Definitely, life changes as it goes on a little bit, for sure.
You always want to be on top of the playbook. You always want to be refreshed with the plays, make sure you're on the same page with everyone else.
When you're growing up, you need to stay around people who are headed in the right direction and stay away from people who will take you in the wrong direction.
After a workout, you definitely have to have a protein shake. I drink my six-pound whey protein all the time, too. I throw some fruit in there - strawberries, blueberries - with some peanut butter and banana, and it gives you all the recovery you need from a hard day of lifting and running.
I like anywhere with a beach. A beach and warm weather is all I really need.
Beer is nasty.
Playing football and being a tight end scoring points, it's awesome to see so many members throughout the United States join to play fantasy football, to expand the sport, to make the game more interesting while you're watching.
I'm not a guy who just sits there on the couch and watches TV all day long. I need to get up; I need to be active. I need to be doing things around the house - working out, playing a sport, whatever.
Just follow the rules. Always have a designated driver. Don't be doing anything to make someone mad. And just walk away from the trouble.
Usually, about 2 hours before a game, I stuff in a nice peanut butter and jelly with chocolate milk.
Me not working hard? Yeah, right - picture that with a Kodak.
I've always been a fan of football, always watched the NFL and it's great to always sit back wherever I can this year. You sit back and enjoy the games, pop a little sports drink - not any pop or soda - lay back, watch the games. It's always cool to see how the games go down and just enjoy them.
Keep doing what you have to do to help the team out.
To this day, I still haven't touched one dime of my signing bonus or NFL contract money. I live off my marketing money and haven't blown it on any big-money expensive cars, expensive jewelry, or tattoos and still wear my favorite pair of jeans from high school.
You've got to be careful with any injury, but I mean, if you research hamstrings, if you know anything about hamstrings, you've definitely got to be careful.
Jason Statham is one of my favorites. I've watched basically every single one of his action movies, and they're all creative.
A good vacation for me is going to warm weather. Being able to go outside, in the sun, hit the beach, play outside sports. Being active outside. Going swimming, hanging by the pool, having a couple drinks, having a couple of your close buddies around, and just having a blast.
Definitely inspired to keep on grinding, keep on going, keep on doing what we do every single year: Win games and put up numbers.
In order to stay healthy, recover quickly, and continue building strength and agility, I've combined different types of low-impact sports circuit exercises to maximize and expand my abilities.
I'd go at anyone. I took all of my brothers' bull. It made me who I am.
My softer side? I mean, I like to snuggle.
My brother's got two degrees. He got one for me.
Just put football first, or your job first. Give everything you've got all week, work hard, work super-hard to take it to the next level every week. And when you feel like you got to the point where you want to be, you definitely need the time to go out, relax, have a good time, take all the stress off it.
You're grateful to have brothers in the league, and then when it comes down to it, and you have a brother on the same team, that's awesome. It's a lot more support and a lot more intensity we can bring out in each other because we know each other like that.
I just really just try to get better as a player every week, just focusing on the team we have to play this week, and just trying to do whatever is best for the team that week.
My pet peeves are people touching me a lot. Random dudes grabbing me and slapping me across the back. They're not doing it on purpose, but it's like they forget I'm a person. But you can't do anything about it. What are you going to do?
Evil will destroy itself.
After a game, after a week of eating right, eating clean, you feel like that's when you deserve a nice cheat meal and basically hop on anything after the game.
At one time, I wanted to be a WWE wrestler. I still do. I want to go in the ring once and mess around and jump off the ropes and do a Stone Cold stunt.
I never really grew up watching TV.
In the off season, you work out for two hours a day, and then you got all this other time off. I like doing other stuff. Football obviously isn't going to last a lifetime either, so it's always cool to get in front of a camera, do commercials, and do endorsements for products that you love.
Growing up together with my brothers and working out - knowing that they bring intensity to the workout and they really, truly believe in it - it's awesome.
These guys are warriors, my teammates.
In sports, a team is surrounded with people with different backgrounds, with different races, and with different religions. In order to win, everybody comes together. I feels like that's what the U.S.A. represents. Everyone just has to come together in order to win.
I just like the beaches in the summer, man.
I never thought, growing up, I'd be a TV host.
We go out to practice every single day and we have fun out there, but at the same time, we're getting work done. We're going hard. If it's reps for the scout team, we're giving them good reps. If we're getting reps for the first team as a tight end group as a whole, we try and go out there and put our best out there as a group effort.
I just go with the flow, day by day, week by week.
Before I go to bed, I've got to hit my situps and pushups. While I'm watching a TV show, I do pushups. I even watch 'SpongeBob' still, so there we go.
Everyone always helped me out growing up, and everyone now supports me Sunday. So whenever there's a chance to give back, to the community, to the less fortunate kids so they have the opportunity to gain the most potential they can in their life to be success, it's always good to do.
I was running super slow. Chris thought I was done. Then one day at the end of February, I woke up and my body felt good. I was just so happy. I was faster than my brother again. I got all my moves back. I told him, 'Brother, I'm back, and now you're done!'
I've spiked a toilet seat before, a gallon of milk, even eggs. If you say it, I've probably spiked it before.
Guys always follow me into the bathroom and ask for pictures and stuff.
I feel like when I do some dance moves during the week or at the house, I'm quicker on my feet. I can react quicker just from dancing.
I kind of always did get good grades.
You have to give it to the Packers. They are a good team. They have a great offense and a great defense.
Just like any other game we're taking on we've got to prepare, prepare hard, mentally, physically. We've been practicing hard.
Am I ever going to be able to play football again? What's going on with my career? I was just thinking things like that. You've got tears going down your eyes. You've got your trainers right there and my parents right there. I was just thinking, "Is this it?" I didn't know what a knee injury was. I'd never felt pain like that.
It's always frustrating when you drop the ball. But you've got to go back out there, and you've got to put that play in the back of your head and keep on going.
Stay hyped! Get chicks!
I've got four brothers, so with them and all our friends we had these sports parties in the basement. We'd play basketball, mini-sticks, baseball in the backyard, football, whatever it was. We were busy 24/7.
I was always blessed growing up with opportunities and access to facilities, equipment, and playing with my brothers in the backyard to be the best athlete I could be.
No, my dance moves are always working no matter where I am. Whether at the house or if I'm out, at the facility working out, practicing, you gotta get the dance moves right. They help out with your footwork.
The importance of lifting weights is it kind of makes me who I am.
Wherever we roll, it didn't really matter, chicks would come to me no matter what. Even before anything. But a lot of the time when it doesn't happen, you have more fun anyway, because you can hang out with your boys.
You want to be the best at work in order to go out and celebrate.
Everyone wants to see collisions, so I'm ready to give some.
You can't do it all. You get many requests all the time, but I still have to focus on football, still have to live my life a little bit. But there are definitely times during the week when you want to take time out.
As time goes on you're getting more knowledge of your playbook and football, and you just pick it up a lot easier. Lining up everywhere is just second nature to me now.
You have no confidence when you come out of surgery because you can't really do anything. You're like, 'Man, am I ever going to heal?'
I feel like, at any given time, if I'm not playing my best football, if I'm not taking coaching points, if I'm not doing things right out there on the field, I feel I can be covered by anyone.
When you get off five or six months, and you're not competing as an athlete, you want to get back out on the field.
Being with the family, running downstairs and opening presents, it was always fun with my brothers.
I don't feel like anybody can be in top-notch football shape when you first get out there, and that's what training camp is for, and that's why it's a long process.
Whatever's asked of me, I'm just going to go out there and perform my routes and how I've been coached all week, perform in the running game, pass blocking, run blocking, whatever it is.
No one makes better scrambled eggs than me.
Our dad introduced us to all of it - to the weights, to eating healthy, all that good stuff. He introduced it, got on us every once in a while, and left it up to us if we wanted to do it. And seeing my older brothers do it right in front of me, I wanted to do it because I looked up to them.
Growing up as a kid, I watched Jeremy Shockey... Tony Gonzalez... Antonio Gates. I looked up to them. I watched what they did to be successful.
Whatever plays are called, I'm just going out there and doing my job.
No matter what the circumstances are, I've never seen Tom Brady come out and not give it all in practice. There's never any change in him. Whenever he's out on the field, he's giving it all, and he's just such a competitor.
Pregame, you definitely want to carb up.
Math was my favorite subject, and English was my worst.
You have to learn the playbook inside and out. You have to learn code words for each play. You have to learn defenses.
I've seen a lot of athletic juggernauts throughout high school, college, even the NFL who can't play the game.
I actually played hockey my whole life, all the way up until ninth grade.
The more you're playing, the more weeks you're going, the more you're into it, the more everything is flowing together.
When I'm watching any game, I watch the tight end.
It's football. You're going to get laid out eventually.
I never drink wine. There's only one wine I like, but I forget what it's called. It tastes like Sprite.
I did make National Honors Society in high school.
When I first got into the league, I just used to run. Just run the route. Really no technique to it. I really couldn't separate myself from the defender.
You have to just have football knowledge. Without football knowledge, it doesn't matter how much skill you have.
There are definitely a lot of doubters out there.
You always want to be working, doing reps, but there is also a time you need the mental reps.
I was shy at dancing. I practice at home. I was practicing in the mirror. Dancing everywhere. Then I just started feeling good. I started feeling coordinated. I started feeling the music better.
When Coach Belichick comes up to you during a game and says something to you, that's great.
In high school, I was scared to dance.
People misunderstand who I truly am. Truly who I am. If I go somewhere, people just think I'm a party boy 24/7.
I love the energy and positivity of working out.
When you see the ball in the air, you want to go make a play.
You want to hit full strides going into the first game and maintain it.
Whenever I'm out on the field, I love to go full-go.
I love the action movies. I would love to be part of those.
You've got to catch the ball.
You've just got to have to put the work in. Put work first. Put the hours in and the time in, and do your job. And when you get a little time off, you can go out and have a little fun. But you have to make sure you get done what you need to get done first off.
He's a hard worker, Nate Ebner.
If you go out once a week, they can blast on you that you're always out all the time, but I always put work first, and people sometimes don't see the side of going into the weight room, behind-the-scenes-type stuff with football.
My mom would always travel with us to everything; my dad introduced us to the weight room and showed us how to properly work out.
I like all action movies, but the ones with Jason Statham are always my favorite.
If we get the W and I have no catches, I'm satisfied, man.