You never know who you might run into around Nike’s Beaverton, Ore. campus. On Wednesday, while taking in Nike’s The Opening, a showcase of some of the country’s top high school players, TDdaily got to witness the Jordan Brand’s stable of football players—a group that included Dez Bryant, Michael Crabtree, Andre Johnson, Earl Thomas, among others—test out some new Jordan cleats (for more photos and videos, check out our Instagram account). Afterwards, TDdaily caught up with Bryant, Crabtree and Thomas and talked Jordans, the upcoming season, and more. You can check out the Thomas Q+A below, and you can read the Bryant and Crabtree interviews by clicking here.
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TDdaily: How many pairs of Jordans do you own?
Earl Thomas: Man, too many to count. My closet is full of Jordans. I get a new package like every three weeks. I got a closet full of them—I call it my Jordan’s Closet. It’s the size of a room.
TD: Do you have a favorite pair?
ET: I like all of them, but I’m a big fan of the Concords and Retro 3s,
TD: You’re here hanging out with Michael Crabtree, who has some beef with one of your teammates. What’s that like?
ET: You know, it’s been funny, every meeting we have, or every time we go to a camp and talk to little kids they’re always asking me about Sherman and Crab’s always like [Thomas waives his arm], Get out of here. But it’s just the nature of the game and I know Crabtree respects what we do in Seattle just like we respect what he and the 49ers do in San Francisco.
TD: You’re one of the best players out here, and in the league, and yet you’re still kind of anonymous, at least for a superstar. Does that ever get frustrating?
ET: It doesn’t get frustrating. Greatness takes time and I know I’m going to always stand out in the long run because I know my work ethic, and I know the mindset that I have. But it’s all fine and dandy now. And now, people want to watch our defense more than our offense when we play. When I first got to Seattle it wasn’t like that. So that’s a step in the right direction.
TD: So what’s something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
ET: That I can play the piano, drums and saxophone.
ET: Yeah, man. I was in band from 6th grade up until 11th grade in high school. My dad actually wanted me to keep doing it because he wanted me to be well rounded. I didn’t want to, though, because by then I was already focused on ball; I was already committed to Texas. But I did it until 11th grade. Freshman year [of high school], during halftime of our games, I’d play in the band. But that was only for my freshman year
TD: Which instrument are you best at, and what kind of music do you play?
ET: Probably the drums, and I can play anything on drums. On the sax I can read music. Piano I can just hear.
TD: You feeling good about the upcoming season?
ET: I’m feeling really great about the season right now. OTAs, mandatory minicamp, for me, the game has just slowed down so much for me—what I’m excited about is just getting out there and feeling it and getting into the rhythm of being around my teammates and the team everyday. That’s what I enjoy most.
Yaron Weitzman is the editor-in-chief of TDdaily.com. Follow him on Twitter at @YaronWeitzman. Image via USA Today.