Axemen Director of Communications sat down with starting Axemen defensive back DeQuan Starling. After the Week 1 win over the Green Bay Blizzard, Starling is tied for first in the Indoor Football League with 12 tackles.
What is your favorite part about playing the position of defensive back?
DeQuan Starling: The challenge. Being able to cover a receiver going backwards, while they’re running at you is the competitive nature in me. I would say it’s the challenge of playing defensive back that is my favorite part.
What expectations do you have of yourself and the team this season?
DS: The biggest expectation that I have for the team is to win the United Bowl. We have the talent and the coaching schemes, so why not us?! The expectations I have for myself are: being the best player on the field every game, helping my team win, and accomplishing higher goals.
What has it been like playing in Bemidji, Minnesota?
DS: Cold! [laughs] With me being from Georgia, I don’t see this much snow, but playing for this community has been great. It’s been a wonderful experience and we appreciate how the community has accepted us, and welcomed us into their environment.
Who has been your biggest influence throughout your playing career?
DS: My grandparents have been the biggest influence throughout my life. They did everything in their power to make sure I was brought up in a healthy lifestyle, so with everything I do, I think of them because I wouldn’t want to let them down.
What are some of your pre-game rituals that prepare you before a game?
DS: My pregame rituals are pretty simple. I try not to make the game bigger than what it really is, so I just be myself, listen to music and be goofy, energetic, & entertaining.
Quick Fire Questions
Favorite Candy: Laffy Taffy
Favorite Song: Drought 3 Mixtape by Lil’ Wayne
Favorite professional Sports team: NY Giants, NY Yankees, Miami Heat
If you could participate in one winter Olympic sporting even and be great at it: Bobsledding
Favorite TV Show: Martin
Funniest Bemidji teammate: Our Linebacker, Derek Rose, is the character/comedian of the team
Quietest Bemidji teammate: Our Wide Reciever Dejay Lester is the quietest on the team.. He even talks in a low volume, so that tells you a little bit of how quiet he is.
Lebron James, Kevin Durant or Kobe Bryant: Lebron James
Peyton Manning or Tom Brady: Peyton Manning
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