TAMPA, Fla. -- From rural Iowa to Tampa, Brandon Myers has followed his football passion.
The 6-foot-3, 256-pound tight end is in his seventh NFL season, his second with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after stints with the Oakland Raiders and New York Giants. He has 127 yards on 12 catches this year, and he had a season-high 35 yards receiving in a win over the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.
Myers, who was born in Prairie City, Iowa, shared his inspirations and discoveries as part of our weekly Q&A with a member of the Bucs:
When did you know you wanted to play football?
Myers: Where I grew up, you play every sport. So I grew up in the country in Iowa, and I'd just go outside. I didn't have any neighbors. So I just went outside -- my sister and I and my dad, we just kind of played every sport. So it was kind of whatever season it was -- that was the sport we were playing.
When did you know football could become a profession?
Myers: I would say probably my junior year of college. At Iowa, we had a lot of tight ends ahead of me, actually, that are still playing in the league today. So I wouldn't want to say I got fortunate, but when they went down [with injuries], I got an opportunity to play. And it ended up being that I had a pretty good year my junior year and then my senior year. I realized that I could probably make a living from it.
Who's your biggest inspiration in the game?
Myers: It's obviously a way that I can provide for my family. They kind of inspire me when things aren't going well, because everybody has bad days. So I guess I just lean on them to get me through things. So I guess they inspire me the most.
What has been your biggest challenge in the sport?
Myers: The biggest challenge for me is just trying to be consistent on a daily basis. There are a lot of highs and lows in athletics, especially at this level. You go against a lot of good guys, good players. So just trying to be consistent on a daily basis, I think, is the main thing for me.
What's the best advice you've received about being an NFL player?
Myers: Probably the best advice I ever got when I was younger, when I was kind of finding out about football, was just to be as active as you can. [...] Especially where I grew up, we played everything. And I feel like those sports -- basketball, track, all those -- they just kind of helped mold me into the player that I am today. So that's the advice I give people when I go speak to younger kids or whatever. Just be active.