retire and I could support them.

By Jennifer Hunter
FSU Sports Information
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