One on one with Arland Bruce III

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:20 AM ET

How the devil are you?

I've been better.

It's a Saturday night and you're not playing. Whatcha gonna do?

Go to the movies, relax and kick back. I might go to a bar and chill out. On an offday, I like to iron my clothes, so I feel clean if go out in public. I like to cook, too. I would probably barbecue early in the day then make something nice at night.

Pick five words to describe yourself.

G. R. E. A. T.

You have all the modesty of a receiver. What were you like in high school?

About the same. I was probably a little more outspoken because I was almost Homecoming King. I didn't win and that humbled me. I was cool but also a mentor, helping out kids who got into trouble. My background isn't too good. but I've come a long way.

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever bought?

Timberland boots. Those are $175. I get the same colours over and over. If one gets scuffed, I go buy a new pair. Nowadays, looking and thinking about those Jordans, why would I spend $150 on shoes when I was in college?

What's your poison?

Poison ivy. Bees. I'm allergic to both. That's like Kryptonite to me. The other thing is watermelon. My family says I'm not black because I don't like watermelon. They give me a hard time when I go home.

What's your cellphone ringtone?

Lean With It, Rock With It. That was my first dance this year when I scored a touchdown. It's the Franchise Boys.

Who's the most famous person in your cell?

I don't know if I can release that information. It's a popularity thing. I have some big-time people in my book. I have a couple of actors, NFLers and a few NBA guys.

What's the best advice you received?

From my aunt when I was younger. No matter how bad you want to do something, if you know it's wrong, don't do it.

What repairs could you do on your car?

I detail real well. If it runs terrible, I'll make the interior look good. I make sure I get the Armor All out and make it gleaming. The car might not start but I would look good behind the wheel.

You're an avid chef, so what's your culinary specialty?

Lasagna but I'm working on a project for dessert. It's going to be either peach cobbler or banana pudding. I have to talk to my lady about it. She makes the best banana pudding.

What's your favourite unhealthy food?

When I go home and we have sweet potatoes, greens and cornbread, all the soul food meals. Back when I was young, I thought it was great. Now that my body is rejecting and there are things you can die from, I have to watch what I eat.

What TV series do you want on DVD?

Martin Lawrence. I think he's the funniest guy around. I wish Chris Tucker would come out with a sitcom. Channel 6 (Keith Stokes) is working on getting us some Martin DVDs.

What's the best concert you've been to?

Method Man and Ja Rule and Redman in college. I was on the stage for the whole performance. I was backstage as well. I was big in college for reaching out to people and getting perks.

If you weren't a football player, what would you be doing?

Playing in the NBA. I was going to try out for the Raptors last year but we lost in the playoffs and I was a little banged up.

With a few hours to kill, would it be a book or a video game?

Those are my choices? I would probably sit and think about life.

What's your worst habit?

Always trying to make people perfect. I feel like I can help people do anything and make them be their own person. It could be a stranger. I want to help people be better at what they're doing.

Do you have any superstitions?

I always remember my grandma saying, 'Don't split that damn pole.' If you are walking with someone down the street talking, you can't let the pole get between you because it's bad luck. It's like stepping on a crack.

What's the ugliest thing in your wardrobe?

I don't have anything ugly in my wardrobe. Everything I put on I could feel like it's in a fashion magazine.

I might not think it's so great.

But I could make you like it. I would say, 'This is ugly? No way.'

No one would say that to your face.

If you said anything, you would be a hater. I don't surround myself with haters.

Could you convinced to karaoke and what would you sing?

Any slow song. I would try anything because I feel like my vocal cords haven't done much. A lot of Asian people love it. My wife's mother (who's Vietnamese), that's all she does with her family. They have one in the restaurant we run (in Kansas City).


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