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NFL Players In Their Own Words

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Before the Game
Fred Beasley on the field
Fred Beasley on the field
Photo courtesy San Francisco 49ers

Fred Beasley:

"I try to eat at least a steak the morning -- steak and eggs. I drink a lot of water at night, a lot of water in the morning. Even in San Francisco, it will still be kind of cold during the game. You still get dehydrated, because of the air here. Drinking a lot of water helps me stay hydrated, because I sweat a lot. "I'll probably eat a salad the night before the game -- a salad or ice cream. I don't eat that much the night before the game. But the day of the game, I eat steak and eggs, hash browns, stuff like that."

Willie Anderson:

"I load up on carbs, man -- a big bowl of oatmeal, with some fruit in it, a baked potato, a couple of pieces of sausage, and a lot of water and Gatorade."

Carlos Emmons:

"I don't really have a pregame ritual. I get up, I eat. If it's a 1:00 game, I go straight to the stadium. Usually, I get in the whirlpool to warm up or whatever. From there, I stretch a little bit, and by that time, it's time to go on the field."

Jonas Jennings:

"My thing is I listen to music, and I always think about making the big play. You know, making a big block or doing the things I've seen on film, but I'm actually living through it through the music. I keep music on until it's time to go out. I have an iPod, with over 3,000 tracks, and I just randomly listen to them. I've got everything from blues, gospel, to R&B."

Fred Beasley:

"I try to do things at the exact some time every week, so I won't have a lot of time to sit there and do nothing. When I first come in, I read the program -- features on players and stuff like that. Then I probably go get some coffee. Then I watch a little football. We always play later than other teams because of the time difference. I don't know if it's really a ritual, but it helps me to do all those things in the same order every time."

Willie Anderson:

"I carry a Bible with me. I like reading Bible verses -- it keeps me focused for the game, and it gives me a little extra motivation. I don't really do any kind of rituals, though. No music -- I hate hearing music before the game, because as an offensive lineman, you've got to be as calm as possible. You know, some of the defensive guys and wide receivers are all hyper. Offensive linemen, we've got to have controlled aggression -- you can be aggressive and have attitude, but at the same time, you have to be controlled because it's a lot more thinking involved."

Fred Beasley:

"I don't knock guys for doing some of the things that get them ready for games. I think the only thing that really annoys me is when the guys are yelling and trying to get you hyped and stuff like that. A lot of guys do all that stuff to get hyped. But most guys, they get themselves ready by being quiet and just thinking. They don't need to be all-out rowdy. That's the type of guy I am: I'm not running around, jumping up, trying to bang on guys' heads and shoulder pads to get them ready for a game. I just sit there, and really just play the game in my head, get myself ready and concentrate on what I've got to do."

Jonas Jennings:

"'Playing in the dirt again' -- that's what I say right before we go out. It's always like being a kid. Go have fun, and do your job. It's going to war, you know. It's either kill or be killed in my position. Regardless of if I like it, I've got to hit somebody every play. You've got the best player on the opposing team every week. That's something you've really got to prepare for physically and mentally."