Quick hits with Korey Banks

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:45 AM ET

Q.H.: What's the best part of the day at camp?

K.B.: For me, the best part of the day is just the collaboration with the team, just seeing everybody get better, just competin'. That's all of it, really. You know, I love football, so I like every bit of it. You might be like, 'well, I'm gettin' up this morning,' but my mom always told me, 'there's people in this world that have it way worse than you. You have it great.' I might not be a millionaire, but I'm doin' what I love, for money. So I like every bit of it.

Q.H.: There's not even a mediocre moment?

K.B.: The only thing I don't like about football is the meetings, really. The meetings are all right, because you're learnin', but when you know it ... you need it, but that's the only thing I can say I dislike about football. When you want to sleep, especially during those two-a-days, you wanna get that extra rest, you'll be in meetings, and you'll be tryin' to focus, but you're like, 'let me wake up'. That's the only thing hard about football. The people on the outside looking in only see the game. But there's meetings ... the mental, everything. It's more mental than physical. There's more than just playin'. It's like meetings, meetings, working out, keep your body in shape ... a nick might last the whole year, but you gotta be mentally strong and say, that nick don't hurt, I gotta fight through this. Some people hurt and they shut it down the rest of their life.

Q.H.: How strong is your desire to get back to the NFL?

K.B.: Really, what happens, happens. I leave it up to God, but if I really had to elaborate on it, it would be like ... the NFL used to be my ultimate dream. I had to be in the NFL. That's just, growing up. You want that. I know I can play there. People that practise with me, play with me in the NFL know I should be there. But if it's not my destiny, I can't stop my life. I have two sons, seven and two years old. They hurt more than me when I get cut. Especially my seven year old. He cries when that happens. He's more mad at them than I'll be, because he don't understand the business side of it. He has to hear it from the kids at school: 'Ha, your daddy got cut', laughing. It's just to the point now, that I have to be financially stable, for me and my sons.

Q.H.: How good can Korey Banks be in the CFL?

K.B.: Tell you the truth man, not too many people know about Korey Banks in the CFL. They haven't seen the best of me yet. I can only be as good as the team can be. Individual stats, I'm gonna get those, but if we're not winning at the end of the day, it doesn't mean s--t. Excuse my French. It doesn't mean nothin'. I like to win. I can have 13 interceptions, but if we lose 13 games, what do those interceptions do? I wanna win. I need some jewelry. Some rings and things.

Q.H.: How many interceptions can you predict for you?

K.B.: This year? God forbid injuries, 18 games, not including playoffs? It depends on if they come at me. If they come at me every game, consistently, six or seven times a game, I'll be in double figures. If they're like, comin' two or three times a game, I'll probably get six or seven. At least that. It's not a lot, but it's six turnovers.

Q.H.: What's your favourite go-to line when talking trash on the field?

K.B.: I'm like a rapper. I'm like Lil' Wayne, or 50 Cent ... I like freestyle, you know? It just comes out. I don't have nothin' I'm gonna say to you, it just comes out. Whatever I feel comes out. Not hurtin' nobody's feelings, it's just how I play ball. I try to get in their minds. Have them thinking about me instead of runnin' that 20-yard route. It's just a little trap I like to set, and if they fall for it, it's gonna lock on them.

Q.H.: Will you try your hand at rap when you're done with football?

K.B.: No sir. No sir, no sir. I plan on playing another 10 years or so, and when I do retire, people are going to be workin' for me. That's how I'm tryin' to set my foundation now, you know? I'm really business-oriented. On the field, I'm a kid, but in the real world ... everybody's successful in my family.

Q.H.: How long have you had the four gold teeth?

K.B.: Since 10th grade.

Q.H.: Why gold?

K.B.: Just growin' up, where I'm from, lookin' up to, I wouldn't say the wrong crowd, but the original gangsters, I guess, if you wanna call them that. It's just like a little look in the south. Everybody has gold teeth and dreds. I had long dreds 'til I cut 'em off. It ain't that I was a follower, so much as I was one of the first in my era, my class to have 'em. They gonna come out one day. I have great dental. I always go get my stuff checked on, take 'em out, clean 'em and put new ones in.

Q.H.: They've got to be costing a few pesos.

K.B.: If I did it up here, it'd probably cost me like $4,000 or somethin'. But where I'm from, it's an every day thing, so the dentist is competin' against so many people ... it's like $600, $700.

Q.H.: Per tooth?

K.B.: No. All together. It's done by the dentist. It's not like in nobody's backyard or nothin'.

Q.H.: What will you be doing with your spare time in Ottawa?

K.B.: I like to collaborate with the players, hang with a couple of guys, it's really 24 hours a day of football for me. I don't try to do it ... it's just that football is my life. You have a little fun, but at the same time, I'm not gonna do anything to jeopardize the Renegades by me being out on the streets, doing anythin' stupid like gettin' in trouble. I'm past that. I'm 25. Trouble for me happened when I was 18. No more of that.

Q.H.: Can you expand?

K.B.: Not at this time.

Q.H.: What can you say now?

K.B.: Life is fun. I'm enjoyin' every moment of it, man. That's the bottom line of this.

THE FACTS:

- Birthdate: Aug. 15, 1979

- Birthplace: Boynton Beach, Fla.

- Height: 5-foot-11

- Weight: 190 lbs.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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