Video: Dallas Cowboys’ Miles Austin Talks Gatorade, Rap & Kim Kardashian
I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to American football, I’m still very much a newbie. That didn’t stop me traveling to Miami last year to workout with Dallas Cowboys’ Wide Receiver Miles Austin at the invitation of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) for athletic performance testing.
While pop culture junkies know Miles for his recent, brief relationship with Kim Kardashian, he’s better known as one of the most promising players on the Cowboys team. Currently in Dallas for this weekend’s Super Bowl XLV, Miles is also back at Gatorade’s Performance Lab (pictured above), this time as an instructor as Gatorade has just announced an off-season program to help elevate the performance of top incoming NFL rookies, like Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Mark Herzlich and Cameron Heyward through sports nutrition science.
I jumped on the phone with Miles this week to talk about the Sports Science Institute, his colorful Twitter account, what gets him “pumped” before a workout or game, Kim K and more.
How has it been working with the team at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute?
“Tremendous. The set-up they have this year is so different from last year; it’s very high-tech. They’ve definitely taken it to the next level and it’s really good to be here. They have a serious bike here this year that I’m sure you’re definitely happy to be missing!”
Oh my goodness, with how unfit I still am? Definitely! The performance test we did with them at last year’s Super Bowl—did it help you with your athletic performance overall?
“I think it did. It helped keep me aware because I didn’t even know about all these things. Being here and realizing how important it is to take care of your body and how much your body works, seeing how important it is to keep refueling and have recovery time before and after a workout. I learned a bunch.”
And this year you’re working one on one with the 2011 NFL Draft prospects?
“They’re going to be doing the tests. They’re going to come into the lab and go full-speed, pedal on the bike with resistance for 30 seconds; that’s the first thing you have to do when you walk in. Then you gotta do push-ups, sit-ups, run a mile on the treadmill; it’s definitely a whole different ball game this year than it was last year! I’ll be coaching them through it, telling them what I know and let everyone know to spread the word.”
On a separate note, do you remember when you first got on Twitter, you started following me and you only followed a handful of people? Your followers then skyrocketed and I got a crazy amount of girls tweeting me, asking why Miles Austin is following me!
“I finally started learning how to work it! It was new to me at the time. I still don’t even understand some things. Like, what does #fff mean?”
(Laughing) Hahaha! It’s the Pantone color abbreviation for “white,” so they started using it as a hashtag to mean “white people.”
“Aaaah! Okay! I had no idea! That’s hilarious (laughs).”
You recently wrote on Twitter the movie Gladiator gets you “pumped.” What else keeps you motivated?
“I’m a big fan of music and movies. Any movie like Gladiator or any kind of hip-hop gets me pumped.”
You’re a frustrated rapper; we always see you tweet lyrics on Twitter, too.
“I know! I try and make my own up but they never sound as good (laughs). I can’t seem to capture the essence of things as say, Jay-Z can. Did you like my Biggie lines? (raps) ‘Straight up honey really I’m asking/Most of these n*ggas think they be mackin’, but they be actin’..”
Definitely. I’ll keep following you if you stay on course with Jay, Biggie, etc but if you start quoting Soulja Boy, we may have a problem.
(Laughs) “I’ll keep it Biggie, Jay and Fabolous, etc, definitely. Fab’s good, he’s one of the best.”
Before we wrap it up, you were obviously thrust into the spotlight when you started dating Kim Kardashian and were shown on her series, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. What did you learn from that experience?
“I feel like in life you just learn from every experience. You don’t learn anything in particular; you just live and you learn. That’s pretty much it—let’s leave it at that (laughs).”
Check out exclusive footage of Miles at Gatorade’s Sports Science Institute:
The rookie testing sessions during Super Bowl week are being captured by Gatorade and NFL Films for the new documentary-style Web series, Everything To Prove, a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges faced by 14 rookies making the leap from college to the NFL. The series debuts in February and fans can watch a trailer for the program at www.NFL.com/ProveIt.