Everyone wants to feel like a rock star — even those who are living the professional football dream and playing for the NFL.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
When he’s not playing football, tight end Martellus Bennett (#88) makes music under the moniker “MartysaurusRex.” “The art of using words on a beat to make people dance or say ‘damn, rewind,’ that is amazing to me,” Bennett tells Billboard. The 30-year-old, who recently dropped his latest mixtape, Polka Dots, on SoundCloud, definitely has more music up his sleeve. “I plan on releasing a lot more this year. This is just the beginning!” he says. “I think that I will release more of my music because there are people who connect to it. As long as it touches someone and makes them feel some way.”
Wide receiver Julian Edelman (#11) is also musically inclined. “I’ve had freestyle sessions with him,” Bennett reveals.
Sports Illustrated recently launched a Most Valuable Performer contest, which featured a variety of NFL players showcasing their unique talents. Tight end Jacob Hollister (#47) and his wide receiver twin brother Cody Hollister (#81) advanced to the final level on the show. The duo performed a cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain.” Cody played guitar and harmonized on the tune with his bro Jacob.
Tom Brady may not make music personally, but the quarterback (#12) has a definite appreciation for the art. He recently posted a video on his Facebook page showing himself listening to “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes. Brady playfully captioned the post: “A lot of people have asked me what I listen to to get in the zone… #HearWhatYouWant.” He’s also been quoted as saying that he often listens to music on his way to work in order to get his head in the game for the day. Brady’s go-to’s? JAY-Z, Coldplay, U2, Pearl Jam and Kendrick Lamar.
Eric Rowe, cornerback (#25), reveals that he will occasionally listen to a good dose of hip-hop to get himself in the mood for a practice. Otherwise, he’s all about slower music that helps him relax. “It helps calm me down,” he has said.
Danny Amendola, wide receiver (#80), is such a big music fan that he jokes that Tom Brady appointed him as the official Patriots locker room DJ and that he often caters to the mood of the team. When the players are stressed, for instance, he will put on a song with a “blues soul” vibe like “Keep Going” by The Revivalists. “It just gives you a firm grip of reality. It’s a rough day, and everybody’s been there before, so you just have to keep going,” Amendola says.
Brandon Bolden, running back (#38), recently posted an Instagram video of him rocking out to “Chop Suey” by System of a Down with his son. He posted another one dancing with Wiz Khalifa along to “Poppin” by Rico Richie, so he’s clearly a fan of the “Black and Yellow” singer.
Lawrence Guy, defensive end (#93), likes Childish Gambino. “He’s very lyrical with his stuff, and he’s enjoying music and putting out good music. I’m all about lyrics,” he says.
Ricky Jean Francois, defensive tackle (#94), has some sweet hip-hop dance moves.
Music is in Patrick Chung’s blood. His mother, Sophia George, is a Jamaican recording artist with the hit single “Girlie Girl,” which topped the charts in 1985. While the safety (#23) is a huge fan of his mom’s career, he admits that singing is not one of his strengths.
Geneo Grissom (#96) plays the drums in his spare time. He credits his dad, who was in a band called Funk.com, for inspiring his love of music. The defensive end says that drumming is something he will continue to pursue in the future, whether on the side of football or full-time. “I do enjoy making music, and it’s one of those things that I’ll always be able to fall back on. Whether I use is as my next career or it stays recreational, it will always be something I can come back to. It’s my escape. It’s a way for me to relax, release, and go somewhere else for a little bit,” he says.
Cameron Fleming (#71) has a serious appreciation for hip-hop. The offensive tackle had the chance to pal around with Snoop Dogg during a concert last June and he happily captured the moment with this Instagram snap.
Stephon Gilmore, cornerback (#24), is often seen walking around pregaming in headphones.
If he didn’t become a professional football player, there’s a good chance that Beau Allen, defensive tackle (#94), would still be pursuing a career in music. Allen played bass guitar from seventh to ninth grade and was part of a rock band called THE UNZiPPED. “We played classic rock like Led Zeppelin and Van Halen,” says Allen. “We were the undisputed winners of our eighth grade talent show at Minnetonka Middle School.”
Who says show tunes aren’t manly? Kenjon Barner (#38) considers Phantom of the Opera to be one of his favorite movies. The running back surely doesn’t discriminate. When he’s not in an opera mood, he’s listening to everything from R&B to country and rock, especially Miguel, Cody Allen, Rascal Flatts, Hoobastank and Nickelback. Patrick Robinson, cornerback (#21), considers the sing-along animation Aladdin one of his favorite movies and, if he could have dinner with anyone, it would be recording artist Will Smith.
Jason Kelce, center (#62), has a fun music-oriented pregame ritual: to “listen to Christmas music and comb my beard.”
Mychal Kendricks, linebacker (#95), may be an expert football player, but he got his start on the stage. As a youth, he attended a fine-arts-oriented private school, Bullard Talent, and acted in plays such as Robin Hood, Aladdin and The Lion King. He also became a fan of hip-hop, urban and jazz and took dance lessons in those styles. “I have an appreciation for all kinds of art, and going there really instilled that in me at a young age,” he says.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai, offensive tackle (#72), calls himself a huge music fan. He enjoys all genres but is particularly fond of country and island reggae. Vaitai has been playing the guitar since he was 3 years old. “I also know how to play the ukulele but prefer the guitar because it’s bigger,” he says.
Bryan Braman, defensive end (#50), says a talent he’d like to have is the ability to play guitar and piano.
Trey Burton, tight end (#88), dreams of “being in a church choir.” He credits his favorite musicians as Lindsey Seals, the senior associate/music pastor at NOW Church in his home state of Florida, as well as Christian rappers Andy Mineo and Lecrae as his favorite artists.
Meanwhile, Alshon Jeffery, wide receiver (#17), and Torrey Smith, wide receiver (#82), both say they wish they had the ability to sing.
Other Eagles players are just happy being fans. Brent Celek, tight end (#87), loves Guordan Banks. Rodney McLeod, safety (#23), is a huge Drake, Fabolous and Future fan. Jalen Mills, cornerback (#31), is also on the Future train. He also listens to Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert and Young Thug. Tim Jernigan, defensive tackle (#93), says his fellow Floridian Rick Ross is his favorite musician. Sidney Jones, cornerback (#22), is a hip-hop and R&B fanatic, while Marcus Johnson, wide receiver (#14), idolizes Lil Wayne. And the team has several country fans. Zach Ertz, tight end (#86), credits Jason Aldean as his favorite musician, while Donnie Jones, punter (#8), rocks out to Kenny Chesney and Eric Church.