A day in the life with Gavin Walls

SCOTT UNGER, HOME TURF

, Last Updated: 11:43 AM ET

On the field, Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Gavin Walls is all about getting his sack on when it comes to opposing quarterbacks. Off the field, the 2006 CFL East Division all-atar is all about getting his relax on in front of any television within view.

"Some people may call it being lazy, but for me it's relaxing," he said of how he gets his release off the field by laying about while watching the boob tube.

Walls even said he usually falls asleep while watching TV after games.

But, Walls is all business when it comes to practice and games.

"The biggest thing is making sure I am mentally prepared," said Walls, who usually eats a healthy serving of spaghetti with alfredo sauce before each game.

"I like to sleep in on game days and I am thinking about the game as soon as I wake up. I stretch and make sure my body is ready to go and then I head to the stadium. I usually watch some kind of football in the locker room and then go get taped."

Walls adds waiting for game time is the hardest part of the preparation.

"It seems like it takes longer and longer to get here all the time," he said.

While he does love playing at home with 25,000-plus screaming Blue Bomber fans, Walls admits playing on the road has a calming effect.

"There's less distractions on the road," Walls explained.

With the exception of the bye week, CFL players get very few off days, so Walls makes the most of them when they come.

"I enjoying fishing and, for some reason, I've started to get into golf," the defensive lineman said.

Walls also lists working out and once again plopping himself in front of the TV as enjoyable pastimes.

In the off-season, Walls retreats to his hometown in Hampton, Va., before going to Arkansas to train for the next season. He admits it can make for a long winter.

"After a couple months I get bored," he said. "I just want to get back up here and get the season started.

"I get outside and cut the grass or whatever. Anything to keep my busy."

The fierce tackler also enjoys going to concerts in his favourite genre of music.

"I love jazz concerts," he said. "It helps me keep a piece of mind and brings me back to reality."

Walls also has a two-year-old son in Fayetteville, Ark.

"He's very active," Walls said, "always into everything. I make the most of the time I spend with him."

Most of all, though, Walls is just going to take everyday as it comes.

"I'm just enjoying life," he said. "I'm glad to be alive. I have a lot of friends that aren't here any more, so I live for them too."


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